V Shuttle large studio scale
Large studio scale V series shuttlecraft. This is the SMT miniature built for an overseas client. Overall length is about 26.5" inches long. Features opening cockpit door and landing gear. The model is shown here supporting its own weight. Inside the round gear is aluminium tube. The front strut is made from the same aluminium tubing. This model was recreated using data taken from the actual filming miniature while in the SMT shop.
One of the few differences that sets this model apart from the full size sets is the landing gear. The front gear has a different bar system that is much simpler than the working detail used on the full size set. There is just a singular bar instead of the twin system used. As well we modeled the round gear based on the miniature with one difference. We used the large upper diameter pipe as seen on the full size set. The minature used a much smaller system of three different sizes which to me, just did not look as good as the beefy full size display. The full size sets have white landing gear interior and doors while the miniatures use the same coloring as the gear platforms. The smaller 4 panels around the back and front of the 'pod' section as well run parallel with the lines of the ful size set , while on the filming model they run slightly askew. This is the model the "toy" ship seen in the mini-series was modified from.
V Skyfighter large studio scale
Large studio scale V Skyfighter. This model was molded directly from the filming miniature by me! Built for an overseas client to accompany the shuttle. You will not find a more faithful reproduction of this model. While I removed certain blemishes to make the finished model look a better, I did not alter any of the basic lines or uneveness typical of studio models as they are built quickly.
There are various differences in the models between scales and full size sets. Some of the differences on between the two are easily spotted. The full size set door opens up from a hinge point on the top of the roof, while the miniature clearly shows the door stopping before then. Hastily added to the studio model were the rear rectangular gear doors. The miniature of the skyfighter is shown rarely with gear down, coming in to land. This is because the miniature has the long front foot, but the rear two are the smaller round pad style seen on the shuttles and exit the bottom of the back half underneath and beside the large bulge on the bottom. On my reproduction I have left the rear upper vent solid and painted black, though the studio slant is still present. On the miniatures they are hollow to a point, but I decided not to duplicate that to prevent my model from being sold as an original casting.
6' Battlecruiser from Space:1999
Mr. Bower kindly used his skills to re-create the 6' miniature for me!
From his master here in my shop,I will produce a licensed replica of the 6' version.
The 6' model will be hand assembled using original build methods.
I have started molding several of the bits used of the long OOP kits. Over 70 kits are used to build this model! Many which have not been reissued in awhile.
The two side `grab arms`have been patterned out. Each arm is over 14 parts and a cost of $200.00 Cdn in kits alone, not including labor!
I have revised some minor details on the miniature he re-created for me, to better reflect those images clearly seen in public photos.
Following are some work in progress and of the miniature as it appeared in "Alpha Child".
Over 70 kits and hundreds of pieces are used in the making of this miniature.
1/16 Vigor tractor (by Victory toys)
This is the 1/16 scale Vigor tractor made by Victory toys in the mid 60's. It formed the basis for many of the Thunderbird and Captain Scarlet tracked vehicles such as the Mole and Firefly. I produced a limited run of this vehicle trimmed down in body height, ready to be built up into many of the tracked vehicles.
The model has articulated suspension just like on the original toy. The tracks are a cast semi rigid urethane and the model can be motorized. The suspension arms are held on and mounted like the toy using metal hardware. In case the parts show up somewhere, I molded the entire toy!
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