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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?
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
Last edited by PhilipMarlowe; 03-06-2009 at 12:57 PM..
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.
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.
"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.
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.