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Martin Bower Snippits

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Alphans
While preparing old convention reports for my website, I came across these little snippits from 1982:

MARTIN BOWER

REGARDING DIONE'S ESCAPE POD FROM "THE LAST ENEMY" EPISODE.
If you think back to the Hawk model, you'll see that I used
the same basic model here. The underside also had some egg-shaped
pods. It used some of the same pieces as the eyes of the-alien
ship in "Voyager's Return." The front of this ship is actually an
Eagle nosecone without the windows cut out. I used egg cups for
the back rockets. This was a very fragile model.

REGARDING THE SUPERSWIFT FROM THE "BRINGERS OF WONDER" EPISODES.
This model was very strong. I could actually stand on it.
It was about fifty-five or sixty inches long.

QUESTION REFERRING TO ACCESS PANELS ON SPACE: 1999 MODELS.
Sometimes I was told to make panels, but quite often I'd
find out the model needed the access panels when I got back to
the studio . Take the ships on "Alpha Child." I used to try
and forsee what would be asked for, after the first five or six
episodes. I learned to make models that came apart for last
minute changes.
For example, the Ultra Probe model-was used in several
episodes, Including "The Last Enemy," "War Games," and "The
Metamorph." It finally fell to pieces. The radar dish on the
outside was from a STAR TREK Enterprise kit, actually.

REGARDING THE CRAFT IN "THE METAMORPH."
A plastic vacuum cleaner box was the base for this model.
I built the rest around it. A lot of the detail was done with
shades of paint and not actual moulded pieces, as many of the other
alien ships are.

REGARDING THE ENERGY DOMES USED IN "THE AB CHRYSALIS."
I built those domes in my workshop and then found I couldn't
get them out the door! I finally had to remove pieces of the door
frame. The domes were made out of plexiglass and were very
expensive to make. The cost would be about a hundred dollars for each dome.
I had to rent a truck to get them to the studio.

REGARDING THF SWIFT USED IN "BRIAN THE BRAIN."
This was the same model used in "THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW. (It
was used as a shuttlecraft at the beginning of that film.) I must
admit that I didn't actually design the Swift; it was Brian
Johnson's. The design was used in SPACE: 1999, but I did influence
it as I did a lot of Brian's designs. Thus a lot of the model is
mine, but the actual concept is Brian's. I carved a lot of the
detail in wood pieces with a chisel. The Swift also had aluminium
jets and brass legs. The legs would bend or fold as the Swift
landed.

REGARDING THE CROTON SHIP USED IN "DORZAK."
This model was about ninety percent Brian Johnson's design.
When I took it to the studio, I stood it in a corner. Someone
came over and stuck a lampshade on top of it.
REGARGING THE EARTH DOMES USED IN "JOURNEY TO WHERE."
I used plastic butter dishes, air fresheners ,and every conceivable
everyday object on this model.
 

29390

Alphans
For example, the Ultra Probe model-was used in several
episodes, Including "The Last Enemy," "War Games," and "The
Metamorph." It finally fell to pieces. The radar dish on the
outside was from a STAR TREK Enterprise kit, actually.

Was the Ultra probe in those episodes listed? :think: I thought the Radar dish on it was, and still is, EMA (Plastruct).
 

29390

Alphans
Cheers JD, that explains alot. Mind you, unless that radar dish has since been replaced, I still can't see how that came off the Enterprise, unless he's referring to the smaller one. :-/
 
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