Thunderbirds models

Trucks

Marc J. Frattasio

Earth mover

earth mover
This 1/24 scale earth mover was featured in Atlantic Inferno. The model appears to have been a wooden body built on top of a motorized toy tractor. The same toy tractor was also used to make the Mole, Firefly, and a number of other tracked vehicles used in Thunderbirds. The earth moving blade and support framework looks like it was made of metal. This model was slightly reworked and repainted to become the lunar nuclear device transporter featured in the Captain Scarlet episode Crater 101.

Superon fuel trucks

Wood pulp pick-up truck

Yellow fire and police trucks

fire and police trucks
These yellow fire and police trucks were featured in City of Fire. Both trucks were basically wood forms which were detailed with various toy and kit parts.
The fire truck appears to have been fitted with a ladder which came from a toy and rubber wheels made for flying model aircraft. The yellow fire truck model was reworked and later appeared in Day of Disaster and Security Hazard. A tiny fire truck similar to this one was included in one of Imai's Thunderbird 2 pod vehicle accessory kits.
The police truck was fitted with tiny hidden wheels to give the appearance of a ground effect vehicle. This same model also appeared in Terror in New York City

MSP transport truck

msp truck
The Mars Space Probe rocket transport truck was featured in Day of Disaster. This model was a wooden shape detailed with kit parts (there is a B-58 Hustler jet engine pod mounted next to the driver's cab) and other bits mounted on real rubber flying model aircraft wheels. This model was redressed from the yellow fire truck featured in City of Fire.

Archeologist's half-track

half-track
This half track truck was featured in The Uninvited. It had a wooden body which was detailed with kit parts and other bits, rubber wheels made for flying model aircraft, and was mounted on the same motorized toy tractor underbody used in the Mole, Firefly, and many other tracked vehicles used in Thunderbirds. The same model was repainted blue for use in Desperate Intruder.

Lake Anastasia expedition half-track

lake anastasia expedition half-track
This half track truck was featured in Desperate Intruder. It had a wooden body which was detailed with kit parts and other bits, rubber wheels made for flying model aircraft, and was mounted on the same motorized toy tractor underbody used in the Mole, Firefly, and many other tracked vehicles used in Thunderbirds. This same model was also used in The Uninvited.

The Hood's truck

hood's truck
The Hood used this truck in Martian Invasion and Cry Wolf. It had a wooden body which was detailed with kit parts and other bits and rubber wheels made for flying model aircraft. The same model was also used in Path of Destruction. This model was an untracked rework of the half-track truck featured in The Uninvited and Desperate Intruder.

Television camera van

tv van
This is Ned Cook's television camera van from Terror in New York City. The 1/24 scale model had a wooden body and rubber wheels made for flying model aircraft. The driver and TV camera operator figures were sculpted from plasticine. This model was also used as the Hood's vehicle in Edge of Impact and was later reworked into the Spectrum radar vans seen in the Captain Scarlet episode Manhunt. Note, those oil wells in the background look like they used parts from a number of Airfix OO scale model railroad structure kits including the base from the Mobile Crane.

North Pole laundry van

north pole laundry van
This is The Hood's North Pole laundry van from Edge of Impact. The 1/24 scale model had a wooden body and rubber wheels made for flying model aircraft. This model was also used as Ned Cook's TV camera van in Atlantic Inferno and was later reworked into the Spectrum radar vans seen in the Captain Scarlet episode Manhunt. Note the unmodified 1/24 scale car kits parked in the parking lot.

Red fire trucks

fire trucks
These red fire trucks were featured in City of Fire and a couple of other Thunderbirds episodes. They appear to have been wooden shapes which were detailed with kit parts, toy parts, and various other bits. Note how some of the fire trucks seen here have been fitted with real water jets.

Twin truck trailers

tractor trailers
The two truck trailers seen here rushing past the Sunprobe rocket gantry in Sunprobe were actually a Matchbox product. These Matchbox trailers and their tractor were featured in a number of Thunderbirds episodes including Trapped in the Sky and Operation Crash Dive. That white car looks like a Matchbox or Corgi Citroen. [It actually is a Matchbox model of the Citroen 'Safari', a 'station' or 'break' version of their DS model. – JLN2nd]

Hover bus

Explosives truck

explosives truck
The Gray & Houseman Construction Company explosives truck was featured in End of the Road. The 1/24 scale truck was a wooden frame built on top of a motorized toy tractor. The same toy tractor was also used in the Mole, Firefly, and other Thunderbirds tracked vehicles. A different toy tractor provided tracks for the front bogie. Many plastic kit parts were used in the construction of this model, including an automobile kit (the back half of the kit it appears) which provided the cab. The 20 inch model started off as the International Rescue radio transmitter truck from Sunprobe and also appeared as an International Rescue fire truck in Security Hazard.

Submarine transport truck

hood's submarine transport truck
This is The Hood's submarine transport truck from Desperate Intruder. The 1/24 scale model had a wooden body detailed with kit parts and other bits and rubber wheels made for flying model aircraft. This model featured a working cargo section which opened to release a submarine.

Airport rescue vehicles

airport rescue vehicles
These 1/24 scale airport rescue vehicles were featured in Trapped in the Sky and a number of other episodes of Thunderbirds. The two ambulances look like they were based upon some kind of plastic car kits. The fire trucks look like they were made from wood shapes detailed with kit parts and other bits.

Crablogger control vehicle

crablogger control vehicle
The Crablogger control vehicle was featured in Path of Destruction. It appears to have been made of wood, with kit parts and other bits added for detail, mounted on rubber flying model aircraft wheels. This 1/24 scale model was reworked and reused as an ambulance in the Captain Scarlet episodes Winged Assassin and Treble Cross.
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