Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Thunder Fighter aka Star Fighter Miniature Model

 There were three Thunder Fighter Miniatures built for the show. Two where used, while the third was stated by may not have ever been finished.

The canopy was removable to allow the pilots to be swapped out. It also allowed the smaller two-seater canopy to be swapped out with the larger 4-seater canopy to create another variation of the ship.

For the episode "Happy Birthday Buck" we see a glimpse of the Star Fighter as it used to look 15 years prior.

Original models built/painted by: Mike Joyce & Ken Larson

TimeSlip Creations has built a Studio Scale resin garage kit of the Thunder Fighter for $314.95 (includes shipping) is producing a limited run (200 only) of Thunder Fighters, said to be cast off an original miniature for $749.99

One of the Original Thunder Fighters on owned by "cylon02"
Original Thunder Fighter Canopy on owned by "bubblejumper"

Ranger 3 Miniature Model

According to Universal Heartland (the miniature company that built the models for the show), there where two Ranger 3 miniatures made. The First one was clean (without dirt), as it first appears in the show. The Second was for when we see the ship again after it's been floating in space for 500 years. The mold for Ranger 3 was reused to make a third shuttle, that was seen in Season 2. Hartland added a few greeblies and modified the wings and removed the fin for the Season 2 shuttle.

Original Models measure approx 18" long and was built/painted by: Mike Joyce & Ken Larson

Timeslip Creations has produced a Studio Scale garage resin kit of the Ranger 3 w/ decals for $184.95 (includes shipping)

Mark Bradley was able to obtain a casting of Ranger 3 that was taken off the original miniature.