Hogan’s Heroes Coffee Pot – Prop Replica

Hogan’s Heroes is one of the television shows that dominated my childhood viewing, and I still enjoy it immensely today. Making and repurposing objects figured prominently in the show, and the most iconic prop is the coffee pot.

The coffee pot contained a speaker connected to a microphone in Col. Klink’s office that allowed the prisoners to eavesdrop on the Germans. It’s a simple prop made from a few common items:

  1. A Universal Model D655 coffee pot made by Landers, Frary &Clark
  2. Altec Lansing grill cloth
  3. Dialco 1/2″ pilot light
  4. a length of wire

I found a model E956 coffee pot on Etsy that is indistinguishable from the original prop, and set about my build. I wanted the replica to actually play audio clips from the show, so I added a small bluetooth speaker in the basket. As I cannot find the correct grill cloth, I was pleasantly surprised to see the speaker’s face formed a reasonable approximation.

After drilling the hole for the pilot light, I needed to replace the bulb with a LED but did not have the right materials here. I found a pen in my desk that had a small LED torch in it, and dismantled it to recover the needed parts. The entire torch unit fitted into the pilot light perfectly and is held in place with a little hot glue. The back end of the pilot light was removed to allow access to the LED switch.

This is a great temporary solution but I plan to rewire it so the light comes on when the power cord is connected to the coffee pot. I also need to fix the light into the base with JB Weld to replicate the original look of the prop but I’ll leave that until I complete the rewire.

I waited almost a year to start this build and yet it was relatively simple one to complete. I often find myself intimidated by the thought of cutting into expensive material or rare items crucial to a successful outcome. Once completed they are amongst my favourite items in my collection, and this one will have a place of honour in my Curiosity Cabinet.

https://youtu.be/k_0qmefz-gs
Sound check

My Art Assignment #2 – Sorted Books

In 2014, Sarah Urist Green and John Green created The Art Assignment to explore art and art history. The channel initially featured established and emerging artists who created art assignments for anyone to complete as a path to understanding their art practice. The site expanded to explore art through a variety of different forms but it is the Art Assignments that inspire me to dig into my tool boxes and make something.

My next art assignment is to:

  1. Choose a person I know or would like to know better.
  2. Take a look at/through their library
  3. Make 3 stacks of books to develop a portrait of the person.

Set by artist Nina Katchadourian I modified my response to a self-portrait as we’re currently following strict social distancing protocols to reduce the impact of the COVID:19 pandemic.

My personal library is quite small in keeping with our minimalistic lifestyle but I found the volumes I’ve kept all speak to directly to my life story and philosophy. This first photo is a complete self-portrait in one stack of books, and I like the concise encapsulation of how I see myself today.

SELF PORTRAIT 1

But the assignment is to create three stacks, the three constants in adult life are the Royal Australian Air Force, motorcycles and travel. The common thread running through these three elements is my family who to varying degrees inherited my love of them. So created the following three stacks of books.

I did not expect the first two art assignments to be so introspective but I’m enjoying the self-discovery.