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Old 25-10-2010, 12:32 PM   #1
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One of the first models I ever built was the Master Elevator Car from Thunderbirds. This was mainly due to being totally blown away by it when I first saw it. Although I was very young, I did spot straight away that the parts on the top were from the Airfix Girder Bridge. As my dad had a bunch of these on his model railway, I 'nicked' a couple and broke them up to make my model. Well, he didn't need them anymore!

It was a bit rubbish and I made the tyres by bending bits of hose pipe and gluing them into circles, you get the picture...

A good few years later, I built another one. This time, trying to better my initial efforts and using 'proper wheels' etc!

I still love this vehicle and the time has come some 30-odd years after first seeing it to build another.

I know the wheels are 3.5" (possibly Ripmax, but Dubro is pretty close).
I know about the girder bridge parts and the Tiger Joe motor hanging underneath the roof.
It looks like the front end is some kind of toy racing car - can't find this so will have to make from wood/fibreglass.
I think the AMT fire engine rocker covers are on the side of the front end.

Question is, any of you kit spotters know of what other parts were used?
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Old 25-10-2010, 01:35 PM   #2
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id like to try and find out what the chrome engine pieces are from, I dont think theyre from the revell custom car packs.

the same motor is used in lots of the toys they had

The amt fire engine is a 1970s kit


looks like the centre spring is threaded.

there is also a jetex with a pipe going to it,

I think the black air intake surrounds are from something too.






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Old 25-10-2010, 06:05 PM   #3
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I've always wanted to build one too, but there are 12 massive wheels with clearly 'raised' tread on and all you can ever find these days are ones with grooves in - and I know that it would always annoy me to look at and know they weren't right! Doh!
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Old 25-10-2010, 07:22 PM   #4
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If its any help, Uncle Bill does a nice kit of this vehicle thats 11" long,i have had one for some time,i just have never got round to finishing it.
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Old 25-10-2010, 09:40 PM   #5
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11" nice, but it's not studio scale...

These roll out at 18" long.

I think I meant AMT Fire Truck for the rocker covers - it's a kit that is 1960's which ever one it is!

Tyres are going to be a problem that I'm gonna have to live with. There is writing on the tyres that's visible on the inside, but sanded off on the outside.

The Tiger Joe motor has wires going to it, but I can't work out what it's for/what it does.

I can see parts from the Everything is Go kit on the close up and girder bridge 'feet' above the side intakes.

That front 3/4 view is iconic though isn't it?!
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Old 25-10-2010, 10:19 PM   #6
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11" nice, but it's not studio scale...

These roll out at 18" long.
The UNCL kit is half studio scale, scaled from the girder bridge parts
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Old 25-10-2010, 11:54 PM   #7
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the same wheels are used on the hoods submarine transporter

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Old 26-10-2010, 01:58 AM   #8
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only thing I can think the motor and gearbox is there for, could be something to do with the wheels locking up and skidding.
either turn the power on and the wheels want to reverse and so lock up.
or the wheels are turning with the motor running and then turn the power off so they lock up???

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Old 26-10-2010, 11:00 AM   #9
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I tried adjusting the Photo of the wheel to see the writing that is on the outside of the tyre. I am pretty sure it says KEIL which would make it a KIEL-KRAFT tyre.
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Old 26-10-2010, 02:18 PM   #10
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found the chrome rocker cover from the side, and the side of the engine block that is on the side behind the front wheel.



a quick search reveals that this is quite rare, however, it has been re- released twice and included with other old engines in these 2 kits which should be easy and cheap enough to get hold of easily.




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Old 26-10-2010, 02:25 PM   #11
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Old 26-10-2010, 02:36 PM   #12
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the bubbledome from no1 may be from the revell Mysterion, although Ive never had one of these kits, luckily again this was re-realeased and shouldnt be too hard to get hold of.



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Old 26-10-2010, 02:40 PM   #13
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the original kit was released in 1964, note the profile of the mould and also the blue tint which the studio model has, its 1/25 so the size seems to match up..




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Old 26-10-2010, 05:41 PM   #14
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Mike - you are an absolute star! That's brilliant.

Also, those high-def screen shots are on the mark. They really show off some things I'd never noticed before, after years of examining various pictures of the car!
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Old 26-10-2010, 06:05 PM   #15
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cheers Dave, Captanapollo spotted the mysterion bubble.

Im pretty sure the headlights are revell custom car parts wheels. quite tricky to get, but you get them in lots of other revell kits such as the attempt 1 easily.

pretty sure the front is wood, same construction as recovery vehicle and houseman truck

other than the shot of it burned out crashed into the plane, is there any other actual photographs of it?



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Old 26-10-2010, 06:14 PM   #16
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look closely and you can see the Virgil plasticine figure inside..



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Old 26-10-2010, 08:56 PM   #17
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the original kit was released in 1964, note the profile of the mould and also the blue tint which the studio model has, its 1/25 so the size seems to match up..

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Great spot on the Allison engine Mike!
I'm afraid I don't think the Mysterion is the one for the canopy though... (see pic). I think it was more likely just a vac-formed piece.


Those black side intakes keep reminding me of something... I'm sure when I was a kit you could get rubber 'filters' that fitted over domestic water taps - they were rubber, with a metal mesh cast directly into them, and just slipped over the end of the tap. It looks like that sort of thing...

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Old 26-10-2010, 09:44 PM   #18
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oooh its close though isnt it, whats the dimensions of it out of interest, and is yours from a 60s kit or a re-issue? never know something may have changed, Ive been caught out by that before.

its almost like a helmet shape

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Old 26-10-2010, 11:28 PM   #19
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It was this writing I see as "KEIL".

They did a tyre called "Sponge Balloons".
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Old 26-10-2010, 11:29 PM   #20
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Looking at the close-up picture the bubble seems like it consists of two parts. The inner piece which is clear and has an outlined windscreen area simillar to the mysterion bubble and an outer shell which is painted and has the windscreen area cut out. If you look at the bottom edge of the windscreen there's what looks like a gap between the two parts. Not where the bubble meets the body but just above that at the bottom of the clear part.

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