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'Fringe': Property master Rob Smith on making memorable (and forgettable) mad scientist props

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4. eBay was Smith’s go-to source for spare parts

Smith and his team often tracked down obscure items online. “A lot of the stuff was analog, from the past, so we [did] a lot of hunting around on eBay. Last year, we got some vaccination guns from the 60s or 70s. They were military surplus, but I can’t remember what we turned them into. We got some surgical drills, lie detectors, all sorts of crazy things,” he said. The biggest obstacle between the team and their eBay finds? “We didn’t even pursue [an item] if we couldn’t contact the seller and make sure they could ship it to us overnight. It didn’t do us any good to win the auction and then get the thing in ten days.”

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