Marc J. Frattasio
This spy satellite was featured in
The model appears to have been made using a variety of Vollmer or Kibri OO scale model railroad gas or oil storage tank kits of different diameters for its basic shape with various kit bits (Airfix Girder Bridge for one) and other things added on for detail.
Here is 'pirate' space radio station KLA as seen in
This model appears to have been made from parts of the Cry Wolf
spy satellite described above. In this shot the KLA model is seen suspended in front of Derek Meddings' famous rolling space backdrop.
The MSP (Mars Space Probe) rocket slowly makes its way through a crowded city in
The MSP model appears to have been based upon an interestingly shaped plastic squeeze bottle to which balsa wood fins and plastic soda straw rocket exhaust tubes were added.
The 'Sunprobe' rocket was featured in
This model appears to have been made out of wood turnings, cardboard tubes, balsa wood sheet, copper wire, and two plastic B-58 kit jet engine pods. In this scene, the Sunprobe model is suspended in front of Derek Meddings' famous rolling space backdrop.
Here is the Telsat 4 communications satellite launch vehicle seen in Ricochet
. This simple yet realistic model appears to have been made from a series of wood turnings. Note how the pyrotechnic rocket exhaust is pointing straight down. Towards the end of
Derek Meddings came up with the technique of filming rocket models
In this way, when the film was reversed, the exhaust flames would not curl 'upwards' and the clouds of exhaust smoke would never overtake and rise above the stationary or slow moving model rocket!
This U.S. Air Force manned space observatory was featured in
This model appears to have been made out of brass painted wood turnings and various kit parts (Airfix Girder Bridge for one) and other bits. Note: the parabolic antenna attached to the bottom of the model appears to have been made out of a metal tea strainer!
This isn't really a UFO. It's only a low budget film prop featured in
This model appears to have been made out of a pair of plastic kitchen bowls with other things added for detail.
Here is the Christmas present transport rocket featured in
This simple model appears to have been made out of wood. The model in this shot is suspended by fine wires in front of Derek Meddings' famous rolling sky backdrop.
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