The Making Of The Fisher Price Tu-164

When I was a kid back in the 1970s, this was a pretty popular toy, so I felt inclined to immortalize it somehow on the Internet. On December 15, 2004, I took these photographs and imported them into Paint Shop Pro, a graphics editing program. I painted out the background using magic wand tools and masks, and underlaid various scenes. The only hard part was writing up all the text, but I paraphrased a lot of it from Howard Moon's book "Soviet SST: The Techno-Politics Of The Tupolev-144" (partially seen in the bottom frame). Here are a few pictures from the photo shoot, never before seen until 2010.

Needless to say this was a 15-minute photo shoot.

Here's the overhead satellite shot. I blended it into this old 1960s satellite image (source: here).

Here's the Soviet stewardess greeting passengers.

Note the piece of cardboard propping up the plane to make it look like it's taking off.

Of course I had to put the Little People inside. An airline that lets dogs ride in the seat! The airline ad is a real one from the late 1970s that appeared in an eBay auction.

I used a photograph of Moscow's cathedrals on the computer monitor as a background shot. I used the Sharpie to lean them against the computer screen, as the focal depth was pretty poor due to the dim interior lighting (i.e. I needed both the people and the background to not be fuzzy). There's a moire pattern, though, due to pixellation from the computer screen.

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