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** In "The Power of the Daleks", the famous "Dalek mass production" sequence used the same licensed merchandise toy Daleks that would later be used in "The Evil of the Daleks" and "Planet of the Daleks" (see above), but that time with considerable alteration to make them look closer to the real thing.
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* In October 2014, Creator/MarvelComics launched a series of variant covers that used {{Hasbro}} action figures to recreate iconic Marvel moments.

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* In October 2014, Creator/MarvelComics launched a series of variant covers that used {{Hasbro}} Creator/{{Hasbro}} action figures to recreate iconic Marvel moments.



** During the pod racing scene in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', in the crowds, there are a few action figures in there too, one of which is clearly [[ShadowsOfTheEmpire Prince Xizor]]. EpilepticTrees ensued.
** In the faraway shots of Luke's landspeeder in ''Film/ANewHope'', "Luke" and "Obi-Wan" were actually dolls from ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan''.
** The Tie Bombers in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' reused the bent wings of Darth Vader's personal Tie tighter from model kits of it.
** At least one X-wing model kit from MPC was used in the Battle of Endor sequence from ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''

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** During the pod racing scene podracing sequence in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'', in the crowds, there are a few crowds contain several action figures in there too, figures, one of which is clearly [[ShadowsOfTheEmpire [[Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire Prince Xizor]]. EpilepticTrees ensued.
** In the faraway shots of Luke's landspeeder in ''Film/ANewHope'', "Luke" and "Obi-Wan" were are actually dolls from ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan''.
** The Tie Bombers in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' reused reuse the bent wings of Darth Vader's personal Tie tighter from model kits of it.
** At least one X-wing X-Wing model kit from MPC was is used in the Battle of Endor sequence from ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''



* There have been stories that the {{Flying Saucer}}s in ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' were pie tins or hubcaps. The truth was, the filmmakers made them from toy flying saucer kits.

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* There have been stories that the {{Flying Saucer}}s in ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace'' were are pie tins or hubcaps. The truth was, is, the filmmakers made them from toy flying saucer kits.



** In ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'', a scene with an army of crab Destoroyahs heading towards the military was rumored to have used actual Bandai figures of the creatures in addition to the actual puppets.
* ''The Mighty Gorga'' - a bad ''Film/KingKong1933'' ripoff - stars a man in a gorilla suit that they bought at the store. And he fights dinosaur handpuppets, waved in front of the camera.
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', model police cars and taxicabs were used in the Stay-Puft sequence. And in the shot where Slimer hovers around a chandelier in the hotel, said ghost is represented by a peanut spray-painted green, with optical streaks added in.
** On the DVD commentary, Joe Medjuck (the producer) moaned about how hard to come by those police cars and 'cabs were, especially in the scale they needed.

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** In ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'', a scene with an army of crab Destoroyahs heading towards the military was is rumored to have used actual Bandai action figures of the creatures in addition to the actual puppets.
* ''The Mighty Gorga'' - a bad ''Film/KingKong1933'' ripoff - stars a man in a store-bought gorilla suit that they bought at the store. And he who fights dinosaur handpuppets, waved in front of the camera.
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', model police cars and taxicabs were are used in the Stay-Puft sequence. And in the shot where Slimer hovers around a chandelier in the hotel, said ghost is represented by a peanut spray-painted green, with optical streaks added in.
** On the DVD commentary, Joe Medjuck (the producer) moaned moans about how hard to come by those police cars and 'cabs cabs were, especially in the scale they needed.



* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' used many common items for props; most of the background items in Cairo were made from kitchen equipment, a basket of oranges were goldfish-shaped crackers and a real-life person was painted metallic and was used for a statue.
* In the early 80's B-grade post-apocalyptic movie ''Battletruck'' one of the protagonists uses a pair of binoculars with some sort of scanner on the top. However, to New Zealanders, it is obviously a local brand air-freshener that has been repainted.
* Creator/UweBoll's ''Film/HouseOfTheDead'' infamously used footage from the game as ''action scenes''. Note they used footage from the AttractMode of the ''original'' game, with the mid-90's polygonal graphics and the "Insert Coin" message blinking repeatedly.
* What appeared to be an impressive (for 1981) wire-frame CGI image of Lower Manhattan in ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' was actually a physical model with the buildings outlined with glow-in-the-dark green tape and filmed in black light.

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* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' used uses many common items for props; most of the background items in Cairo were are made from kitchen equipment, a basket of oranges were goldfish-shaped is Goldfish crackers and a real-life person was is painted metallic and was used for a statue.
* In the early 80's B-grade post-apocalyptic movie ''Battletruck'' ''Battletruck'', one of the protagonists uses a pair of binoculars with some sort of scanner on the top. However, to New Zealanders, it is obviously a local brand of air-freshener that has been repainted.
* Creator/UweBoll's ''Film/HouseOfTheDead'' infamously used uses footage from the game as ''action scenes''. Note that they used use footage from the AttractMode of the ''original'' game, with the mid-90's polygonal graphics and the "Insert Coin" message blinking repeatedly.
* What appeared In ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', what appears to be an impressive (for 1981) wire-frame CGI image of Lower Manhattan in ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'' was is actually a physical model with the buildings outlined with in glow-in-the-dark green tape and filmed in under a black light.



* ''Film/SantaClausConquersTheMartians'' has the eponymous aliens armed with ray guns that can stun people. Which are actually perfectly normal Wham-O Air Blasters. And when we say "ray guns", we don't mean to imply that they could afford to add some sort of ray effect, or even a well placed film scratch. The guns just make the normal "pop" noise they always do, and the "stunned" actors try really hard to stand still.

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* ''Film/SantaClausConquersTheMartians'' has the eponymous aliens armed with ray guns that can stun people. Which people... which are actually perfectly normal Wham-O Air Blasters. And when we say "ray guns", we don't mean to imply that they could afford to add some sort of ray effect, or even a well placed film scratch. The guns just make the normal "pop" noise they always do, and the "stunned" actors try really hard to stand still.



* ''Film/DangerDeathRay'' featured an obviously plastic off-the-shelf helicopter model sinking while parked atop an obviously plastic off-the-shelf submarine model in what was obviously a swimming pool.

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* ''Film/DangerDeathRay'' featured features an obviously plastic off-the-shelf helicopter model sinking while parked atop an obviously plastic off-the-shelf submarine model in what was is obviously a swimming pool.



* Used in-universe in the finished cut of "The Case", the Amateur FilmWithinAFilm from ''Film/{{Super 8}}'', in which it's '''very''' obvious that Joe eventually did agree to let Charles blow up his model trains.
* The famous M65 Smart Gun from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' was made using a German [=MG42=] machine gun with motorcycle parts added, as well as a [=SteadyCam=] harness for the gyroscopic mount. The Marine's combat helmets were just normal M1 steel helmets with some bits added.

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* Used ''Film/{{Super 8}}'' uses this in-universe in the finished cut of "The Case", the Amateur FilmWithinAFilm from ''Film/{{Super 8}}'', FilmWithinAFilm, in which it's '''very''' obvious that Joe eventually did agree to let Charles blow up his model trains.
* The famous M65 Smart Gun from ''Film/{{Aliens}}'' was made using a German [=MG42=] machine gun with motorcycle parts added, as well as a [=SteadyCam=] harness for the gyroscopic mount. The Marine's combat helmets were are just normal M1 steel helmets with some bits added.



* The DirectToVideo movie [[{{Megalodon}} Supershark]] used a CG model of a walking tank purchased from the hobbyist site www.daz3d.com as their "hero" mech, for the final climactic fight scene with the walking megalodon. And while its normal price is only about ten bucks, they could have actually gotten it FREE for a short bit, as it was originally a freebie on that site.
* It's pretty obvious that the train that runs off the tracks near the end of ''Film/{{Speed}}'' is a miniature model.
* In the live action ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'' movie made in Korea in 1990 , the prop used for the character Puar is a stuffed plushie of him.

