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"Hi Horsemen OK here are some quick sketches of Gemini. I only guessed at how you are going to handle the legs . I assumed the standard lower torso, and here suggested unique larger feet, as they might be needed to handle all that is, or could be, going on above. Again only suggestions, concept not form. What I am strongly recommending is the secret center hole between the collars, so the user can do one head torso variations and more importantly flip the body , join it to another, whatever. A universal joint disk might be required with either two holes or two pegs."
"One thing that we will have to do is make his helmet in two separate pieces. When two heads are in place the helmets will touch in the middle giving it a very classic look, but a single helmet will work perfectly with the single head version. This one's going to be a blast!"
I WAS LOOKING OVER THE ACTUAL PROTOTYPES AND STUDYING THE POSSIBLE APPROACHES TO THE TWO HELMETS. THERE IS ONE SIMPLE WAY TO SOLVE IT AND I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW AHEAD OF TIME THAT I ENDORSE IT. SO MAYBE THIS WILL SAVE YOU SOME THINKING TIME
TWO HELMETS WILL REQUIRE MORE SPACE BETWEEN THE COLLARS IN REALITY THAN IT WOULD SEEM IN THEORY. ONE SOLUTION WOULD REQUIRE SMALLER HEADS AND SMALLER HELMETS, ALSO THE HELMETS HAVE TO TAPER SLIGHTLY TO RELEASE FROM MOLDS.
THERE IS REALLY ONLY ONE WAY TO DO THIS AND KEEP THE SIZE. THAT IS TO MAKE THE UPPER BODY WIDER, THEN MOVE THE COLLARS AND HEADS FARTHER APART WITHOUT CHANGING THEIR SIZE, I AM ALL FOR THIS SOLUTION. HOPE IT IS ALL RIGHT WITH YOU. THIS WILL ALLOW MORE SPACE FOR BUTTONS TOO.
I WENT AHEAD AND VISUALIZED IT IN PHOTOSHOP, LOOKS GREAT TO ME. I ALSO MADE THE BUTTONS BIGGER.
"Now would be a good time for us to start looking at any photos/ ref. on the remaining three prototypes. I know that you sent us some images in the past, but I would ask that you re-send any images of Cyclops, Gemini, and Gamma-X that you have, even if you sent them in the past. Also, could you re-send the drawings that you did for Gemini's Glyos function. We lost a lot of emails recently, and I fear that those images were also casualties."
Here is the total package, everything the Four Horsemen should need to recreate the last three of the original 13 Outer Space Men. I have gathered it all in one place. This includes, recent photos, shot for the occasion, old ones too, along with the Original Boards from which the OSM were created, even though they appear elsewhere on the OSM website. Here too are the letters that accompanied the original designs and, hitherto, lost photos of the unaltered original clay models as they arrived from Hong Kong in 1969. Last of all, the manufactured prototypes on their blister cards.
In the pages that follow, a few excerpts from emails, between myself and the Four Horsemen will appear in blue.
This clay model was shot after I had already done some alterations and repairs. All in all, the models for the Second Series were one thousand times better that the ones they sent the first time around.
The greenish cast to one of the helmets was not what I intended. It was supposed to be more yellow, orange even. Also the yellow collars are not correct. They are intended to be Black.
The photo below was shot at the Four Horsemenís request to show Relative Sizes.