Friday, January 31, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
It seems that our mystery ship appeared in a series of ads for the 1978 Ford Fairmont Futura Automobile. In retrospect; this was unfair to my UK readers and friends. For that I most certainly apologize. I have no idea how nice or popular the Futura was for the time, but the ship is quite nice. Given its apparent small size and overall structure; it's very likely a surface to orbit personnel craft. One of the ads I'm posting here displays the ship's portside profile revealing a cluster of engine bells at the rear. This rules out FTL or even typical sublight propulsion. She must use solid rocket fuel given the flame spewing VTOL engines employed at the end of the commercial; a real gas guzzler from the look of it. She looks to me like a craft from the same manufacturer as the Icarus from the original Planet of the Apes film series.
Below I've post the two print ads that I'm aware of as well as the television advert. As for the clue I gave yesterday, I'd like to explain it. When I was a kid there was an old joke about the Ford Motor Company. Ford stands for Found On Roadside Dead. That or Fix Or Repair Daily. Old jokes to be sure. Thanks for all the great comments.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Hint: This craft certainly wouldn't be found on the roadside dead, but the product it advertised might be despite its futuristic name.
|My awesome meeting with Jordan at Emerald City Comic Con 2013!|
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Below is the complete Project Sword Moonbase Podcast Special. I was fortunate to be able to chat with all three members of the Moonbase crew (Paul Woods, Bill Bulloch, and Mike Burrows) and we had a great time. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
In my opinion his work deserves every bit as much credit as Ray Harryhausen, Willis O'brien, and Eiji Tsuburaya. His effects work was crucial to the success of Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation shows of the 60's. Although his amazing resume includes numerous classic James Bond films, and the Superman films; it's his Supermarionation work that I love most of all. Not only did he bring cinema quality miniature effects to the small screen; he also brought an amazing sense of design to the shows he helped realize. That's what I want to focus on here.
Below are a sampling of the amazing sketches created by Derek Meddings that helped bring Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, and UFO to life. I firmly believe these shows simply would not have been possible without Meddings' incredible skill and imagaination. Enjoy!
|Derek Meddings preparing a miniature Fireflash airliner for filming on Thunderbirds|
|Meddings original design sketch for the Fireflash airliner|
|Meddings original design sketches for Thunderbird 2|
|The final design for Thunderbird 2|
|Original concept sketch for the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle that featured in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons|
|Concept sketch of the amazing Jetcar from Joe 90|
|Concept sketch of the SHADO Lunar Interceptor from UFO. The design notes are really interesting as well|
|Concept sketch for SHADO's Skydiver submarine from UFO|
|Concept sketch of the EUROSEC rocket from the film Doppelganger aka Journey to the Far Side of the Sun|
|Concept design for futuristic jeep that featured in both Doppelganger and UFO.|