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Old 18-04-2008, 09:25 PM   #1
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Default Thunderbirds ambulances

hi chaps

I really like the futuristic looking ambulances in Thunderbirds, Ive always liked the futuristic looking vehicles that have small roles in Thunderbirds, and I think they would make a nice addition to the Fire engines I am building,
they look like they are made from several kit bits,and maybe a toy vehicle from the time, but again, I need the expert help of the eagle eyed forum members to help spot bits on them,

If this is the case, and parts are easy to come by, this could be quite an easy vehicle to replicate.

1/24 scale is a certainty with this, that I am sure of.

I think the grill and lights is from some kit car, AMT but unsure of exactly what at the moment.

the sides that cover the wheels, seems to be some kind of rocket?

the bubble windscreen, AMT again im guessing, maybe the silhouette?

and the main body and back windows, Im thinking this could be from a toy vehicle, it looks to be an american pick up truck truck that it is based on.

all opinions and suggestions welcome as always, I just love talking, learning and discussing these things mainly








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Old 18-04-2008, 09:43 PM   #2
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Mike:
The side panels sure have a similar profile to the B58 Hustler engine cowlings. Maybe not exact - but pretty darn close. Part of the engine support strut seems to merge with the toy vehicle at the rear...
Thanks for the amazing screen grabs & visual research on all your recent threads. Great stuff!
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Old 18-04-2008, 09:53 PM   #3
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cheers Graeme

not that damn aurora b-58 again struggling to get hold of one at the minute for other projects

what I like about these ambulances, is with the shape of the back windows especially, they look like theyre doing 100mph even standing still


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Old 18-04-2008, 11:01 PM   #4
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It's too big for one of the Hustler engines. It's more likely to be the big central drop tank with the ends cut off.
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Old 18-04-2008, 11:42 PM   #5
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I think your right about the central drop tank, as the back of the ambulance has the little cut out, it also has a detailed door handle, but I know nothing about american pickups to work out what it is, Id imagine the chrome grill and light arrangement is from the pickup



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Old 19-04-2008, 01:33 AM   #6
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couple more, the windcreen is a bit crudely attatched, thatll suit my modelling style
does anyone know if any actual photographs exist of these models as the screengrabs dont really give much in detail?




interesting to note that the fire engines on the right seem to have the grill from the amt no 3005 custom grill and bumper set



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Old 19-04-2008, 11:39 AM   #7
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I picked up 2 B58 Hustlers for around 10 each. Both off ebay and both complete.

My advice is look around the US version and then ask if they are prepared to ship internationaly (a few do, but don't list it as such).

Just make sure you get the right one - there are 2 versions, one larger than the other. You need the large version.
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Old 19-04-2008, 11:52 AM   #8
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yeah, I mean Im planning on a gray and houseman helijet, I need an aurora b-58 for that, and I dont think you use the central tank part so that would only be going to waste anyway, so may as well make use of it on a ambulance

Ive got 3 hawk huskies helicopters on the way, I may do the green monorail helijet from brink of disaster aswel if that only takes one hawk husky and use the tail from the b-58 too

Ive also got an AMT silhouette on the way aswel as the chrome grill set no 3005, as theres bits in them that I want, glazing, lights and chrome bits.

want to do the gray and houseman tractor, and of course the fire engines,

just stocking up on bits at the minute


but as I say, Im still on the lookout for a large aurora b-58, a revell atlas rocket and a marx baby bulldozer, anyone got one they no longer need get in touch


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Old 20-04-2008, 12:16 PM   #9
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got some more screengrabs of them in Move and your dead, now fitted with big blue bulbs than the grain of wheat bulbs before, still havent worked out the pickup truck yet, something with forward sloping cab pillars



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Good luck with it. Might make a mini one of these to go with an airport fire engine (mini) as well.

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The back windows of that ambulance can also be seen on an ugly red cross vehicle (the possible donor vehicle) next to the missile in the Stingray episode "Emergency Marineville" along with our old friend the multi seat bus that became an overland transport for Stingray.
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done a quick photoshop to see if it helps anyone recognise the american pick up used.



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Quote:
Originally Posted by mike Delamar View Post
done a quick photoshop to see if it helps anyone recognise the american pick up used.



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Hmm... Looks like a Ford pickup. Don't know the model, though.

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Old 16-08-2009, 05:11 AM   #14
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thanks to Adama we can see the grill and details a whole lot better, anyone recognise it now?



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Old 23-09-2009, 09:10 AM   #15
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Getting warmer...

I know the year for this one is 1967, but I think this could be it.

Can't find a toy version of it (is it a 'toy'?)

George

EDIT: Link is down. Damn...

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Old 23-09-2009, 09:11 AM   #16
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Old 23-09-2009, 09:22 AM   #17
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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Vintage-AMT-19...3286.m63.l1177

This might have been what they used.



Certainly looks the part.

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I would say chevy. Or a toy of the same. Note that the fenders and hood are bent down.

http://www.pickuptrucks.com/html/his..._segment7.html

The two shown in post #14 have detail differences, like the bumpers.
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Old 28-09-2009, 11:22 AM   #19
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could be terry but I think captain hanson got it spot on.

I emailed the seller for dimensions and he told me 9" long which is just right for the hustler drop tank used on the side.

I didnt bid on it for a few reasons mainly because I did some searching and found that it was released with a trailer too, so may try and get one of them to see what else is in the kit too

what can be confusing I think is that you may be able to have variations on grill in the kit, which could make it hard to spot on a kit thats been made up.



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BUMP - Yay. I was right...

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