Saturday, October 10, 2009

Universal Studios 1968-Miniature Boats

One of the displays at Universal Studios in the late 1960s was of miniature boats showing the skills of the model makers. The ships also showed how film makers created those dramatic battle sequences at sea. What is cool is that the displays were not all static, but several of them had movement and even had several big battles with explosions. First off is a submarine with depth charges exploding around the sub.

The next two slides show two ships blasting full broadsides at each other. Reminds me of a scene from one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

A nice static display of a stern wheeler probably from Showboat.

From one of the many World War 2 films of the time period maybe even my favorite The Incredible Mr. Limpet.


Major Pepperidge said...

I sure have a lot of fun memories of Universal Studios; none of these miniature ships, though! These are great, I would love to see any photos from there.

SundayNight said...

I remember a tin roofed building that had rain falling on it all the time. Looks like that's it in the first photo to the right. Great pics!

Anonymous said...

I remember these! I would never had thought about it again if not for the photos, thank you very much! I do have to say every version of Showboat is an MGM picture, though, so the riverboat is most likely not from those movies.

jedblau said...

These are really cool!

Anonymous said...

Riverboat (TV series) 1959
The Mississippi Gambler (1953)
Seven Ways to Sundown (1960)
used the Riverboat seen on the studio tour's Park lake which matches the model.