Visitors Fighter from "V" (1983)
About the Design
The mini-series "V" was a big hit for NBC when it aired in spring 1983. A not-so-subtle parable of Nazism, the show focused on the arrival of seemingly benevolent humanoid "Visitors" who quickly established totalitarian rule all across our vulnerable planet. The Visitors' technology was advanced, but still very recognizable: huge saucer-shaped "motherships" (clearly the inspiration for the "city destroyers" in 1998's Independence Day) and smaller modular atmospheric vessels that could be configured as either fighters, tankers or transport ships.
This fighter was the primary vehicle used by the alien Visitors to move individuals to and from orbit as well as engage in both space and atmospheric combat.
About the Kit
This 1/72scale Visitors' Transport was manufactured in resin sometime in the 1990s by an unknown garage-kit manufacturer. The two-piece kit did not have landing gear or gear bay doors; this is a custom conversion featuring styrene gear bay doors and landing gear "borrowed" from an AMT/Ertl "Star Wars" A-Wing fighter. Because the kit was bagged, no box art is available.