There is a couple of miniature oil platforms, a rig service vessel and a miniature helicopter involved in the action of the story. Nigel Brackley of NB Modeltronics built and operated the model Bolkow BO 105 helicopter for the bomb dropping sequence.
Particularly noteworthy is the tiny mechanical figure which can be seen walking on a gangway of the rig to impart some life to the miniature.
This is a film that I originally caught late night on TV in the 80's and was astounded at the quality of the miniature work, having never heard of the film. I would love to know more about the miniatures but have never once come across any information of any kind about the film's model shoot.
|Top of the sky backing is visible at the top of the photo
|The platform miniature sitting in the empty tank with sky backing screen behind. This must be a test of the practical lighting as the model is not yet painted.
|Model rig support ship under construction.
|Small orange figure ( Top middle ) walks along the side of the model. It has some very mechanical motion but is just glimpsed in the film and is quite effective at making you think you are looking at a real oil platform.