One of my favorite movies as a kid wasÂ The Rocketeer. Valor Design has constructedÂ a stunning replica of the film’s rocket pack completely from scratch. Check out the progress photos from theÂ build, as well as pictures of the completed prop.
From Make Magazine, here are six things you need to know to start welding. It’s a bit more of a guide on how to buy your own welder and choose which process you want to work with; it’s much more helpful to learn on a variety of machines before plunking down cash on your own setup.
Propnomicon points us to this great UK website called Bob’s Bits, which sells and rents all manner of sci-fi props and set dressing. TheirÂ stuff ranges from futuristic alien to military to Victorian medical.
Finally, BBC Travel visits the abandoned mill town from the firstÂ Hunger Games film, just two hours from where I live. Of course, filming moved to Atlanta for the subsequent films, because North Carolina mucked around with their film incentives program. The photographs are pretty haunting, and the whole thing is for sale too, for the die hard movie memorabilia collector.