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A 1:6 scale radio-controlled flying Blue Thunder Special helicopter miniature model from John Badham's action thriller Blue Thunder. Officer Frank Murray (Roy Scheider) was assigned to operate a highly advanced, militarized super helicopter.
As the visual modifications to the full-scale helicopter weighed it down and restricted movement, 1:6 scale radio-controlled model miniatures were used for action shots of the helicopter, allowing for more advanced aerial stunts like the 360-degree loop in the film's finale. This is one of four such models made and piloted by John Simone Jr. of American RC Helicopters Inc. for the film.
This custom-fabricated model is constructed of thin fiberglass with internal wood paneling, metal landing skids, and clear acrylic windows installed around a detailed miniature cockpit. Some of the original windows are yellowing with age, while others are replacements which remain clear. Mounted to the front of the vehicle is a miniature rotary autocannon with ammunition belts lining the underside. The exterior is painted dark blue with camouflage patterns and red edgework, and affixed with decals reading "02" and "GH-17A 25102".
Mounted inside the cockpit are the original radio-control components, including a gear, steel gas-powered engine, and rubber-coated wiring, but the flywheel, fuel cell, and exhaust have all been disconnected since production. As a result, while this helicopter was at one time operational, its current functionality is untested. It remains in excellent overall condition with minor scuffing to the fiberglass. Dimensions: 72 1/2" x 17" x 20 1/2" (184.25 cm x 43.25 cm x 52.25 cm)
Contains electronics; see electronics notice in the Buyer's Guide
Contains mechanical components; see notice in the Buyer's Guide
Special shipping required; see notice in the Buyer's Guide
Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.