Debut: August 2015

 




   

.: Michael Howe's Thunderbird 2 - NUDE!!

Brand:

Imai

Scale:

1/350

Modelling Time:

~ hrs

PE/Resin Detail:

none

Comments:

"The kit is an old Imai, one of a series dating back to the 60's re-released in new boxing in 1999 under the Carlton International Media tag. The kits title is "TB-2 Perfect" and is completely moulded in clear PS with the addition of a new silver-plated sprue supplying full interior details such as engines, cockpit and nuclear reactor and a miniature model of the Mole and a bulldozer in the pod.  The scale is 1:350 which appears to tally with descriptions of TB-2 as being about 70m or 200 odd feet long.  The basic kit is also available in standard green and even gold-plated...!

I built the kit in 2007 and it appeared in SeamLInes in April of that year.  Apart from small details picked out in colour and clear red applied to engine intakes and nozzles the kit is 'out-of-box'.  Since 2007 it's been on display at Hobbies 4U but I took it home last week because it was looking a bit tired.  It's been cleaned, coated with Future and fitted with an old Matchbox aircraft model stand kindly supplied by Chris Hales.  Several other kits from the series await their turn on the bench including the Fireflash airliner, the TB-1 Hangar and TB-2 Pod-Bay."

Thunderbirds machines

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The Gerry Anderson Supermarionation television series Thunderbirds and the subsequent feature films Thunderbirds Are Go and Thunderbird 6 (1965–68) featured a large variety of futuristic air, land and sea vehicles and machines, the majority of which were designed by special effects director Derek Meddings.

In the context of the series, most of the advanced machines appearing in the series belonged to the International Rescue organisation and were used during their rescues. These were known as the "Thunderbirds", of which there were five core machines and a variety of other rescue craft. It was after these that the series was named. In the series, all of the International Rescue vehicles were designed by the organisation's resident technical genius, Brains.

The use of these models in Anderson's Supermarionation productions beginning with Supercar was a significant advance in television production. Before Supermarionation, scale models had generally been limited to the cinema. Meddings's models introduced a new level of realism and quality; while most TV and motion picture aircraft and spacecraft of the time were clean and polished, the Thunderbirds machines (and most others in the series) show the effects of wear and tear. This dirt and wear was applied as a way of adding realism and countering the miniature models' toy-like appearance.

These effects were to be influential, and Century 21 modelmakers went on to work on Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and the EON James Bond films. The relative scale of these vehicles is a matter of debate, especially the rocket-based designs. Many of the Thunderbirds machines have subsequently been made into toys, models, kits or other merchandising, although none of the original filming models survive.

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Box art:

an early prototype.....

Click on each image for a closer look

I reckon it looks like one of those deep-deep-deep-water fish,
the ones with no pigmentation & brightly coloured organs! (RjT)

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