The time-lapse video shows five weeks of the assembly process with one frame of video taken every 3 minutes. It has then been replayed at 60 frames per second. Which means it's more than 10,000 faster than real life!
It was done with a standard Digital SLR camera mounted on one of the rails in the Weta Workshop welding bay.
A lot of work also went into modelmaking all the intricate details, vents, grilles and plates from the original design. Have a look at the photos, there's some fantastic detailing there.
Body panels were 3D modelled, milled and fibreglassed - finishing touches were laid by the painting department to two different specs.
Both vehicles were created as new specification as if they had just rolled into the UNSC vehicle depot but then it was time for "breaking down". Which is Weta speak for "making it look real". This is the process of adding the aging and signs of wear. The "wrinkles" if you like.
One of the vehicles was delivered in "almost new" condition, i.e with only light aging.
The other was delivered as if it had been dropped in a battle zone and only just made it out unscathed. Bullet holes, burn marks, scrapes and dust.
We hope the new owners think the bikes are as cool as we do - and we really hope we get to work with Microsoft again.
Halo definitely rocks!
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The Halo universe is one that we here at Weta have been fortunate enough to visit on several occasions.
The famous suite of video games from Microsoft has given us some awesome sci-fi projects to work on.
First there was the Warthog off-road vehicle, props, weapons and costumes for the launch of Halo 3 in 2007
That was closely followed by our line of Halo collectibles
And last year, Microsoft got in touch again.
For a joint promotion to launch the latest Halo instalment - Halo Reach - Microsoft and Mountain Dew devised a campaign on the theme "Honor The Code". And they wanted to create two amazing prizes - two fully functional, high performance quad bikes. But not just any quad bikes, of course. Mongooses as seen in the Halo Reach game.
As soon as the rumour spread through the workshop, people lined up to be part of it.
Weta co-owner and creative director Richard Taylor says: "It's a little bit different to build a vehicle that a person will own and cherish for years. When we build vehicles for movies, they only need to survive the length of the shoot and we're there to do touch-ups etc. While they are built to handle the rigours on set, only the functions vital to the scenes in the movie really need to be considered. We usually go beyond that, but there are always features that just need to look good."
"When we build a fully functional vehicle that someone might want to use, we need to think of everything that the owner might want to do. People probably won't want to thrash these very valuable Mongooses around on a mud track, but whether they're kept in a garage or someone's lounge, they will be studied in detail by the owners and their friends and families and they have to be perfect".
When handed the brief, Weta design engineer Peter Osborne soon decided the way to go was to purchase two brand new 420cc quad bikes from Honda. They had very nearly the right proportions for a Mongoose build. Very nearly, but not quite.
The chassis was lowered and lengthened and the steering column was shortened to achieve the aggressive stance of the Mongoose.
Most things were either altered or moved, although most of the mechanical components are still Honda. Peter smiles when asked if the Mongooses could still be serviced by your local Honda mechanic: "Yeah, theoretically. It's mostly Honda parts, but as we've moved stuff around and added some dressing that's functional and some that isn't, I'd love to be a fly on the wall when he tries to figure it all out."
The switchgear and instruments are original, but blue and yellow LEDs have been added to add to the futuristic look. The head and tail lights are a combination of LEDs and halogen - again to match the designs from Microsoft.
The exoskeletal frame was fabricated from elliptic section steel tube and took four whole days just to weld - this is an important part as much of the frame is exposed on the final vehicle.