Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Profiles In History Auction No. 83

Profiles in History is auctioning off some original Buck Rogers items.

(979 pg 311) First auction is a set of 10 Color transparencies by Universal Heartland. These transparencies are 4"x5" of a few filming miniatures (Thunderfighter, Marauder, and a unknown ship), from different angles. I presume these where used for filming a Thunderfighter quick and dirty without needing to go back to the miniature. Just slap the transparency down in a black back drop, and film. Starting at $300 priced too high, as it went UNSOLD.


(981 pg. 312)The second item is a rubber (stunt) First Season Blaster. I think it's impossible to say who used this blaster specifically as I am sure they were swapped around so much. Starting at $800
UPDATE: Blaster went on eBay and sold for $800

Hollywood Auction 83 PDF download

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sherese's Pistol AKA Assassins Pistol

 This pistol is commonly referred to as the Assassin's Pistol, but was used by Sherese in A Plot to Kill a City before Buck got a hold of it to try to shoot Varek.







Buck Rogers Pistol No. 2

This little blaster is seen almost primarily throughout the second half the first season. I have not seen any official names for any of the pistols used throughout the series. Some of the guns/pistols that where used in Buck Rogers where also used in Battlestar Galactica. The base of this particular pistol was made from a Match-O-Matic butane gas lighter. It is shaped as a mini pistol which was a perfect starting point. The trigger and trigger guard were both removed and replaced with a new one that is more squared off. The barrel was unscrewed and removed as well. The wood sticker on the handle was most likely also removed and ribs where added down the handle then painted black. A clear acrylic tube was added for the barrel, so when the new push button was pressed by the actor, a bulb was lit for simulate the gun shooting. 

There are at least two variants of this pistol. The first one is seen above, the second had a safety catch added to the sides of the slide (I don't know how else to describe it)

A clear holster with a leather belt strap was also made for the blaster. The blaster was used by Buck, Wilma, and several Directorate personal, as well as some villains.
Once the master pistol was built, it was then molded and cast hollow to accommodate the electronics of the pistol. While the Match-O-Matic is originally chrome, all pistols in the show are painted silver. Below are some pistols that reside in personal collections, who shared their photos online.

Match-O-Matic Base

Holster

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ambuquads or "Quads" of Buck Rogers

T.W.K.E. 4 "Twiki " N22-23-T

Tina

Unknown Ambuquad

Pendar Personal Quad

Computer Council Member Dr. Theopolis

Computer Council Members 

Mr. Devronin

Receptionist Quad

Carl

Maintenance Androids

Gardner Android

Hanger Security/Cargo Androids

Pendar Delivery Drones

Zeta Prisoner Transport Pilot

Zetatian Prisoner Guard No. 1

Zetatian Prisoner Guard No. 5

Draconian Zygot Pilots

Delivery Quad

Floor Cleaner Quad

Food Cart Quad No. 1

Food Cart Quad No. 2

Luggage Carrier Quad No. 1

Luggage Carrier Quad No. 2

Personal Servo Drone

General Service Center Supervisor

Crichton

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sherese's Pilot Helmet - Prop

The empath, Sherese, was introduced in The Plot to Kill a City (part 1 & 2). She wore this pilot helmet in one scene in part two of the episode.

The helmet is a modified Directorate Pilot helmet. The Helmet went up for auction in 2009 but was incorrectly labeled as Wilma Deering's pilot helmet from an "unknown" episode in the Heritage Auctions 2009 Catalog No. 7004. Item No. 49084. Photos from Heritage Auctions