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So, As a favor to build one of these for a friend, I asked for a model of this craft for myself.

I do not sell Them.
I do not know who sells them/makes them. I was supplied with the kits...
I do not know how much they cost.

I do know...
It was made from files cast off of the actual "HERO" Miniature seen in the series Land of the Giants.
I love it because it is dead on...warts and all! It has ALL the flaws and subtle mistakes the original has without someone correcting them.
It's hollow and YES I am going to light it. It will also be painted and lit per the filming miniature. This is my personal Spindrift and will be worked on a little at a time between other projects.
It will be like my custom Jupiter 2, as in it will have a practical interior...Like the miniature has/had. IF motivated, I may scratch build an interior...


I am glad I waited for this. I know of a larger kit that gets attention, but the thing is all wrong. I am dull and boring that way.

I have supplied pictures of it next to my Custom Moebius Jupiter 2 and a Flying Sub I am currently working on for a friend.

The last photo shows the cockpit windows/passenger windows cut out...as well as the are under the dome.

The final Photo is an old Lunar Models Spindrift I built years ago, with full lighting and a scratch built interior as well as figures.





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I almost had my hands on a 1st generation copy off of the original back in 1996! Paid $2500 for it. Unfortunately, the man who owned it at the said he needed a total of $11,000 from 5 interested persons to make the mold and castings. Apparently, he was not successful and ran into some difficult times. He sold off the Spindrift Hero model and others he had acquired. Tried to go into a business building Lost in Space robots, Jupiter 2s, etc. Failed at that, too. He did surprise me by refunding me $500. Just very sad that he couldn't follow through.

I have a Lunar Models kit, that sits partially built from 30 years ago. I acquired the stage blueprints from Fox of the Spindrift. And drafted, in pencil, reduction copies of the exterior of the set and the interior of the Spindrift. It didn't take much to convert the Lunar Models ship to reflect the stage exterior. Because of that, I was able to fit the interior in, without having to worry about the pocket hatch running into the passenger window, which prevented it opening completely (like the Aurora kit). Have to finish it up.....

So count me envious that you were able to get a casting of the meter long hero Spindrift!
 

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So I reserve weekends and some evenings as “me” time. To keep what I am doing fun.
I was able to do a little work on my Spindrift build.

The Spindrift is not just Orange.
I am basing it on the weathered appearance it had sustained.
Like the Seaview,
It’s actually a LOT of colors.
I airbrushed the whole thing with custom mixed paints based on some in depth pictures of the real miniature.
I will be airbrushing the hull more then allow it to fully cure.
Then I will add the two stripes on the hull.

The model is 16.5" in length and after using some different scale figures I have, it seems the 1/48 figure is more in line with the scale.








 

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The Spindrift build gets more shading/ weathering and the large stripe. The stripe wasn’t perfect on the miniature. I wanted to replicate that.
Yeah, I’m boring like that.
Once cured, the darker stripes will be added.
Two pictures.
One with the red Dome and one with the clear one. Both accurate to the show.





 

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So being the obsessive/Accurate type, Last night I stripped the entire forward hull because i didn't feel the striping was accurate to the filming miniature. It's actually kind of wonky(which I appreciate), and sloppy in some areas, So i wanted to replicate that.
I am now happy with the basic paint job. Ill revisit when I have some "me" time and weather it accordingly(I don't like the new glossy car look).
Also down the line, I need to add the lighting.
The model was completely airbrushed MIXED PAINT TO MATCH THE FILMING MINIATURE AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE.



 

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I want to keep in the spirit of the filming miniature so a "practical" cockpit will be visiable through the main view port. I deviated a little in that the filming miniatures glass was frosted and not clear...I used some parts and scratch built a flight console and cut my own "glass" from clear sheet found at my local Hobby Shop.





 
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