Sunday, 20 July 2014

KONAMI LUNAR CARRIER

The Konami Lunar Carrier, another model from Konami’s UFO TV series range.




Unlike my previous Moonbase Central  post on the Konami S.I.D. which came as part of a double pack, the Lunar Carrier was part of a separate UFO set.



 With all the sealed boxes looking exactly the same what you’d find inside was down to pot luck, and according to the UFO series page with the chances of getting a Carrier was one in ten.



In the TV series the Lunar Carrier (or Moon Transporter as it’s described in the UFO annual) is the lifting body used to take the Lunar Module up to the edge of space, whereupon the Module is released to continue its journey to the Moon, while the Carrier returns to Earth.


This concept art by Derek Meddings shows that there were few differences between Derek’s original design and the finished studio model.




Like its TV counterpart, the Konami Carrier has a tiny detachable Lunar Module.

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