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
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
tanks and a whistle from a Crackerjack box. Other parts
include a pair of flashlights for the fusion engines, above, and a
shot glass poking out of the top of an armored military vehicle for the
conning tower, below. All little greeblies
look like they should swivel around do.
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
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Click on the drawings below for larger images
|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.|