Well in my endless searching for Space:AaB information online, I came across a group called The Modelsmiths. It turns out that they are the company that designed much of the personal props used by the marines in S:AaB.
I had a chance to talk to the David Tremont from The Modelsmiths via E-Mail. He also sent me some behind the scenes pictures.
Did you build the Hammerhead (full size plane) for the show? If yes,
what ever happened to it? Did you get it back after production or did
you just make it for FOX never to see it again?
No we didn't build the Hammerhead. It was built buy a bunch of
chippies in the building next door so we did get to see its construction
from start to stop. As far as I know it went to the States to do the
series and after that is any ones guess. If not trashed it will be in
storage at Fox somewhere. The full size prop did vary in some details to
the final C.G. images used throughout the rest of the show. We do have a
few drawings somewhere that we kept for our own collection, perhaps, one
day we will build our own model.
I am curious about the helmet and rifle props. How much does it cost you
guys to make one of those? And how long do they take to make?
It is not possible to put an exact cost on a prop - the show was
several years ago now. From memory, if you include the design stage
through patterns, moulds and final pieces each helmet would have cost
several thousand dollars each. Then on top of all of that they all had
fans and special lighting in them. The lights cost about $1500. These
sort of props are very costly and involve a lot of people. In all we
made 30 helmets and we had to individually fit them to every actor and
look after them on set so that was fun getting to meet all the actors.
The rifles we much the same but would not have cost as much as the
helmets. We only made 12, and half of them were practical with rifles
screwed to the inside of them. I have no idea what the rifle was. On set
they were very load and all people had to wear ear plugs.