Space Precinct Hero Police Cruiser miniature

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  1. Laser Brain

    Laser Brain Sr Member

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    Here's one you don't see very often...

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  2. monker67

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    I love the Police Cruiser! I have one of the toy cruisers from the 90's that is waiting to be converted to a nice show model. These are great ref pics. Thanks for sharing.
     
  3. MwNN

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    Looks fantastic!
    Nice detail shots!
     
  4. sliuman

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    I third that! I have one of the toys too...found it in a little toy shop in the Lake District!
     
  5. Chris Martin

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    That's the second of two large versions that were built. I made the working undercrarriage for it. This one is a fibreglass moulding taken from the first rather than completely fabricating it all over again.
     
  6. Laser Brain

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    You know Dave Poole then? He worked on the undercarriages too. The other hero model was the motion control version...right?
     
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  7. Chris Martin

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    Yeah, Dave was more into the electrics side of things. He left about half way through to work on "First Knight". The first model had fixed undercarriage and I can't remember exactly if Dave did those or not but of course when the model landed it was sort of lifeless so when the second one was built, I made sprung legs. In fact the undercarriage was interchangeable between the two models because they were separate units that could be fitted to each in turn and the wire flown version was usually the one you saw landing and taking off.
     
  8. Chris Martin

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    Actually, looking at the pictures, that may be the first model as I can see the tiny eyes used to hang it by but it has the working undercarriage. Steve Begg still has the motion control cuiser although it currently sports the same working undercarriage.
     
  9. Nwerke

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    Love that ship. Neil, have you been getting access to someone's collection? This is great...thank you!
     
  10. Chris Martin

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    I must have something like 500 modelshop photos taken during the production of Space Precinct.
     
  11. Nwerke

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    Chris, did the "Toyota Tarago" version of the cruiser ever make it into hardware? Or was it redesigned at the concept art stage? I love that version.
     
  12. tk1608

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    Didn't really see much of the show but I really like that model !!(y)thumbsup

    Phil
     
  13. Knightjar

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    The show wasn't great but I loved the models. The cruiser has a sort of Blade Runner meets Thunderbirds vibe. I've got the 90's toy sitting around too. Surprisingly nice piece.
     
  14. franz bolo

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    Thanks for the pics!!

    FB
     
  15. Laser Brain

    Laser Brain Sr Member

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    Hi Chris, this is the model that Steve had.
    Nwerke, I work with Bill Pearson a lot. I've been photographing his stuff as its all going up for sale.
     
  16. Chris Martin

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    The original design by Steve Begg for the cruiser was very cool but the powers that be said it wasn't enough like a New York Police car so it had to have more of a bonnet (hood) and windscreen look. It was far more streamlined before.

    I can remember showing an FX reel at one of the Fanderson conventions just prior to the series coming out and with the music it looked absolutely fantastic. Then they added the live action and animatronic aliens and the dialogue.

    I've still got a fibreglass shell and all the bits for a 30" and 15" cruiser from the master moulds and a sheet of police badges/vinyl lettering tucked away somewhere.
     
  17. Nwerke

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    Neil, you jammy beggar. I met Bill once, good fun.

    Chris, yeah, that story was published somewhere ages back; always made me laff. Well, cry really, heh.

    So's your FX reel story. The excitement before the show's debut was high, but, um, yeah. :unsure
     
  18. Nwerke

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    PS would love to see pics of the cruiser castings and bits if possible! Any interest in doing something with these, or is it strictly for a personal build? I'm pretty sure you'd have takers if it fell into rubber. I'd be one!
     
  19. Ray22

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    A beautiful model.
     

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