Lost in Space - City Beneath the Sea


In the 70s, the 20th Century Fox Studios needed space for new projects and they cleaned up their prop store.
Many of the sometimes costly designed props were poorly stored and pushed too often from A to B and back again.
B-9 Robot: 'I cannot accept that course of action'.
What did not land in the garbage skip was sold to the highest bidder.
The Studio auctioned off a large number of no longer needed props, including nearly the complete old Irwin Allen model Shop.
What would be priceless today was sold off cheaply in the 70s.
A huge lot of 'Lost in Space' screen used toys, models and miniatures found a new owner.
Greg Jein, a true legend in the model building world, was there at the right time and picked up the whole 
forgotten Irwin Allen treasures.
Miniatures like the 'Chariot' or the 'Jupiter 2' Spaceship and others, but also many old parts, 
spare parts, molds and blueprints.
Jein, the master-builder of the Mothership miniature in 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', 
carefully restored several props back to its original 'Lost in Space' configurations and 
sold most of the stuff he got from Fox to other Fans over the years.
You now have the unique chance to do a time travel into the year 1982 and visit Greg Jein's old Storage to see 
what he was able to save from Fox Studios (and their greedy dumpster).
The props, models & miniatures of the Irwin Allen cult TV show 'Lost in Space' (1965-1968).
Hardly shown original Kodak 35mm slides presented in chilly Spacecolor.

What's going on there? The Chariot turning a few practice rounds in front of the storage?
What a cool shot of the Chariot miniature - 1982 - A detailed, well-made model.
Bigger than I would have thought and with scale figures of the Robinson family inside (12"?). 
Looks good, but a visit to the workshop would probably be time (new chains,...).

