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Smaug dragon kite

FlyingFish
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Dec 25 2012, 8:51am

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Hi all

New to this forum, but far from new to Tolkien and PJ's movies!

Got a rather unusual (?) question: at the start of the first Hobbit movie, a dragon kite is briefly seen flying. Does anyone know whether this dragon kite is sold somewhere or whether plans exist to build it? Reason I ask is that I am a keen kite-flyer, with (limited) experience in building kites. So I'd love to buy/build this Smaug kite and fly it!

Cheers, Lex


jtarkey
Rohan


Dec 25 2012, 10:54am

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I was in Dale the other day... [In reply to] Can't Post

And they had them for sale for only a buck a piece!

Seriously though, I'm sure you could find a kite that is similar to that one. But I highly doubt there are any plans in place to market and sell the one in the film. I'm sure you could make one that is even better though!

"You're love of the halflings leaf has clearly slowed your mind"


FlyingFish
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Dec 25 2012, 11:10am

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I would try to make one myself, but the kite was only seen for a few seconds, so I didn't really have the time to see details.

Anyone know of a picture of the entire kite? Or a piece of video footage which shows the kite in full?


Bombadil
Half-elven


Dec 25 2012, 11:14am

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no sweat there will be screenCaps...soon../// [In reply to] Can't Post

 


DanielLB
Immortal


Dec 25 2012, 11:28am

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It was probably CGI. There's nothing in the Hobbit chronicles book that might indicate they made it.

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Lightice
Lorien

Dec 25 2012, 1:28pm

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It was probably CGI. There's nothing in the Hobbit chronicles book that might indicate they made it.


As I've understood, the people at WETA prefer to make a physical model as a concept of every item and creature they then convert to CGI and work out the rest from there. That ofcorse doesn't necessarily mean that they made an entire kite, let alone a working one; they may have just made the flat surfaces without attaching them together, or something.


alienorchid
Lorien


Dec 27 2012, 9:56am

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Me too! [In reply to] Can't Post

I want to try making one!

I haven't put much thought into it but since my flatmate is currently making a Halo ODST helmet from card using pepakura, I thought that might be one place to start. I just have no idea whether it would actually fly or not if it was constructed with that. (Pepakura is a software program that converts 3D models into foldable templates, which you can then print).

Once my other summer projects are done, I'd really like to try making one!


Earl
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Dec 28 2012, 3:44pm

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... I also liked the green turtle one. And there was also a third one (a blue one) that I couldn't quite figure out. I wish they'd make these. The toy market of Dale sure must've been a lovely place.

You might ask if the Hobbit Artisan Market in New Zealand had any of these for sale.

Welcome to TORn FlyingFish Smile


DanielLB
Immortal


Dec 28 2012, 3:50pm

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A dragon, a turtle, and I think the 3rd was a bird (maybe a heron-like bird?)

Smile

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FlyingFish
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Dec 28 2012, 3:50pm

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I have fired off an e-mail to WETA Digital and WETA workshop, asking for details. You never know!


Earl
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Dec 28 2012, 3:51pm

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I've been tempted to do that. Please do let me/us know whatever their response is.


FlyingFish
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Dec 28 2012, 3:52pm

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Please do let me/us know whatever their response is.


Of course, goes without saying!


Earl
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Dec 28 2012, 3:54pm

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Ah, a bird huh? [In reply to] Can't Post

I've watched the movie twice and couldn't make it out. I'll probably be squeezing in a third viewing before I resume work in the new year, so I'll keep "bird shape" in mind when that scene comes around Smile


DanielLB
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Dec 28 2012, 3:55pm

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Wink

I've seen it 4 times now, and each time haven't be able to work out what it is. Laugh

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Earl
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Dec 28 2012, 3:57pm

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LOL... the DVD can't come out soon enough eh? ;) // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


DanielLB
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Dec 28 2012, 10:52pm

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It is a bird! [In reply to] Can't Post

Footage floating around on a certain video site shows it is a bird.

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