Ranger 3 Deep Space Probe
from "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" (1979-1981)
About the Design
Based on the classic comic strip and movie serials from the 1930s, ABC-TV's "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" was a light-hearted sci-fi adventure series that followed the adventures of American astronaut William "Buck" Rogers who was accidentally frozen in cryogenic sleep in 1987, only to be revived 500 years in the future where he joined forces with humanity's remnants to battle various alien antagonists. Roger's original "ride" was the Ranger 3, "the last of America's Deep Space Probes," a "compact" version of the American Space Shuttle then in development.
About the Kit
This solid-cast resin kit was released by Fantastic Plastic Models in summer 2006. Based on the actual filming miniature, the model was a relatively simple build, consisting of six resin pieces, including two beautifully detailed engine exhausts. The kit was patterned by Alfred Wong and cast by Anigrand Craftswork of Hong Kong. Decals were by JT Graphics.