View Full Version : ARK II Models?


Pyxl
02-15-2007, 09:03 PM
Has anyone ever seen any models of either the big "RV" like ark from ARK II (Saturday morning live action series fromthe 70's)..or of the "ark roamer" which was based on a vw called "the thing"?

I'd love to see some models, or scratch builds.

Anyone?

cozmo
02-15-2007, 09:19 PM
Not to get to technical here, but the roamer was based on the Brubaker Box, which was itself a modified Beetle.

Brubaker Box (http://www.rodster.com/articles/BrubakerBox.htm)

Not that I'm all that knowledgable on the subject. :devil:

Or building one...

Pyxl
02-15-2007, 09:38 PM
Ok...I'm confused. I had just listened to a "behind the scenes" documentary on the dvd's and Lou Scheimer said it was based on a car called the "thing". I looked at the link you posted and noticed this mid-way down the page:

The van we tested, dubbed the Roamer by Automecca, was based on a '74 Thing .

I'm not too knowledgable either...just passing on what the producer of the show said.

cozmo
02-15-2007, 09:45 PM
VW 2 wheel drive vehicles of the era all had pretty much the same drivetrain. And they were stout and relitively cheap. Bugs were everywhere, Things a bit harder to come by. They could have used a Thing, but kind of wasteful when bugs were so much cheaper.

Pyxl
02-15-2007, 09:55 PM
I'd love to know what happened to them both.

cozmo
02-15-2007, 09:56 PM
Here you go:

ArkII and Roamer (http://www.angelfire.com/tv2/ark2/vehicles.html)

And this article says it was based on the bus.

Bug, bus, Thing...whatever, they should all work. My favorite kiy car of the day was the Bradley GT. Even though my great uncle had his own kit based on the chassis.

cozmo
02-15-2007, 09:58 PM
The ArkII got turned into the Seeker.

Pyxl
02-15-2007, 11:56 PM
Wow. Wonder whatever happened to the full scale "seeker" after all the "star command" shows ended. Probably destroyed...too bad.

Same for the "Roamer"..wonder what happened to it.

Sure would be nice to see someone do a decent kit/buildup of one or the other of these.

Trek Ace
02-16-2007, 01:05 AM
I suppose you could take one of the Seeker kits and convert it into an Ark II.

cozmo
02-16-2007, 07:21 AM
Or (http://pages.sbcglobal.net/mdcurtiss/_wsn/page10.html)

Kind of small, but thats how I like them.

Lloyd Collins
02-16-2007, 05:50 PM
I have Cozmo's Ark II model. I recommend it highly. I am almost finished with mine.