A huge jump in The Topaz Connection!

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A huge jump in The Topaz Connection!

Post by Knight-Armen » Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:50 pm

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Well, here's a capture from The Topaz Connection and this is the scene were Kitt is chasing a pick-up truck.

Does anyone know whether they had to install new suspensions for Kitt after this jump? Because he landed very badly, unfortunately...

The reason why I'm asking you this is because after the jump, the chase continued as if the car never jumped nor gained any damage by the landing whereas if you look carfully, the second before he reaches the ground you can notice the car is falling apart (almost)...
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Post by LuvKITT » Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:11 pm

Well they used different cars for different stunts. As far as the show goes KITT could do anything so I assume it didn't bother him. Of course Bonnie always was making adjustments and repairs on KITT.

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Re: A huge jump in The Topaz Connection!

Post by Juggernaut30 » Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:25 pm

After this jump,the car was wrecked.

Like after this jump....
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They continued the chase with an differend car.


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Post by Knight-Armen » Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:31 pm

Well they used different cars for different stunts. As far as the show goes KITT could do anything so I assume it didn't bother him. Of course Bonnie always was making adjustments and repairs on KITT.


Well, of course! They used different cars and carried out some reparations, however the fact that Kitt could do anything is not entirely true.

A couple of seconds before landing:

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Notice how the tires dissappears in the body! The suspensions must have suffered a great deal...

Seconds after the landing, the car appears to be totally wrecked:

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Post by spyhunter » Fri Jun 09, 2006 3:30 am

Didn't the Dukes jump this same creek?

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Post by Jay_n1 » Fri Jun 09, 2006 7:26 am

Yea they did and the General had the same outcome.

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Post by K2000kid » Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:33 pm

I read somewhere that Kitt had a skin like an onion that they'd peel off and he'd look a good as new underneath
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Post by K2000kid » Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:39 pm

"We use four identical black Trans Ams, not one," Hasselhoff told a reporter. "And when the stuntmen do those 50-foot jumps, a car sometimes breaks in half. Each of the cars has a protective outer shell on it. When a car gets banged up, they peel off the outer shell, like the skin of an onion, and the shell underneath makes K.I.T.T. look like new."

How do peel off the shell and make KITT look new after that
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Post by TurbomanKnight » Wed Jun 14, 2006 7:24 pm

Its a rubber outter layer to protect the paint and body. Look at the scenes where KITT is being shot at. You look closely you can see the explosive charges mounted on the body. Look even closer you can see the outer skin. Its usually higher.

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Post by K2000kid » Wed Jun 14, 2006 7:44 pm

The outer skin was actually as you described, but the way the article was written the reader is led to believe when they jump a car and total it all they have to do is peel off the outer layer and have him as good as new.

i guess they peeled him whenever he got dirty too
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Post by TurbomanKnight » Wed Jun 14, 2006 7:54 pm

Nah, if its dirty a little wash and wax is done.
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Post by Joe Huth » Wed Jun 14, 2006 9:49 pm

Here's a picture of Hasselhoff sitting in the shell that's mentioned here:

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Post by TurbomanKnight » Wed Jun 14, 2006 9:56 pm

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Post by Akaihiryuu » Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:10 pm

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 did often damage the jump cars, but it didn't always total them. The jump cars also looked very bad if you see them up close (as you can in frames here and there in places)...what looks like black paper over the windows, body panels in the wrong place, things looking like they're going to fall off, etc. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that they didn't take perfectly good Trans-Am's and jump them. The jump cars were probably built out of cars that had been wrecked already in one way or another. The only time they used a good condition Trans-Am was for interior shots of KITT, slow cruising shots, KITT parked, etc. They had one "KITT" car that they used for that and close-up shots, everything else used specially built stunt cars of one form or another. Just like in Dukes of Hazzard...they had one really nice looking General that they used for all the close up shots, and they used beat up customized clunkers for the stunts.

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Post by kittknight1979 » Tue Jun 20, 2006 1:29 pm

Is this a recycled jump on Knight Flight to Freedom on Season 4?
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Post by Skav » Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:01 pm

Yes, the jump was used in quite a few episodes.

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