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Aliens
  Pulse Rifle
   Section I: Introduction
   Section II: Materials List
   Section III: Rifle
   Section IV: Construction
   Section V: Graphics
   Section VI: Screen Shots
   Section VII: Accessories
      A. Grenades
      B. Gerber Mark II Knife
      C. HK VP-70 Sidearm
      D. Storage Box

   Section VIII: Esoterica
      A. Carter J. Burke Card
   Section IX: Custom
      A. Derrick Baena
     
B. Stephan D.
   Section X: Links


Blade Runner
  Deckard's Blaster
   Section I: Introduction
   Section II: Pictures
      A. Set 1
      B. Set 2
   Section III: Ad Copy
  Deckard's Holster
   Section IV: Introduction
      A. Premium Holster
      B. Standard Holster
   Section V: Accessories

      A. ID Plaque
      B. Whiskey Glass
      C. Wallet
   Section VI: Metal Initiative

   LAPD Holster
   Section VII Introduction
      A. Policeman Holster

  Various
   Section VIII: Esoterica

   Section IX: Fonts
   Section X: Decals
   Section XI: Links

  Leon's Gun 
   Section I: Introduction

Contact

   Phil Steinschneider
   phil@steinschneider.com 

   Predator 2 Maquette - Predator 2
   The Berserker Maquette
  

 

Iron Man Mark VII Life Size Bust
Darth Vader Star Wars Life-Size Figure

The Weapons of Science Fiction

(The Propmaker: A Modern-day Artisan)

Introduction

To my father's dismay—he did not even allow toy guns into the house—I not only grew up to become interested in World War II German arms, but the fictitious prop weapons of science fiction as well.

The imagination and craftsmanship of the propmaker is unparalleled. Not only must he be an artist, but he must also be an engineer, an historian, a designer, an electronics expert, a graphic artist, an inventor, a sculptor, a machinist, a metallurgist, a chemist, a plastics specialist, as well as a technology and firearms expert. Unfortunately, it is truly sad to watch as the Hollywood or fan propmaker plies his trade in virtual obscurity. 

This site's goal is to reveal, showcase, and honor the wonderful art of the propmaker. It is about time that the propmaker was noticed and appreciated. The propmaker stimulates our imagination, excites our enthusiasm, and provides the tangible evidence of our creative potential as human beings.

News

November 19, 2014: The new Blade Runner LAPD policeman holster is now available here.

November 11, 2014: A new article about the Blade Runner Rick Deckard holster has been posted here.

November 11, 2014: Two new Hal Pehlich artworks have been posted (see below).

Canada-based Austrian artist Hal Pehlich created these
extraordinary Blade Runner posters. An archive of his
previous work can be found here.

Resources

The following discussion forums are superb venues for the movie prop collector:

The Movie Prop Forum
http://www.themoviepropforum.com

This is the premiere forum of original movie props where many of the worlds top original prop collectors congregate to discuss, debate, show-off, and exchange information about the world of collecting props actually created and used in TV shows and films. 

The Replica Prop Board
http://www.therpf.com

Although this forum initially appears to primarily be a Star Wars site, discussions about all movie props are covered here. This is the "granddaddy" of them all and is highly recommended.

The Movie Prop Blog
http://www.originalprop.com

Original Prop Blog, LLC is a non-profit venture that publishes articles and features focusing on content related to original props, wardrobe, and other popular culture artifacts from film and television. It is also dedicated to benefit and serve the public interests of the hobby of memorabilia collecting at large. 

Professionals & Cool Prop Sites

RACPROPS
http://www.racprops.com

Nimba Creations
http://www.nimbacreations.com


Apemania
http://www.apemania.com