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Category: TV & Film
Today’s article is a car that must be famous world wide, The Dodge Charger known as General Lee from the TV series ‘The Dukes of Hazard’.
This is the smaller scale Ertl edition and sits well with 1:64 scale cars, issued in 1981.
The real car
This is actually a replica, seen here in Essex UK a few years ago.
The General Lee is the Dodge Charger driven by the Duke cousins Bo and Luke in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard. It is known for its signature horn, its chases and stunts—especially its long/high jumps—and for having its doors welded shut, leaving the Dukes to climb in and out through the windows. The car appears in every episode but one (“Mary Kaye’s Baby”). The car’s name is a reference to the Confederate General Robert E. Lee and it bears a Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia (The army which Robert E, Lee commanded) on its roof and has a horn which plays a melody from the first twelve notes of the song “Dixie”.
Although the estimated number of General Lees used varies from different sources, according to Ben Jones (“Cooter” in the show), as well as builders involved with the show, 256 General Lees were used to film the series. Others claim about 321 were used in the series. Approximately 17 still exist in various states of repair. On average, more than one General Lee was used up per show. When filming a jump, anywhere from 500 to 1,000 pounds (230 to 450 kg) of sand bags or concrete ballast was placed in the trunk to prevent the car from nosing over. Later in the series the mechanics would raise the front end of the car to keep it from scraping against the ramp causing it to lose speed, thereby providing a cushion for the driver upon landing. Stunt drivers report enjoying the flights but hating the landings. Despite the ballast, the landing attitude of the car was somewhat unpredictable, resulting in moderate to extremely violent forces, depending on how it landed. On many of the jumps the cars bent upon impact. All cars used in large jumps were immediately retired due to structural damage.
From 1968, 1969 to 1970 model-year Chargers were sourced and converted to General Lee specifications. Despite popular belief, according to all builders involved over the years. Obtaining cars was not a problem until later years. By that time, the car was the star of the show and Warner Brothers moved building of the cars in house to keep the cars consistent in appearance. Later in the show’s run, when it got too hard and/or expensive to continue procuring more Chargers, the producers started using more ‘jump footage’ from previous episodes. In the final season radio-controlled miniatures were occasionally used to the chagrin of several cast members.
Real car text from Wikipedia
This is a maker I have never heard of before but created a set of diecast cars and vans for the British TV series Dempsey and Makepeace, one of them was this Mercedes van.
Dempsey & Makepeace (1984–86) Is a British television crime drama made by London Weekend Television for ITV.
The base of the Mercedes van is dated 1984. and also has the letters ‘LWT’ (London Weekend Television) the set contained Mercedes 307D van, Mercedes 500SL, Ford Granada 2.8GL MK2 and Ford Escort Cabriolet 1.6i. All toys were made in Macau.
Now I didn’t know any of this when I bought the van, I just like vans and trucks, so this was bought as a restoration project, as it was tatty and cheap, , it may now remain as it is until I find a better version.
The real vans
A still from the actual TV series with the van in shot.
The TN/T1 van model series included 207 D, 208, 307 D and 308. They debuted in April 1977. The original line was composed of two engines and four weight classes.
The TN/T1 was a durable vehicle, available as a minibus or fitted with a cargo box body or flat cargo bed. A double cab version was offered in the latter two configurations. Three wheel bases were available, with gross weight ratings ranging from 2.55 to 4.6 tonnes. Mercedes-Benz-built gasoline or diesel engines were available as powerplant options for the rear-wheel drive chassis. The best known 4×4 Versions of the Mercedes TN/T1 were made by Iglhaut by adjusting parts of the G-Wagen to the TN/T1-chassis. The TN/T1 van was also used as a campervan conversion, being much larger than the Volkswagen Transporter. Its closest European competitors were the Volkswagen LT and the Ford Transit. In 1995, after 18 years of production, the TN/T1 van series was discontinued, succeeded by the T1N “Sprinter”.
Real van Text from Wikipedia
In the words of Monty Python. “And now for something completely different”.
The Daleks are coming to a store near you, well, unless your near a certain WH Smith’s Store in Essex then don’t bother because I bought them all!
Although I have done a separate page for figures, I have done this special feature on Daleks, mainly because I’m a bit of a Dalek nut.
These are from the Eaglemoss Dr Who figurine collection now on it’s sixth issue, others I have you can find Here.
These are resin cast and hand painted and scale at 1:21 and as I have mentioned before an unusual scale but the fact all the figurine are to the same scale make them quite unique.
I have had other Dalek models over the years, some bigger and some smaller but these are pretty good although lack any moving features, also are good value at £6.99 each against what some Daleks go for.
These are subject to a future diorama yet to be built and this background is a temporary setup for these pictures.
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Voyager, the Intrepid class Starship from the Star Trek series Voyager
This is issue six from the Eaglemoss Publications Star Trek, Starship collection and the one I have eagerly been waiting for.
As with all of the collection so far, great detail and finish.
Numbered by Starfleet as NCC-74656, gives an idea as to how many ships must of been in the fleet by this point in the Star Trek timeline.
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