What you get and what you need (below). The Skyhook Custom Base and acrylic rod (left) and a Lindberg Flying Saucer. This is one of the original kits from 1954, but there are more recent issues. The Flying Saucer has just two main parts, the top and bottom. For this Plan 9 version, the engines and pilot are not required.
Three other Plan 9 Flying Saucers. Below (top) a Lindberg release, moulded in glow-in-the-dark plastic. Glencoe Models (middle) and (bottom) the current issue from Atlantis Models.
Plan 9 (as it is usually termed) was written and directed by Edward D Wood Jr (1924-1978). He also edited, co-produced and appeared briefly in it, and who can be summed up by saying that his movies were so bad, they were good.
As a follow-on to the movie’s dubious accolade, and borrowing The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy’s usual catchphrase, “Worst movie - ever…” this may not be entirely fair. Yes, many aspects are not very good, special effects invariably being singled out, along with the script, plot, acting and continuity (lack of!). But many of these are probably no worse then other American B movies of the time. In fact, Plan 9’s storyline is arguably slightly better than some others, and does have an overall humorous charm to it.
However, Edward D Wood Jr regarded himself as a serious movie autor, so whether he actually intended this is definitely up for speculation. He was, after all, posthumously nominated by the Golden Turkey Awards, as the ‘Worst Director Of All Time.’ But that, of course, only increased his cult status!
Skyhook Models: Plan 9 from Outer Space Custom Base
Diameter: 130 mm (5 in) diameter.
Height: 130 mm (5 in) with UFO in place.