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Thunderbird 2 scratchbuild 40 inch

bensmodelworld

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Have started today with the building of thunderbird 2 .
Made out of mdf the overall length of the craft, and have glued the two halfs made of mdf to for the width.
There are comming more shapes from mdf and then i fill the gaps with a hard foam of 4 cm thickness.
And then I can quickly make the shape by sanding the foam.
Its a start, more follows.
 

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My favourite Thunderbird too......

I'll always be fascinated by any project which recaptures the true size and weight of this iconic vehicle. I wish you every success with this Ben, and will watch your progress with equal amounts of interest and envy. Good luck, and make sure there are plenty of pictures as you build her up.

Kindest regards

Patrick
 

bensmodelworld

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I'll always be fascinated by any project which recaptures the true size and weight of this iconic vehicle. I wish you every success with this Ben, and will watch your progress with equal amounts of interest and envy. Good luck, and make sure there are plenty of pictures as you build her up.

Kindest regards

Patrick

Thanks Patrick.

And i will take much pictures.
And thisone is my favourite to.

regards Ben
 

bensmodelworld

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Have done some more today, all the shapes are on place and i can begin with filling the gaps with foam.
And then sand it and hope that the shape is good .
 

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bensmodelworld

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looking great... out of curiosity, why 40"? the original launch model wasn't that big.
best, K

Yes i know the studiomodel was 4 inch shorter ,
But i have my own way of building and i want something that no one has.
And special with this model i want to make a cabin with light, light in the wing tips and the hydraulic legs who are functional

regards Ben
 

Captain Sci-Fi

Commander
Hi Ben,

Looking at the skeleton you can see those shapely curves already. I will be following this with great interest. I think if you had made it studio scale you would have something everybody would want... especially me! :yes:

Good luck

Bernie.
 

bensmodelworld

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Hi Ben,

Looking at the skeleton you can see those shapely curves already. I will be following this with great interest. I think if you had made it studio scale you would have something everybody would want... especially me! :yes:

Good luck

Bernie.

Thanks Bernie

But i have no idea why everybody want studioscale there are so many different size who you can buy from these crafts .
wait till he is ready and it will be a nice one
regards Ben
 

bensmodelworld

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The gaps filled this day with hardfoam
 

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bensmodelworld

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Here i have the foam sanded and now you can see the real shape of the craft.
First i give the foam a resin coat.
Tomorrow I'm going to bring the glass fiber and I can continue filling him.
 

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Scorpio46

Alphans
The hardest part of modelling TB2 is capturing the curves on the fuselage, there are subtle differences between the pilot version and the movie version of this craft, that no kit manufacturer has managed to duplicate in their models.

Wasn't the original filming model damaged to the extent that a new model had to be produced that didn't quite capture the line of the original, or is that a piece of folk lore I've picked up somewhere?
 

boatshewsd2

Alphans
Sitting On Her Lines (We Hope...)

The hardest part of modelling TB2 is capturing the curves on the fuselage, there are subtle differences between the pilot version and the movie version of this craft, that no kit manufacturer has managed to duplicate in their models.

Wasn't the original filming model damaged to the extent that a new model had to be produced that didn't quite capture the line of the original, or is that a piece of folk lore I've picked up somewhere?

Ben, like everyone else, I'm enjoying your photos very much! :yes:

Scorpio46 brings up an interesting notion...

My maritime-history research tells me that while some sailing craft were built following plans (lines) laid down on paper, others were sometimes based upon little more than a small-scale model!

:?: So: is it known whether any documentation still exists, re how the original TB2 was made?

Answer might possibly explain how it seems to be that her distinctive curvature eludes precise duplication...
 
This is just incredible.....

Ben, don't think for a minute I'm belittling your handiwork, because I'm not, but you just make all of this look so SIMPLE. Even at this early stage, she looks great. There is no other vehicle, real or imagined, that looks like Thunderbird 2, and I cannot wait to see your take on this truly unique design. Honestly, well done, and thnks as always for sharing your progress.

Kindest regards,

Patrick
 

Slate Mcleod

Alphans
Ben...it looks great so far. There are so many interpretations of TB2 just do your own thing as always and it will turn out just marvelous !
 

Captain Sci-Fi

Commander
This looks like the original launch model built by Wag Evans to me. It is my favourite of all the models which captures the mass and power of this machine.

It is a superb design from the late great Derek Meddings and the comments above are true, there is nothing like her before or since....

I do think a set of studio drawings survive, Mike Trim was going to redraw it based on work he had done years before but was not happy with his research material so this project was shelved. Mike and I have discussed a new blueprint portfolio at a future time. At the moment he is "up to his easel" in exhibition work completing artworks for display so time is very short in his schedule.
 

bensmodelworld

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Thanks guys for all your comments.And good ideas.
I hope i can tackle this craft with all her curves but i do my best, and i do it on my own way.
Here i have the plans from the thunderbird what i used for reference.
 

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Ben, everything you build just amazes me!!! This will be another monumental build when completed. I look forward to seeing that in the future!
 
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