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* The DirectToVideo movie [[{{Megalodon}} Supershark]] used ''[[{{Megalodon}} Supershark]]'' uses a CG model of a walking tank purchased from the hobbyist site www.daz3d.com as their "hero" mech, for the final climactic fight scene with the walking megalodon. And while its normal price is only about ten bucks, they could have actually gotten it FREE for a short bit, as it was originally a freebie on that site.
* It's In ''Film/{{Speed}}'', it's pretty obvious that the train that runs off the tracks near the end of ''Film/{{Speed}}'' is a miniature model.
* In the live action ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'' movie made in Korea in 1990 , 1990, the prop used for the character Puar is a stuffed plushie of him.



** US-made model-based mecha footage appeared in Season 3 of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', and was achieved using off-the-shelf Power Rangers toys - with predictable results. The worst example of this was the Shogun Megazord. In the show, the left arm is comprised of the White Ranger's zord, but the toys made it the Pink Ranger's zord instead. Since the toy is used for the Shogun Ultrazord formation, the zord suddenly inexplicably turns hot pink. Also, the chest symbol changes, and Titanus inexplicably gains the Dragonzord's chestplate in both the Ninja and Shogun Ultrazords.

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** US-made model-based mecha footage appeared appears in Season 3 of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', and was is achieved using off-the-shelf Power Rangers toys - with predictable results. The worst example of this was is the Shogun Megazord. In the show, the left arm is comprised of the White Ranger's zord, zord comprises the left arm, but the toys made it the Pink Ranger's zord instead. Since the toy is used for the Shogun Ultrazord formation, the zord suddenly inexplicably suddenly, inexplicably, turns hot pink. Also, the chest symbol changes, and Titanus inexplicably gains the Dragonzord's chestplate in both the Ninja and Shogun Ultrazords.



*** Also, the white Shogun Zord turns pink for a simple reason: ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' had five Rangers (Red, White, Blue, Black, Yellow); ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' had six (same colors plus Pink). The White Kakuranger's machines were given to the Pink Power Ranger, while a sentient ''Kaku'' mecha became the White Power Ranger's machine. For the toyline, Bandai decided to turn those white mecha pink to line up with its new operator.
*** According to vfx artist Rick Cortes, the staff would use off-the-shelf toys of the Zords whenever they lacked the necessary shots from the existing ''KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' footage they were given.
** The original ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' did this for the Ultrazord (okay, Titanus/Brachion is an actual prop model), but managed to pull it off with a combination of quick editing and decent visual effects. The difference in proportion was still obvious, but at least they put some effort into it.
*** Some other shots of the Dinozords alone on ''Zyuranger'' were pretty obviously the toys; for example, when they combined into tank mode and then transformed into mecha mode. When the Green Ranger first appeared, there were times when he stood on the Dragonzord's head and changed from a live actor to an action figure, and back again.
*** A lot of scenes of the Guardian Beasts sitting on a hill or somesuch for non-battle-related scenes (typically not used in MMPR) couldn't be more obviously plastic.

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*** Also, the white Shogun Zord turns pink for a simple reason: ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'' had has five Rangers (Red, White, Blue, Black, Yellow); ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' had has six (same colors plus Pink). The White Kakuranger's machines were given to the Pink Power Ranger, while a sentient ''Kaku'' mecha became becomes the White Power Ranger's machine. For the toyline, Bandai decided to turn those white mecha pink to line up with its new operator.
*** According to vfx VFX artist Rick Cortes, the staff would use off-the-shelf toys of the Zords whenever they lacked the necessary shots from the existing ''KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' footage they were given.
** The original ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' did does this for the Ultrazord (okay, Titanus/Brachion is an actual prop model), but managed manages to pull it off with a combination of quick editing and decent visual effects. The difference in proportion was is still obvious, but at least they put some effort into it.
*** Some other shots of the Dinozords alone on ''Zyuranger'' were are pretty obviously the toys; for example, when they combined combine into tank mode and then transformed transform into mecha mode. When the Green Ranger first appeared, appears, there were are times when he stood stands on the Dragonzord's head and changed changes from a live actor to an action figure, and back again.
*** A lot of scenes of the Guardian Beasts sitting on a hill or somesuch some such for non-battle-related scenes (typically not used in MMPR) couldn't be more obviously plastic.



*** Likewise, when the shrunken Ninjor is freed from his prison in "Master Vile and the Metallic Armor Part 1," the shot was achieved by using a Ninjor action figure.

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*** Likewise, when the shrunken Ninjor is freed from his prison in "Master Vile and the Metallic Armor Part 1," the shot was is achieved by using a Ninjor action figure.



*** Also, whenever the Zeo Megazord combined with the Red Battlezord, it was done using the toys. However, this was because the footage of doing so was from the source material of ''Ohranger'', so it flies. Another notable example is the season's Ultrazord, Pyramidas.

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*** Also, whenever the Zeo Megazord combined combines with the Red Battlezord, it was it's done using the toys. However, this was is because the footage of doing so was is from the source material of ''Ohranger'', so it flies. Another notable example is the season's Ultrazord, Pyramidas.



** Early ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series would occasionally use the toys for the TransformationSequence of the mecha (this is particularly noticeable with Live Boxer in ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'' due to the toy being extremely inaccurate), but became less common as special effects improved. However, the 2013 series, ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' would use this technique for its mecha due to being a GenreThrowback.
** When the [=TyrannoRanger=] from ''KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' showed up in the ''[[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger Kyoryuger]]'' vs. ''[[Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters Go-Busters]]'' movie, he transformed by using the Legacy Power Morpher toy that Bandai had released to celebrate [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers MMPR]]'s 20th anniversary.
* Like the ''Super Sentai'' examples above, ''[[Series/SpiderManJapan Spider-Man]]'' used a stuntman in a suit to portray Spidey's HumongousMecha, but the robot's transformation scenes were all filmed by using the Leopardon toy sold by {{Bandai}}.
* The weapons and [[TransformationTrinket Transformation Trinkets]] used in ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' were [[MerchandiseDriven actual PGSM toys available in shops at the time]].

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** Early ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series would occasionally use the toys for the TransformationSequence of the mecha (this is particularly noticeable with Live Boxer in ''Series/ChoujuuSentaiLiveman'' due to the toy being extremely inaccurate), but inaccurate). This became less common as special effects improved. However, the 2013 series, ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' would use ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', uses this technique for its mecha due to being a GenreThrowback.
** When the [=TyrannoRanger=] from ''KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' showed shows up in the ''[[Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger Kyoryuger]]'' vs. ''[[Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters Go-Busters]]'' movie, he transformed transforms by using the Legacy Power Morpher toy that Bandai had released to celebrate [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers MMPR]]'s ''[[MightyMorphinPowerRangers MMPR]]'''s 20th anniversary.
* Like the ''Super Sentai'' examples above, ''[[Series/SpiderManJapan Spider-Man]]'' used uses a stuntman in a suit to portray Spidey's HumongousMecha, but the robot's transformation scenes were are all filmed by using the Leopardon toy sold by {{Bandai}}.
* The weapons and [[TransformationTrinket Transformation Trinkets]] used in ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' were are [[MerchandiseDriven actual PGSM toys that were available in shops at the time]].



** Off-the-shelf Louis Marx toy Daleks are used for model-shot scenes of Dalek armies in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E9TheEvilOfTheDaleks The Evil of the Daleks]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E4PlanetOfTheDaleks Planet of the Daleks]]". The off-the-shelf toys can easily be recognised by their simplistic conical shape, which makes the "heads" proportionately much too small in relation to the "bodies". During the 1960s, the show also occasionally padded out Dalek crowd scenes with what were quite obviously cardboard cutouts (at least, with modern picture quality; at the time, they were much harder to discern).
** The original sonic screwdriver as used by the Second Doctor was a [[http://doctorwhotoys.net/seconddoctorsonicscrewdriver.htm penlight torch]].
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]" depicted a battle between a man in a robot suit and a toy tank from the Action Man range. Two Action Man dolls were also used to show the robot grabbing soldiers after it turned gigantic.

