Here`s a close up of the cap badge, I`d love to know what they used.....oh and thanks for the heads up on the frame grap software Mike, brilliant tool
No they`re not stiched, they`re like sticky back metalised letters.
Oh mighty oracle (or oracles) of fonts: what font was used on the large-ish (?) TB 1 which is filmed by Ned Cook in "Terror in New York City"? Its lettering is much bolder and blockier than the launch sequence model's. Also, in top view of the same model "THUNDERBIRD" stops well short of the tapered section which widens out to the blue cylindrical aft portion of the fuselage -see it here: