Mondoshawan Ship Model from The Fifth Element!

For fans of The Fifth Element, this model miniature will be instantly recognizable as the Mondoshawan ship from the beginning of the film. But as Adam Savage learns as he gets up close to the details of this prop, it's actually a study model created in pre-production to allow the director and production team to approve and refine the form of the ship. This beautiful model shows how effective kitbashing and paint weathering can be to convey design ideas, and is itself a lovely artifact from the days of practical model miniature work in film.

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  1. Adam Savage’s Tested

    Adam Savage’s Tested

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    • Melanie Rhianna

      Melanie Rhianna

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      I was in a TV competition show where I was given a bunch of household crap and told to build model(s) out of it in three hours. It gave me a whole new respect to speed modelling.

    • clockwork orange

      clockwork orange

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      Ohhhhhhhhh so this is what the videos about lol

    • Paradox CityLife

      Paradox CityLife

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      @5XL ATV yeah 5th Element such a cool SciFi Universe, a sequel would be nice

    • 5XL ATV

      5XL ATV

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      My all time favorite movie as a kid it got me into syfi! To bad you couldn't 3d scan it so it could be printed i would have that on my shelf!!

    • Paradox CityLife

      Paradox CityLife

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      Hi Adam, "5th Element"

  2. Everfalling


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    @ 1:55 AT-AT leg as a greeble!

  3. Geoffrey


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    Cool video! The yellowish spherical toy's kid on top is kinder surprise. Normal you do not it, it's forbiden in USA.

  4. dravreh


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    The oval containers are "Kinder Eggs" or the Kinder Surprise container inside the Kinder eggs !

  5. dooma gloom

    dooma gloom

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    By far one of my favorite films. I cannot covey how excited I was to watch this. Good on ya.

  6. Kyle Brogmus

    Kyle Brogmus

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    The ship went from a steampunk look to a biopunk look. We need to bring back biopunk to cinema.

  7. Adrian George

    Adrian George

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    The prop story guy has a very different talking style with Adam than he does with Norm. I like it, he almost acts like he's the host asking questions of Adam about the process of building things like this.

  8. FrenchyToasty


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    "Who knows what kids toy these are?" Those egg shaped things at the top seen at 5:30 are the fabled banned in the US Kinder Surprise Eggs toy containers. (We see the color and the sepparation line clearly) You're welcome Adam!

  9. Austin S.

    Austin S.

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    That thing is frickin' cool

  10. Matthew Maske

    Matthew Maske

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    Curious pedant here: in the movie, I always hear the species name as Mondocheewun (end like "she won" but with a hard "ch"), but subtitles show it as Mondoshawan (end like "shaman" but with a "w") and everyone I've heard talk about it outside of the movie pronounces it like that. Anyone know how this discrepancy came about? Or am I maybe just hearing it wrong in the movie?



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    It's amazing that without a closer look, it seems so bespoke and articulately made. Just shows the immense talent of the people behind it are. I still can't imagine someone creating this out of time constraint and kit bashing, it just looks so perfect to me.

  12. wingwalker007


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    I think those crosses are tile spacers

  13. Obsidian


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    That shirt looks really good on you Adam 👍👍👍

  14. Vulgarr the Viking

    Vulgarr the Viking

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    I want that Eddie Valiant cartoon six-shooter behind them.

  15. BiG BeAR

    BiG BeAR

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    The 5th Element is still a great watch now...especially compared to the usual crap coming out of Hollywood these days.



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      You seem to just either have very bad taste or have not watched anything within the last 10 years. We are in the golden age of film, will so many films that are created with originality and incredible talent never seen before. Keep your shitty take to yourself peasant. k bye.

  16. Djrvc


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    This is a cool one

  17. Taijifufu


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    I love hearing Adam go into detail about how these models are made, how they were used, and the experiences of the makers in their creation.

  18. Bryan Kennedy

    Bryan Kennedy

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    Once again reminded of the Klingon battle cruiser MCM from Star Trek the Motion Picture. Looks like it flew through massive dust clouds and it all stuck. There are tiny isolated rust spots.

  19. Andreas


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    "Aziz, light!",."Multipass", "Big bada-boom" and "Chicken, gooood". Nuff said :D

  20. Scale Model Craft

    Scale Model Craft

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    Love it, and love the movie, I watch it multiple times a year as one of my go-to movies

  21. Orville Chomer

    Orville Chomer

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    This video reminded me of how when my mom inherited my grandmother's very plain looking china cabinet, she cut out the bottoms of egg cartons, painted them black, put them on a strip of double-sided tape, added it as a border along the top of the cabinet and used some gold rub and buff on it. The result was it looked like the cabinet had some fancy molding on it. You would never guess it was the bottoms of egg cartons!

  22. Fuartianer


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    during switching i heard "the green looks greener" :) - It reminds me a children video called "Die geheime Tür" with puppets playing. There also a song where they are singing "Die Wiese ist so wiesig.. Die Sonne ist so sonnig.."

  23. Zack Moore

    Zack Moore

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    No way, I'm currently watching the fifth element and I thought I'd check to see if anyone made any models of the ships from the movie, and this is a new post 👍

  24. therealbrushguy


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    I can also see a certain kind of plastic cork from french cidre bottles in there. I've been collection a lot of these back in those days just in case I would one day need them for detailing a model. Well, the 5th element proves, I was not too crazy by doing this, after all. :-D Thank you for showing this gem to us, Adam! :-)

  25. PR3T


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    Hope the domination of mercedes has ended... they dominated far to long

  26. Snakewind


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    I love crunchy model making. One of my favorite things to do when I watch a movie is try to recognize what props were made from.

  27. ghost man

    ghost man

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    change that thumnail.................adam looks like hes in his 70s!

  28. Niht Hrafn

    Niht Hrafn

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    It's not meant to be closely scrutinised but from a metre away.

  29. Joachim Karstens

    Joachim Karstens

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    Adam, you just HAVE to identify the yellow Kinder eggs shells!!

  30. bustedsim


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    This had a very Antique Roadshow feel to it.

  31. John Morrow

    John Morrow

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    Engine has what look like cut down car plastic door trim clips near top edge .

  32. Michael Moore

    Michael Moore

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  33. jomo350350


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    les mondes d'oshawan.

  34. Valentine's Tube

    Valentine's Tube

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    Soooo we are not going to talk about the Ghost Busters Two poster back there? Just gonna leave that one alone huh?

  35. Jason Hunter

    Jason Hunter

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    I was on stage when they were doing most of the filming for the Fifth Element so I saw a lot of the background stuff as well it's pretty cool seeing all that background stuff

    • Roko Mičić

      Roko Mičić

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      @Jason Hunter Great stuff, thanks for sharing it!

    • Jason Hunter

      Jason Hunter

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      @Roko Mičić I was a guest of one of The Carpenters that worked on the sets I have some photographs of me on a few the sets on my Facebook profile a little bit of trivia the main scene you see him fighting the bad guys on the ship with the big room and pool table size that was situated right above the giant water pool that was used for one of the scenes and James Bond film it's the double 007 stage I have a picture of outside that says standing below the sign it was quite an experience as I got to see things before they were coming back I also got to walk around the room where was being reincarnated Reborn or whatever it's called I got to see the whole tube and chamber where she appears inside of it to see you inside the room where he sleeps especially the fridge that pulls up and down the reveals the shower if it's not mentioned already the actual doorbells a functioning camera it does actually work and it's only his door that actually goes into a room all the rest are fake they just go to a small platform behind you could even see the giant green screen at window play some of the filming it's called Pinewood Studios in London so there was a lot more films being filmed there other than Fifth Element

    • Roko Mičić

      Roko Mičić

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      Wow, that sounds like a great experience! Care to share any interesting tidbit from the filming? I presume you worked on stage?

  36. HisDivineShado


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    The Fifth Element is such a beautiful film.

  37. c@mbaz


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    Adam is slowly turning into john hammond from jurassic park "we spared no expenses"

  38. john noble

    john noble

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    Cool, Mandoshowan

  39. fancyultrafresh


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    Rusted copper washes are some of my favorite to do as well.

  40. Spaceman.


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    Adam asked what kind of kids toys the fuel tanks were, looks like retro 2-piece kinder suprise capsules with a plastic dome added to the bottom then mcdonalds straws followed by stamp pressed hex nuts. hope this helps!

  41. peng 917

    peng 917

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    Im so so glad this survived and didnt get thrown in the skip and set on fire by the director like all of the other props etc.

  42. Firescale


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    Frenzied builder be singing "European wire connection blocks, Belt buckles, Clock cogs, Kinder Suprise toy capsules, AT-AT leg, Zip ties, Garden hose, Plasterboard fixings, Drinking straws, Hex nuts , Garden drip irrigation tubing&connectors, These are a few of my favourite things "

  43. James Guidash

    James Guidash

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    I know you've said that you've never had a meal alone with Jamie, but I've learned from numerous sources that he's worked as a chef. Did he ever cook and bring food for you and/or the Mythbusters crew and if so, how is his food?

  44. Ryan Delong

    Ryan Delong

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    Such an under rated movie.. I thought it was deserving of sequels.. great video Adam.

  45. Vao87


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    Like note books full of unfinished sketches and study’s , I love crunchiness

  46. Tumbled Dry

    Tumbled Dry

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    The "x's" are grout spacers for tile....1/8 inch I'd say

  47. Adam Gardiner

    Adam Gardiner

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    Someone needs to create a prop/model museum, then record a holographic Adam Savage as the virtual tour guide so we have him preserved for future generations.

  48. Robert Pirlot

    Robert Pirlot

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    I would rather have a real model of the Movie version because to me this doesn't look like the movie.

  49. DiggerDog


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    Whaaaaaaat?? Sweet

  50. NuarStanger


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    The kids toys Adam pointed out towards the end... i'm almost positive they are the old style Kinder eggs. Chocolate egg with a yellow capsule inside that houses a small toy :)

  51. Tryfield Animas

    Tryfield Animas

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  52. Chris Dunbar

    Chris Dunbar

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    I'm sure Brandon is supposed to play the role of the layman for Adam to explain things to, but... "Do you think these things holding up the model have a purpose?"

  53. Eliot Brown

    Eliot Brown

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    Dont'cha think it should light up?

  54. Robb Badlam

    Robb Badlam

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    Those engines are turkey baster bulbs, aren't they!

  55. Kifferbuddies


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    I see Kinder Surprise Egg yokes

  56. alabama3226


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    If I did that model it would be my best work and I would be so proud of it. great looking prop!!

  57. Ian Tarry

    Ian Tarry

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    What I love about model making 156 - by Adam Savage...

  58. David Sharp

    David Sharp

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    The Disney black hole, helmet so cool

  59. ARFF T

    ARFF T

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    Would love to see the auction where they started the bidding at what they actually paid for the items. (Or at zero).

  60. wolfe1970


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    Think the guy who built this was a plumber, carpenter and electrician, can see so many references to those trades in this model

  61. Sune Flejsborg

    Sune Flejsborg

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    Kinderegg container, inside the chocolate egg :P

  62. davedarko


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    4:32 those are kinder surprise eggs! :D

  63. davedarko


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    Cool to see people use zipties for greeblies, I did that recently :)

  64. Guy Smiley

    Guy Smiley

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    I forget how glorious the details in the 5th Element were... time for a rewatch!

  65. Nick Poverman

    Nick Poverman

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    Cool ship, Horrible movie.

  66. Alejandra Legue

    Alejandra Legue

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    DATE ME ➡️ !💖🖤❤️#今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!#この日のライブ配信は、#かならりやばかったですね!#1万人を超える人が見ていたもん(#笑)#やっぱり人参最高! #まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした #今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです! #この日のライブ配信は、 #かならりやばかったですね! #1万人を超える人が見ていたもん( #笑) #やっぱり人参最高! #まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした #垃圾

  67. Coen Lou

    Coen Lou

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    Please make a video where you add weapons like the flamethrower to your mark 1 iron man suit and demonstrate those weapons

  68. Tester 316278

    Tester 316278

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    Gotta say I do love the model and detail, even if it is one of the most ugly ships i've seen.

  69. bzqp2


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    5:31 "Who knows what kind of kid's toys these are..." These are Kinder Surprise toy containers!! No wonder you didn't recognize them since they are banned in US :D

  70. Berend Harmsen

    Berend Harmsen

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    2:47 - that's one of the forward guns of an Empire Strikes Back snowspeeder model :-)

  71. Stephen300o


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    Looks great through waving fingers.

  72. Manuel


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    In the past two decades, there are a bunch of stuff I envied Adam for. But this now takes one of the top spots But what makes this video so extra valuable, and I am thankful for it, is Adam looking at the job of a trade colleague, as he himself has done it too. He is speaking and expertly looking through the eyes of somebody who can see what has been done and how and why. Great video to share with us.

  73. kaya


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    I'm really happy to have seen this, The Fifth Element was a big movie for me, still watch it... there is just no substitute for real props over all this cgi stuff, now granted there was allot o cgi in this movie, but it was tasteful and not distracting from the story but helped highlight and tell the story. Much love for the camp of real props... also gives the actors something to play with and that spontaneity of a random real made thing in my world is irreplaceable. Thank you for making a video about this. When I seen the ship, I gasped aloud and made my loving partner click it... there where mistakes but we got here tehe Keep up the good fight!

