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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Malcolm Gibb » Aug 25 '15


When it comes time to finally fit the raised parts on the body I`ll use steel rods to give that bit more strength.

In the mean time I cut out the stabilisers from 4mm perspex and cut a slot in the centre which would then fit into the groves on the wings, this way it will be stronger than just butting them up to the edges. while waiting for the glue to set I used a piece of wood to keep the stabilisers at 90 degrees to the wings.

Once dry I sanded and filled the joins with P38 and then added a little fin at the ends of each wing, again these parts were cut from 4mm perspex.

Dry fitting the parts onto the body and you begin to get an idea of how it will look.

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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Marten Richens » Aug 26 '15
That`s looking great Malcolm! I love to see such large scale models being built, although I do get a twinge of jealousy as I am confined to the dining room table! I saw this on a facebook group I am in and wondered if it`s of any interest to you.
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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Mark » Aug 26 '15
Looking great so far! I agree with Marten about scale restriction - I love seeing big kits get build but just don`t have the room to do things in this scale.
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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Malcolm Gibb » Aug 29 '15

Hi Marten

I tried to access the Facebook link but without any luck, what would I have seen if I could?

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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Marten Richens » Aug 30 '15
Hi Malcolm


Sorry I forgot, it`s a closed group, so you wouldn`t have seen anything! Here are the photos for you:





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Imai Pilot set in absolute mint condition. Parts in original sealed plastic bags. £18 inc P&P

Imai FAB1 in immaculate condition. Parts in original sealed plastic bags. Can be motorized with an FA130 motor (not included). Unfortunately, the instructions are missing although it would be fairly easy to construct without. However, due to the missing instructions, I have priced this kit at a very reasonable £20 inc P&P.
Ban Dai Thunderbird 3 in superb condition (slight scuffing to box edging). Parts in original sealed bag. £15 inc P&P

£45 inc P&P if bought as a job lot.

The group seems to let you in if you send a join request (and you live in the UK), here is the link to the group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/882098685187935/

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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Malcolm Gibb » Sep 6 '15

Many thanks Marten.

I wish there had been so many models available in the sixties though I probably wouldn`t have be able to buy them.

I sometimes build kits as a change to scratch building. Kits are a good way to start modelling so I hope someone will buy them and who knows where it might lead.

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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Malcolm Gibb » Sep 6 '15


Time to fit the legs. I chiselled out four slots in the solid wood side pieces and trimmed the end of the legs until everything fitted. I can only fit two legs in one go as I decided to `glue` them in place by pouring fibreglass resin into the slots. I had to keep the model at an angle to stop the resin running out. This took sometime as I had to make sure the legs were at the correct angle to each other and the body so lots of checking with the help of some masking tape.

Once the resin was dry it was time to repeat the process for the other two though this time just before the resin completely sets I turned the model right way up and very gently pressed down on it so the legs would sit correctly, there was just enough give in the resin to achieve this with the help of my cordless battery sitting on top to give a constant pressure. Next step will be to fill in any gaps round the joins.

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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Malcolm Gibb » Sep 19 '15


With the legs in place it was time to start detailing under the body. Until this is complete I can`t fix the two parts on top.

I used some brass rods to create the parts on either side and rear of the body. I also drilled out a couple of holes for the vertical jet housings. For these I used some old aluminium extending paint pole with part of a garden hose fixing in the centre. After checking they fit and look all right I`ll fit them later on after painting.

This vehicle has a large canopy which is something I always dread so to create the master for this I cut out the front section using a fine tooth saw making sure everything was vertical & horizontal.

Next using my dremel I lowered the floor area leaving a small lip around the cabin. As the floor was a bit rough I mixed up some fibreglass resin and poured it in to level off the floor.

Then using plasticard I started to detail the cabin area, cabin interiors is another thing I hate doing so tis will be a simple one just giving the basic details and will remain one colour.

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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Malcolm Gibb » Sep 30 '15


Continuing with the basic cockpit I created a simple control panel and a couple of seats from plasticard. I won`t be adding colours to this area but will leave it one basic primer coat.

The clear cockpit canopy was created by vacuum using the cut out as a mould, it took a couple of attempts to get it right.

Next I decided to scribe panel lines on the body using a simple basic scribe which did the job fine. After that it was time to fix the two raised motor units onto the body, I left this to last as I needed to turn the model up side down during construction. As I had previously made sure they would fit perfectly all I needed to do was glue and add some filler round the join, there is also a steel rod from the motor into the body.

I had sprayed the model with filler primer hence the strange colour, its very near final completion now that the painting has started. 

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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Alun » Sep 30 '15
How did you create the canopy for this?  Is it heat formed over a master?
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