UFO MOTHERSHIPS One of the latest trends in movies and television is to bring back a classic TV show and ‘re-imagine’ it.  The obvious advantage of doing this is that the show is a known commodity and thus familiar to audiences, if in name only.  As the Gerry Anderson series UFO (1970) is one of my favorites, I thought it might be interesting to create a hypothetical vehicle that might appear in a ‘re-imagined’ UFO. Motivated by the fact that it seemed a bit of a stretch to believe that the small UFOs depicted in the original series could bridge the incredible distances required of interstellar travel, the idea of a large transport or carrier-type ship came to mind as perhaps a more sensible, as well as more visually appealing solution to this conundrum. The little UFOs docked to the underside were an important item to get right as they are really the only direct visual link to the series.  Because the clear components are such an integral part of this iconic design, they were vacuformed out of thin PETG sheet.  A good deal of effort went into making these, and required delicate work under magnification (being only three quarters of an inch in diameter!). I built two complete Motherships which necessitated molds and urethane castings of all the major parts. LEDs and fiber optics provided the lighting effects. An in-depth article on this project can be found in Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller presents: Modelling the 21st Century Volume 2. Gold Award Wonderfest 2008
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.   Robert H. Goddard
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