Accurate? December 1941 Mysteries of the Museum

Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by K1OIK, Sep 15, 2018.

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  1. K1OIK

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    Did they just toss in electronics for this sea plane? Looks likes test gear not communications gear. Circa?
  2. KE0ZU

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    Yep, looks like a HP-612 generator.
  3. K1OIK

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  4. KS2G

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    Yes, that's exactly what they did.

    As I have pointed out repeatedly in these types of posted queries, the prop department uses whatever is on hand or can be obtained conveniently (at the lowest possible cost) to give the audience the impression of whatever it is they're trying to portray. ;)
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  5. K1OIK

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    It seems that in the media faithfulness to facts is behind convenance? I wonder if covering the government is handled the same way?
  6. KJ6ZOL

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    Well, it's considered fiction, and so doesn't seem to be subject to being factually accurate. The producers know that most of the audience has zero clue about electronics, so they grab anything that looks cool. Sometimes the prop people will actually throw together something from random parts because the audience doesn't know any better. That's what happened with the TV series (not the movie) Frequency, where the radio that the main character uses to talk to the past seemed to be a bunch of random parts tossed together and using a cheap LED bulb underneath the "chassis" to give the impression of lighted tubes. In some older scifi movies the prop dept simply used amateur radio equipment of the era, giving the impression that Hallicrafters still existed in the 22nd and 1/2 century. ;):p
  7. K1OIK

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    Mysteries of the Museum is not fiction. It is supposed be not merely based on true stories, the stories are supposed to be faithful to the facts.
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    It would be great if every movie and TV show could be 100% historically accurate, using only the exact, historically-correct everything from beginning to end, either with genuine antiques or exact replicas. Most do an excellent job - you have to look hard to see any inaccuracies.

    Some productions, such as Downton Abbey and Titanic, have a staff of experts and craftspeople working very hard to make sure everything is historically accurate - often to the point of making complete costumes and setpieces from scratch, using CGI to remove things, and sending out teams of experts to find shooting locations, antiques, etc.

    But the plain and simple fact is that almost no one has an unlimited budget in dollars, time, or effort. And there are deadlines to meet.

    Very often, decisions come down to "what can we do with the money/time/people we have?" So, compromises are made because they have to be made.

    This is particularly true when the compromises are such that they do not really alter or distract from the narrative.

    It all comes down to the following questions:

    - Does what is shown help move the story forward?

    - If there are inaccuracies, just how bad are they?

    - What percentage of the audience will notice the inaccuracies?

    - How long will the inaccuracy be on screen/stage?

    - How much would it cost in money, time and effort to fix the inaccuracies?

    It's easy to be a critic. Try doing a production and see what it takes.

    73 de Jim, N2EY
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  9. ND6M

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    Have you watched any weather reports lately?
    Even they are being "faked".
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