HiC Carbonite ESB Stand

Discussion in 'Han Solo in Carbonite' started by clmayfield, Jun 15, 2018.

  1. clmayfield

    clmayfield Member

    I did a thread for my HiC, but I think this one deserves its own thread. I plan to make my Han in Carbonite "hover" just like in ESB. Everyone remembers the iconic scene:

    First, I want to get the audio right, so I tried my best to strip the audio out of the hovering HiC. Here is what I came up with:

    That was a stretch for me. I have zero sound editing experience. It took a while, but sounds pretty decent.

    I know everyone is asking "how are you going to make a prop hover," so I will be following up with some plans to show you how I intend to do it. I actually got the idea from the Gentle Giant statuette:
  2. Edrrak Nolat

    Edrrak Nolat Active Member

    ......go on
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  3. clmayfield

    clmayfield Member

    Sorry. I was trying to make a nice graphic and din't get around to it last night.

    The idea is to have a platform supported by a 1.5" pole that is offset / off center. This is used in magician tricks to give the illusion of levitation all of the time. Fett will be standing by the pole to conceal it.

    Here are my plans:

    Finished side view with Fett

    Top View

    Side view (not to scale)

    Bottom platform design with measurements.

    Bottom platform side view (not to scale)

    Top support with measurements.

    Top support (not to scale).
  4. clmayfield

    clmayfield Member

    Here is a video of the levitation trick exposed:

    I actually have bought some ball transfer units (basically ball bearing wheels) to put under this thing so that you could push it around during a Con. Typically, you would put a matt under the HiC to hide the platform.
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    clmayfield Member

  6. Edrrak Nolat

    Edrrak Nolat Active Member

    Looking really good. A suggestion to look at would be putting the HIC on the left of Fett so maybe the cape off the shoulder will help cover part of the pole?
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  7. clmayfield

    clmayfield Member

    I actually moved the pole over to the other side based on the fact that all of the pictures show Fett at the lower right side of the HiC. I thought about the cape, which would be perfect, but the cape doesn't hang low enough. Looking at pictures, they kept the HiC fairly low. The front of the cod is actually above the Surface of the HiC. I estimate 35".

    All of the pics I see have Fett more towards the middle of the HiC. From an engineering perspective, that will put a lot less torque on that lower sleeve, and I am leaning a bit in the direction. I already sent these pics in to a machine shop for an estimate, but I would guess that this change would result in a lower price, not a higher one. Personally, I think it is a better illusion to have Fett off to the side. It makes the hover illusion more powerful.

    I might split the difference and simply move the pole a little more towards the center without being perfectly centered. Or I could just have it fabbed up and see if it fails and then adjust accordingly.
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  8. hvacdon

    hvacdon Member

    At work our guys fabricate and install steel piping all the time for HVAC jobs. I can help you out on the piping and fabrication. When you get a chance shoot me a PM..
  9. TheZeroEffect

    TheZeroEffect Member

    This looks like a cool idea, and will look awesome at a Con.
    Looking for ward to seeing this fully resolved :)

    I’m now imaging this being wheeled around with people parting before it like snow and a plough :lol::lol: Definitely a cool idea..
  10. clmayfield

    clmayfield Member

    I actually bought some ball transfer units to use as casters to make this mobile should we want to move this through a con. The stand will not be hidden if we do this, but a Fett and a couple of TK's walking through a con with an HiC would be pretty cool!
  11. Edrrak Nolat

    Edrrak Nolat Active Member

    I wonder if you could do the mirror idea like the scout bike video from NYC that's making the rounds to hide the stand.
  12. clmayfield

    clmayfield Member

    I had not seen the NYC scout bike, but I actually thought of that... I had looked at making the pole out of polycarbonate (translucent) or or taking it and polishing it up to make it highly reflective. I think I am better off just camouflaging it... perhaps by constructing a fake fett leg around it like in the magician video I posted. Or I could paint it with Black 2.0.


    There are a lot of options. For the base, I would like to paint it a flat concrete color to match most convention hall floors.

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