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** Off-the-shelf Louis Marx toy Daleks are used for model-shot scenes of Dalek armies in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E9TheEvilOfTheDaleks The Evil of the Daleks]]" and "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E4PlanetOfTheDaleks Planet of the Daleks]]". The off-the-shelf toys can easily be recognised by their simplistic conical shape, which makes the "heads" proportionately much too small in relation to the "bodies". During the 1960s, In 1960s-era episodes, the show also occasionally padded pads out Dalek crowd scenes with what were are quite obviously cardboard cutouts (at least, with modern picture quality; at the time, they were much harder to discern).
** The original sonic screwdriver as used by the Second Doctor was is a [[http://doctorwhotoys.net/seconddoctorsonicscrewdriver.htm penlight torch]].
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot Robot]]" depicted depicts a battle between a man in a robot suit and a toy tank from the Action Man range. Two Action Man dolls were are also used to show the robot grabbing soldiers after it turned turns gigantic.



** The [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie 1996 TV movie]] used a commercially licensed Tardis key replica for the Tardis key prop.

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** The [[Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie 1996 TV movie]] used uses a commercially licensed Tardis key replica for the Tardis key prop.



** The revived series was criticised for using what were quite obviously [[AppleMacintosh Apple Mac]] keyboards in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary Silence in the Library]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead Forest of the Dead]]", set in the 52nd century.

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** The revived series was criticised for using what were are quite obviously [[AppleMacintosh Apple Mac]] keyboards in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary Silence in the Library]]"/"[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead Forest of the Dead]]", set in the 52nd century.



*** Osgood's [[IconicOutfit Fourth Doctor-style]] scarf is a commercially available replica scarf -- easily identified by the fact that it's stocking stitch (the v-shaped weave used in most knitwear) and not garter stitch (a stitch with pronounced ribs common in beginner knitting projects) like the genuine article. The colours are also much more vibrant and loud. It actually leads to a bit of FridgeLogic -- the intention was probably that she got it from a future incarnation of the Doctor who was her friend, but it's so inaccurate that it can't possibly be one of his.
*** The War Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver is a modified version of a Tom Baker Sonic Screwdriver Toy?

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*** Osgood's [[IconicOutfit Fourth Doctor-style]] scarf is a commercially available replica scarf -- easily identified by the fact that it's stocking stitch (the v-shaped weave used in most knitwear) and not garter stitch (a stitch with pronounced ribs common in beginner knitting projects) like the genuine article. The colours are also much more vibrant and loud. It actually leads to a bit of FridgeLogic -- the intention was is probably that she got it from a future incarnation of the Doctor who was is her friend, but it's so inaccurate that it can't possibly be one of his.
*** The War Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver is a modified version of a Tom Baker Sonic Screwdriver Toy?toy.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' did it a few times:
** In "The Doomsday Machine", the gutted and scarred USS Constellation was in fact an AMT plastic model; absolutely ''nothing'' was added to it, and in fact, its registry number (NCC-1017) was created by simply reordering the digits in the decals showing the Enterprise's registry number (NCC-1701).

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' did does it a few times:
** In "The Doomsday Machine", the gutted and scarred USS Constellation was is in fact an AMT plastic model; absolutely ''nothing'' was is added to it, and in fact, its registry number (NCC-1017) was created by simply reordering the digits in the decals showing the Enterprise's registry number (NCC-1701).



* Other ''Franchise/StarTrek''-franchise productions also did this.

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* Other ''Franchise/StarTrek''-franchise productions also did do this.



*** The technique of using improbable or seemingly unlikely devices for serious technology is actually used on a smaller scale in real life. Many bomb-disabling robots in service of the United States Army and Navy are handled with a control screen and portable control station... and an Xbox controller.
** The massive battle against the Klingon fleet in the ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' episode "Way of the Warrior" was only manageable by using a lot of model kits. That is why they decided that an old Klingon ship that hadn't been seen since the first movie was still in use, it gave the fleet more variety.
** The original Borg cube was notoriously built out of several plastic model kit 'sprues,' that is, the plastic frames that plastic model kit parts come attached to. This becomes [[SpecialEffectFailure quite obvious]] when it explodes, with many of the sprues popping off in one piece.
** Seven of Nine's regeneration alcove in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was surmounted by an off-the-shelf [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m46mLRBKYg plasma disc]].
** ''Voyager'' in particular reused CGI models to represent dozens of different alien ships with little to no modification other than playing with scaling. Other than a key role here and there, most of these models were seen for only a few seconds, as screen filler, or both, so the effect isn't immediately noticeable. A good example is in the episode "Drive" where the "starting line" spectators are mostly ships that have been seen in other episodes (including many alien shuttlecraft rescaled to match ''Voyager'''s size!)
** The reason why [[PlanetOfHats planets inhabited by Nazis]] was an unusually frequent occurrence in the original series was because there were plenty of Nazi-themed and WWII-themed props available from contemporary movies (such as ''Film/TheGreatEscape''). This even made its way into the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise as described in the kitbashing section below.
** This is a big reason why the original series had so many other alien planets modeled after Earth history as well, such as 1920s-30s gangsters and ancient Greeks and Romans. Especially regarding the latter, the early 60s was the height of the SwordAndSandal genre, so sets and costumes for those were easily available.

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*** The technique of using improbable or seemingly unlikely devices for serious technology is actually used on a smaller scale in real life. Many bomb-disabling robots in service of the United States Army and Navy are handled with a control screen and screen, a portable control station... and an Xbox controller.
** The massive battle against the Klingon fleet in the ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' episode "Way of the Warrior" was only manageable by using a lot of model kits. That is why they decided that an old Klingon ship that hadn't been seen since the first movie was still in use, it gave gives the fleet more variety.
** The original Borg cube was is notoriously built out of several plastic model kit 'sprues,' that is, the plastic frames that plastic model kit parts come attached to. This becomes [[SpecialEffectFailure quite obvious]] when it explodes, with many of the sprues popping off in one piece.
** Seven of Nine's regeneration alcove in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was is surmounted by an off-the-shelf [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m46mLRBKYg plasma disc]].
** ''Voyager'' in particular reused reuses CGI models to represent dozens of different alien ships with little to no modification other than playing with scaling. Other than a key role here and there, most of these models were are seen for only a few seconds, as screen filler, or both, so the effect isn't immediately noticeable. A good example is in the episode "Drive" "Drive", where the "starting line" spectators are mostly ships that have been seen in other episodes (including many alien shuttlecraft rescaled to match ''Voyager'''s size!)
** The reason why [[PlanetOfHats planets inhabited by Nazis]] was are an unusually frequent occurrence in the original series was is because there were plenty of Nazi-themed and WWII-themed props available from contemporary movies (such as ''Film/TheGreatEscape''). This even made its way into the ''Franchise/StarWars'' franchise franchise, as described in the kitbashing section below.
** This is a big reason why the original series had has so many other alien planets modeled after Earth history as well, such as 1920s-30s gangsters and ancient Greeks and Romans. Especially regarding the latter, the early 60s was the height of the SwordAndSandal genre, so sets and costumes for those were easily available.



