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Mars Gravity Probe 1 by RobCaswell Mars Gravity Probe 1 by RobCaswell
Mars Gravity Probe 1 fires its RCS thrusters attempting to avoid avoid a meteorite collision... with catastrophic results. From the well-intentioned but now-date 1964 classic, "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" [link] . Poser model by David D'Champ [link] . Mars graphic by GrahamTG w/ textures courtesy of Nasa and Starbase1. DAZ Studio render.
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templerman Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
This is one of your best works. I noted that the main engine bell at the rear is somewhat different in conception from the flat plate-like affair that is seen in the model art work. I bring it up because I remember a science program about early nuclear space engine static testing in the desert during the late 1950's early 1960's. The footage showed the exact same flat plate with the venting holes, still red hot from the thrust. Even so, the realism and simplicity of the design always thrilled me as to what they were thinking about back then. A super-fast plasma drive that would have pushed us out to Mars in a few months, if not weeks. Judging by your render, and based on the scale of the model kit of 1:144 the M.G.P. 1 would have only been about 51 meters oal. Kind of small for a nuclear powered ship, but if it had constant thrust, that forward cylinder would probably have given them a constant gravity on on of the compartments. Great job!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
It really does stand out as a rather unique design, even today.
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templerman Featured By Owner Edited Feb 19, 2015
I often wondered if the crew could have survived in the main body long enough for the rescue ships to arrive. Cmdr. Christopher 'Kit' Draper hinted it had sufficient supplies and life support?
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morbiusx33 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Fantastic!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
I always wanted to see what this ship actually looked like, back when I saw the film. It whizzed by SO fast on screen.
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uncledon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Nice work. I was a kid and saw that film in the theater. For its time it was far better than most of the other offerings and a good updating of the book. Adam West played the mission commander killed in the crash.
Thanks.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, in its day it was a pretty neat film. It hasn't aged too well, but I can still admire it within its original context.
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uncledon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
I don't know, I think it has aged a lot better than many others if you keep in mind the time period.
I think one of the best tests would be that while a lot of movies made at that time made an appearance on MST3k. This film didn't.
Still I love seeing work like yours which pays tribute to something from my childhood.
Again my thanks.
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burt86 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Photographer
Looks very nice!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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beltminer Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
i guess i should read through the comments before i say stuff that's already been said TEN TIIIIMMMES. gahhh! said george sheepishly.
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beltminer Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
glad you got the adam west reference, i think the ship flashing by so fast is what made it so facinating to me, no stately procession like 2001. gems like this piece are one of my favorite things about d.a. thanks again my brother. george
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beltminer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
which of the landers is batman riding in? this piece is so wonderful, the movie was my favorite when i was a kid and i was always so bummed that there was no really clear shot of the ship, i drew picture after picture trying to get it right, you would not believe the charge i get out of this one. thank you so much!
george
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think Batman's in the Batlander.... naturally ;)

It was REALLY unexpected to see someone make a model of this! It flew by so fast on the screen I could never quite figure out its full shape and details, as a kid. Glad you got a charge out of it!
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James-Is-James Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, now that is cool!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D Thanks!
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PatronZero Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Awesome !!!!!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!!! :)
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Ptrope Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool ship! Now I guess I'm going tohave to watch the film - haven't bothered just because of the title ;).
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well it IS dated and I'd say it sits on the borderline of what qualifies as an SF classic, but there's still much to admire in it.
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Zoggman2000 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
COOL!!! I love that movie!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Fond memories, for sure... :)
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BrentOGara Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved that film! This is a beautiful render.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey -- thank you! It's nice to see that so many remember it!
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BrentOGara Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was a really good show... right up until "Time Marches On" left it in the dust.
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
!!!thanks!!!
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LordTigeron Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
love ya...
I'd forgotten that movie, love the marsian war machines being reused for another race
:D
next stop Amazon
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yep... the FX were pretty "slim" in most areas of the movie.
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LordTigeron Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
maybe Lucas & speilburg should do a remake :D
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'd love to see a remake... but not by those guys ;p
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LordTigeron Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
will you any more views?
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DassKapital Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
At least in a 1964 movie the scenario is/was original.

Coming to the modern 'Adventure to Mars' movies of the recent past, there were a whole slew of problems when the ship got hit.

How fuel lines could get punched full of holes like that and the system not notice? *Shakes head*

Ah well.... ;)

A nice image, much cheer to you and yours. :)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! It was a fun subject departure :)
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Drell-7 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice! Good to see a spaceship that isn't white or grey.(I'm reminded that the Nostromo was originally painted grungy yellow, until repainted by Ridley Scott) I remember seeing RCOM in its television premiere, back when TV broadcast of a movie was a big deal, and straining to get a look at the ship as it flashed past. Nice to see a well-composed beauty shot of her! I do wonder about the "fins", which I assume are radiators for the reactor, being painted the same color as the rest of the hull...
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I wondered about the radiator color, too, but I think that's how they treated it in the movie.
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Also thanks for the memories [link] Loved that movie Robinson Crusoe on Mars!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
LOL! Ah, R&S.... :D
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet all around love the design and how the light shines off of it and the planet view nothing short of Spectacular Love it!!
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GunFox Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Oh god I saw this movie only last week. it's amazing
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Did you wantch the Criterion disc? There's some cool pre-production art gallery stuff there. And impressive amount of thought went into this film.
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GunFox Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
no unfortunately, I saw it on netflix.
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Darth-Deviant Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved this movie-but hated that I could never figure out what the damn orbital ship looked like. Great job.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it whizzed by SO quick... and that's before we had the luxury of the PAUSE button ;)
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PatternSeeker86 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Adam West's best role?
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think so!


(well.... not counting Family Guy...;) )
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Writer
Awesome, as expected. To be fair, the movie sucked. Now, Bamboo Saucer...THAT rocked!
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Naw, it was OK for it's time.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional Writer
I guess this is the end of our friendship. Sigh.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Again?!?!??!
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