The figure in the cockpit looks like John Robinson wearing his parka ...ready for a ride with the rocket belt.
One of the figures seems to be wearing a space suit, suggesting that it is a puppet which was actually used 
for 'Jupiter 2' miniature scenes.
The greatly detailed Robot (B-9) figure looks awesome. 
Keep an eye on the stuff laying in the back of the Chariot!?
It is easy to imagine that in this one model alone there is an incredible amount of work, time and money.
Is this the original power controlled miniature Chariot prop? 
Looks like that, I think so.
Now we have a better look on the figure with the space suit on. It's Penny Robinson, isn't it?
The parts that were laying in the back of the Chariot are now presented on the left outside of the Chariot.
That one thing looks interesting, lets have a closer look.
How cool is that? 
A miniature Bell Rocket Belt in scale suitable for the John Robinson figure.
'Come on and fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away'
Fantastic, look at the exact details of this impressive miniature rocket belt.
The veteran special effects modeler L.B.Abbott, head of the effects department at 20th Century Fox studios 
during the 'Lost in Space' production, and Howard Lydecker handled all aspects of the miniature work along 
with their staff (Art Cruickshank, Jack Polito), including the filming of the different miniatures in action.
The real BELL Rocket Belt in a scene of the show.
It is a low-power rocket propulsion device that allows an individual to safely travel or leap over small distances.
A pretty useful toy if you are going to explore an alien planet or dance with giants!
The crew filmed great footage with the Rocket Belt in Trona Pinnacles and at Red Rock Canyon (California). 
Whenever John Robinson flies through the air you hear beautiful music cues that Bernard Herrmann arranged for 
the 'Beneath the 12 mile Reef' (1953) soundtrack.
Strange ... but it works wonderfully!
The Chariot in a Plexiglas box on display somewhere.
On the frame of the slide is the information FEB 1982.
Is this the restored version of the Chariot pictured above or another miniature?
View into the storage of Greg Jein, 1982.
The ragged remains of the famous 'Lost in Space' robot, simply known as The Robot.
A Class M-3 Model B-9 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot designed by Robert 'Bob' Kinoshita. 
Kinoshita also designed Forbidden Planet's legendary Robby the Robot.
During the filming of 'Lost in Space' two (possibly 3?) versions of the robot were used.
An expansive, elegant so called 'hero robot' costume worn by Bob May and a much simpler version, the 'Dummy Robot'. 
What we see here is the 'Dummy Robot', used for distant or risky shots where the 'Hero Robot' may have been damaged 
or the man in the suit.
The two B9 Robot versions fell into disrepair after the end of the series, but they have been discovered and restored. 
If you look at this old photo (a Kodak 35mm Slide), one can imagine that a restoration will be quite costly and time consuming. 
There are different interesting things to see on the shot.
A PSA passenger aircraft (PSA N24PS), a movie prop?
That mysterious 'rubber alien' there, where once was a Claw of The Robot looks like the head of a turtle? 
And these red scaffolding parts...
These 'scaffolding parts' are the service towers of the 'Jupiter 2' launching pad (Gantries).
Handmade from different metals, with miniature spotlights at the top (see photo) and each of the 3 red 'towers' 
had its own 'tank-style' track propulsion system (not visible on the photo).
The Robot, just a lifeless shell.
But wait a minute, there is something moving ... in the shell of the robot lives a turtle-like Alien.
What's that?
An original claw of The Robot with battle marks.
Model maker Greg Jein had to invest a lot of work in The Robot. 
Among other things he created and affixed two new matching claws.
The B-9 Dummy Robot in a huge plexiglass box on display somewhere (1982).
Not quite perfect, but already significantly improved compared to the previous state.
Who is that guy in front of Greg's Storage wearing the 'boots' of The Robot?
In any case, a great photo (1982)!
'Danger! Danger!'
The bottom side of the famous 'Jupiter 2' spaceship.
Many traces of use, a lot of work for a talented model maker.
The 'Jupiter 2' model in front of the Storage of Greg Jein.
The four-foot filming miniature is constructed of fiberglass and wood (body) and other components (resin, aluminum,..).
On the left you can spot a two-door hatch, a gimmick for the third Season of the Show.
A new little ship was launched through the opening for planetary exploration.
The two-door hatch on the underside of the 'Jupiter 2'. 
A newly built 'Space Pod', a small auxiliary spacecraft, could be released through this hatch.
The Space Pod provides a novel means of transportation between the ship and passing alien planets.
Unfortunately a bit out of focus, but a rare photographic document of its time - 1982.
The upper part of the screen used 'Jupiter 2' miniature.
The 'Jupiter 2' Spaceship was converted for a new role in Irwin Allen's trash flick 'City Beneath the Sea' in the late 60s.
Holes were cut into the fiberglass Hull of the Spaceship to install windows that were lit from the inside.
These new window strips are constructed of curved plastic (plexiglass).
The 'Jupiter 2' Spaceship which we have presented above was converted to play a futuristic architectural 
high-class loft building in the underwater city of 'Pacifica' in 'City Beneath the Sea'.
The ex-Spaceship (miniature) was prominently featured in this short close up sequence of Pacifica.
Yeah, and the 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' Flying Sub flies again in 'City Beneath the Sea' as 
Commander Patterson takes Admiral Matthews to the underwater city in an 'Aquafoil'.
Admiral Matthews (Stuart Whitman) was put in charge again.
Remnants of the 'Pacifica' paintwork is still clearly visible - the new windows can be seen on the right.
It seems that the windows were only built-in the area visible in the scene and not around the whole ship.
Through the main window you can see the Flight Control Station of the 'Jupiter 2' with the three Computer Terminals.
The Last Journey of 'Jupiter 2' before it went offline.
The famous Spaceship landed on a high pedestal and became a loft building, upgraded with an additional transparent dome.
I think it is out of question that the Irwin Allen movie 'City Beneath the Sea' is one big 'n silly underwater disaster.
A wild hodgepodge completely out of synch with everything.
Characters without any depth, a wildly implausible script, ...and so much more.
On the other side, for fans of the great old Sci-Fi Master Irwin Allen, it is fun to watch this surprise egg, 
because the production has one heart-warming guideline: Recycling!
You see so many things that you know from other Allen productions that you can not stop grinning!
I have to admit, I like that little cucumber!
The movie has some kind of charm...
The underwater City 'Pacifica' ...or a Casino in Las Vegas?
A huge miniature Set for 'City Beneath the Sea' that obviously consists of a bunch of real models and not of painted cut-outs.
And there are 2 more 'Jupiter 2' loft buildings!?
Cheap mock-ups of the original miniature ...or are these really old 'Jup-2' versions?
How many did they built for 'Lost in Space'?
In the office of Stuart Whitman - 'City Beneath the Sea'.
Look at the background, might be a painted backdrop or are these pieces of the 'Pacifica' Set?
The windows are not those we see in the Loft, but maybe the model was only rotated 180 degrees. 
Anyway, on this screenshots the backdrop looks like a moderately successful painting.
Parts of the launch pad of the 'Jupiter 2' - 1982 - Looks like if they are made of metal.
This is a cool thing.!
The original 'Atomic Fusion Core Engine' from the underside of the 'Jupiter 2'.
I'm sure you remember the groovy circular rotating Engine Light Effects.
This component was probably made of some kind of cast material (resin?) with a ring of aluminum fins, 
some of them bent and others are already missing.
Wow, look at this.
The futuristic Atomic Fusion Core Engine of the 'Jupiter 2' spaceship ...a bunch of cables and bulbs!
What you see on the photo is the original thing, with the original light bulbs of which several are missing - 1982.
These light bulbs provided the thrilling effect on the underside.
The rotating illumination of the windows is a simple but very effective spectacle and a successful illusion of fusion power.
Only this one 'Jupiter 2' four-foot miniature had the extra power via Fusion Core propulsion.
The great old Visual Effects masters L.B. Abbott and Howard Lydecker conducted the performance of the 'Jupiter 2' and managed 
some impressive and forceful pictures with the spaceship back in the 60s.
The 'Jupiter 2' still is one of the best-known TV Spaceships next to the 'Enterprise' ('Star Trek').
Soon more on the Props of the fascinating Irwin Allen Shows.
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