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#1 RobinThwaites


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Posted 22 November 2013 - 09:59 AM

Greetings all and some sad news.


Some of you may know UK operator John Ward, if not look him up on IMDB - Full Metal Jacket, Prince of Thieves, Highlander etc. I have known John since around 1986 although he was operating before this with the first Steadicam Model 1 that entered the UK.


Some of you may already be aware that John has been seriously ill for some time and things are unlikely to get better for him. In light of this he has asked me to see if anyone is interested in helping him clear his cellar where he has:


1 x Spintec 105mm spinning disc Rain Deflector. These are great devices, I used to sell them when I was at OpTex and they really work. Fits on matte box rails and needs 12 volts, not too much gyroscopic effect unlike the big 300 and 400mm versions. Was £2,500.00 (from memory) looking for £800.00 ono.


1 x Mk-V radio focus. Three channel with three motors (the blue ones) handset and receiver. This was one of only a few made but I believe that Marell Electronics would still be able to maintain it. Not bought from me but originally cost in the order £8,000.00 and would make a newbie operator a nice kit for around £2,500.00 complete.


Please note this is a private sale on John's behalf and the items will be sold as seen (I have not seen them yet so am unable to answer questions until after the UK Silver Workshop ending on the 5th December) but do contact me at my Tiffen e-mail robin.thwaites@tiffen.com. Again, this is not a Tiffen sale, just helping a friend.






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#2 RonBaldwin


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Posted 23 November 2013 - 11:38 AM

sorry to hear about John Ward's illness.  Never met him but his body of work is amazing.  And for you newer ops...I believe his gear was used in Aliens for the steadi-guns?  

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#3 thomas-english


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Posted 23 November 2013 - 11:08 PM

John Ward is a top quality  high end bloke. Love him. Yeah he hired out all the arms that were used as guns on Aliens. Inspiring fella. 

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#4 Mariano Costa

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 07:20 AM

Reminds me of this:


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