The crusty “Spaceballs” Winnebago model can be yours
While Han Solo and Chewbacca are inextricably associated with their lovable “piece of junk”—Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon—the winged Winnebago known as Eagle 5 was the grungy space RV that Spaceballs fans will always remember. And now, if you’re as big a fan as I am, you’ll be tickled to know that the 1/12th-scale model used for filming the film’s space travel scenes is going to auction. Time to count those space bucks.
Rusty, unkempt, and decidedly unbefitting of any heroics, Eagle 5 was the perfect conveyance for down-on-his-luck-cowboy Lone Starr and half-man-half-dog Barf. And, of course, it was a complete nightmare as a rescue ship for the haughty, Druish, Princess Vespa.
As Hemmings points out, Eagle 5 was based on a Winnebago Chieftain 33RU, the biggest of the company’s lineup in the mid-1980s. Definitely not standard on the Chieftain were hyperjets and the ability to launch giant jars of (raspberry) jam at scanning satellites on the evil Spaceball 1.
Profiles in History is running the auction, estimating the Eagle 5 model will sell for $12K–$15K. The auction listing indicates it is made of “cast resin, vacuum formed plastic panels, metal, plastic, and wood components.” The model is extremely detailed and even includes tiny Lone Starr and Barf models in the front seats.
Eagle 5 comes from the collection of Grant McCune, who made the model for Spaceballs and was responsible for several other Hollywood hits including the original Star Wars movies, Star Trek, and the model shark used in Jaws. He passed away in 2010.