** The dashed-together appearance of the robots is justified in-universe, as Joel built them from spare parts to keep from being lonely. These were the "special parts" used to control when the movies begin and end. Since they include such items as a gumball machine, and a bowling pin, this suggests the whole ''satellite'' is made of spare junk.
* Pipette fillers [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Single_channel_rack.jpg like these]] were used as sci-fi injectors/syringes/hyposprays/whatever in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. There was also the bulkier device used to inject liquid explosive into bombs in "Family Ties" which was very obviously a super-soaker with a thin paint job.
** ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' wasn't beyond a bit of this as far as props went, the Peace Keeper comms headsets used necklaces for mics (specifically, one called [[http://shop.bico.com.au/details/2205448.html/ "Anchara"]] by local Aussie company Bico), and a slightly-altered Logitech flightstick showed up as a holo-projector.
*** Don't forget Moya's "Manual control" in the premiere episode - aka Logitech trackball mouse on-a-stick

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** The dashed-together appearance of the robots is justified in-universe, as Joel built them from spare parts to keep from being lonely. These were the "special parts" used to control when the movies begin and end. Since they include such items as a gumball machine, machine and a bowling pin, this suggests the whole ''satellite'' is made of spare junk.
* Pipette ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' uses pipette fillers [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Single_channel_rack.jpg like these]] were used as sci-fi injectors/syringes/hyposprays/whatever in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. There was injectors/syringes/hyposprays/whatever. There's also the bulkier device used to inject liquid explosive into bombs in "Family Ties" Ties", which was is very obviously a super-soaker with a thin paint job.
** ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' wasn't isn't beyond a bit of this as far as props went, the go. The Peace Keeper comms comm headsets used use necklaces for mics (specifically, one called [[http://shop.bico.com.au/details/2205448.html/ "Anchara"]] by local Aussie company Bico), and a slightly-altered Logitech flightstick showed flight stick shows up as a holo-projector.
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holo-projector. And then there's Moya's "Manual "manual control" in the premiere episode - aka Logitech trackball mouse on-a-stickLogitech-trackball-mouse-on-a-stick.



** Parodied in ''[[WebOriginal/StarWreck Star Wreck: In The Pirkinning]]'': the manual controls for light balls consist of a TAC-2 joystick, instantly recognizable by any owner of a 8/16-bit home computer.
** Another example: Viper engines are actual military aircraft engines: retired Rolls-Royce Model 250's. Other bits of set dressing like the storage racks for ordnance are probably also surplus Air Force or Navy equipment.

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** Parodied in ''[[WebOriginal/StarWreck Star Wreck: ''WebOriginal/StarWreck: In The Pirkinning]]'': Pirkinning'': the manual controls for light balls consist of a TAC-2 joystick, instantly recognizable by any owner of a 8/16-bit home computer.
** Another example: the Viper engines are actual military aircraft engines: engines, retired Rolls-Royce Model 250's. Other bits of set dressing like the storage racks for ordnance are probably also surplus Air Force or Navy equipment.



* In ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', Kivara goes from a CG creature to a toy on a string starting with episode 8. The switch is extremely noticeable, especially in one episode where they use the old CG model for precisely one shot, then bring out the toy for the rest of the episode. In episode 14 (the start of [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Den-O's World]]), they brought back the CG version, but the toy makes a return at the end of episode 27.

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* In ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', Kivara goes from a CG creature to a toy on a string starting with episode 8. The switch is extremely noticeable, especially in one episode where they use the old CG model for precisely one shot, then bring out the toy for the rest of the episode. In episode 14 (the start of [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Den-O's World]]), they brought bring back the CG version, but the toy makes a return at the end of episode 27.



* One special effect in ''Series/RedDwarf'', meant to represent a vortex, is simply the camera looking into somebody's cup of coffee that had been swirled around with a spoon quickly. It passes, because ''Series/RedDwarf'' is a comedy anyway.
* Done by Abed and Troy when making a FanFilm full of StylisticSuck of the TheresNoBInMovie feature "Kickpuncher" in Series/{{Community}}.
* An episode of Series/{{Andromeda}} used dollar store FM radios as remote controls.\\\
Another episode has Seamus Harper using a standard LED flashlight/key fob as a remote control.
* ''Series/PJKatiesFarm'' was notorious for this, with characters made out of plasticine and props made out of Fischer Price toys and her lunch.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' does this too. The GPS tracking unit they remove from the back of the neck in one episode is shown on the sink. It is the packaging strip for surface-mount-resistors/capacitors, each bump on the strip holds one and they're cut from a long reel.
* Apparently ''Series/TerraNova'' is [[http://geeks.thedailywh.at/2011/10/18/low-budget-tv-props-of-the-day/ a fan of Nerf]]
* In one episode of Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', where, in a scene set in the future, a squad of soldiers are exploring a submarine, they can be seen wearing Xbox wireless headsets painted black.
** [[FridgeBrilliance After Judgement Day, the humans were no longer able to mass-produce technology, so it would be safe to assume their equipment is assembled from scavenged bits of pre-war tech.]]

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* One special effect in ''Series/RedDwarf'', meant to represent a vortex, is simply the camera looking into somebody's cup of coffee that had has been swirled around with a spoon quickly. It passes, because ''Series/RedDwarf'' is a comedy anyway.
* Done In ''Series/{{Community}}'', this is done by Abed and Troy when making a FanFilm full of StylisticSuck of the TheresNoBInMovie feature "Kickpuncher" in Series/{{Community}}.
"Kickpuncher".
* An episode of Series/{{Andromeda}} used ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' uses dollar store FM radios as remote controls.\\\
controls. Another episode has Seamus Harper using a standard LED flashlight/key fob as a remote control.
* ''Series/PJKatiesFarm'' was is notorious for this, with characters made out of plasticine and props made out of Fischer Price toys and her lunch.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' does this too. The GPS tracking unit they remove from the back of the neck in one episode is shown on the sink. It is the packaging strip for surface-mount-resistors/capacitors, surface-mount-resistors/capacitors; each bump on the strip holds one one, and they're cut from a long reel.
* Apparently Apparently, ''Series/TerraNova'' is [[http://geeks.thedailywh.at/2011/10/18/low-budget-tv-props-of-the-day/ a fan of Nerf]]
* In one episode of Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', where, ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', in a scene set in the future, a squad of soldiers are exploring a submarine, they submarine. They can be seen wearing Xbox wireless headsets painted black.
**
black. [[FridgeBrilliance After Judgement Day, the humans were no longer able to mass-produce technology, so it would be safe to assume their equipment is assembled from scavenged bits of pre-war tech.]]



* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' did this all the time, with the crowning moment being the [[http://sydlexia.com/imagesandstuff/afraid_s3/soup2.png evil statue]] in "The Tale of the Dangerous Soup." Would you also like to own a "cursed statue from a remote jungle tribe?" Well, you can for [[http://www.gargoylestore.com/cat2.html only about $70.]]
* ''Series/{{Raumpatrouille}}'' used everyday items as props, most famously a pressing iron as a ship controlling device. While cheesy, it worked quite well.
* The season 1 finale of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' used a lot of heads, which were rented in bulk. As it was noticed later, [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/us-news-blog/2012/jun/14/game-of-thrones-george-w-bush-head one head belonged to George W. Bush]].
* Actual ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]]'' action figures from Comicbook/{{Hasbro}} appear in the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' pilot episode.
* This is how Bob Burns got the part of Tracy, the gorilla, on the live-action ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'': [[NoBudget He already owned the gorilla suit]][[note]]The suit itself belonged to "Kogar," Burns' earlier gorilla character. The suit was all right, but the Kogar mask was rather fierce and menacing. When ''Ghostbusters'' came around, Burns asked a then up-and-coming Rick Baker to make a much more placid mask for the new character[[/note]]
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': This is parodied in [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S02E12GodzillaVsMegalon the MST3K episode]] of ''Film/GodzillaVsMegalon'', where at one point (for whatever reason) the main characters enter a model shop, and the robots immediately comment "Hey, we've seen these models in a fight already!"

