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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Malcolm Gibb » May 18 '15

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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Malcolm Gibb » May 18 '15

Sorry everybody but as I expected I`ve made a bit of a boo boo with my first post.

First I wrote a bit of speal then had trouble with the photos then I think I sorted out the photos then my written post disappeared.

This is too complicated for me so I`m afraid this is as far as I`m going.

Good luck with all your projects

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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

SFMuk Admin » May 19 '15
Seems a bit defeatist to give up quite so easily.  If at first you don`t succeed, try, try again!


Looked like you had an interesting project there.

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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Mark » May 19 '15
Noo! Don`t give up, looks really cool. Always interested in seeing these large projects - will it be remote control?
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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Malcolm Gibb » May 19 '15

Hi

I tried posting again but I lost all the text when I downloaded the photos, how do you have photos and text in the same post????

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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Malcolm Gibb » May 19 '15

I`m trying this again to see if I can keep the text.

After a lot of filling and sanding the main body is more or less complete. As this is a wheeled version I had to make four wheel covers out of 4mm Perspex, fortunately there are no curves on this model, the rear ones are long as they have to cover two wheels while the front ones are an unusual shape. This vehicle has 12 wheels - four at the front and eight at the rear. The wheels I used were 3" air wheels which are meant for model aircraft. I placed the covers in position to get an idea of what it looks like.


It looks like I got this post right this time!

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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Mark » May 19 '15
Cool - yeah the image thing is a bit tricky as they don`t immediately appear in the text when you`ve uploaded them (something we are trying to fix when there is time). 


Anyhoo, always impressed with those that build big models and this is going to be great.

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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Malcolm Gibb » May 20 '15

Thanks Takshaka


I have a tendency to build studio scale models which means they can be big although a few years ago I built a full size Dalek, k9 and R2D2 before returning to models, mostly at the insistence of the better half due to available space.

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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Malcolm Gibb » May 21 '15

I didn`t take many photos during the construction so please excuse the jumps in this build.

I started making the drivers seat and cover out of Perspex as usual. This will be removable in case for some reason I have to turn the model upside down one day.

For the seat and its back I used the centre parts of plastic rulers, they are removable and have a slight curve on them just like a seat. I used a fine saw to cut the grooves so it will look like leather or something. The seat still has to have a curved hood bent round it which I`ll show another time.

As you can see I have also fitted the wheel arches and some extra details, the long part with the ridges is actually the steps from an Airfix footbridge kit. The little vents on the hood are cut from plastic pipe at an angle. To make them appear as one with the bonnet I filled any gaps along the edges with P38 filler.

In the gap between the wheel arches I fitted a little step up made from Perspex, the top side was scored to make it look like that metal plating used for extra grip.


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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Malcolm Gibb » May 26 '15

The intakes under the front nose were made from Perspex which was sanded to shape then fine tuning with P38.  The long ridged part was made from a plastic loo seat bolt cut length ways.

The front section with the holes for the headlights was a separate piece which had to be glued on and filled to blend in.

The side view shows some of the detail better including the step, most of the little details were cut from plasticard.

The wheels were 3" air wheels and the front ones had this strange bend in the axle which I`ve tried to replicate. The axles are made from various aluminium tubes with threaded rod fitted through so I can fix the wheels on securely.

As you can see the drivers seat now has its curved `roof` section added which was just aluminium mesh from Halfords with some plastic strips added to the edges.

I know its a strange vehicle but I always liked it on Thunderbirds and I enjoy building unusual vehicles from the Anderson shows. 

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