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.
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.
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.
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.
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!