Updated: February 10, 2008
JUPITER-2 4 FOOT MINIATURE RESTORATION (TOM WATKINS)
"This is the Jupiter-2 with it's top taken off for restoration. As you can
see all the landing gear had been stripped out. The landing gear was
operated by a complex set of pulleys and wires that were operated off stage
above the ship like a string puppet. The ship was internally illuminated
with a battery pack and lights. Also missing is the lower engine core which
was taken off for restoration. The hull in this shot has been repaired with
any extra holes filled in. Later phases of restoration saw the repainting
of the ship in the original colors and texture, new landing legs created
from original bluesprints and the casting of all the parts for additional
replacements if the need ever arose."
Take a 4 minutes glimpse into the "Actual" restoration process of the
Original Fox Hero 4 Foot Jupiter-2 miniature as it is being put back
together again after being taken apart following Lost In Space for Irwin
Allens's "City Beneath The Sea" television movie back in 1970.
This is video footage and narration by Peter Greenwood himself, who aquired
the famous miniature from Fox and directed it's restoration inb the early
1990's, to it's present day condition.
This is a insightful look at perhaps Lost In Space's most famous props!
I met Peter when I was Associate Producer of "Alvin
and the Chipmunks" T.V. series in LA in the mid to
late 80's. Peter called to see if I was hiring voice
actors. While we were talking I found out we shared
a passion for Irwin Allen stuff! Peter was then
working for an Austrailian magazine as well as his
talent for finding props and such. He also introduced
me to Gary Conway from "Land of the Giants". He even
got me some original Lost In Space costume designs from
Paul Z. with actual cloth swatches! I still have them
and are a part of my collection.
Peter called me to see if I would bring my video camera
to tape the Jupite-2 model and document it. So, I went
with Peter that day to the special effects house out in
Sun Valley CA. I can't remember the name of the place
but they were also doing costume props for one of the
Ninja Turtle sequels at the time. It was there I
video taped the footage while Peter narrated. I have
a picture on my website of the model, Check my website at:
You can see Peter in the first picture! I tool it in his
apt all those years ago. I sent several people copies of
the footage many years ago after they saw the picture of
the model on my website so I'm not suprised it's out there.
I'm happy to have people who love this stuff get to see it.
It was such a joy to see the model in person after so many years.
I lost touch with Peter after I left L.A. and moved back to Maine
in 1992. So, that's the story behind the footage. I still have
the original 8mm tape if you ever need a clean copy transferred
to DVD. I'm sure you've seen it and there would have been more
video if I had fully charged my darn battery! I was so upset that
it started blinking empty after only a few minutes. Oh well... I'm
happy to have gotten what I did.