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by Akaihiryuu
Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:38 pm
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: When Knight Rider was cancelled in '86
Replies: 18
Views: 7108

Re: When Knight Rider was cancelled in '86

There's a reason that the "stock footage" was used for each transformation. They had to use 3 different cars. One regular car, one driveable car in the SPM configuration, and a transforming one. The transforming one had to have its engine and drivetrain removed to make room for the moving ...
by Akaihiryuu
Thu Jul 19, 2007 5:22 pm
Forum: General Archive 2007
Topic: The official nit pick thread...talk about them, explain them
Replies: 5
Views: 3039

How does Karr get painted silver after crashing through the semi? I assume that karr forced Bonnie to do that after crashing into the semi!? It seems like a lot of stuff was cut out after karr crashed into the mobile command center. I mean you see karr crash in, the guy yanks the laser out of bonni...
by Akaihiryuu
Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:12 pm
Forum: General Archive 2007
Topic: Gull-Wing Steering Wheel Illegal?
Replies: 11
Views: 6276

Uh...there may be isolated places here and there where the gullwing steering wheel is illegal...but it's not in most places. It's perfectly legal where I am (Ohio). I don't even know of any places that have any laws about what kind of steering wheel you can have. With regard to the scanner, it would...
by Akaihiryuu
Thu Jul 05, 2007 8:07 pm
Forum: General Archive 2007
Topic: kitts front nose changes during the 3rd season??
Replies: 3
Views: 2443

My biggest nitpick with Knight of the Drones is that, before KITT is blown up with the rocket, there's a point where Michael stops the car and gets out, and KITT already has the new dash that he's not supposed to have yet.
by Akaihiryuu
Fri Jun 22, 2007 8:45 pm
Forum: General Archive 2007
Topic: Junkyard dog
Replies: 10
Views: 5697

IIRC, Don Peake wanted to come up with something in a similar style to "Axel F" from Beverly Hills Cop when he came up with that song. I think he did a pretty good job.
by Akaihiryuu
Fri Jun 01, 2007 12:11 pm
Forum: General Archive 2007
Topic: Buildinng a functional K.I.T.T Replica
Replies: 18
Views: 6784

How would a turboshaft lift the car off the ground? Turboshaft engines produce almost no thrust, nearly all of the thrust is captured by the turbine to spin the shaft. The only concerns I'd have would be 1) torque...the car body would have to be greatly strengthened to avoid being twisted by the tor...
by Akaihiryuu
Thu Mar 29, 2007 3:05 pm
Forum: General Archive 2007
Topic: The Ramjet
Replies: 7
Views: 3768

Actually, Chrysler put out several turbine-powered cars in the late 50's/early 60's. I think they were able to achieve 18mpg with a couple of them (actually not all that bad considering the time period...piston engines of the time weren't much more efficient). They overcame most of the turbine engin...
by Akaihiryuu
Thu Mar 29, 2007 2:42 pm
Forum: General Archive 2007
Topic: Weinstein company to put Knight Rider into overdrive
Replies: 240
Views: 142665

This movie has been talked about for so long I've lost hope that anything will ever come of it. Sadly, I'm considering it vaporware until I can go to a theater and see it. It's gone through something like 3 revisions so far, with still no production work done at all, or actors even announced. At thi...
by Akaihiryuu
Fri Mar 23, 2007 12:14 pm
Forum: General Archive 2007
Topic: The Ramjet
Replies: 7
Views: 3768

I liked the episode, but the whole "ramjet" thing was really bad technobabble. It's obvious that they didn't know what a ramjet is or how it actually works. All a ramjet is, is a regular turbojet with the compressor removed from the front. The compressor is needed at lower speeds to produc...
by Akaihiryuu
Mon Mar 12, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: General Archive 2007
Topic: Ski Mode??
Replies: 26
Views: 13787

A lot of the car jumps were real, especially in season 1. They used specially equipped stunt cars that were fitted with rubber shells/body panels that could be easily switched out. These stunt cars look *terrible* when seen up close, they are heavily modified to be able (to an extent) withstand jump...
by Akaihiryuu
Mon Mar 12, 2007 6:10 pm
Forum: General Archive 2007
Topic: Looking for songs used in episodes
Replies: 3
Views: 2888

As far as I know, none of the original songs were actually used in the series. They're all covers. Some of them decent covers, some not so good, but none of them were the original artists. You can of course get all the songs used in the series, but they probably won't be the same versions used in th...
by Akaihiryuu
Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:06 pm
Forum: General Archive 2008
Topic: Did Knight Rider Jump the Shark with SPM ??
Replies: 40
Views: 19448

Here's the problem with SPM (and the reason they had to use recycled footage). It required 3 cars. 1 normal car, one "SPM" car, and one transforming car. Due to the hydraulics involved, the transforming car did not have room under the hood for the engine, transmission, and all of the hydra...
by Akaihiryuu
Tue Jan 02, 2007 3:55 pm
Forum: General Archive 2007
Topic: Knight Rider Motion Picture
Replies: 22
Views: 9418

