Air Raiders Product Designer Notes

I just some odds and ends notes that I wanted to share about two Product Designers who worked on the toy line.

Bill Cooke, designer of the second series Scout Patrol (see here) also mentioned how he helped create the rebel Command Outpost.

I design developed and sculpted the mountain in clay then made a RTV silicone rubber mold and hand laid up fiberglass for the final presentation model…

(Note: RTV silicone rubber mold refers to “room temperature vulcanization” molding, often referred to as resin casting or silicon molding.)

I wonder if Mr. Cooke designed the Command Outpost by himself or not. There’s clearly two, possibly three distinct drawing and handwriting styles in the pics below. Note the second sketch dates back to March of ’86, about 18 months before release! Sadly the ebay seller seems to have Sharpie-markered over the names on the sketches so we can’t see who worked on what. There is an FMR on the top one which may be Fred Rieber, designer of the Twin Lightning and possibly the Wind Reaper and Gatling.

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And second, Ron Rudat, designer of many GI Joe figures, designed all of the Air Raiders figures as well as the Air Refinery. I just got confirmation from him this week that he was also the designer of the Hawkwind! I didn’t realize he got into vehicle design much but it was cool to find out he designed what seems to be one of the most popular vehicles in the toy line.


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One thought on “Air Raiders Product Designer Notes

  1. Fantastic! Learning more about Air Raiders (and related toy history), here than I ever dreamed. Thanks for seeking and gathering all of this info and pictures!


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