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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Gareth James » Oct 2 '15
Fantastic Malcom- have you other Anderson vehicle scratchbuilds photo`s that you can post? would love to see them.
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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Eric Moore » Oct 2 '15
Great work!


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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Malcolm Gibb » Oct 2 '15

Thanks for your kind comments.

Yes I have other studio scale thunderbird vehicles I`ve built and I`ll put them on as soon as I`ve finished posting this one.

Alun in answer to your question I used the front bit I had cut off the body as a master though I reduced its dimensions ever so slightly to take into account the thickness of the clear plastic.

I had built a very rough vacuum set up operated by a hoover. I fitted the plastic onto a frame and stuck it into the oven for a few seconds then as it started to sag I placed it over the master and let the hoover do the rest. Its quite easy but doesn`t always work first time.

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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Malcolm Gibb » Oct 4 '15

Just about there now, the cockpit has been masked and painted, the rear jet nozzles were cut from some old loo overflow pipe.

I originally sprayed the model too dark s to lighten it I lightly over sprayed with a silver.

More masking and the blue colour was added, the yellow lines were created from self adhesive vinyl tape and the decals were from various kits. I also made some landing feet from brass curved up at the front, a final weathering with an air brush plus I also used a brush and fingers to rub in some black powder paint which was then wiped off.

Another thing I forgot to add was some grills at the front an rear jets plus also on the two top intakes.

That`s it for another model, I`ll post some finish photos after this.

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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Malcolm Gibb » Oct 4 '15

That`s it for this project, hope everyone enjoyed the build as much as I.

Many thanks for watching.

all the best

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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Marten Richens » Oct 4 '15
Nicely done Malcolm, that looks fantastic! Your builds are truly something to behold.
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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Malcolm Gibb » Oct 15 '15

I was asked if I had any other models well here are some which I hope you`ll like as well.

The Firefly vehicle above is studio scale which puts it around 17" long with the blade down.

Its made from balsa wood which was covered in resin to get a smooth finish. The blade was cut from a plastic drum and the rear hump was a metal pudding bowl. The other details are made from plumbing parts and Airfix girder bridge.

The wheels and tracks were moulded from an original Vigor Tractor toy which is rare as hens teeth. I got mine from Scale Model Technologies in Canada. The tracked vehicles in the Anderson series were generally from this toy. The roof horns were from a model boat site.


The Superon truck appeared in `Path of Destruction` the one with the Crablogger vehicle. It appeared in other series modified as different vehicles.

Again this is about studio scale at 24" long. The front cab is balsa wood while the rest of the model is MDF, the whole thing was covered in fibre glass to give it strength etc.

The tanks were plastic tubes from EMA and the wheels were from a R/C model aeroplane site.

The fuel pipes can move up and over the cab manually like the `real` one. The windows are carved from a solid block of perspex.


That`s it for those models though I do have others from different series.


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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Mark » Oct 15 '15
Excellent build on the Helijet and love the other vehicles - they look like they are off the original filming set!


Truly wonderful work!

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Re: Thunderbirds Helijet

Gareth James » Oct 15 '15
Totally agree Takster, wonderful models and you`d be hard pressed to tell them from the originals. These would be extremely impressive as kits but to know they are scratchbuilt is just something else. Absolutely fantastic Malcom- what an amazing talent. I`d love to see these at a show and I`m sure so would many other people.
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