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* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' did does this all the time, with the crowning moment being the [[http://sydlexia.com/imagesandstuff/afraid_s3/soup2.png evil statue]] in "The Tale of the Dangerous Soup." Would you also like to own a "cursed statue from a remote jungle tribe?" Well, you can for [[http://www.gargoylestore.com/cat2.html only about $70.]]
* ''Series/{{Raumpatrouille}}'' used uses everyday items as props, most famously a pressing iron as a ship controlling device. While cheesy, it worked works quite well.
* The season 1 finale of ''Series/GameOfThrones'' used uses a lot of heads, which were rented in bulk. As it was noticed later, [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/us-news-blog/2012/jun/14/game-of-thrones-george-w-bush-head one head belonged belongs to George W. Bush]].
* Actual In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' pilot, actual ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]]'' action figures from Comicbook/{{Hasbro}} appear in appear.
* On
the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' pilot episode.
* This
live-action ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'', this is how Bob Burns got the part of Tracy, Tracy the gorilla, on the live-action ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'': gorilla: [[NoBudget He he already owned the gorilla suit]][[note]]The suit.[[note]]The suit itself belonged beloned to "Kogar," Burns' earlier gorilla character. The suit was all right, but the Kogar mask was rather fierce and menacing. When ''Ghostbusters'' came around, Burns asked a then up-and-coming Rick Baker to make a much more placid mask for the new character[[/note]]
character.[[/note]]
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': This is parodied ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' parodies this in [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S02E12GodzillaVsMegalon the MST3K episode]] of riff]] on ''Film/GodzillaVsMegalon'', where at one point (for whatever reason) the main characters enter a model shop, and the robots immediately comment "Hey, we've seen these models in a fight already!"



* The monsters in ''VideoGame/ProjectFirestart'' are digitized renderings of an action figure bought at Toys "R" Us.[[note]]It's Tendril from ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}''[[/note]]

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* The monsters in ''VideoGame/ProjectFirestart'' are digitized renderings of an action figure bought at Toys "R" Us.[[note]]It's Tendril from ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}''[[/note]]''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}''.[[/note]]



* The opening intro for ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 4'' was actually a very practical-effects heavy piece, with lots of props and parts of the 'Mechs like the ''Vulture'''s cockpit made to accomodate people acting in and around them. For all that effort, though, at one point, [[http://youtu.be/QxfKZZ4RNng?t=3m36s a close up shot]] is shown of the pilot's hand grasping a control stick in grim determination, which is unmistakably a [[http://www.cyberg8t.com/f2comp/prodtg.htm Thrustmaster Top Gun joystick]].

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* The opening intro for ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 4'' was is actually a very practical-effects heavy piece, with lots of props and parts of the 'Mechs 'Mechs, like the ''Vulture'''s cockpit cockpit, made to accomodate people acting in and around them. For all that effort, though, at one point, [[http://youtu.be/QxfKZZ4RNng?t=3m36s a close up shot]] is shown of the pilot's hand grasping a control stick in grim determination, which is unmistakably a [[http://www.cyberg8t.com/f2comp/prodtg.htm Thrustmaster Top Gun joystick]].



* Season 5 of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' (which was, if you're not a fan, just slightly edited re-runs of the original 80s cartoon) was introduced by a Powermaster Optimus Prime toy, made slightly less blocky with CGI. Yup. That's it.
** Also, many of the shots in the ''Manga/TransformersZone'', ''Return of Convoy'', and ''Operation Combination'' manga were simply photographs of the relevant [[MerchandiseDriven toys]].

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* Season 5 of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' (which was, is, if you're not a fan, just slightly edited re-runs of the original 80s '80s cartoon) was is introduced by a Powermaster Optimus Prime toy, made slightly less blocky with CGI. Yup. That's it.
** Also, many of the shots in the ''Manga/TransformersZone'', ''Return of Convoy'', and ''Operation Combination'' manga were are simply photographs of the relevant [[MerchandiseDriven toys]].



* The Death Star trenches in ''Franchise/StarWars'' were in fact several dozen battleship model kits glued together.

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* The Death Star trenches in ''Franchise/StarWars'' were are in fact several dozen battleship model kits glued together.



** In the sequel, they used their own merchandise; the TIE Bomber's wings were taken directly from a plastic model kit of Vader's custom TIE.
** And, lets not forget [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Hush-98_comlink Qui-Gon Jinn's communicator]]: It was essentially a woman's razor.

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** In the sequel, they used their own merchandise; the TIE Bomber's wings were are taken directly from a plastic model kit of Vader's custom TIE.
** And, lets not forget [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Hush-98_comlink Qui-Gon Jinn's communicator]]: It was communicator]], essentially a woman's razor.



** Blasters across the series are real firearms (or models/props thereof) decorated with model part kits and whatnot, both for ease of editing (adding the energy bolts to the scenes, timed with the effects of the blank cartridges) and so the blasters actually looked like real weapons.
*** Another reason was simple cost and supply. Even by the mid-1970s when the first movie was filmed, WWII-era weapons were still common and easily procured. Even more so, there were tons and tons of realistic plastic props of WWII weapons (particularly Nazi weapons) left over from 60s-era films or contemporary films (such as ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' and ''Film/TheDirtyDozen''). This is why a vast majority of the weapons in the ''Star Wars'' universe are modeled closely after German firearms, even down to those used by the heroes such as Han's iconic blaster (modeled after a Mauser pistol). The most iconic Imperial weapon is modeled after a British firearm of the '60's and '70's, the [[http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/sterling_SMG Sterling sub-machine gun]], likely as a result of needing large numbers of actually functioning weapons as described previously. It just so happened that at the time ''A New Hope'' was being filmed, the British Army was getting rid of most of its stock of Sterlings because sub-machine guns were falling out of favour as infantry weapons, and the rest is history. Also, using 'previous generation' weapons added to the UsedFuture feel of the series.

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** Blasters across the series are real firearms (or models/props thereof) decorated with model part kits and whatnot, both for ease of editing (adding the energy bolts to the scenes, timed with the effects of the blank cartridges) and so the blasters actually looked look like real weapons.
*** Another reason was is simple cost and supply. Even by the mid-1970s when the first movie was filmed, WWII-era weapons were still common and easily procured. Even more so, there were tons and tons of realistic plastic props of WWII weapons (particularly Nazi weapons) left over from 60s-era '60s-era films or contemporary films (such as ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' and ''Film/TheDirtyDozen''). This is why a vast majority of the weapons in the ''Star Wars'' universe are modeled closely after German firearms, even down to those used by the heroes such as Han's iconic blaster (modeled after a Mauser pistol). The most iconic Imperial weapon is modeled after a British firearm of the '60's and '70's, the [[http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/sterling_SMG Sterling sub-machine gun]], likely as a result of needing large numbers of actually functioning weapons as described previously. It just so happened happens that at the time ''A New Hope'' was being filmed, the British Army was getting rid of most of its stock of Sterlings because sub-machine guns were falling out of favour as infantry weapons, and the rest is history. Also, using 'previous generation' "previous generation" weapons added adds to the UsedFuture feel of the series.



* In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', the garbage insertion device on top of the "Mr. Fusion Home Energy Converter" on the new improved [[CoolCar DeLorean]] Time Machine, was actually a coffee bean grinder (a Krups Coffina model, to be specific... which is actually a highly valuable item among BTTF collectors, especially those who build models of the [=DeLorean=]).
** The same model of coffee grinder previously appeared in the ''Nostromo'''s galley in ''Film/{{Alien}}'', where it was ''actually'' used as a coffee grinder.

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* In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', the garbage insertion device on top of the "Mr. Fusion Home Energy Converter" on the new improved [[CoolCar DeLorean]] Time Machine, was Machine is actually a coffee bean grinder (a Krups Coffina model, to be specific... which is actually a highly valuable item among BTTF collectors, especially those who build models of the [=DeLorean=]).
** The same model of coffee grinder previously appeared in the ''Nostromo'''s galley in ''Film/{{Alien}}'', where it was it's ''actually'' used as a coffee grinder.



