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Fate's sound seeking torpedo to be auctioned on 27-Sep-2016

Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:45 am
by ric ... 7400c00cd8
6,000 GBP - 8,000 GBP

This torpedo was made for shots when the torpedo is in the water, and consists of an aluminium frame with metal and wood components and a functioning rudder. The eyes and jaws are hand painted at the nose of the torpedo, while stickers are used for the skull, with 'Professor Fate ‘decals on the sides of the body. The torpedo includes a dense foam horn mounted to the top and a hand-painted fin at the rear above the propeller. Additional stabiliser fins were attached to the body to help it move through water. Inside, the torpedo has a compartment which previously held the device's mechanics, with '#2' written on the lid, and '#3' on the base of the torpedo.
This prop torpedo is mounted to metal supports over a wood display base. The piece shows minor wear due to production use and age, with the sticker decals peeling off, but otherwise remains in very good condition. Dimensions: 325 cm x51 cm x 180 cm (128" x 20" x 71")
*This lot is currently located in Prop Store’s Los Angeles facility and will ship directly to the buyer from Los Angeles.

It looks like exactly the same item here: ... /lot/9485/

Re: Fate's sound seeking torpedo to be auctioned on 27-Sep-2016

Posted: Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:05 pm
by ric
Looks like it went for £9,500.

Re: Fate's sound seeking torpedo to be auctioned on 27-Sep-2016

Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:25 am
by ric
It does appear that there were at least two torpedoes.

  1. was used for the "out of water" shots, and has a propellor.
  2. was used for high speed "in water" shots, has no propellor, and has extra stabiliser fins attached either side of the nose, a tow hook below the mouth, and the rudder extends down lower.
    (The ring around the "propellor" has a flattened bottom, and the lower section of the rudder is removeable, so it was probably this one that was dragged along the ground in the final scene after leaving the water.)

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