The models of Stingray
Marc J. Frattasio
The FD7 (floating dock #7) was the mother ship for the B1 gold mining bathyscaph featured in
It was about 48 inches long. Like most of the model ships featured in
the FD7 was made mainly from balsa wood with kit part details. Note the Airfix HO/OO scale model railway bridges used to make the gantry cranes.
This is the old museum piece featured in
Of course, this one of the wooden ship models seen in
This model appears to have been built from a wooden sailing ship display model, like those made by James Bliss Marine.
The El-Hudatvian gunboat Wadi was featured in
This detailed model was reused throughout Stingray
and appeared later on in harbor scenes in
This is the freighter seen in
Note the ice field in which the ship is stuck. This 'ice' is nothing more than pink tinted pieces of styrofoam packing material. This ship model may have been reused (and destroyed) in the Thunderbirds
Here is the robot freighter, Shanandoa, as seen run aground on rocks and breaking up in
The large freighter ship models used in Stingray
, like this one, seem to have had hulls that were built from thin sheets of balsa wood.
This is the radio controlled destroyer that was used as a test target for the gunboat Wadi in
Star of the East
. In the scene in which this model is destroyed, you can clearly see that the hull is made up of solid balsa wood shapes.
This is the radio controlled freighter that was used as a test target by the gunboat Wadi in
Star of the East
Here is the tow boat used to haul the string of modular oil containers seen in
The tow boat was made from balsa wood and kit parts. The oil containers appear to have been made using sealed plastic pipe segments connected together with flexible cloth diaphragms.
These disused freighters were prepared for disposal at sea in
A standard Stingray
freighter design, these models were made from balsa wood with kit details.
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Marc J. Frattasio;
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