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Old 04-03-2016, 07:31 PM   #1
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Came across some shots taken at Master Models during the production of the Gerry Anderson shows. I don't believe I've ever seen these before...






Note the metal foil lower left of the picture.








Seen this one before, but note the used Schermuly rocket tubes in the back of Zero X:

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Thanks for posting these Dave. The models seem pretty large scale (except TB3 and Zero X). Wonder if these models were used for filming or promo work....
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A wonderful find - simply marvelous!
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Thanks for posting these Dave. The models seem pretty large scale (except TB3 and Zero X). Wonder if these models were used for filming or promo work....
The Thunderbird 2 model is the same one used in Thunderbird 6

I'm guessing these photos (apart from Stingray) were taken after Thunderbirds are Go, during filming for TB6/Joe 90). The Zero X model appears to be 'used' in the bottom pic, whereas the colour pic appears to be a new version - whether new ones were made for TV21? (particularly because it has different lettering to the original Zero X). Maybe the original smaller model was used as a reference guide?

Shame there's no Captain Scarlet era photos from the factory - one would assume that Master Models did those vehicles?
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That is a filming model of Zero-X, that's how it was delivered to the studio. It was re-detailed before filming as most models were. Look at the Stingray shot it has no lettering or weathering.
Most TV21 photos were taken at the studios in between filming. There is no way they would have gone to the expense of building a new Zero-X model just for TV21 photos.
Some more pics, the last two are from the studios, not Master Models, but i thought people would like to see them.








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That is a filming model of Zero-X, that's how it was delivered to the studio. It was re-detailed before filming as most models were. Look at the Stingray shot it has no lettering or weathering.
Most TV21 photos were taken at the studios in between filming. There is no way they would have gone to the expense of building a new Zero-X model just for TV21 photos.
Some more pics, the last two are from the studios, not Master Models, but i thought people would like to see them.
Ah, right. Thanks for clarifying.
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Great find, the backgrounds in some of these photo's are full of fascinating detail as well, the racks of aeroplanes for instance.
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On the right to the rack of aircraft is the tailplane of the Spectrum Passenger jet after it was converted to a civilian airliner for Joe 90.
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Hi Jonathan,

Thank you for sharing the photos. Being a Supercar fan I love the photo of the puppet size model. I have spoken to Model Masters and this is the only surviving shot they have, I would have loved to seen how they built her.

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Hi Tom, according to some articles I have read, most of the bodywork was balsa wood and it was frequently damaged during filming and had to be repaired. Can you imagine how fragile that must have been? The glass top was plexiglas that was vac formed over a wooden mold and took several attempts to get a good casting. Apparently this was so expensive each time they tried it, that it almost broke the budget.
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For a lot of us American Andersonphiles, Supercar is where we began!

So, I do have to agree with Tom - it's extra special, seeing and hearing behind-the-scenes tales like this one. My understanding had been that that wonderfully-oversized glass cockpit had some back-stories of its own...
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