Model ship explosions


It cracked me up that whenever a torpedo hit its target the various parts of the ship would immediately be launched sky high (e.g. above deck structures) just as if a cherry bomb had been planted in a scale model ship. Come to think of it, that's probably the way it was done -- okay, maybe with something more sophisticated than a cherry bomb.

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It was 1958 guy... We didn't have CGI then.

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Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. A lot of modern CGI effects look very fake too, just in a different way. It's very obviously computer generated most of the time. They try to hide it with tons of motion blur but it's still pretty obvious.

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A lot of modern CGI effects look very fake too, just in a different way. It's very obviously computer generated most of the time.


That's not a problem with CGI per se... but of budget.

Cheap low budget practical effects look just as fake compared to high quality practical effects.

It's the same with CGI... cheap CGI looks like cheap CGI whereas with high quality CGI, you'd never know it wasn't real.

The REAL problem with modern CGI is lazy directors. As CGI objects are not physically real, they can be moved and manipulated however the director wants them to get the angle or shot he wants. The problem is that most times, what the director wants and what the Real Object, if it existed would be capable of... are two very different things.What you the viewer end up with is a craptastic *beep* piece of realistic eyecandy that looks real but behaves like the fake cartoon it is.(Red Tails? Anyone. Transformers, Pearl Harbor)


Compare the dogfights in Tora Tora Tora with those in Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor.
It isn't that Bay's CGI Warhawks and Zeroes "looked" fake. It is that they flew and acted fake, pulling completely bullsh!t maneuvers impossible for the Real planes.

Or look at the shoot down scene in Behind Enemy Lines. Great looking CGI, but the missile acted like it was right out of Wile E. Coyote's ACME rocket catalog.


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Agreed...just saw this movie RSRD on tv...I hooted and snorted every time a Japanese ship blew to smithereens! !

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CGSailor is right--sometimes the CGI planes look okay, but they bank on too tight a radius, or turn flat, or jerk around in a cartoonish way, or there are too many planes too close together. CGI technicians should spend more time looking at real objects and animals to see how they really move.

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I don't care how 'fake' or 'real' it may look, those shots of the torpedoes blowing the bows off of destroyers are awesome. Isn't that what happened to IJN Kumano at Leyte? Not a bow shot, but the whole bow of the ship was blown clean off by a torpedo.

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Isn't that what happened to IJN Kumano at Leyte? Not a bow shot, but the whole bow of the ship was blown clean off by a torpedo.


Yes. A Mk-15 Torpedo fired from USS Johnston took her bow off. She retired from the battle, survived several air attacks, and made Manila Bay for repairs. She was then later torpedoed by a Submarine, took two hits (one in the bow again and another flooding all four of her engine rooms).

She was beached, then towed to a port for repairs again. This time she came under air attack and was hit by 5 torpedoes which she then rolled over and sank in about 130 ft of water.



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