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#1 marty_hopkirk

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 01:35 PM

According to HLJ Aoshima are to release 5 of their Thunderbird kits in June and July.

http://www.hlj.com/s...h...s=All&Dis=2

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 01:45 PM

Hmmm, will this drive down prices on eBay? ;)

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 03:59 PM

According to HLJ Aoshima are to release 5 of their Thunderbird kits in June and July.

http://www.hlj.com/s...h...s=All&Dis=2

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Are these half-decent kits or are they more like toys, with large wheels and motors to propel them across the carpet?

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 04:47 PM

Are these half-decent kits or are they more like toys, with large wheels and motors to propel them across the carpet?

Not sure of the Thunderbirds base, but the others are half decent kits.

Here is the only I have built so far - Thunderbird 2 and Container Dock
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Posted 21 April 2012 - 05:55 PM

The Thunderbird 1 kit is a relatively new one and regarded as the most accurate ever produced.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 04:30 AM

Will HLJ get more models of the Fireflash airliner? That's the one that I'm after.
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 03:49 PM

Not sure of the Thunderbirds base, but the others are half decent kits.

Here is the only I have built so far - Thunderbird 2 and Container Dock
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Very impressive Thunderbird 2 - is the Container dock part of the kit, or is it scratch built?

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 05:09 PM

Very impressive Thunderbird 2 - is the Container dock part of the kit, or is it scratch built?

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Tony, Thunderbird 2, the three pods, 2 vehicles and the Docks two walls and floor were all provided in the kit I bought years ago. My kit number was #33135 which is different to the kit number shown as #00354. The Aoshima web site shows it with 13 vehicles so they may have added to it.

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 06:07 PM

Wonder if they would do a Thunderbird 1 pen diorama, featuring of course the infamous lemon squeezer :)

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 07:11 PM

Wonder if they would do a Thunderbird 1 pen diorama, featuring of course the infamous lemon squeezer :)

It's not listed for re-release but they did one. It's in 1/350 scale with the TB2 container dock diorama.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:08 AM

Any one else ever wonder how Thunderbird 2 settled onto its selected pod without its wings crashing down on top of the pods either side of it ?

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:10 AM

Any one else ever wonder how Thunderbird 2 settled onto its selected pod without its wings crashing down on top of the pods either side of it ?

Also why Thunderbird 1 rotates through ninety degrees when it gets to the bottom of the ramp?

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:04 AM

Or why the Mole's tracks run backwards?

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:20 AM

Or why the Mole's tracks run backwards?

That could be down to this.

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 12:32 PM

Or why the Mole's tracks run backwards?


In GA productions often the model was static and it was the set that moved.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:09 AM

This was in the launch sequence - the tracks on the side which presumably drag the Mole into the 'ole looked like they were going backwards. The crawler tracks always go the right way in the episodes I've seen.

It could be the wagon wheel effect, I'm not sure. I *think* the drill was going the wrong way too though, so it might just have been a case of plus-to-minus, minus-to-plus?

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:17 AM

Are these half-decent kits or are they more like toys, with large wheels and motors to propel them across the carpet?

I forgot to add earlier, but the 1/72 Mole is really good. I'm just about done with mine and it compares well with what I see on screen.

Admittedly, it does have large wheels and motors to propel it across the carpet, but there's a decent scale model wrapped around them so it's hard to hold that against it :D

@Andy Mullen: your TB2 and hangar look brilliant - accurate and impressively big-looking. Did the decals (?) and glazing for the windowed control room come with it?

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 12:38 PM

Any one else ever wonder how Thunderbird 2 settled onto its selected pod without its wings crashing down on top of the pods either side of it ?


Trick photography, as stated in Derek Meddings' excellent book, 21st Century Visions, published shortly before he died. I must rescue my copy and have another read.

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 03:23 PM

@Andy Mullen: your TB2 and hangar look brilliant - accurate and impressively big-looking. Did the decals (?) and glazing for the windowed control room come with it?

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Will, yes, the tranparencies for the control room were supplied. The control room backgrounds are actually stickers not decals.

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Heres a link to the instructions in PDF >> Aoshima #33135 << [1.3Mb]

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 01:39 PM

Does any one else find it ironic that kit manufacturers find difficulties in producing accurate models of, er, models? And I llove the TB2 hangar, Must get one.

Tony :clif:

Edited by avro683, 02 May 2012 - 01:39 PM.