Galactica 1980 - Visual Effects Model Maker - Flying Motorcycles.

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The Model Shop was on such a tight schedule, they were designing, building, and painting the three motorcycles at the same time. Patterns for some parts were being carved in foam while other finished parts were being painted. The model crew was working on a half motorcycle when time ran out and the effects crew simply cut a finished motorcycle in half. Production waits for no one. The base motorcycle was a Yamaha MX 175. It was bought from North Hollywood Yamaha by Richard Bennett in 1979.

Yamaha MX 175
Base Motorcycle, Yamaha MX 175. Note a launch tube section and the Draconia from Buck Rogers in the background.
Finished Motorcycles
Finished motorcycles.
Construction
Left to right, Kent Gebo, Jerry Alen, David Jones, John Kaler, Vance Frederick.
Construction
Left to right, Richard Bennitt, Jerry Alen, Ed Schlegelmilch, Kent Gebo.
Construction
We designed the motorcycles as we built them. Note finished fiberglass parts and foam core study parts.
Finished Motorcycles
We built two full functioning motorcycles and one dummy which was a working motorcycle, but without the moving wings and other added mechanicals. Unfortunately, we were not finished with the dummy when they needed a half motorcycle to hang on a helicopter, so they chopped a functional motorcycle in half.
Finished Motorcycles
Finished Motorcycles.
Finished Motorcycles
Finished Motorcycles.
Finished Motorcycle
Finished Motorcycle.
Finished Motorcycle
Finished Motorcycle
Finished Motorcycle.
Finished Motorcycle
Finished Motorcycle.

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