Aloha Everybody, today I return to the Pacific Ocean islands of Hawaii with another saber inspired by the TV show Magnum P.I. You may recall I posted a saber back in August un memory of Roger Mosley who played the role of T.C. in the show and sadly passed away. The saber I have today is inspired by another icon from the show and that icon is Thomas Magnum’s car, the Ferrari 308 GTs (OK yes, the car actually belongs to the millionaire author Robin Masters that also owns the estate where Magnum lives). The vehicle became as much of a character in the series as did TC’s helicopter, and not surprisingly. The car was a beauty, designed by legendary design firm Pininfarina and was both powerful, fast and curvy.
The car was also a Targa “T-Top” with removable roof panels that upped the vehicles cool wow factor. What amazed me was how “invisible” the car was to all the suspects that Thomas tailed – I mean if you saw a Ferrari 308 in your rear-view you would definitely notice it, but the crooks never seemed to. The car also seemed to be expensive to own and run, with the show revealing that the car would need to be serviced and repaired by “authorised Ferrari technicians” and not the run of the mill garage mechanic that Magnum usually took the vehicle to if it had a dent or two. So, as I discovered that 308 cars were expensive I figured I ‘d have to settle for a lightsaber inspired by one. I think it’s time to put the saber in gear and hit the accelerator…time for “Magnum Robin 1” Gallery One …
Again I have managed to turn an automobile into a lightsaber! You may recall way back that I built a saber that resembled the Ghostbusters’ Ecto 1 and more recently I paid tribute to Mad Max’s Interceptor patrol car…but this is a pure speed demon of a saber. In full racing red this saber is the right colour and has sweeping curves just like it’s source of inspiration. I am quite proud I managed to replicate that curvature as it is a signature of Ferrari sports cars. Another feature I managed to incorporate was the Targa sunroof, which I created by modelling the front and rear windshields to form a hand-stop on the pommel section and the “front windscreen” acts as a guard for the activation switch. More on the switch later but first here is Gallery Two with the close up detail shots…
These close up pictures reveal more details and show off the “bodywork” moulding around the emitter. This represents the wheel arches on the sides of the saber and the two bulges on the upper represent the bonnet (or hood for US readers….) grills and panels. You will notice that the saber also has a couple of “prancing horse” replica badges too. The pommel as always represents the rear end of the car and features tail-lights and rear bumper details, along with a speaker/ventilation grille that sorta looks like a wheel hub. Two final details include the 3D modelled front radiator grille in the emitter mouth and the activation switch I mentioned earlier. The switch features the “Cross of Lorraine” emblem seen on Thomas Magnum’s ring he wears – the symbol being the emblem of the Marine squad he (and his friends Rick and TC) served in during Vietnam.
These last two images just attempt to show the curves of both my saber and the fabulous Ferrari itself – hopefully you can see the haunched stance and lines in both.
Finally…the show Magnum was set on the beautiful paradise islands of Hawaii and that chain of islands has been in the news recently with the eruption of a volcano named Mauna Loa located on the southern-most island, Hawaii itself (the tv show was mainly filmed on the island of Oahu further north). Well, this news of the eruption kinda sparked something in me and made me want to start up an old hobby I used to do years ago, flight simulation! I used to sim when I had a PC capable of running the software and I think I amassed a combined total of “flying hours” over 10,000. I had Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X and competed all the missions and license tests becoming a certified “Virtual Airline Transport Pilot” – I even flew a few trans Atlantic Concorde flights! Nowadays though I only have a laptop which sadly can’t handle a full simulator package but I did find an online simulator that allows me to take to the skies again, which I did and I “flew” to Hawaii and took a look at the volcano site….
The picture above shows the GPS map with the Hawaii island with the volcano located in the point of the light yellow triangle, whilst the centre panel of the image shows my “cockpit window” view of the crater! Sadly the sim doesn’t have special effects so there’s no lava flow. But I had a bit of fun flying around recreating medivac flights to and from the island!
Anyhoo…I am out of time, sorry I got distracted and waffled on about fkight simming but it was that hobby that started me designing things sort of as I used to repaint aircraft models and create scenery for the sim. But back to sabers and Star Wars, I hope you liked this offering today and please call back for future posts as I have many more lightsabers and SW vehicles/props to show you all. Thank you so much for visiting FTSabersite today, your support is much appreciated. Till next time….Aloha!
“Magnum Robin 1 Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the Ferrari 308 sports car seen in the 1980’s TV show Magnum P.I. The design, 3D model and renders were created in Blender 3D by For Tyeth and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2022. Magnum P.I. and all names, logos, pictures and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Belisarius Productions, Inc, Glen A. Larson Productions and Universal Pictures. The Ferrari 308 GTS was designed by Pininfarina and built by Ferrari S.p.A. and is Trademarked/©Copyright of Ferrari.