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   Trigan Interceptor

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Scale: 1/72

THE CHRONICLES OF THE TRIGAN EMPIRE

"In the swamps of Florida a UFO crashed, sometime in the late thirties. The spaceship survived the impact. Would-be rescuers found all the crew dead and a collection of books containing the history of an alien civilization - the chronicles of the Trigan Empire."

"Scientists from all over the world tried to decrypt the books and after many years one of them found the way to translate the books. Thanks to this man the whole world gets to know the history of the rise and fall of the Trigan Empire."

With this introduction in the magazine Ranger "The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire" was introduced to the readers of 'the magazine for boys'. It was a prestigious project, for which the editor had hired two top talents. Michael Butterworth wrote the scenarios for this space-opera and Don Lawrence drew the artwork. It was a great combination, because thanks to their talents, the Trigan Empire became one of British most popular comic strips.

This kitbash is an attempt to replicate a Trigan Inteceptor. I read this story as a boy, and so cannot remember the full details. As I recall, Darak, a pilot in the Trigan Air Force, considered himself a superior person and deserving of promotion to head of the air force. His superiors, and especially the emperor, Trigo, disagreed. Darak tried to kill Trigo, but failed and was captured. Darak managed to escape, and made common cause with the barbarian tribes nearby, fanning their resentments against the Trigans. He led their successful attack against the city. With the city in the hands of his allies and himself as the power behind the new ruler, Darak sought to find and kill those who had slighted him, especially the emperor. Trigo escaped the city by stealing an aircraft - this interceptor - but was seen by his enemies, and the alarm was raised. Darak pursued Trigo in his own interceptor. Darak was an ace pilot; Trigo, though a competent flier, was no expert. However, he possessed much stonger nerves than Darak Was the outcome ever really in doubt?

I used a KP Suchoi Su-7BKL as the donor model. I chopped the main wings and vertical stabilizer; added the trianguler end-plates to the wings; moved the cockpit aft to just in front of the vertical stabilizer; added a "spine". A donor pilot was found in the spares bin and roughly painted in a Trigan (non-pilot) outfit.

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