* The Tumbler in Film/TheDarkKnightSaga was initially designed through kitbashing; afterwards there were four custom built full size street ready versions created and driven for exterior shots. Production designer Nathan Crowley noted how surreal it was to see huge blobs of model glue recreated on the full-size Tumbler, the model-makers having thought they were part of the design.

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* The Tumbler in Film/TheDarkKnightSaga ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' was initially designed through kitbashing; afterwards there were four custom built full size street ready custom-built, full-size, street-ready versions created and driven for exterior shots. Production designer Nathan Crowley noted how surreal it was to see huge blobs of model glue recreated on the full-size Tumbler, the model-makers having thought they were part of the design.



* The model-makers for ''Film/{{Alien}}'' relied on a great deal of kitbashing to get the effects shots done in time for the release, and ran out to a model shop where the first thing they laid eyes on was a model kit for [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader's TIE Advanced]]. The entire hull of the Nostromo was made of bits and pieces of many TIE Advanced model kits.

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* The model-makers for ''Film/{{Alien}}'' relied on a great deal of kitbashing to get the effects shots done in time for the release, and ran out to a model shop where the first thing they laid eyes on was a model kit for [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader's TIE Advanced]]. The entire hull of the Nostromo was is made of bits and pieces of many TIE Advanced model kits.



* In ''The Film/BattleOfBritain'', a lot of scenes were very clever editing involving cutting between studio sets, live-action footage of preserved 1940-era warplanes, and FX iunvolving virtually off-the-shelf models of the Airfix type. Even in 1969, there simply were not enough preserved WW2-era aircraft to have live footage of massed German and British aircraft in the sort of numbers that would have fought over southern England in 1940. Scenes of lots and lots of German bombers in formation were done as model shots, using off-the shelf Airfix kits [[note]]Even in 1969, other manufactueers were available. But Airfix were nearest and most ubiquitous.[[/note]] of German aircraft. The kit-bashing element involved adapting the completed models to take small electric motors and batteries so that the airscrews moved authentically. Pyrotechnics were built into some models, which were adapted to break up in ways that would have been realistic for real aircraft and not for plastic kits, whose parts and assembly do not usually correspond to the way in which real aircraft are built and how they deconstruct if catastrophic breaking stresses are applied. [[note]]ie, when they are shot down or sustain critical damage in flight. [[/note]]

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* In ''The Film/BattleOfBritain'', a lot of scenes were are very clever editing involving cutting between studio sets, live-action footage of preserved 1940-era warplanes, and FX iunvolving involving virtually off-the-shelf models of the Airfix type. Even in 1969, there simply were not enough preserved WW2-era aircraft to have live footage of massed German and British aircraft in the sort of numbers that would have fought over southern England in 1940. Scenes of lots and lots of German bombers in formation were done as model shots, using off-the shelf Airfix kits [[note]]Even in 1969, other manufactueers manufacturers were available. But available, but Airfix were nearest and most ubiquitous.[[/note]] of German aircraft. The kit-bashing element involved adapting the completed models to take small electric motors and batteries so that the airscrews moved authentically. Pyrotechnics were built into some models, which were adapted to break up in ways that would have been realistic for real aircraft and not for plastic kits, whose parts and assembly do not usually correspond to the way in which real aircraft are built and how they deconstruct if catastrophic breaking stresses are applied. [[note]]ie, [[note]]i.e. when they are shot down or sustain critical damage in flight. [[/note]]



** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E3TheSeaDevils The Sea Devils]]'', they could get stock footage of a nuclear submarine on the surface, but not underwater. The underwater shots were, as described in the DVD commentary, a model sub bought from Woolworth's. Hilariously, however, this little submarine wound up causing an insane amount of trouble for the producers. As it turns out, the submarine they used was kitbashed with a rotor from a vacuum cleaner to make a 22-propeller sub. And the UK at that time had just turned out 22-propeller subs. Which was a state secret. And the footage was at first convincing enough to make the Navy believe that footage had been given out. You can see how this led to problems.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E4PlanetOfTheDaleks Planet of the Daleks]]'', the Dalek Supreme is an oddity among most classic Daleks because it has a lighting up eyepiece and closely resembles the revival era design. However, a closer look at that aforementioned eyepiece reveals it to be a dolled up torch wedged into a tube.

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** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E3TheSeaDevils The Sea Devils]]'', they could were able to get stock footage of a nuclear submarine on the surface, but not underwater. The underwater shots were, are, as described in the DVD commentary, a model sub bought from Woolworth's. Hilariously, however, this little submarine wound up causing an insane amount of trouble for the producers. As it turns out, the submarine they used was kitbashed with a rotor from a vacuum cleaner to make a 22-propeller sub. And sub... and the UK at that time had just turned out 22-propeller subs. Which was subs... which were a state secret. And the The footage was at first convincing enough to make the Navy believe that footage had been given out. You can see how this led to problems.
leaked.
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E4PlanetOfTheDaleks Planet of the Daleks]]'', the Dalek Supreme is an oddity among most classic Daleks because it has a lighting up an eyepiece that lights up and closely resembles the revival era design. However, a closer look at that aforementioned eyepiece reveals it to be a dolled up torch dolled-up torch/flashlight wedged into a tube.



** ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride The Runaway Bride]]'' had the villains using a remote control - which was essentially a modified {{Nintendo 64}} controller.

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** ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride The Runaway Bride]]'' had has the villains using a remote control - which was is essentially a modified {{Nintendo 64}} controller.



** The [[MiniatureEffects miniature]] of the city on Skaro has a few obvious visible toothpaste lids left in.

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** The [[MiniatureEffects miniature]] of the city on Skaro has a few obvious visible toothpaste lids caps left in.



** Before CGI became the primary source of special effects, the various series often used bits and pieces of their own merchandise and spare copies of ship models. A prime example was the ships and debris at the Battle of Wolf 359 in [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II"]]. The single-nacelle ''Freedom''-class used a ''Constellation''-class neck glued to a ''Galaxy'' nacelle, while the four-nacelled ''Cheyenne''-class and two-nacelled ''New Orleans''-class both consisted of the saucer from one ''Galaxy'' model kit, the bridge from another, and highlighter markers for the nacelles, albeit assembled differently.
** The pile of Borg corpses in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Scorpion, part 1" were just action figures cut up with a multi-tool and glued together.

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** Before CGI became the primary source of special effects, the various series often used bits and pieces of their own merchandise and spare copies of ship models. A prime example was is the ships and debris at the Battle of Wolf 359 in [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II"]]. The single-nacelle ''Freedom''-class used uses a ''Constellation''-class neck glued to a ''Galaxy'' nacelle, while the four-nacelled ''Cheyenne''-class and two-nacelled ''New Orleans''-class both consisted consist of the saucer from one ''Galaxy'' model kit, the bridge from another, and highlighter markers for the nacelles, albeit assembled differently.
** The pile of Borg corpses in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Scorpion, part 1" were are just action figures cut up with a multi-tool and glued together.



** The act of kitbashing is "honored" in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' via the customization methods in place for ships. A player can make their own distinctive designs by mixing pylons, nacelles, and saucers from the different official ship classes (themselves often based on the kitbashes from ''Deep Space Nine''). One notorious case of this from the shows is the similarity between the ''Akira''-class escort seen in ''Deep Space Nine'', and the NX-01 ''Enterprise'' from, well, ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': it was essentially the same ship, just turned upside down!
** Even after CGI replaced physical studio models, the practice remained a time-honored tradition. The NX-era Intrepid-class/"half-saucer" (not to be confused with the Intrepid class of the [[Series/StarTrekVoyager USS Voyager]]) that appeared in three episodes of [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]] was a redress of the NX nacelles and engineering hull strapped behind the front half of the saucer, taken from the CGI model of the NX-01.

