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Thunderbirds Recovery Vehicle (Imai, non scale)

October 9, 2016 in Sci-fi

Thunderbirds are go!
Or at least The Recovery Vehicle kind of thingie.

This is a little (9cm/3,5”) quickie one. Kit is from the old IMAI box which include Thunderbird 2 (TB2) and some sort of Recovery Vehicle.

I was kind a disappointed when opened the box. This Recovery Vehicle looked like an old small soap box and TB2 was almost smaller than this gadget which should be inside the TB2 dock(!). Very strange looking combination. I made and painted only this bizarre looking thing. Nothing for the true Thunderbirds fan here – this is in toy category (and that is why very good to me as a practice piece as I am on an early learning curve at the moment …). Fun to paint using exotic colors & do some crazy weathering and paint tests (Vallejo colors).

The packshot really fools you in this case – it looks really technical but there are only two too simple toys inside. Old stuff.

The nice feature of the model: Those spring loaded ”huge magnets” on top of the vehicle. You can shoot them away (normally under the sofa) and rescue people in danger.

Lesson learned: Try to check what is in the box before you buy.

Anyway this was this and sorry about a bit negative story. Thank you for your time.
Happy Monday wherever you are!

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8 responses to Thunderbirds Recovery Vehicle (Imai, non scale)

  1. Wow you did a terrific job on this ,it does look like cheap kids toy at first but what you finished up with is first class ,well done.

  2. F.A.B IT !
    The IMAI stuff is a bit toylike but sometimes its all you can get!
    Great job looks like the ‘real thing’ – keep at it !

  3. Looks like you made it work. Good job.

  4. I haven’t a clue what Thunderbirds is (other than the USAF display team), but from what you started with to where you ended up was quite a feat! Your skills are progressing rapidly!

  5. Nice work, wouldn’t have known it was toy like if you didn’t show the 2nd photo. Thunderbirds are Go!

  6. Nice to see diversity here! Great job. Keep it coming!

  7. Now we need the Sidewinder !!

  8. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Nice work on that one, brings back memories, that was good fun.

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