Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

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Postby 3eighty » Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:37 am

Great model from a great movie..That is what caused me to fall in love with NW...
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Postby david_h » Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:47 pm

Ironically . . .when the movie debuted in 1965, the producers were hoping to capitalize on Jack Lemmon's and Tony Curtis' chemstry from "Some Like it Hot" a few years earlier. Unfortunately, the movie went way over budget and flopped at the box office. HOWEVER, it has become a major hit over the years from airings on TV. the irony of that was that the movie was so long (3.25 hours) they had to split it over 2 nights--and people would still tune in. (This is long before the era of VCR's etc). I raised my kids on this movie and even though they were born 20-25 years later, this is still a favorite, and I hope they raise their future kids with it as well.

It's a classic. God rest Jack and Tony . . .AND I miss Natalie every time I watch it. . .(Christopher Walken did it!) :mrgreen: (jus' kiddin')
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby hellnbak » Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:59 am

David_H wrote:Ironically . . .when the movie debuted in 1965, the producers were hoping to capitalize on Jack Lemmon's and Tony Curtis' chemstry from "Some Like it Hot" a few years earlier. Unfortunately, the movie went way over budget and flopped at the box office. HOWEVER, it has become a major hit over the years from airings on TV. the irony of that was that the movie was so long (3.25 hours) they had to split it over 2 nights--and people would still tune in. (This is long before the era of VCR's etc). I raised my kids on this movie and even though they were born 20-25 years later, this is still a favorite, and I hope they raise their future kids with it as well.

It's a classic. God rest Jack and Tony . . .AND I miss Natalie every time I watch it. . .(Christopher Walken did it!) :mrgreen: (jus' kiddin')


Yeah, it's a great movie. If they remade it nowadays, they'd have all sorts of CGI effects, probably blood and guts everywhere. I like the movies where all of the special effects were real, someone had to figure out how to physically create them and make them believable, instead of pushing a few buttons on a computer. I enjoy studying the old classics and trying to figure out just how they achieved some of those amazing effects. I'm a huge fan of the great Ray Harryhausen. He painstakingly created stop-motion effects for some of the greatest films ever made, not the least of which was the original King Kong. The stuff they grind out today just doesn't impress me, it's just too easy to create almost anything they can imagine.

BTW, I've been reading about them re-opening the investigation into Natalie Wood's death. Hope they finally do figure out what really happened, I've never believed it was just an accident. I know who I've always thought was involved, but won't name him here (his initials are RW).
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby david_h » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:17 am

I loved Ray Harryhausen movies as a kid. . .(The Sinbad movies . .. Jason and the Argonauts was my favorite)

If you watch Monsters Inc--the fancy restaurant where Mike W. takes his Monster Girlfriend is called Harryhausens's. Bit of tribute there.

aside: They did open for a few weeks the NW case and were looking at RW but I think they quickly closed it again. nothing new to learn. . .too much time gone by. . .I dunno. It kinda fell out of the news a few days later. I guess I could google it but I'd rather go on in my delusions about CW.

BTW . . .does it seem odd to anybody else that everybody connected to this case. . .last name ends in W? Coincidence????? I think not! :mrgreen:
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby hellnbak » Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:55 am

Well, it's been fun, but I'm leaving SU. Thanks to everybody for all the help and advice and encouragement, I'm outa here. Keep on sketching!
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby david_h » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:22 pm

Say it ain't So JOE!

Although I noticed in an earlier post you needed to "take care of some things". Well good luck to you and your "things". I hope we will see you around here soon. We will sure miss your awesome skills and Creativity around these parts.

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Postby gilles » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:30 pm

+1 ;)
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Postby jason_maranto » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:38 pm

I'm not always your favorite person, but I really think you bring some great stuff to these forums... I hope you make it back someday.

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Postby andybot » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:46 pm

Sorry to hear it. :(
Wish you the best with what you need to take care of. Hope you do find your way back eventually.
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby mwm5053 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:50 pm

Same goes here to the all above, Wish you well. :(
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby hellnbak » Mon Dec 28, 2015 6:00 am

Was doing some research for a new model and happened to come across some new photos of a Hannibal 8 being restored. Couldn't figure out how I had missed them before, but then I noticed that they were posted to Flickr about 9 months after I posted my model. Figured I'd post them here in case anybody wanted to see what the Hannibal 8 really looks like in some of the areas where I had to use my imagination because there were no reference photos available at the time.

