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    The Hammerhead

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    As seen on TV

    As seen on TV

    As seen on TV

    The full size mock ups for Space: Above & Beyond were created by the production construction manager Andrew Gardiner and his carpentry department. Their work involved constructing the sets for the pilot and also building fighter cockpits, the huge cargo container set for the scenes on Mars and lastly the full sized mockup of the Hammerhead.

    The full sized mockup of the Hammerhead were constructed using plans drawn up by pilot episode sketch artist Jim Millett. The Hammerhead was constructed of a steel frame with plywood formers covered in strips of Customwood, which is a material that possesses great strength and can be easily formed into almost unlimited number of items. It took ten carpenters a week to to complete the fighter. The landing gear were built from those of a Cessna aircraft. The interior of the cockpits built for close-ups included a joystick which came from a racing car, while the design of the cockpit itself was based on those from F-14, F-16 and F-18 fighter aircraft.

    Like most fans on the net, I would love to know what has happened to the Hammerhead mockup. I wonder if it got destroyed or does Fox have it stored somewhere. If anyone knows, please contact me.

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