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    The Gary Cannavo Collection of Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers (23) Filming Miniatures. The definitive collection of visual effects filming miniatures from the classic Sci-Fi adventure series Battlestar Galactica (1978) and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979). The collection, painstakingly assembled over a 25-year period by private collector Gary Cannavo, consists of 23 filming miniatures of the spaceships that played an integral role in propelling audiences to distant, futuristic fantasy worlds. The core team of model builders and miniatures effects wizards who created the groundbreaking effects for Star Wars (Academy Award winners John Dykstra, Grant McCune, and Richard Edlund, plus Dennis Muren, Jonathan Erland, Lorne Peterson, Dave Jones and Sean Casey) built and filmed these amazing miniatures. The exquisitely detailed spaceship models were designed and built in a painstaking process so they would look real onscreen (several feature fiber optics running through the models to illuminate windows and other openings and engine lights along with custom made metal armatures that have several mounting positions for different effect shooting angles. Dykstra, after having won the Academy Award as Special Effects Supervisor for Star Wars, used his cutting edge "Dykstraflex" digital motion control camera system for filming the complex miniature effects of the massive space battles, taking television visual effects to the highest level for the time. The principal spaceship designs for Battlestar Galactica were conceived by Ralph McQuarrie, the legendary production illustrator from Star Wars, who, more than anyone else, is credited with developing the look of the film. McQuarrie's designs for the Colonial Vipers, Cylon Raiders, and the Galactica were among the first designs created during pre-production and set the tone for the series as a whole. As with Star Wars, McQuarrie's designs helped sell Battlestar Galactica to the network. Among the highlights are the "hero" filming models from both classic franchises, including the 6- foot Galactica filming miniature (the heart and soul of the "rag-tag fleet"), Galactica Shuttle, "hero" Colonial Viper with nitrogen tubes installed to simulate turbo blasts on launch, also used in all publicity photos and close up special effects shooting, Cylon Basestar, "hero" Cylon Raider with electronics and lights, Cylon Tanker, Rising Star, Gemini Freighter, plus others of the rag-tag family of ships. For Buck Rogers, highlights include Buck's Star Fighter/Thunder Fighter, Ranger 3, the Draconia, Ardala's Launch and the Hawk Ship. This collection represents the state of the art for miniature practical effects, before Hollywood switched to computer-generated imagery (CGI) - a practice that is lamented by a large number of fans across the globe. Filming miniatures remain at the pinnacle of collecting science fiction artifacts. Indeed, they are works of art in and of themselves, which are becoming increasingly rare. Without question, this remains as the single most important offering, containing the highest number of iconic, museum quality filming miniatures ever offered at public auction. Consider the prices of the following filming miniatures of similar quality that have sold at auction: the Star Trek: The Next Generation Enterprise-D sold for $576,000 and the Klingon Bird of Prey from Star Trek III sold for $307,200, both from the Christie's Star Trek auction in 2006; a Star Wars "Blockade Runner" sold for $450,000 by Profiles in History in 2015; a Star Wars T.I.E. Fighter sold for $402,500 by Profiles in History in 2008; a Star Wars X-Wing Fighter sold for $270,000 by Profiles in History in 2012. By comparison, there is tremendous value in the 23 miniatures offered in this collection. The vast majority are one-of-a-kind. The Colonial Viper and Cylon Raider are the finest examples in existence. All of the Battlestar Galactica miniatures in this collection are featured in the coffee table book Battlestar Galactica Vault: The Complete History of the Series, 1978-2012 by Paul Ruditis (Sterling Publishing, NY, 2014). It is the owner's desire for the collection to remain intact in the hope they will be exhibited and enjoyed in a museum environment; therefore, it is being sold as a single lot. $1,500,000 - $2,000,000 Battlestar Galactica - Science fiction television series created and produced by Glen A. Larson that aired for 21 episodes on ABC from 1978-79. Starring Lorne Green (Commander Adama), Richard Hatch (Apollo) and Dirk Benedict (Starbuck). The story unfolds after the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind