Includes Own Fenestron…

MHW1MHW2MHW3MHW4MHW5MHW6MHW7MHW8From the troubled debut of ‘The Special’ in R/C Kit form by American RC in 1983 (go here) we time-hop three decades later to 2011 for its present day return.

Seemingly not as refined (nor detailed) as its movie-prop quality ancestor, the review above by Denis Stretton of the SmartModel.com 700 Blue Thunder Attack Helicopter is nonetheless an exhaustive account of the new tooling and heralds a welcome return to the R/C world.

Should you be interested in initiating your own scale Project THOR, however, research shows some of the availability info in this excellent edition of UK Magazine Model Helicopter World has already dated.  The Hong Kong site from which the kit was originally marketed seems to have changed location but the UK stockist still lists the fuselage as a pre-order item.

Though the exterior features on the casting would require considerable modification to make screen-accurate (should one wish to make it so) the complex interior/cockpit is an easier proposition thanks to this excellent add-on kit that can incorporate LED’s.  With no shortage of Barbie’s Ken dolls on the market, the option of completing it with a pilot Simone Jr. style remains open.  Regardless, as YouTube videos of finished projects give testimony to, its still a thrill to see the The Special airborne in any form…

9871 Feet…

BT_Camp1BT_Camp2BT_Camp3BT_Camp4BT_Synop1BT_Synop2BT_Synop3BT_Synop4More quaint souvenirs of the pre-digital age, this pair of four page cast list/synopses were distributed to the UK press for the purposes of promotional copy.  The Exhibitors Campaign Book provided by National Screen Service, Ltd. (top four pics) is typical of its kind but especially rare as the ad ‘blocks’ on the back page were inevitably cut out for composition into listings for local showings.  Among the nuggets of information present we also learn that editor Frank Morriss cut the final length to 9871 feet – not bad going when starting with a million…

Click on the scans above for larger, readable versions and look out for the much more exciting/expansive US version in a future post…