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Hatchet Fighter, Pirate Fighter, Draconia Fighter, it had a lot of names, none of which were on the model kit box. . We built one full copy and started a second. This is one of the models that everyone seemed to have had a hand in, including Ken Larson.
Testing
Testing a possible engine effect at the Glenco Model Shop.
Casting
Pete pressed an extra casting of the Hatchet Fighter into wet concrete from a recent plumbing repair.
Under Construction
Under construction.
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Bottom.
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Rear.
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Front.
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Bottom.
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Front.

Pete Gerard, original Model Shop supervisor, writes about the design process of the Hatchet Fighter...

This is one of 5 Hatchet Fighter mockups I pieced together, from Colin Cantwell's original 2D renderings. They were pinned together from pieces of 4 Lb. urethane foam, which was faster for me than carving would have been, considering its complex form. This is the version Colin selected, from which next we made a slightly larger wood pattern.

The set designers and construction supervisor on the lot kept pestering David Jones and me for working drawings, so they could build the full-sized fighter. We had no such drawings made up, but I sent them instead a casting from our preliminary mold, from which they had to draw their construction plans. This wasn't protocol by any means, and our high-handed methods angered them, but it dramatizes the differences between how Hartland functioned versus the more orthodox methods of studio set construction. Naturally there was a deadline for principal photography, and we had forced them into a lot of overtime while the miniature was being developed. We had inadvertently reversed the order in which these things are done, and it didn't exactly endear us to those in the Black Tower.
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