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daveross

Alphans
Hi,
I'm new to this forum - Forces TV repeats of UFO and now Space 1999 has piqued my interest in all things Anderson and also Dinky! So I've been going through old toys boxes in my loft and have found my old Dinky stuff - eagle transporter, Captain scarlet SPV, and maximum security vehicle and Shado mobile - all of which need a bit of TLC so I've been looking into getting spare parts of ebay and considering resprays etc. Disappointingly, I couldn't find my original Shado Interceptor so had to spend a bit on ebay to get a good quality one - I'm now considering buying more playworn examples of the interceptor and the mobile to turn into more screen accurate versions. I've browsed a few threads along these lines and the info on here is going to be a godsend!

I would love to be able to find a relatively easy way (i'm not a modeller) to make a small alien UFO in scale with the Dinky interceptor - so any pointers in that direction would be most welcome but I will continue to explore this site ...many thanks to those that post such useful info :)
 

tryptych

Alphans
Welcome aboard!
There are plenty of videos on YouTube showing diecast restoration including a few Anderson Dinky's.

You can get spares here:
https://modelcarparts.com - these guys are the cheaper of the two.
http://www.diecastrecoveries.org.uk

As for the UFO, your best bet is either a 3D print in clear plastic, or you may find models available as kit or ready made.
There is a diecast interceptor with saucer that was made by Product Enterprise, but they go for hundreds on eBay.

 
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daveross

Alphans
Thanks for the links - will check those out. That interceptor and UFO look amazing but you're right about the prices! I'm guessing they were much cheaper when they first came out? I'm kicking myself for missing out .. may have to just bite the bullet and pay up for one :-/

3d printing would be a solution I suppose but I dont have access to one or any idea how to go about designing the pieces. The only kit that I've seen so far is for making quite a large studio scale model but I'll carry on looking. I may content myself with a roughly accurate improvised model - I've been checking supermarket shelves for bottles and containers that have the right sort of shape to them :)
 

tryptych

Alphans
may have to just bite the bullet and pay up for one :-/

You are seriously nuts!
£200+ for a toy, no matter how good, is insane.

Designing a 3D model is fairly easy (That's my thing, check out my pages), and for 3D printing, you can download Fusion360 for free if you apply as a student/non-commercial. The UFO is a dead easy model to start with and Fusion has a very easy learning curve, but is also very powerful.

Alternatively you might find some freebies out there, but often they tend to be either a bit inaccurate and/or ropey quality.
https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/mo...a06a7e/UFO-from-the-Gerry-Andersen-Series-UFO
https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/mo...9258c7/UFO-from-the-Gerry-Andersen-Series-UFO

Once you have a model, you can upload the file to one of a number of companies that will print it for you fairly inexpensively. Thingiverse is your best bet, they already have one model for sale, but it's a bit iffy:
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:987910
 

daveross

Alphans
You're right - I can't in all honesty justify spending that much. For now, I will probably see what I can come up with (when I get time) to attempt a simple scratch build.

Many thanks for the links on 3D models and printing - I will definitely look into this as an option.
 

Achester

Alphans
I totally agree with tryptych. Why spending so much money when you can 3D print anything you want at very low prices?

I've recently came through an interesting 3D model finder, which only provides free 3D printable files. Maybe you can find more accurate files there.

I have a 3D printer (Creality Ender 3), but I haven't had the chance to try them yet. However, here you can have a look at the models currently available: https://top3dshop.com/3d-model-finder/?q=UFO-from-the-Gerry-Andersen-Series-UFO

Hope it might be of any help
 

Achester

Alphans
I totally agree with tryptych. Why spending so much money when you can 3D print anything you want at very low prices?

I've recently came through an interesting 3D model finder, which only provides free 3D printable files. Maybe you can find more accurate files there.

I have a 3D printer (Creality Ender 3), but I haven't had the chance to try them yet. However, here you can have a look at the models currently available: https://top3dshop.com/3d-model-finder/?q=UFO-from-the-Gerry-Andersen-Series-UFO

Hope it might be of any help
 
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