Millennium Warthog

The Warthog
  The name stuck. Completed in 1983, the 24-inch long Warthog was based on original drawings. It was scratch-built by covering a hull made from eighth-inch thick balsa wood with plastic stock and spare model kit parts.

The following photos by Rob Lind

  Items used to detail the Warthog include kit parts from a 1950s Moon lander, a battleship, a motorcycle, a Star Trek Enterprise, an R2-D2, at least 4 assorted tanks and a whistle from a Crackerjack box. Other parts include a pair of flashlights for the fusion engines, above, and a plastic shot glass poking out of the top of an armored military vehicle for the conning tower, below. All little greeblies that look like they should swivel around do.

Take me to the bridge!

     Lighting operated on four separate circuits with a total of eighteen light bulbs. A 4-switch control box provided 12 volts to the windows, fusion engines, hyperdrive and the forward sensor.

Photographed on location

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Top Plan

Bottom Plan

   Because it was mostly a hollow balsa shell, the two-foot long Warthog weighed only about a pound and a half. The lights and wiring accounted for close to half of the model's weight.