Futuristic Police Flying Motorcycle Original Model by ILM
A futuristic police flying motorcycle model was required for Back to the Future II movie. George Lucas' special effects company ILM had to match two live-action motorcycles that were based on Ninja 1000 Hondas. As soon as ILM got the pictures of those, they turn to model maker Richard Miller to sculpt an eighth-scale version of both the motorcycle and its rider. Pieces were vacuformed and model maker Larry Tan then assembled and finished the model. In the movie the motorcycle was supposed to have retractable wheels that would come down when it landed - although we never see that in the film. The rider was a female police officer. Her fanny and her feet and her hands were glued onto the motorcycle and it had a rod coming out of the top of her helmet so that ILM could animate her head.
The design of the flying motorcycle, as well all the futuristic vehicles of this film, was done by Tim Flattery hired by Hollywood legned, Gene Winfield.
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