by the evil Cylon Empire. The survivors, led by Commander Adama aboard the battlestar Galactica, an immense battleship and spacecraft carrier, leads the remaining Colonial ships into space and seeks out a lost thirteenth colony, which turns out to be Earth. All the while, the Cylons closely pursue the rag-tag Colonial fleet across the galaxy. Battlestar Galactica won two Primetime Emmy Awards: John Pierre Dorleac for Outstanding Costumes for a Series, and John Dykstra, Richard Edlund and Joseph Goss for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Creative Technical Crafts. In addition, it won the People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama. The legacy of Battlestar Galactica continued into the 21st century with a re-imagined version of show of the same title that aired for 75 episodes from 2004-2009. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - Science fiction television series created and produced by Glen A. Larson that aired for 32 episodes on ABC from 1979-81. Starring Gil Gerard (Capt. William "Buck" Rogers), Erin Gray (Colonel Wilma Deering) and Felix Silla (Twiki, voiced by Mel Blanc). In 1987, NASA astronaut William "Buck" Rogers aboard the shuttle Ranger III is caught in a freak accident in deep space causing him to return to Earth over 500 years later. When Buck awakens, Earth is recovering from a nuclear war and is coming under hostile attack by the Draconian Empire. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century won a Primetime Emmy Award: Bruce Broughton for Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series. The owner and caretaker of this extraordinary assemblage of 23 filming miniatures is Gary Cannavo, a well known and respected collector throughout the Hollywood memorabilia community who has been acquiring and preserving these models over the past 25 years. Gary is a Boston based radio station mix show, club and concert dj, also founder and director of the multiple award-nominated promotion and production organization masspooldjs. Gary has worked with some of the most respected people in the music industry to date. As a young boy growing up, Gary was infatuated with science fiction shows of the day, including Star Trek: The Original Series, Lost in Space, Space: 1999, etc. Once he discovered the magic behind these fantastical visual effects, he became fascinated with effects miniatures. On the heels of Star Wars' epic success, Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century reached his television screen and he became a huge fan. He was enthralled by the latest effects of the time, spending hours and hours gathering articles, pictures and anything he could find on the subject. As an adult, he starting acquiring these amazing models, ultimately building the collection to where it is today. "The Battlestar Galactica series of miniatures have not been seen together in public since their original filming over 40 years ago," says Gary. "The Buck Rogers models also have been safely stored away in custom-built crates up until now." Gary states, "If anyone ever told me I would one day own these gorgeous models of my childhood era, I would have never believed it. I would have told them they're crazy! So, as I got older and more successful, I embarked on finding these miniatures anywhere I could, never knowing where I would end up. The trek took me to many places where I met many amazing people I can call friends today. Each model has its own unique story of how and where I found them. It took many years, lots of money and thousands of research hours. It was a labor of love for me. These were spread all over the four corners and one-by-one I acquired them to add to this collection you see today. My love of these models has not stopped. I absolutely love each and every one of these guys. They simply do not make them anymore. It's becoming a lost art and these are what's left telling us about Sci-Fi movie and television history. I just feel it's time to let them go and hope they find a great final resting place to be enjoyed by all." Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers Filming Miniatures Battlestar Galactica: Battlestar Galactica: 72 in. x 32 in. x 10 in. Built by Apogee, Inc. Only one Galactica built for the production of the series. Internal steel substructure with acrylic and wood subcomponents with styrene outer hull. Features 6 mounting points for filming at different angles. Two box fans housed in the engine manifold cool the rear engine halogen bulbs. Fully wired with custom light box, built with dimmers, in a front compartment for the fiber optics with illuminating landing bays. This model was rebadged for Battlestar Atlantia (President's Battlestar) and the Battlestar Pegasus. This miniature is truly the star of the show. Highly detailed by the same crew who built the Star Wars models. An icon amongst sci-fi filming miniatures. Hero Viper: 15 in. x 8 in. x 5 in. Built by Apogee, Inc. Only one hero Viper built. Custom machined 5-point mounting armature. Self-skinning foam outer hull with additional detailing to make it unique from the other Vipers. Halogen bulbs mounted in engines with internal nitrogen tubes to simulate the "Turbo Thrusters" after-burner effect on screen. Miniature figure in cockpit is called "8 Ball". Used in all the publicity photography for the show. One of the most recognizable fighter ships in sci-fi history. Hero Cylon Raider: 17 in. x 13 in. x 3 in. Built by Apogee, Inc. One of only two hero Cylon Raiders built, yet this is the only example remaining in its original configuration. Internal 4-point mounting armature. Self-skinning foam outer hull. Engines illuminate with halogen bulbs from back and underneath hull. The iconic Cylon Raider enemy spacecraft were used prominently throughout the series. Cylon Basestar: 38 in. diameter. Built by Apogee, Inc. Only one Basestar built. Internal metal armature with 4 mounting points. Acrylic substructure with epoxy resin outer hull. Fully wired with fiber optics, cooling fans, and features five landing bays (one fully detailed for close-ups). Used throughout the series as a filming miniature, but was also used as a tactical desktop prop by Lorne Greene (Commander Adama) in episode "The Hand of God". Incredibly detailed paint scheme one must see in person to fully appreciate. Galactica Shuttle: 22 in. x 9 in. x 7 in. Built by Apogee, Inc. Only one Shuttle built. Internal metal armature with self-skinning foam outer hull. 6-point mounting armature. Interior cabin control room and engines are illuminated. Beautifully detailed. Featured heavily in both pilot and throughout the series. Unique industrial design is a favorite among the model builders from the show. Cylon Tanker: 44 in. x 7 in. x 5 in. Built by Apogee, Inc. Only one Cylon Tanker built. Internal metal armature with bottom mount. Built from model parts and acrylic sheet. Nose is custom sculpted. Featured heavily in the opening scenes of the pilot movie when the Cylon ambush began. Colonial Movers Space Freighter (Rag-Tag Fleet Ship): 44 in. x 7 in. x 5 in. Built by Apogee, Inc. Only one Colonial Movers Freighter built. Internal metal armature with 6-point mount. Constructed of various plastics and acrylic structures. Beautifully detailed and highly recognizable. Seen prominently in the pilot and throughout the series. Also used in the opening credits for every episode. Flat Top Ship (Rag-Tag Fleet Ship): 24 in. x 10 in. x 9 in. Built by Apogee, Inc. Only one Flat Top Ship built. Internal metal armature with single bottom mount with custom mounting pin. Constructed of various plastics, acrylic with custom painting and landing pad on top. Seen in the opening credits for every episode. The model was later used as the Police Station in a Buck Rogers episode. Gemini Freighter (Rag-Tag Fleet Ship): 32 in. x 12 in. x 5 in. Built by Apogee, Inc. Only one Gemini Freighter built. Internal metal armature with 6-point mount. Reflective tape affixed to the engines provide the glowing effect. Featured heavily in the pilot and throughout the series. Also used in the opening credits for every episode. Livery Ship (Rag-Tag Fleet Ship): 46 in. x 16 in. x 5 in. Built by Apogee, Inc. Only one Livery Ship built. Highly detailed internal metal armature with multi-point mount. Constructed of acrylic, styrene and kit parts. Originally designed as a livestock ship, but used in the pilot to obtain fuel supplies for the fleet and has landing pads. Featured heavily throughout the series and used in the opening credits for every episode. Rising Star (Rag-Tag Fleet Ship): 32 in. x 17 in. x 6 in. Built by Apogee, Inc. Only one Rising Star built. Internal metal armature with 2-point mount. Constructed of custom sculpted epoxy resin and fully wired with fiber optics. One of the more prominent Rag-Tag Fleet Ships used throughout the series. Also used in the opening credits for every episode. Prominently featured in the episode "Murder on the Rising Star". Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Buck Rogers' Star Fighter (a.k.a. Thunder Fighter): 23 in. x 13 in. x 5 in. Originally designed by Ralph McQuarrie for Battlestar Galactica. Built by Universal Hartland for use in Buck Rogers. One of two Star Fighters built, this one being the hero miniature. Internal metal armature with 3 mounting points. Epoxy outer hull. Instrument panel illuminates with LEDs and the craft features wing-tip marker lights. The engines illuminate with halogen bulbs. Buck's iconic ship used throughout the series. The canopy was used in the episode "Time of the Hawk" and exhibits studio damage caused by the claw of Hawk's ship when Buck was attacked. The Draconia: 60 in. x 60 in. x 20 in. Built by Universal Hartland. Only one Draconia made. Internal metal armature with 4 mounting points. Custom sculpt model crafted of epoxy resin with incredible detailing (took a team of people more than six months to create). One of the most expensive filming miniatures ever built at the time. Loaded with fiber optics using a central light source. Engines in the rear and three pods beneath illuminate with custom made neon color called "Albright White" (designed only for this miniature). The Draconia is the fortress ship of the evil Princess Ardala and is used throughout season one of the series. One must see in person to fully appreciate. Truly one of the most beautiful filming miniatures ever created. Ranger 3 Shuttle: 18 in. x 13 in. x 8 in. Built by Universal Hartland. One of two Ranger 3 Shuttles built - one with distressed paint scheme (this example), and one with "clean" paint scheme. Buck's hero ship seen in the opening credits for every episode, depicting him drifting in space for 500+ years. Internal metal armature with 3-point mount. Wired with block LED lights in the cockpit and features a miniature Buck figure. Used in the pilot and throughout the series. Ardala's Launch: 30 in. x 13 in. x 9 in. Built by Universal Hartland. Only one made. Internal metal armature with 3 mounting points. Custom sculpted of epoxy resin. Cockpit section separates from the body as an escape pod. Beautifully crafted and detailed. Hawk Fighter: 26 in. x 18 in. Built by Universal Hartland. Only one Hawk Fighter built. Custom sculpted and created for second season to introduce the character "Hawk" to the series. Internal custom aluminum armature with 4 mounting points. Constructed of epoxy, styrene and Plexiglas. Machine tooled aluminum landing gear with articulating styrene talons. Wings are detailed to look like feathers. One of the most recognized ships of the series. Belly Bomber: 15 in. x 12 in. Built by Universal Hartland. Only one Belly Bomber built. Internal metal armature with 2-point mount. Outer hull crafted of epoxy and styrene. Used in many episodes throughout the series, including "Return of the Fighting 69th", in which it was also served as a hand prop for Peter Graves (Major Noah Cooper). Scorpion Fighter: 14 in. x 8 in. x 3 in. Built by Universal Hartland. Only one Scorpion Fighter built. Internal metal armature with 3 mounting points. Styrene outer hull. Features two halogen engine lights with gun-activated switch. Used throughout the series as various alien fighters, including that of Frank Gorshin (Seton Kellogg) of 1960s Batman fame. Mantis: 20 in. x 10 in. x 7 in. Built by Universal Hartland. Only one Mantis built. Internal metal armature with 3 mounting points. Epoxy and styrene outer hull. Seen in landing bay of the Searcher in the second season. Olympiad: 16 in. x 11 in. x 6 in. Built by Universal Hartland. Only one Olympiad miniature built. Internal metal armature with single-point mount. Acrylic and styrene outer hull. Used in the episode "Olympiad". A full-sized mock up of this craft was built so actors could interact with it. Features two miniature figures inside representing the athletes from the Interplanetary Olympics of 2492. The Searcher Shuttle: 18 in. x 9 in. x 5 in. Built by Universal Hartland. Only one Searcher Shuttle built. Internal metal armature with 5 mounting points. Epoxy outer hull. Buck's Shuttle used throughout the second season (missing passenger side hatch cover). Nose cone is present. Shark Fighter: 20 in. x 12 in. x 6 in. Sculpted and built by Sean Casey at Universal Hartland. One of two made. Custom aluminum armature with 5 mounting points. Epoxy outer hull. Engine illuminates with single halogen bulb. Used in episode "Flight of the War Witch". Zaad Supply Ship: 28 in. x 12 in. x 6 in. Built by Apogee, Inc. and later reworked by Universal Hartland. Internal metal armature with bottom mount. Resin hull over styrene parts. Cockpit illuminates with incandescent bulbs. Used in the episode "Flight of the War Witch" and was later repainted for the final Buck Rogers episode "The Dorian Secret" (as seen in its current configuration). It was originally built and used as a Rag-Tag Fleet Ship by Apogee, Inc., called the Prison Barge, for Battlestar Galactica. It was later reconfigured and detailed for Buck.

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