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Old 20-04-2008, 05:58 PM   #1
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Default The AMT Silhouette 1/25 kit in Thunderbirds

Hi chaps

I was reading Martin Bowers site on the build of the firefly and recovery vehicles, he mentioned that parts from the AMT silhouette and trailer was used on both, id never heard of it.

a quick google and check of ebay, revealled they are still quite easily available and cheap, Ive just bought one for $10 will let you guys know what its like when it arrives, the AMT range of kits certainly looks great, I knew nothing of them before I started researching all this, the options they offered for custom and standard cars etc seems a great idea.

this particular kit looks very cool, the car goes in the futuristic trailer.

the shape is quite distinctive, main reason I bought one was for the clear bubble domes, and the chrome pieces, Im sure they could have been used on several futuristic vehicles in Thunderbirds, maybe even the smaller fab1? Im hoping some bits where used on the fire engines Im building.

the standard kit also appeared as a futuristic police car in several episodes, be great if anyone knows any vehicles that used bits of this kit.

anyway, heres some screengrabs of it as the police car, some police decals and a grain of wheat bulb could make a authentic Thunderbirds studio model











cheers guys

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Old 20-04-2008, 08:55 PM   #2
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I got hold of one of those kits a while back.

To be honest, apart from the chassis for the Firefly 'cage' and a couple of chrome bits for my Elevator Car, I couldn't really find any useful parts from it.
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Got to say, Mike I love what you`re doing sourcing these old kits. At the last Fanderson con display room there were a couple of really cool kit based rebuilds, Pauls Swift Truck and Hilton`s Sports car (Man from MI5)
It would be really cool to see a series by series database as to what came from where. I`ve always been into puppets, but I`m getting drawn in to the idea of a Tbirds Police car....
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Old 20-04-2008, 09:20 PM   #4
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gotta be said it aint me whos finding all this out, wouldnt have known if it wasnt for Martin Bowers site,

didnt notice at first that it has a front wheel arch from something

but gotta be worth a go for around $10 each, weather its for bits for a firefly, elevator car, recovery vehicle, police car etc etc

thankfully they arnt a rare kit for a change


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didnt notice at first that it has a front wheel arch from something
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I think the Silhouette looks very cool as police car. Any idea where the front wheel arches are from?
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Old 22-04-2008, 10:11 PM   #6
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I think the Silhouette looks very cool as police car. Any idea where the front wheel arches are from?
not sure, Id hazard a guess it could be a B-58 engine cut and shaped to fit?


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Old 20-04-2008, 09:34 PM   #7
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Got to say, Mike I love what you`re doing sourcing these old kits. At the last Fanderson con display room there were a couple of really cool kit based rebuilds, Pauls Swift Truck and Hilton`s Sports car (Man from MI5)
It would be really cool to see a series by series database as to what came from where. I`ve always been into puppets, but I`m getting drawn in to the idea of a Tbirds Police car....
Think I met Hilton Fitsimmons once at a Dr Who con. I like his work and he did a great TB1 hanger once. We have a mutual friend Ray Phillips who also makes some great replica stuff.
Is he on these boards btw???

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Old 21-04-2008, 11:35 AM   #8
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it can be seen outside the Anderbad tunnel in perils of penelope



and talking of Police cars

I love the way theres futuristic vehicles in Thunderbirds alongside a mix of what are classic cars now, I do like the Police cars in 30 minutes after noon, Ford Thunderbird???



note the magazine cut outs on the buildings



the tracy roundhouse in the background


I do like this car with its paint scheme and white wall tyres

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Old 21-04-2008, 11:59 AM   #9
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Even more interesting - what are those police cars doing on Tracy Island...?

If you look at the photos of the cars crashing, isn't that Thunderbird 3's roundhouse in the background!
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and talking of Police cars

I love the way theres futuristic vehicles in Thunderbirds alongside a mix of what are classic cars now, I do like the Police cars in 30 minutes after noon, Ford Thunderbird???



note the magazine cut outs on the buildings



the tracy roundhouse in the background


I do like this car with its paint scheme and white wall tyres

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Could someone tell me what year make of this Ford Thunderbird is(i.e. 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964).
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I love the way theres futuristic vehicles in Thunderbirds alongside a mix of what are classic cars now, I do like the Police cars in 30 minutes after noon, Ford Thunderbird???











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All this done with 1/48th scale Corgi 1959 Ford Thunderbirds, but with a modified front end. Great!

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Old 21-07-2009, 09:31 AM   #12
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http://cgi.ebay.com.sg/ws/eBayISAPI....m=230346358579
any of you guys recognise this?
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:54 PM   #13
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nope, where you thinking of these?



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No those ones are too crude, they are saloons with an estate part added to the rear, I meant the ones on Edge of Impact at the roadblock.
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Old 05-08-2009, 10:42 PM   #15
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The one chasing the Hood? Zephyr police estate...Z-CAR!!!! lol waaaaay before my time, as it happens i was asking dad about them today.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:26 AM   #16
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Air Terranean has already identified all the police cars,page 1 of this thread. all 1/25 american car kits.

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Old 06-08-2009, 10:30 PM   #17
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oh yes I see...damn i got excited
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Anyone know whether or not the silhouette as the police car still had the engine poking out of the bonnet? None of the pictures are clear.

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Old 07-08-2009, 09:48 AM   #19
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not sure, in the first 2 pics you can just make out something chrome right in front of the windscreen, looks a bit too close to the windscreen but could be the engine?

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Judging by this picture, I think that the model team filled it in.


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