Duct tape keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, apparently.
Duct tape is a magical substance that can repair your car, patch holes in almost anything, and be used in crafts. We should all have a roll of duct tape in a drawer somewhere, but if you’re Jacob LaRocca, you probably have dozens of rolls. He loves to build things, and the sturdy silver tape is his preferred medium. One of his crowning achievements is building a 1:150 model of Firefly’s Serenity. Isn’t it shiny? Like, literally shiny?
The model of the cargo ship comes with some impressive stats. I’ll get to those in a minute, but before I do, I want you to take a moment to watch this time-lapse video of the assembly. It blows away my pretty floral bonnet.
Mal Reynolds is also impressed:
Now for the numbers: 27 total rolls of tape including industrial and double-sided duct tape were used in the build. It took 110 hours of work over six months. The final product weights 23 pounds. LaRocca took 14,000 photos to document the process. He doesn’t mention how long Serenity is, but the model is long enough that he has to attach it to a backpack in order to carry it around.
Here’s a peek at the build process (yes, that is Jewel Staite – LaRocca met her at Boston Comic Con):
More photos at Imgur.
In addition to Serenity, LaRocca has applied his duct tape techniques to replicas of Bilbo Baggins’ Sting, Link’s Master Sword, and Buffy’s scythe. Read about all of them and see photos at his website.