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Old 08-07-2010, 02:27 PM   #1
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Default Thunderbird 2 research

many a thread has been done on this Thunderbird.

one day, long in the future, Id like a fibreglass thunderbird 2, as close to the original mid main studio launch model as possible.

Im not even attempting this yet, as skills are not up to it.

but just researching,

are there any profile shots? of the first built model? Im torn between the one with the small "2" or the later one with the large "2" on the side, I think the latter looks better.

and are there any trusted accurate drawings to work from? or at least to get a start from.

hints and tips in the woodwork that would be involved.

and tips and hints for working in fibreglass too,

I have plaid a little bit with it, I fitted fibreglass bumpers to my car once, and hung round in a place that made them

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Old 08-07-2010, 03:16 PM   #2
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For the Profile, it's widely accepted that the shot of TB2 during the 5,4,3,2,1 sequence is the definitive view.

As for building it, David Sisson is your man!
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Old 08-07-2010, 03:40 PM   #3
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aye Im on his site a lot.

but are there definate shots of the top, bottom, front and back views?

although I have done plenty of screengrabs

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Old 08-07-2010, 07:15 PM   #4
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There certainly are. Can't remember where, but there are sources on the net for all the views of both the 'first' large TB2 (the best one) and also one of the replacement versions.
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Old 08-07-2010, 07:21 PM   #5
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cool, as long as I know they are out there, is there any for Thunderbird 4 too as that was going to be my next question? may even try that before tb2 as its another fave, and appears to be slightly simpler.

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Old 08-07-2010, 08:17 PM   #6
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With the plan views, be aware that the first TB2 had one wing slightly in front of the other
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:18 PM   #7
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I think I would copy that, more authentic
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:57 PM   #8
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Depends if you want to copy the model or build it as a "real" TB2.

Best of luck with it andplease keep us updated.

There are profile shots in the ITC SF Mecha Graffitti book, but I couldn't tell you which model.

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Old 08-07-2010, 09:06 PM   #9
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Here's the shots



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Old 09-07-2010, 12:20 AM   #10
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I forgot how good it looks from certain angles especially head on, thanks for this pics.

is it an illusion or did the later ones have larger red rear exhausts?

I still think the later ones look good. but one or 2 things usually stand out.

also Im wondering how the real model was constructed.

ie if we look at the front fuselage section before the pod. was it a top and bottom with a join line through the centre like the imai kits?

or could the front nose have been stood vertical and moulded in one with the flat rear bulkhead joined later?


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Old 09-07-2010, 04:45 PM   #11
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Hi Mike The Thunderbird 2 models..at least the main bodies, were carved from balsa and then hollowed out. That's according to Wag Evans and he made it so I suppose he ought to know lol. The pods were vacuum formed from perspex.
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The original in Profile


Screen grab album can be found here
http://s233.photobucket.com/albums/e...Screen%20caps/
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Old 19-07-2010, 03:18 PM   #13
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great stuff

the flying models would usually get blue paint on them from when they where dusting out the wires, can see that here.




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Now there's a comparison I've never seen before and how clear are the differences? most obviously the re-make's much higher Pod, causing the nose contour to start downwards from the first panel of the pod whereas the original's contour peaks at the pods leading edge and is clearly much flatter
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Old 19-07-2010, 11:02 PM   #15
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thats strange, as they clearly had 6 pods originally, they all must have been unusable after the first model was scrapped.

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Old 19-07-2010, 11:13 PM   #16
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Mike Trim has said the original was balsa, as Captain ed says. but it seems so fibreglassish (is that a word? ) due to the open view you get from the bottom windows.

he also said that fireflash was wood and plastic and was quite heavy

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Old 20-07-2010, 12:04 AM   #17
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heres a HD screengrab ive done of the one featured in the main countdown sequence.



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Mike,
Good photo you have here, yet this is a photo of smaller TB2, not the original 3-foot one.
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We live and learn
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Quote:
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Here's the shots



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This is the series 2 thunderbird, the original was the more light green 1!
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