GOOD GRIEF! I s it time for another post already? Er hello everybody I guess it is time for today’s post. And today instead of a saber for a cartoon cat I have a design inspired by a cartoon mouse! Probably the most famous mouse to eve be a Secret Agent….Danger Mouse. Danger Mouse is a 1980’s UK cartoon created by Cosgrove Hall Productions that centres around a mouse who is the world’s first and only Secret Agent Mouse that battles crime and works to thwart the evil plans of a “Terrible Toad” named Baron Silas Greenback. Danger Mouse (or DM) was loosely based on the TV character “Danger Man” and of course James Bond but DM was a hero and a bit of a coward at the same time. Lucky for DM he had a hapless sidekick in the shape of a Hamster assistant named Penfold – though Penfold got into more predicaments than he helped the pair get out of. If you haven’t seen Danger Mouse then here is a quick look at him…
DM was a suave secret agent and in real life was voiced by the legendary actor David Jason, who most readers may associate as playing the part of trader Delboy Trotter in the UK sitcom “Only Fools and Horses”. His sidekick Penfold was voiced by comic actor Terry Scott who appeared in the “Carry-on” series of movies (in the 70’s and 80’s) and a TV sitcom named “Terry and June”. The show was a big hit in the UK and was as a result the first animated show to appear on Nickelodeon (along with Belle and Sebastian) . DM became popular in the US too being likened to Rocky and Bullwinkle. But back in the UK….DM battled Baron Greenback for TEN series/seasons and during which time he called upon the use of a special car the Mark III Danger Car. Well my friend TheVintageToyAdvertiser (find his site here> https://thevintagetoyadvertiser.org/) and I were chatting a while ago and the idea of a DM saber cropped up and I thought “I just made a Ferrari themed saber for Magnum PI…why not make a DM Dangercar Saber?” So I did and here is Gallery One….Tally HO!!!!
This saber is based on the Mark III Dangercar which was a yellow sports car (similar to a Lotus Esprit like James Bond famously drove) and also had numerous gadgets and gizmos. But the most famous trick this car could perform was it’s ability to fly! It could extend wings out just like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and take to the skies and it is this flying mode I have recreated here (hence no wheels!). The car saber also has a proper transparent and reflective windshield part near the “cockpit” and seats which act as the saber activation controls. The saber also has the folding red winglets and on the bonnet/hood of the car you can see the famous DM logo badge. The main handgrip is sleek leading to a rear end that has a few more details. But first here is Gallery Two showing a few close ups..
These pics clearly show the sportscar influences and the windshield/cockpit/winglets. I’m also pretty happy how the logo turned out as it follows the contours of the bodywork nicely. The rear of the saber has a red vertical tail fin, along with the rear quarter “engine cover” bulges. Then to finish this saber off I included a pommel part that has tail-lights, a license plate, rear bumper/fender and a radiator grille that acts as a cooling vent and sound grille for the lightsaber. Once again I think I did pretty well converting a car into a saber but so you can judge for yourself here are two images, one of the cartoon car itself and the second, an actual real life replica built by a fan to drive on the road!
And that my friends just about wraps this secret agent mission up. DM and Penfold are about to return to their base (which is a secret lair built under a red London postal box!) and I must return to the shadowsof wherever I am at the moment (can’t say much about my whereabouts…but it’s awfully moist here!)
Before I go however I must as always give out my thanks to TheVintageToyAdvertiser for another of his challenges, they do put me to the test! And I need to say thanks to all of you, my friends and readers. Whether you are a first time visitor or a regular caller to FTSabersite thank you for the support and I hope you will call back for more lightsaber and 3D model making inspired by Star Wars and pop culture. There is so much more to come including Star Wars Visions inspired hilts, FOUR new starfighters I have designed and a few sabers for a Marvel film due out in November of 2024! Till next time….
“Dangercar Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by Cosgrove Halls Productions animation “Danger Mouse”. The design, 3D model and renders were created by For Tyeth in Blender 3D and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2023. “Danger Mouse”, the “Mark III DangerCar” and Penfold along with all other names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Cosgrove Hall Productions 1981-2023.