I was very much surprised to find someone building a model of the Buck Rogers Starfighter,Out of all things! “Popsicle sticks”, and wow they look cool. the reason I am posting is because he based some of his work on my CGI model renders. (OK I know its Thunder fighter in the heading, but I think that name does not fit the design, the term was coined by the model-makers from Universal Hartland as mentioned by Kenneth A. Larson) so who am I too argue.
I am grateful for his mention of me and my work in his post, which is gratifying for a number of reasons. You can find his this and other models created from wood and Popsicle ‘ s (I am still astounded by it) on this website.
Buck Rogers Starfighter
Another of Ralph McQuarrie designs
A great design, rumour has it that the design was not originally intended for Buck Rogers in the 25th Century staring Gil Gerard and Erin Gray, but for the Glen Larson earlier production, the famous and fabulous classic series Battlestar Galactica (1978) as the Viper. I am glad they went with that BSG Viper design and the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century inherited this great and I think a more suitable design for Buck Rogers, there is a cross-over day dream I had since the 1980s to this very day.
Starfighter: a 2 seater design
Interesting information I found is that the builders at Universal-Heartland did call this design the Thunder-fighter but if I remember rightly it was going to be called a Starfury and I called the altered design that is seen in the episode “Happy Birthday Buck”
Quadfighter: a four setter design
I see this almost as a family saloon, but I could see where the need for a larger design people carrier was called for.
Traeger fighter:a 2 seater
This design only seen once in the Buck Rogers episode called “Happy Birthday, Buck”, for some reason the name Thunder-Fighter suits this design more than the original ship seen
But it stayed in the collective memory of the viewers at the time, I know it did in my mind and what I liked is the extra wings and the built up area forward of the cockpit, gives a complete look to the design and it’s just cool 🙂 by no means perfect.