I do hope they're a little more realistic with KITT's abilities in the movie. The series tended to use too many unbelievable "devices of the week" that only showed up in one episode. And a couple of times they had KITT doing obviously impossible (even with his abilities) things, like levit...
by Akaihiryuu
Tue Jan 02, 2007 3:45 pm
Forum: General Archive 2007
Topic: Knight Rider Motion Picture
Replies: 22
Views: 9418

Unless I hear reviews that say it's horrible beyond belief, I'll probably go see it...even then, it depends on who's doing the reviewing. If it's Knight Rider fans on here doing the reviewing and they say it's terrible, I probably won't see it. If it's "professional" critics saying it's ba...
by Akaihiryuu
Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:00 am
Forum: General Archive 2006
Topic: Knightmares
Replies: 3
Views: 2408

Michael's Trans-Am WAS left in the desert, along with a body for the cops to find (I believe Wilton and Devon were talking about this in the pilot, about having to steal a body from the morgue so that the cops would think Michael was dead). KITT was not made from Michael's car...the only reason they...
by Akaihiryuu
Fri Jul 07, 2006 11:20 am
Forum: General Archive 2006
Topic: Normal Cruise to Normal
Replies: 7
Views: 2613

They never really clarified in the show exactly what pursuit does. Pursuit doesn't make the car go any faster in and of itself...it merely allows manual control at higher speeds by having KITT assist the driver in controlling the car rather than controlling it completely (auto). In auto, there's no ...
by Akaihiryuu
Mon Jul 03, 2006 12:04 pm
Forum: General Archive 2006
Topic: Michael Long - hood on Trans Am
Replies: 31
Views: 9188

on a slightly different note, does anyone know why they bothered giving Michael Long a black and gold T/A as his car at the beginning, considering it would have been cheaper to give him any other car???? (so the T/A could be used for stunts without having a new paint job....) or why not just use on...
by Akaihiryuu
Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:33 am
Forum: General Archive 2006
Topic: A little math, a little "Brother's Keeper"
Replies: 9
Views: 2653

I think SPM gave KITT better acceleration at takeoff too. It took KITT a lot longer to get up to 300mph (though he did do it a couple of times) without SPM. One thing I don't understand though, is the whole bomb in the trunk that they did in several episodes. KITT didn't have any MBS or special prot...
by Akaihiryuu
Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:29 am
Forum: General Archive 2006
Topic: my pick for KITT/new movie
Replies: 5
Views: 1693

Stuff like turbo boosts and jumps can be done with CG nowadays...that could make the car look like it's actually doing the impossible things that it did in the series, instead of using quickly changing camera angles. It's funny when you see the jump car nearly break in half when it lands, then after...
by Akaihiryuu
Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:22 am
Forum: General Archive 2006
Topic: DH gets shot !!
Replies: 8
Views: 2518

They also intentionally made that scene very dark. I heard that they couldn't afford Larry Anderson anymore at that point, so they just had Hasselhoff film that particular scene. It's very obvious that Michael is played by two different people in the pilot though. Larry Anderson doesn't look or act ...
by Akaihiryuu
Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:16 am
Forum: General Archive 2006
Topic: If KARR was made by Microsoft
Replies: 25
Views: 6104

I used to have quite the laugh at all of the computer illiterate people worrying about the "Y2K bug". People thought it was going to stop cars, kill clocks and microwaves, make watches not work, make the power go out, etc. The funny thing is...I actually did see *1* Y2K bug on Jan 1. It wa...
by Akaihiryuu
Tue Jun 27, 2006 6:10 pm
Forum: General Archive 2006
Topic: Michael Longs Trans am is Ready (Another Ertl Steel Update)
Replies: 20
Views: 12248

I used to think that Wilton took Michael's Trans Am and built KITT out of it...but actually not! KITT was already in the planning (and KARR had already been built out of a similar car). In one of the season 2 episodes (the one where Michael loses his memory and goes back to being Michael Long), Apri...
by Akaihiryuu
Wed Jun 21, 2006 6:21 pm
Forum: General Archive 2007
Topic: Weinstein company to put Knight Rider into overdrive
Replies: 240
Views: 142665

I think they should make KITT a 2002 Trans Am (obviously with a different nose like they did with the 3rd gens in the series, so the scanner will look right). I like the idea of KARR being similar, but an older or possibly previous gen of the same thing. If in TDR they had made KARR an '81 TA (2nd g...
by Akaihiryuu
Wed Jun 21, 2006 5:34 pm
Forum: General Archive 2006
Topic: Tape Player, TV. FLOPPY DISC DRIVE??
Replies: 12
Views: 4197

Yeah, considering CD's were available as far back as 1983. They were on the expensive side then, but they were definitely around.
by Akaihiryuu
Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:10 pm
Forum: General Archive 2006
Topic: A huge jump in The Topaz Connection!
Replies: 15
Views: 4748

It's true that they used different cars, but there's more to it than just using 4 Trans-Am's. The cars they used for jumping were specially built "jump cars" that were put together completely different from how a normal Trans-Am is. For one, the jump cars had front leaf springs. The jumps ...