Boing 727-200 miniature - Mc Cune Design


Welcome to Boing Aircraft Company ...in miniature!
Visual Effects Supervisor Peter Donen during the filming of the making of 'U.S.Marshals'.
The great craftsmen at McCune Design built three Boing 727-200 fuselages in 1/6 scale 
and brought them to the location outside of L.A. by truck.
There is a little confusion about the scale of the models. 
Peter is always talking about the 1/6 scale models, but on the McCune Design website it says 
they were in 1/5th scale? The McCune crew built them, so they should know.
Well, they are all equals... except for the Supervisor being a little more equal!
In memory of Peter Donen - Visual Effects Supervisor.
The spectacular crash landing of a Boing 727-200 in 1/6 scale.

Peter Donen died at the age of 50 on 31.12.2003 (heart failure).
He was responsible for the visual effects on a lot of great shows.
'Ladyhawke', 'Executive Decision', 'U.S.Marshals' or 'U-571'.
Let's open a can of 'Perri-Air' and enjoy a bumpy flight into space with Peter: Spaceballs.

One Boing 727-200 miniature was for the flying/landing scenes.
The second one was the one where the tail breaks off.
The third fuselage had a detailed interior with seats and scale puppets.
This was the one where the wings break off.
Visual Effects Supervisor Peter Donen (left) on Set. 
He had a 75-man crew working on the miniature crash landing.
McCune Design model shop - Very accurate to the smallest detail.
This is the highly detailed Boing 727-200 where the wings break off. What a fat Supermodel! 
Peter Donen during the making of the 'Making of'.
Loading in explosives - A wing has to break off in a fireball precisely.
Aircraft wings do not like wooden power poles on the runway...
Peter Donen with the landing gear of a miniature Boing.
McCune Design - A detailed Boing miniature. Packed with electronics and light effects.
Such a model weighs between 800 and 1000 pounds.
Detailed interior with seats and scale puppets.
Might be the Sheridan (Wesley Snipes) puppet in the seat.
A Boing 727-200 is getting its parking position.
The crash landing.
Filming of the crash landing in miniature. Is the model attached to a dolly?
This looks awesome! what's going on here? 
A fuselage on a dolly ...with equipment on the tail (!).
A test run that almost burst into flames?
It does not look as if these are planned smoke effects.
The miniature crash landing is a very spectacular scene in all areas. An excellent composition.
The narrow road for the landing of the Boeing model miniature was recreated in scale.
The crew of Peter Donen laid 1200 feet of concrete with a cable running down the middle of 
a center track. Small trees, shrubs and the wooden power poles, everything in scale.
A 100 horsepower motor spins the whole cable rig in a continuous loop, all computer controlled.
Peter Donen: 'We powered our 1000-pound model up to 60 miles per hour, using seven cameras 
to capture the action' (pressbook).
The motor/cable rig could stop the Boing miniature in 5 feet.
Special Effects Supervisor Peter Donen. Crash landing of the model on the miniature road.
The crash landing ends up in the Ohio River. 
A fuselage (full size) was set into the Ohio on a metal rig with hollow tubes under it, which pumped 
either air or water into the tubes to raise and lower the plane.
One fuselage was set up in studio on a hydraulic gimbal for the interior footage.
Here we see the crew on location in Tennessee, Reelfoot Lake swamp.
Standing in the middle, Director Stuart Baird and Tommy Lee Jones.

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