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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-05-2009, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Ark Ii

Here is the model I just finished, it is 4 3/4 inches long resin kit, by Cozmo.
I made most of the decals, and scratched built the dish on top.





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Cool Lloyd!

I remember that show from my childhood, I haven't seen it since the seventies! Another show that promised us jetpacks in the future.
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I recall that show as well. Didn't know they made a resin kit of the Ark.

I like how you posed it like this. Nice job, Lloyd!

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Yay, Ark II!
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Neat, that brings back some memories. Saturday mornings, sugary breakfast cereals and pop tarts, life was grand.
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I love(d) that show!

They have the entire series on DVD - it was released a couple of years ago. I've watched it at least a couple of times since I saw it. I mostly enjoy the tech stuff and even the costumes & effects to a certain degree.

The model looks interesting, but it's way too long in comparison to photos of the full size version. If the full size version was that long, I don't think that they've ever be able to maneuver it properly.

It would be nice to see a larger more detailed version of the Ark II and even the Ark Roamer (one of my favorites).

Here's a pic of the DVD cover:



This wouldn't be a bad show to come up with some decent garage kits for, eh?

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Thanks, Scott,Sean,lunadude,Maritain, and Bryan!

I'm glad you like it, and for bringing back memories. I used the DVD screen grabs to get it looking as close as I could. As for it being too long, could be, but info on the real one is rare to find.
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How about taking the background out so we can see the model in its' entirety. looks like part of the lower fuselage is hidden in shadow, is this true???
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The lower half is black, and looks the same without the background.
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COOL!

Thanks for sharing. That was a fun show for its time...that and Planet of the apes...it wasn't so bad either.
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Does anybody know what happened to the Ark II from the show? I know the show didn't run for very long, and I don't recall ever seeing it appear in any other movies or TV shows since. Unlike say, the similiar Landmaster from Damnation Alley.

Later note:A quick google search seems to confirm the Ark II was sliced up to become The Seeker for Filmation's Jason of Star Command. Here's a link to some pretty cool looking blueprints of Ark II:
http://www.angelfire.com/tv2/ark2/blueprints.html

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The "Ark" was built on a standard bus chassis. Find out the wheel base dimensions of a bus and that will allow you to properly scale a replica of it. I remember seeing it at a car show that was held at the LA Sports Arena in the '70s. Unfortunately, those were the dark days of non-digital photography and I couldn't afford a film camera at the time.

They didn't have to cut the "Ark" for use as the "Seeker", there was a split line in the forward body which allowed them to simply remove the nose and use it as a unit. Never did hear what happened to it after that though, probably destroyed like every other studio mock up. Sad.
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Here's a pretty good profile view (taken from a long distance thus less distortion). This is just a frame grab from YouTube so anybody here who has the DVDs could provide a better copy, the shot is from the end credits. Many people claim that it was built on a "garbage truck" but I think you will find that such vehicles have a much shorter wheel base.

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From a 2004 posting by "Jay" (IP: 69.111.8.211)

"According to a hotrod magazine from the '70's, the Ark II was reportedly built on a Ford C-650 tilt-cab which had the top of the cab cut off as part of its customization.
A website says the particular Ford "C" Series truck chassis used was a dump truck or garbage truck model."


I did a 3D model of the Ark II, and the dump/garbage truck chassis fit perfectly.
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Thanks, Fluke!

Just playing around with screen grabs, I guess it to be about 10 foot tall and 45 foot long. So if that is close, the model scale would put the model about 5 foot too long. Since info is rare, getting the model that close is not too bad.
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