that Jack built
by Francois O. Beaulieu
fans have attempted to recreate the Time Machine as it appears in the
George Pal movie, there have been very few attempts to depict other subject
matter appearing in the film.
of the most interesting structures in this beloved classic is the Sphinx,
which (as in the original Wells novel) the Time Traveller first encounters
on his arrival in 802701. George Pal had originally sketched his own version
of the Sphinx - an admitedly primitive drawing that Wah Chang extrapolated
upon to create the marvelous version we have come to know.
of the reasons this subject has seldom been attempted is that a diorama
of this scene - when matched to a model Time Machine - makes for an enormous
There has been
a precedent however - many years ago - when prop maker Mike Minor built
such a diorama complete with miniature Time Machine. I am aware of another
attempt a few years ago, a project which was eventually abandoned due
to its impractical size.
artist Jack Polito found a way around this problem by replacing the Time
Machine model with a tiny photo of same placed within the Sphinx. Because
of this, he was able to make a diorama of the Sphinx that measures no
more than nine inches wide by nine inches high !
His model is
made of resin and hand-painted. It even features the Morlock sirens as
well as trees and bushes on either side. Only the front of the Sphinx
is depicted, making the depth barely six and a half inches.
model is being offered on eBay