The models of Stingray
Marc J. Frattasio
APF1 was the aircraft used to take El-Hudatvian leader Ali Kali to Marineville in
This is a very crude balsa wood model in the style of an early first world war biplane. The aircraft's designation 'APF1', was a spoof on APF, the name of the Andersons' production company.
WASP Arrowhead interceptor jets were featured in
These models were made from Aurora Northrop F-5 'Freedom Fighter' kits. At least one of these models was later reused in
The WASP Spearhead jets are used as bombers, transports, and surveillance platforms. They were featured in the
Pink Ice and
The Spearhead jets were made from Revell Convair B-58 'Hustler' kits. Several Spearhead jets were later reused in Thunderbirds
. They can be seen in airport scenes in
The WASP helicopter is used to transport important personnel over short distances. This model was made from a Hawk Kaman 'Huskie' kit. The WASP helicopter was seen in Pink Ice
This is the remote control freight airliner that was fired upon and destroyed by the renegade El-Hudatvian gunboat Wadi in
This model was made from a Revell B-58 'Hustler' kit and is similar in many respects to the common WASP 'Spearhead' jets.
This is the model which is seen exploding on film. Note that this is not the same model aircraft shown above! Indeed, it appears to have been a standard WASP Spearhead jet which had the top fin engine removed and replaced over the left wing to make it resemble the WSP remote control freight airliner. It looks like a second take was required after the 'star' model was destroyed and a quick stand-in had to be constructed using one of the many WASP Spearhead jets in the prop room.
The Supersonic 101 Airliner was seen in Eastern Eclipse
This model was based upon the Aurora Boeing 727 airliner kit. Basically, it was constructed according to the kit's instructions except that a new canard surface was attached to the nose. This model was reused in several Thunderbirds
episodes (such as Trapped in the Sky
) as an airport background prop.
The Vertical Takeoff Jetmaster was seen in Eastern Eclipse
. This model was based upon the Aurora Boeing 707 airliner kit. Basically, it was constructed according to the kit's instructions except that the outboard engines were attached to the back of the fuselage. Like the Supersonic 101 Airliner, the VTOL Jetmaster was later reused in several episodes of Thunderbirds
as an airport background prop.
These two radio controlled jets were shot down by the El-Hudatvian gunboat Wadi in Star of the East
. The models appear to be unmodified Airfix Blackburn 'Buccaneer' kits.
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