Blue Thunder from "Blue Thunder" (1983)
About the Design
A super-duper police helicopter equipped with advanced sensors, long-range microphones, a forward-mounted six-barrel electric canon and a “whisper mode” that allowed the vehicle to fly virtually silently, Blue Thunder was designed to be the ultimate in aerial law enforcement. In reality, the craft was a modified French Gazelle (Aerospatiale) helicopter tricked out with a dozen or more prop gimmicks to give it that “high tech” look. The chopper later starred in the short-lived “Blue Thunder” TV series (1984).
About the Kit
The “Blue Thunder” TV series gave this model a longer shelf life than is common for most movie series tie-ins. However, by the early 1990s, the kit was out of production and available only on the collector’s market. In the early 21st Century it was re-released by several Korean companies one of (which also published an Airwolf repop), and could once again be purchased from overseas suppliers via the Internet and Ebay.
This model was built from an original issue.