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** The act of kitbashing is "honored" in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' via the customization methods in place for ships. A player can make their own distinctive designs by mixing pylons, nacelles, and saucers from the different official ship classes (themselves often based on the kitbashes from ''Deep Space Nine''). One notorious case of this from the shows is the similarity between the ''Akira''-class escort seen in ''Deep Space Nine'', Nine'' and the NX-01 ''Enterprise'' from, well, ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': it was it's essentially the same ship, just turned upside down!
** Even after CGI replaced physical studio models, the practice remained a time-honored tradition. The NX-era Intrepid-class/"half-saucer" (not to be confused with the Intrepid class of the [[Series/StarTrekVoyager USS Voyager]]) that appeared appears in three episodes of [[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]] was is a redress of the NX nacelles and engineering hull strapped behind the front half of the saucer, taken from the CGI model of the NX-01.



* Gerry Anderson vehicles often used this, whether Supermarionation or live-action, ''especially'' the Pod Vehicles in ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''. They went through a lot of Tiger Joe tank tracks, among other things. This is why everything in Gerry's TV series was MadeOfExplodium; models were endlessly converted and re-used so they never blew up an actual model. Instead they stopped the camera, removed the model, which was too valuable for future use to destroy, and replaced it with a bomb and filmed the explosion. The result was that the model appeared to vanish into an all-consuming fireball.\\\
Many of the models are seen disintegrating as they fall from cliffs, are dropped or collide with towers; but most are rebuilt and repurposed in later episodes; notably the half-track trucks. Several aircraft are visible in backgrounds that had been "destroyed" in earlier episodes, notably the 'Red Arrow' fighter (a modified SAAB Draken). [[http://tobor2.com/redarrow/redarrow.htm A website]] shows how easy the kit-bashing for the Red Arrow likely was. The Draken was also used as the basis for another fighter in the episode ''The Cham-cham'', though whether it was the Red Arrow recycled is unknown; probably not, since it would have been easier and quicker to make it from scratch. Another aircraft that got used a lot was the F-104 Starfighter; its fuselage, in particular, was used as part of at least 4 aircraft in the series, ranging from the Zombite fighter from ''The Uninvited'' to the ubiquitous Air-Sea Rescue jets seen in many episodes. Additionally, if you look on the back wall during the launch sequence of Thunderbird 1, you can clearly see a lemon squeezer used as part of the detailing.\\\
In a similar fashion, most of the Mysteron complex on Mars (from ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'', of course) was made from kitchenware -- salad strainers and the like.

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* Gerry Anderson vehicles often used this, whether Supermarionation or live-action, ''especially'' the Pod Vehicles in ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}''. They went through a lot of Tiger Joe tank tracks, among other things. This is why everything in Gerry's TV series was is MadeOfExplodium; models were endlessly converted and re-used re-used, so they never blew up an actual model. Instead they stopped the camera, removed the model, which model (which was too valuable for future use to destroy, and destroy), replaced it with a bomb and filmed the explosion. The result was is that the model appeared appears to vanish into an all-consuming fireball.\\\
Many of the models are seen disintegrating as they fall from cliffs, are dropped or collide with towers; but most are rebuilt and repurposed in later episodes; notably the half-track trucks. Several aircraft are visible in backgrounds that had been "destroyed" in earlier episodes, notably the 'Red Arrow' "Red Arrow" fighter (a modified SAAB Draken). [[http://tobor2.com/redarrow/redarrow.htm A website]] shows how easy the kit-bashing for the Red Arrow likely was. The Draken was also used as the basis for another fighter in the episode ''The Cham-cham'', though whether it was the Red Arrow recycled is unknown; probably unknown (probably not, since it would have been easier and quicker to make it from scratch. scratch). Another aircraft that got used a lot was is the F-104 Starfighter; its fuselage, in particular, was is used as part of at least 4 aircraft in the series, ranging from the Zombite fighter from ''The Uninvited'' to the ubiquitous Air-Sea Rescue jets seen in many episodes. Additionally, if you look on the back wall during the launch sequence of Thunderbird 1, you can clearly see a lemon squeezer used as part of the detailing.\\\
* In a similar fashion, most of the Mysteron complex on Mars (from ''Series/CaptainScarletAndTheMysterons'', most of course) was the Mysteron complex on Mars is made from kitchenware -- salad strainers and the like.



* In ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'', the first series of Clan [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]] utilize many shared parts - generally their legs - as a way to cut costs. Originally, they were even sold with instructions informing the buyer that you could swap the arms and legs between different bodies to give them new looks. InUniverse, "[[FrankenX FrankenMechs]]" are built using salvaged parts from destroyed battlemechs, often entire limbs; these were prevalent during the [[ForeverWar Succession Wars]] that destroyed [[LostTechnology most of the factories]] producing new equipment, though new technology phased them out of the battlefield and left them as gimmicks for the [[BloodSport Solaris Arena]] and the backwater Periphery states.

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* In ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'', ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', the first series of Clan [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]] utilize many shared parts - generally their legs - as a way to cut costs. Originally, they were even sold with instructions informing the buyer that you could swap the arms and legs between different bodies to give them new looks. InUniverse, "[[FrankenX FrankenMechs]]" are built using salvaged parts from destroyed battlemechs, often entire limbs; these were prevalent during the [[ForeverWar Succession Wars]] that destroyed [[LostTechnology most of the factories]] producing new equipment, though new technology phased them out of the battlefield and left them as gimmicks for the [[BloodSport Solaris Arena]] and the backwater Periphery states.



* Pirate bases in the ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' series recognizably use chunks of other races' capital ships in their models (the hulls of the Argon Colossus and the Teladi Albatross are readily visible). {{Lampshaded}} by the flavor text, which notes that the bases are constructed mostly out of derelict ships. Teladi capital ships are made up of modular segments, which are swapped around, rotated, and re-sized to create new ships. The Teladi Albatross's main body is essentially two Teladi [[TheBattlestar Condors]] welded side-to-side with their glowing generators removed, while the bridge of the Albatross is a sideways [[MileLongShip Phoenix]] nose. Being chincy and reusing parts is the [[ProudMerchantRace Teladi's]] hat, so re-using parts is [[JustifiedTrope perfectly in-character]]. Space stations use modular sections as well which are swapped around depending on the station type, though [[TruthInTelevision real space stations likewise use this]]

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* Pirate bases in the ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' series recognizably use chunks of other races' capital ships in their models (the hulls of the Argon Colossus and the Teladi Albatross are readily visible). {{Lampshaded}} by the flavor text, which notes that the bases are constructed mostly out of derelict ships. Teladi capital ships are made up of modular segments, which are swapped around, rotated, and re-sized to create new ships. The Teladi Albatross's main body is essentially two Teladi [[TheBattlestar Condors]] welded side-to-side with their glowing generators removed, while the bridge of the Albatross is a sideways [[MileLongShip Phoenix]] nose. Being chincy chintzy and reusing parts is the [[ProudMerchantRace Teladi's]] hat, so re-using parts is it's [[JustifiedTrope perfectly in-character]]. Space stations use modular sections as well which are swapped around depending on the station type, though [[TruthInTelevision real space stations likewise use this]]



* The aforementioned ''[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Dangeresque 1]]'' featured a "nunchuck gun" that was literally a pair of nunchucks taped to a gun. Though that may have been exactly what he meant it to be (and the gun, for what it's worth, appears to be real at least).

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* The aforementioned ''[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Dangeresque 1]]'' featured features a "nunchuck gun" that was is literally a pair of nunchucks taped to a gun. Though that may have been exactly what he meant it to be (and the gun, for what it's worth, appears to be real at least).
18th Dec '16 7:34:07 AM Midna
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->''"I couldn't shoot him if I wanted to. It's the Star Labs vacuum cleaner... with A LOT of LED's"''

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->''"I couldn't shoot him if I wanted to. It's the Star Labs vacuum cleaner... with A LOT of LED's"''LED's."''
1st Dec '16 1:37:53 AM Sammettik
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* Film/TheFastAndTheFurious has, as some of TheMerch, licensed die-cast replicas of some of its "[[CoolCar Hero Cars]]". Near the beginning of the sixth film, during the scene with Brian's family, Brian and Dom are shown giving two of those same replicas (specifically, the first film's Charger and the fourth film's Skyline) to baby Jack.

