File:Smithsonian NASM - Close Encounters of the Third Kind Mother Ship spacecraft model (17533833).jpg

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English: Model in wood, plastic and metal of the Mother Ship spacecraft used in the filming of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
The ship was conceived by Steven Spielberg, the film's director and screenwriter. It was made by a team headed by Gregory Jein, using model train parts and other kits. When filmed with special photographic and lighting effects, the model appears to be a huge, hovering craft. Rotating, colored lights underneath the ship added to its effects.
Looking closely at the model, one can find tiny hidden smaller models which are not seen when the Mother Ship appears in the film. These models were added by the model makers as internal "jokes". They include a Volkswagen bus, a submarine, the R2-D2 android, a U.S. mailbox, an aircraft, and a small cemetery plot.
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Author Andrew Magill from Boulder, USA
Camera location38° 54′ 39.68″ N, 77° 26′ 39.29″ W Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap.View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Earthinfo


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