Space Academy's "Seeker"
Endorsed by Rob Maine, SFX supervisor on Space Academy!
"Welcome to Man's most magnificent achievement in the conquest of space, the man made planetoid, Space Academy, founded in the star year 3732. Here we have gathered young people from the farthest reaches of all the known worlds. They have been chosen for their unique abilities, and are being trained to cope with the mysterious, the unknown, the unpredictable dangers lurking in the vast darkness of space!"
So goes the opening title of "Space Academy", as narrated by the star of the show, Jonathan Harris of "Lost In Space" fame. Space Academy was a half-hour children's show broadcast in 1977 during the Saturday morning lineup on the CBS television network in the US. Answering the increasing demand for more sci-fi, the most ambitious and expensive Saturday Morning live action kid's show ever made was produced by Filmation Associates, ran for only one season, and consisted of 16 episodes. The show later spawned a spin-off program called "Jason Of Star Command", which was produced by the same company, used a lot of the same hardware, and lasted for two seasons. "Space Academy" concerned the student crew of a man made asteroid/university and their adventures exploring space. The Academy itself was the "home base" for the show, and the Seeker shuttle crafts are the main means of transportation for the young scholars and their professor/commander, Isaac Gampu, played by Jonathan Harris.
The special effects for the series, supervised by Rob Maine and Chuck Comisky, were the most elaborate ever done for a live action children's show at the time, and accomplished for the paltry sum of only $95,000! If you'd like to read more on how the FX for this show were done, you can read an interview with Chuck Comisky HERE. After reading, use your browser's "Back" button to return to this page.
Small Art Works is pleased to
exquisite model kit of the spaceship from the classic seventies
"Kidvid" show. Accurately molded in quality urethane resin, this kit of
the Seeker is a faithful reproduction of the original special effects
used in the show. 11 inches long, the model is virtually identical in
proportion and detail to the medium-sized filming miniature. This easy
to build kit is complete with all resin cast parts necessary. All
shown here are of the finished prototype kit.
Notably, making of this very kit, from concept to prototype, is featured as a five page spread in the November 2002 issue of the popular "FineScale Modeler" magazine. However, there were several glaring errors created when the editors re-wrote the article. I have written to the editor to try to have corrections printed in a future issue. Below are those errors and their corrections.
excellent job in recreating the Space Academy SEEKER with your new
kit. It's exactly like the 11 inch long model we used to film the
of the space effects scenes for the Space Academy series. I look
to more models from Space Academy as well as vehicles from other
science fiction shows that have never been available before in kit form.
modified screen-capture picture below to hear the three audio tracks,
here edited together.
In the audio
clip, you first hear Chuck describing the model as he shows it as in
the screen cap shot during the interview feature on the disc. The next
voice you hear is that of Eric Greene, and then the interviewer in
anothe cut taken from an episode commentary track, asks Chuck about the
Also, a Seeker
buildup was presented to Lou Schiemer himself! Pictures to follow!
on the thumbnailed pictures below to see larger, more detailed versions
of the kit.
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The Seeker in kit form is $89 USD
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Do you want some more "Seeker" stuff? Click HERE to see some fantastic Wall Poster Drawings available from professional illustrator Patrick Hill!
Another great new Space Academy site can be found HERE.
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