  74. Vera de Wolf

    Vera de Wolf

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    Those 'nuts' at the end look an awfull lot like guitar gearhead bushings ;)

  75. DexterityJones


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    I honestly thought this would of been CGI damn thats cool

  76. Joss Rod

    Joss Rod

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    Jajajaja el Adam salvaje. Una leyenda! Saludos crack, porfa leeme. ^6

  77. Solitary Mountain Man

    Solitary Mountain Man

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    ‘Kinder’ egg chocolate toy capsules at the top (bright yellow in real life) 👍🏼

  78. Kairu Hakubi

    Kairu Hakubi

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    incredible, I love things like this that are.. whatever the opposite of 'functional' is. but at the same time, perfect for its function.

  79. TehZee


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    I adored the design of the Mondoshawan technology... It was just so... alien, different...

  80. PeTTs0n88


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    It's a masterpiece, not because of the absolute quality or beauty of it but rather because it shows the insane capability of someone working with limited time and/or means.

  81. Nathan


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  82. Maximillian Wylde

    Maximillian Wylde

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    Talk about the Sentry Robot head I see back there.

  83. Joseph Natana

    Joseph Natana

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    Yeah that was a funky cyberpunk doohickey spacecraft. Nice model though. Everything just seems to meld together somehow.

  84. tauIrrydah


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    Those unknown toy bits are kinder-surprise capsules.

  85. zoinomiko


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    This series has been SUCH a treat. Thank you to the Tested team and the Prop Store!!

  86. Ved


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    This is all cool, but at 0:50 behind Adam is Goose VF1 t-shirt from volleyball scene ofcourse. Let's watch Top gun 😎👍

  87. EH PA

    EH PA

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    "Are you German?"

  88. LowellMorgan


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    It’s what’s beautiful about film, especially physical effects. It shows the kind of work that goes into the art, and it’s fascinating to see up close. Like in prehistoric times when a caveman would get gored by a mammoth and the other cavemen could see his organs and think “so that’s how a caveman works inside.”

  89. Un7ucky


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    "who knows what kinda kids toys there are?" kinder surprise egg with a small extra dome on the bottom

    • FrenchyToasty


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      God I just commented that too! Being Canadian I grew up with these! Well done sir, good eye!

    • SgtStinger


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      Yeah, I instantly recognized them!

  90. Oak Lane Cemetery

    Oak Lane Cemetery

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    5th Element is one on my all time favorite movies!

  91. Steve Schritz

    Steve Schritz

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    I love the mastery of the art on display here. Imagine just having a drawer full of random crap - I saw bits of wire, washers, 1/4” hose fittings, reinforced plastic pipe, juice box bendy straws, legos … imagine sticking all that together to form a unique and unforgettable alien spacecraft.

  92. David Fouts

    David Fouts

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    I could watch watch these forever. That v for vendetta mask keeps grabbing my attention

  93. VidVoyeur612


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    Oh I thought those clear plastic rods held the ship up but also highlighted the direction of the engines’ thrust. Also, 14 people were denied entry into Fhloston Paradise.

  94. Dash


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    Fifth Element is my favorite movie I can pretty much recite the whole damn thing. But I never understood why these creatures who are so advanced Even down to the armor and DNA have this broken tattooing looking ship.

  95. Iä Shub-Niggurath

    Iä Shub-Niggurath

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    Brass verdigris is a lot warmer in tone. The zinc mixed into the copper works in strange ways.

  96. jmalmsten


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    felt almost like Adam was the one getting interviewed here... But I'm not complaining at all. Man, the kit-bashing maelstorm going on in that model... I love it!

  97. jaywolfenstien


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    I think the "MacGuyver" quality of that model makes it even more badass. "Okay, you have to build something using only a garbage can, some duct tape, and ten minutes." "Can I use what's inside the garbage can?" "Yes. "DONE!"

    • Kairu Hakubi

      Kairu Hakubi

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      I wonder if perhaps some of that was deliberate, because they wanted that 'used future' aspect. Like I know in that one Jim Henson Hour special _Monster Maker,_ the Ultragorgon was deliberately rushed so it would look unfinished, which it was meant to be in the plot.

  98. ste309w


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    A gorgeous model. Would love to see the bigger filming miniature. The design work on Fifth Element was amazing. I'd put it up there with the same level of care and attention to detail as Blade Runner. Only we got to see it all in daylight! Dallas's apartment was a little vision of the future. And very funny too. The part where the mugger tries to hold up Dallas with a photo of the corridor stuck to his head still makes me laugh!

  99. Bob Star

    Bob Star

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    You can buy verdigris paint. It actually is made up of copper that you treat with agent that "rusts" it. An iron one as well.

  100. Jamie A.

    Jamie A.

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    This is so cool🤯