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A greeble (// GREE-blee) or "nurnies", is a part harvested from plastic modeling kits to be applied to an original model as a detail element. The practice of using parts in this manner is called "kitbashing".
Ron Thornton is widely believed to have coined the term "nurnies" referring to CGI technical detail that his company Foundation Imaging produced for the Babylon 5 series, while the model-making team of 2001: A Space Odyssey referred to them as "wiggets".
Greebles are also used to enhance interior sets. In Star Trek, corridor walls were decorated with objects such as pieces of pipe, which extended out from walls, usually with several fittings and a label implying it was an important part of the ship's infrastructure. In the movie Alien, the interior of the ship Nostromo was thoroughly greebled. Art director Roger Christian said, "Let's have a go at it. So we recruited some dressing prop people, got a hold of several tons of scrap, and went to work on the Nostromo's bridge... encrusting the set with pipes and wires and switches and tubing... then we painted it military green and began stenciling labels on everything."
- "Future-Past Interview of Charles Adam quoting Ron Thornton as source of the word 'Nurnies'". Future-past.com. 2008-01-20. Archived from the original on 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
- "What Are Nurnies". LEde Designs.
One FX group in the UK who built the space ship for “2001: A Space Odyssey” called them wiggets.
- Paul Scanlon; Michael Gross (1979). The Book of Alien. Heavy Metal Books. not numbered; heading on page "It's just a monster of coordination.".
- Staffan Norling's comments about greebling
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