- Behind The Scenes Special
|The ZEAF - Zelda Earth
|In the early
episodes of 'Terrahawks' the villian Zelda
attacked Mars, and then the Earth, using a fleet of large
space cruisers that could interlock with a central hub to
form her base of operations. These ships moved through
space at a fairly slow speed, in a similar manner to the
effects shots in the earlier series 'Space: 1999' that
had been modelled on the more realistic look of the film
'2001'. However further stories called for smaller,
more nimble, craft - and so the ZEAF was created.
Designed and built by John Lee, it was constructed around a hollow tube
that slotted over a rotating rod on stage. This, in
conjunction with the camera tracking quickly towards, or
away from it, gave the impression of great speed. This
model gave Special Effects director Steven
opportunity to inject more energy into his SFX work and
get a more 'Star Wars' feel to the show.
|This agile fighter
quickly became Zelda's primary attack and defence craft,
and began to feature heavily as the series started
creating some very ambitious space battle sequences, such
as in the episodes 'A Christmas Miracle', 'The Ultimate
Menace', and 'First Strike'.
|John built two
versions, the primary model featured here, and a tiny one
measuring about 2 long. Kit-bashing is used for
detail - the disc on the rear tail plane (see below)
coming from an Airfix 1/24th scale Harrier and having a
diameter of 26mm means that this model is around 13 &
1/2 inches long.
|Below: Two ZEAF
craft in the model shop - one 'a little bit worse for
wear'. Originally an unmanned craft later episodes would
call for it to carry various characters to Earth, so a
cockpit was added.
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