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Mr. Murphy constructed the 'Ultimus Prime' motorhome and mobile production studio at his Aussiewood golf course resort project near Helidon-Spa in Queensland, Australia.
The two level motorhome/film production studio started out life as a 61 passenger Greyhound double decker bus.
It sits here after being completely stripped out and ready for conversion into a house on wheels.
Raising the roof…
Australian regulations limit the overall bus height on the road 14.1ft (4.3M) and since the upper floor headroom was only 5ft 10 inches, more space was needed.
The entire roof was cut off and raised 5 inches and now people under 6ft 2 inches tall can move around upstairs without any head knocks.
Preparing the outside
Here, Mr. Murphy removes multiple layers of paint from his perch on top of a mobile lift six feet off the ground.
The entire bus is being prepared for a two tone gold paint scheme.
Painting the exterior
The base coat has been applied and is ready for the “Fusion Gold” .
After the basecoat paint is dry, the “Fusion Gold” was applied, then masked off.
“Graphite Gold” was sprayed onto the primer areas for the two tone golden effect which changes colour in the sun.
The last step was coating the entire bus with two-pack epoxy clear paint.
Four red gum trees from the Aussiewood property now line the upper deck floor and walls.
The solid red gum computer workbench is two inches thick and almost 15 feet long. The couch opposite comes in handy when the computer keyboard becomes too much to handle.
The all-aluminium trailer took six months to build and features air bag suspension, hydraulic extendable hitch, and different level decks inside.
The lower forward deck is for the hydraulic controls, storage, and a motorcycle.
The aft deck houses a fold down Suzuki Samurai.
The top deck is a landing pad for the Hughes TH55A ex-military helicopter.
The roof opens all the way up and the landing pad goes to the top on hydraulic rams where the chopper lands and takes off, already13 feet in the air.
Pretty cool, huh?
Australian Channel Seven Television Network’s top rated current affairs program ‘Today Tonight’ aired this segment on Ultimus Prime and it’s designer/builder, Patrick Murphy.
The event was taped while Ultimus Prime was on promotional display at the ‘Gold Coast Caravan and Camping Expo’ in 2012.
This story reached well over 600,000 people online and over 2 million people on television.
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