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* Film/TheFastAndTheFurious ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' has, as some of TheMerch, licensed die-cast replicas of some of its "[[CoolCar Hero Cars]]". Near the beginning of the sixth film, during the scene with Brian's family, Brian and Dom are shown giving two of those same replicas (specifically, the first film's Charger and the fourth film's Skyline) to baby Jack.
16th Nov '16 5:28:59 PM BattleMaster
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* In ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'', the first series of Clan [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]] utilize many shared parts - generally their legs - as a way to cut costs. InUniverse, "[[FrankenX FrankenMechs]]" are built using salvaged parts from destroyed battlemechs, often entire limbs; these were prevalent during the [[ForeverWar Succession Wars]] that destroyed [[LostTechnology most of the factories]] producing new equipment, though new technology phased them out of the battlefield and left them as gimmicks for the [[BloodSport Solaris Arena]] and the backwater Periphery states.

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* In ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'', the first series of Clan [[HumongousMecha BattleMechs]] utilize many shared parts - generally their legs - as a way to cut costs. Originally, they were even sold with instructions informing the buyer that you could swap the arms and legs between different bodies to give them new looks. InUniverse, "[[FrankenX FrankenMechs]]" are built using salvaged parts from destroyed battlemechs, often entire limbs; these were prevalent during the [[ForeverWar Succession Wars]] that destroyed [[LostTechnology most of the factories]] producing new equipment, though new technology phased them out of the battlefield and left them as gimmicks for the [[BloodSport Solaris Arena]] and the backwater Periphery states.
31st Oct '16 10:09:54 PM WanderingTedium
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See also SpecialEffectFailure and NoBudget. Compare with GISSyndrome where cut-and-paste stock photos and backgrounds are used with little or no modification.

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See also SpecialEffectFailure and NoBudget. Compare with GISSyndrome where cut-and-paste stock photos and backgrounds are used with little or no modification.
modification. See PracticalEffects for when the budget is a little better.
1st Oct '16 7:43:21 AM AgProv
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* In ''The Film/BattleOfBritain'', a lot of scenes were very clever editing involving cutting between studio sets, live-action footage of preserved 1940-era warplanes, and FX iunvolving virtually off-the-shelf models of the Airfix type. Even in 1969, there simply were not enough preserved WW2-era aircraft to have live footage of massed German and British aircraft in the sort of numbers that would have fought over southern England in 1940. Scenes of lots and lots of German bombers in formation were done as model shots, using off-the shelf Airfix kits [[note]]Even in 1969, other manufactueers were availalbe. But Airfix were nearest and most ubiquitous.[[/note]] of German aircraft. The kit-bashing element involved adapting the completed models to take small electric motors and batteries so that the airscrews moved authentically. Pyrotechnics were built into some models, which were adapted to break up in ways that would have been realistic for real aircraft and not for plastic kits, whose parts and assembly do not usually correspond to the way in which real aircraft are built and how they deconstruct if catastrophic breaking stresses are applied. [[note]]ie, when they are shot down or sustain critical damage in flight. [[/note]]

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* In ''The Film/BattleOfBritain'', a lot of scenes were very clever editing involving cutting between studio sets, live-action footage of preserved 1940-era warplanes, and FX iunvolving virtually off-the-shelf models of the Airfix type. Even in 1969, there simply were not enough preserved WW2-era aircraft to have live footage of massed German and British aircraft in the sort of numbers that would have fought over southern England in 1940. Scenes of lots and lots of German bombers in formation were done as model shots, using off-the shelf Airfix kits [[note]]Even in 1969, other manufactueers were availalbe.available. But Airfix were nearest and most ubiquitous.[[/note]] of German aircraft. The kit-bashing element involved adapting the completed models to take small electric motors and batteries so that the airscrews moved authentically. Pyrotechnics were built into some models, which were adapted to break up in ways that would have been realistic for real aircraft and not for plastic kits, whose parts and assembly do not usually correspond to the way in which real aircraft are built and how they deconstruct if catastrophic breaking stresses are applied. [[note]]ie, when they are shot down or sustain critical damage in flight. [[/note]]
1st Oct '16 7:42:26 AM AgProv
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* In ''Film/TheBattleOfBritain'', a lot of scenes were very clever editing involving cutting between studio sets, live-action footage of preserved 1940-era warplanes, and FX iunvolving virtually off-the-shelf models of the Airfix type. Even in 1969, there simply were not enough preserved WW2-era aircraft to have live footage of massed German and British aircraft in the sort of numbers that would have fought over southern England in 1940. Scenes of lots and lots of German bombers in formation were done as model shots, using off-the shelf Airfix kits [[note]]Even in 1969, other manufactueers were availabe. But Airfix were nearest and most ubiquitous.[[/note]] of German aircraft. The kit-bashing element involved adapting the completed models to take small electric motors and batteries so that the airscrews moved authentically. Pyrotechnics were built into some models, which were adapted to break up in ways that would have been realistic for real aircraft and not for plastic kits, whose parts and assembly do not usually correspond to the way in which real aircraft are built and how they deconstruct if catastrophic breaking stresses are applied. [[note]]ie, when they are shot down or sustain critical damage in flight. [[/note]]

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* In ''Film/TheBattleOfBritain'', ''The Film/BattleOfBritain'', a lot of scenes were very clever editing involving cutting between studio sets, live-action footage of preserved 1940-era warplanes, and FX iunvolving virtually off-the-shelf models of the Airfix type. Even in 1969, there simply were not enough preserved WW2-era aircraft to have live footage of massed German and British aircraft in the sort of numbers that would have fought over southern England in 1940. Scenes of lots and lots of German bombers in formation were done as model shots, using off-the shelf Airfix kits [[note]]Even in 1969, other manufactueers were availabe.availalbe. But Airfix were nearest and most ubiquitous.[[/note]] of German aircraft. The kit-bashing element involved adapting the completed models to take small electric motors and batteries so that the airscrews moved authentically. Pyrotechnics were built into some models, which were adapted to break up in ways that would have been realistic for real aircraft and not for plastic kits, whose parts and assembly do not usually correspond to the way in which real aircraft are built and how they deconstruct if catastrophic breaking stresses are applied. [[note]]ie, when they are shot down or sustain critical damage in flight. [[/note]]
1st Oct '16 7:40:08 AM AgProv
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* In ''Film/TheBattleOfBritain'', a lot of scenes were very clever editing involving cutting between studio sets, live-action footage of preserved 1940-era warplanes, and FX iunvolving virtually off-the-shelf models of the Airfix type. Even in 1969, there simply were not enough preserved WW2-era aircraft to have live footage of massed German and British aircraft in the sort of numbers that would have fought over southern England in 1940. Scenes of lots and lots of German bombers in formation were done as model shots, using off-the shelf Airfix kits [[note]]Even in 1969, other manufactueers were availabe. But Airfix were nearest and most ubiquitous.[[/note]] of German aircraft. The kit-bashing element involved adapting the completed models to take small electric motors and batteries so that the airscrews moved authentically. Pyrotechnics were built into some models, which were adapted to break up in ways that would have been realistic for real aircraft and not for plastic kits, whose parts and assembly do not usually correspond to the way in which real aircraft are built and how they deconstruct if catastrophic breaking stresses are applied. [[note]]ie, when they are shot down or sustain critical damage in flight. [[/note]]
28th Aug '16 12:28:33 PM BabClayton
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*** The War Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver is a modified version of a Tom Baker Sonic Screwdriver Toy?
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