Tintin & Milou on the Moon by Jean-Marc Deschamps

En Français…

 

Personnages et albums incontournables, les aventures de Tintin et Milou dans Objectif lune et On a marché ur la lune font encore rêver les lecteurs.
C’est dans les années 90 que j’ai créé cette saynète au 1/8 des personnages célèbres. Pour cela, je m’étais bien entendu basé sur l’album principal dans lequel on voit les scaphandres en détails, mais pour la pose je me suis inspiré d’un autre album propagandiste à la gloire d’Hergé : Ils ont marché sur la lune, et dont la couverture montre Tintin et ses amis accueillant Armstrong à sa descente du LEM !

Les personnages furent sculptés et élaborés entièrement à la main, à partir de pâte à modeler, de plexiglas (pour le corps des scaphandres), de plastique et de bois. Les bulles furent en revanche soufflées par un souffleur de verre véritable travaillant pour des laboratoires, car leur profil en “4/5eme” de demi sphère empêche le procédé du thermoformage. Quant au socle, il fut sculpté dans de la mousse de polyuréthane sur laquelle fut appliquée une pâte permettant de reproduire les détails de la surface lunaire, tels qu’ils sont représentés par Hergé.

Le système se survie suit scrupuleusement les dessins d’Hergé et demeure, par conséquent, bien plus fidèle que les reproductions de ce même personnage par une illustre sculptrice.

Les tirages de cette saynète lunaire furent limités à seulement 5 exemplaires. Je suis heureux de vous présenter le tout premier sorti des moules !

P.S.: j’apporte une précision qui découle des discussions : les combinaisons spatiales sont bien peintes de couleur orange, telles qu’elles figurent sur l’album Ils ont marché sur la lune. Cette couleur est néanmoins plus sombre que le orange choisi par Hergé dans les albums originaux.

 

In English…

 

I share with you my album of a model I created more than 20 years ago. It is Tintin and Milou (Snowy for the US readers) from the Belgian author Hergé, from the albums (comics) Destination Moon and Explorers on the moon (1952).

The characters are at 1/8 scale all hand built from perspex for the main body of Tintin, wood (for the dog), plastic and modeling clay for the arms,legs, hands and faces, from which molds were taken to cast resin parts for the final assembly.

The bubbles were made by a professional working for scientific laboratory materiel as their curves (4/5 of a hemisphere) can’t be produced by the classic vacform method).

The pose (attitude of Tintin with his hand up) is based on another album nammed Ils ont marché sur la lune (They walked on the moon) published in 1986. It is a propagandist book showing how Hergé had developed his science to permit the characters to reach the moon with a modern rocket and walk the surface of the moon in space suit, before Armstrong (but after George Pal
Destination movie)!

The color of my suits is based too on the front cover of that last book and not on the bright orange seen on the original comics (the color appears almost red on the photos but it is really orange). It was very difficult to capture the human proportions and the feeling of the suits seen in the Comics beacause the drawings change slightly frame to frame. When I figured
out the body inside that suit, I found the arms would be as long as those of a monkey ! But I think I have captured the feeling of that characters in a moon suit that are so famous in Europe, and particularly in Belgian and France.

Regards,
JM

 

 

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