Transport on the lunar surface is afforded by moonbuggies. They are driven with two handles, each one controlling one side of the buggy; hence, turning was accomplished by putting one stick forward and drawing the other back. The dashboard originally only had an ignition switch. In Year 2 the buggies had additional controls including airlock switches ("inner door - outer door - pressurise - depressurise") in Space Warp. They also had larger number 5 on their side. They may be deployed from special airlocks (Space Warp) or Eagles (The Full Circle, The Testament Of Arkadia), and in the latter case may be used on Earth-type planets.
Publicity shot featuring the Moonbuggy. Notice the number 8 in the panel on the side. Also notice the hose at the rear to redirect the exhaust from the petrol engine.
Various shots of Eagles on launch pads included a small moonbuggy model. The Year 2 titles included two small moonbuggies in the view of Moonbase Alpha as the logo moves overhead.
The Moonbuggy is an amphibious vehicle called the Amphicat. Originally red, it was repainted yellow for the series.
This and the previous photo are rare images of the vehicle before filming (thanks to Mark Shaw). Panel lines to the side and front have not yet been added, or the piped trim around the edge.
The Moonbuggy as it appeared in Breakaway.
Different scales of model Moonbuggy also appeared in Breakaway. The largest is 20cm long. The two astronauts are from the Revell 1/24th scale Gemini Capsule model kit.
Brian Johnson and Nick Allder show 3 different scales of Moonbuggy, each with two astronauts. These were all used in Breakaway
Model moonbuggies are also seen on the launch pad, as here in Black Sun
In The Testament Of Arkadia we see the moonbuggy being carried in the aft compartment of an Eagle.
The Full Circle makes extensive use of the Moonbuggy to drive round the Retha forest.
Impressive shot from The Full Circle of model Moonbuggy leaving Eagle.
All the moving buggies in year one, such as here in The Infernal Machine, were pulled by a wire.
The Taybor featured more close-ups of the remote controlled buggy, which is let down by the stiff astronaut maquettes. Unlike the smaller models, this model does not have an exhaust on the right side.
The Taybor also showed the original wire-pulled moonbuggy, used in scale against Taybor's ship.
The Year Two titles also used small moonbuggy models in scale against the Moonbase. A parked moonbuggy on the left. Centre-right is a small buggy with two astronauts (on the crest of the hill).
A brief shot of a model buggy is seen in The Seance Spectre
The full size moonbuggy is only used twice in Year Two. In Space Warp we see the Moonbuggy airlock.
The vehicle's engine is now kicking out a lot of visible exhaust. It is still piped to below the wheels, so it looks like moondust being thrown up by the wheels.
The moonbuggy is used again in The Bringers Of Wonder part 2.
The remote controlled buggy is seen again. A smaller scale moonbuggy model is also seen in other shots. The buggy does not reflect the changes in detailing on the full sized moonbuggy- the number 5 is missing, and the wing mirrors are still in place.
Copyright Martin Willey