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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Malcolm Gibb » May 31 '15

On the upside shot you can see the box the rear axles go through, perhaps one day I might add some suspension but not at the moment. It gives you a chance to see the front axle which is an unusual shape.

I have added some details on the underside - the half pipe between the front & rear wheels is a cut down plastic pipe, and the ridged piece right at the front are the steps from an Airfix 00 Footbridge kit.

The windscreen was made from the Perspex screen from a picture, some chrome tape was added along the edge to represent a frame of sorts. The part next to it is again Perspex that has been curved and will eventually fit on the bonnet next to the windscreen.

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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Gareth James » Jun 1 '15
Just back from hols so bit late with this. Really nice to see a `supporting cast` vehicle from Thunderbirds which are rarely modeled. Thanks for posting Malcom- a lot of work has obviously gone into this both in research and building. To do this from scratch is just something else- brilliant. Can`t wait to see it finished.
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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Malcolm Gibb » Jun 3 '15

Hi Gareth

Many thanks for your kind comments. When I start a project like this I take a load of screen grabs and any other photo info available on the internet. I also enlarged a photocopy up to the studio scale size which was 18" long. That`s about as much research I do though I always keep on looking for any further info during the build.


Its now time for the final paint job and after lots of sanding I wiped the model over with a `tack` cloth which picks up all dust and dirt. I decided to use Humbrol 29 Dark Brown (matt spray) as its about the colour of the original before weathering.

The advantage of building something out of Perspex is its a nice surface to start with.

This paint dries quickly and has a nice finish.

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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Malcolm Gibb » Jun 7 '15

Getting there now. The mesh hood was made from aluminium car body sheets and the gear change was a modified rivet with a wooden bit added.  The steering wheel was cut from a plastic pipe with a cross piece added.

There are long wooden boxes on top of the rear wheels which were just off cuts of timber with some details added, the handles on top of the boxes were ordinary staples not fired completely in.  The front headlights which I hope to replace at some time when I get something better were just model ship portholes.

When I sprayed the seat I tried to get a `leather` look which doesn`t really show up on these pics.

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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Mark » Jun 8 '15
Looking great! Love that colour and the red really pops. Watching with interest.
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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Gareth James » Jun 8 '15
Second that. Awesome stuff and built in pretty much the same way Derek Meddings did the Thunderbird originals I would of thought. 
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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Eric Moore » Jun 9 '15
Lovely stuff. Especially like the school ruler trick!
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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Malcolm Gibb » Jun 10 '15

Thanks guys for your kind comments they are really appreciated.

The build is almost done.

The windscreen with the chrome tape round the edge just slots into the two holes on the bonnet and will remain removable as will the entire drivers seat and curved back. The reason for this was simply if I have to turn the model upside down at some time.

The two `lights` in front of the windscreen were made from a conical tap washer with part of a toy wheel glued on the front, a hole was drilled underneath and a short length of brass rod was inserted into holes pre-drilled on the bonnet.

The bits & bobs of equipment on this vehicle were a mixture of bought tank accessories and homemade canvas etc made from some old vertical blinds.

There are some handrails along each side of the vehicle which were just brass rods glued into holes.

You can`t really see it but there are some dashboard details made from some bits of kits, the secret is not to go overboard and only use parts that look as if they might actually do anything.

I think that`s about it for this build forgive me if I`ve forgotten anything, I`ll post some proper `finish` photos in my next post.

p.s. sorry about the duplicate photo but I didn`t know how to delete it.

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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Malcolm Gibb » Jun 12 '15

These are the final finished photos of the Jeep. The original colour was quite bright so I airbrushed some Tamiya flat black over it to tone it down.

The various containers were a mixture of hand made and bought items. Oh yes I forgot to mention the mud flaps, they were made from ordinary black card as that was all I had lying around at the time. It still looks too bright in these photos but I can assure you it is a lot darker when its in front of you.

I hope you liked this build as I certainly enjoyed building it.

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Re: Thunderbirds Desert Jeep

Gareth James » Jun 16 '15
Fantastic work Malcom- to create the whole thing from scratch is incredible. Is that a display base you built for it?. There`s a derek Meddings appreciation group on FB- they would love to see this I`m sure!
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