This is what my less-than-stellar imagination came up with for the hydraulics, chain drive and whatnot
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and here's what it actually looks like
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The caption under the photo reads
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Some more photos
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Could have made the interior more accurate and detailed if I had had this photo
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Didn't know all this stuff was in the back seat, I assume it's for the hydraulics
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As you can see it's in pretty bad shape, but I did some searching and came up with some photos of it after being restored. As you can see the restoration is not complete, some parts are missing, such as the nose cone, spare tires, luggage, the pole holding up the roof, one of the rear wheels, etc. But it's definitely come a long way.
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Apparently the guy standing at the control raises and lowers the vehicle, a real step up from the other Hannibal 8's on display elsewhere that are static and held up by poles. Also, this is the only one that got it right as far as the fenders raising with the body, like they did in the movie.
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Anyhow, just thought I'd post these here in case anybody might be interested.
Am I gonna update my model with this new info? Probably not :|
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby hellnbak » Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:07 pm

yeah, probably shouldn't have posted this, it's just that I was so excited to find out that yet another of the Hannibal 8's has survived.

I tend to get emotionally involved with my projects, should probably seek professional help about that :?
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby pbacot » Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:58 pm

I like your version better!
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby david_h » Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:51 am

Push the Button Max!

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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby HornOxx » Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:59 am

I bow to this work and thank you for returning this beautiful movie memorie

david_h wrote:One of my all time favorite movies. . .

this is true!
a film category to which also belongs "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes"
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby ric323 » Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:58 am

The gaudy gold structure you can see in the background of the second photo is part of a Wurlitzer organ that was also restored at the Stahl Museum. You can see it being played in Mar 2015, with the Hannibal 8 and a Leslie Special in the background here:
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby david_h » Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:39 pm

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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby ric323 » Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:36 pm

Pity they didn't play that on the Wurlitzer.
Did you notice the back end of the moose at 2:48 in that video? :)
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby david_h » Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:23 am

ric323 wrote: Did you notice the back end of the moose at 2:48 in that video? :)


Oh yes. Always good for a chuckle or two. A nice bit of Blake Edwards' subtle wit.

BTW . . .I could probably do this in Sketchup. Professor Fate's Noise Seeking torpedo. My son and I did this years ago for his first cub scout pinewood derby car. great little conversation piece. It lost in the race. .but won first place in Design.
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby ric323 » Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:29 am

david_h wrote:...Professor Fate's Heat Seeking torpedo.

NOISE seeking! ;)

Very nice work. Where is it now?
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby david_h » Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:31 pm

you're right. . .forgive moi. Note the 19th century ear horn.

right now it's in our Pinewood Derby mothballs where it has been for the past 20 years--right next to the Lost Ark.. I guess I oughtta get it back out and spiff it up.

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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby ric323 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:01 am

I've just started a new website & forum, dedicated to the cars and characters from the movie.
If you do get it out, I'd love to see some photos of it posted there. :)
http://leslie-special.info/
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby hellnbak » Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:04 pm

Richard,

Nice website. I do have some interesting stuff about the movie I came across when researching the Hannibal 8, I'll try to post some of it to your site.

Steve
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby ric323 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:33 pm

hellnbak wrote:Richard,

Nice website. I do have some interesting stuff about the movie I came across when researching the Hannibal 8, I'll try to post some of it to your site.

Steve

Great, thanks Steve. I was going to ask your permission to repost some of your material from here :)
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby hellnbak » Tue Feb 16, 2016 12:32 am

ric323 wrote: I was going to ask your permission to repost some of your material from here :)


Feel free to repost any of my stuff. This great movie needs a dedicated site.
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Re: Professor Fate's "Hannibal 8"

Postby ric323 » Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:21 am

I'd already prepared this page ;)
http://leslie-special.info/h8history.htm
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