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Nice: 'Thunderbirds' 2 and 4 Model from Corgi

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Gerry Anderson’s famous TV series, Thunderbirds, was first broadcast fifty-five years ago. The original show, which used a combination of marionette puppetry and scale-model special effects sequences – a technique known as ‘Supermarionation’, has been loved by generations. Corgi proudly presents a range of replica die-cast models that celebrate this iconic TV creation!

Thunderbird 2, piloted by Virgil Tracy, is the freighter that carries all of International Rescue’s ingenious heavy engineering equipment. With a maximum flying speed of 2,000 miles per hour, Thunderbird 2 is 250 feet long, has a wing span of 180 feet and stands 60 feet high.

Thunderbird 4, piloted by aquanaut Gordon Tracy, is a 30 feet long underwater and sea surface craft. Although much smaller than the other Thunderbirds vehicles and with a limited range, TB4 nonetheless plays a vital role in any underwater rescue operations. 

Cool! New "Thunderbirds" Vehicles from Corgi


Corgi proudly presents a range of replica die-cast models that celebrate this iconic TV creation! Thunderbird 2 and 4. Thunderbird 2, piloted by Virgil Tracy, is the freighter that carries all of International Rescue’s ingenious heavy engineering equipment.  Thunderbird 4, piloted by aquanaut Gordon Tracy, is a 30 feet long underwater and sea surface craft. 

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Thunderbirds Day 2019 announcement

Get your marianation on with a "Thunderbirds" marathon Sept. 30 on the Century 21 YouTube channel.

New film, "Century 21 Slough - End of an Era," documents end of Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation studio


A draughty warehouse on the Slough Trading Estate in the 1960s: what could possibly be so special about such a place? In Century 21, Slough, the former studios of iconic series such as Stingray, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90, The Secret Service, UFO, and most famously Thunderbirds are revisited one final time by the crew before the demolition of the buildings in 2017. 

Original puppets and models from the series are returned to their former home as DAVID ELLIOTT (Director), MARY TURNER (Puppeteer), DEE ANDERSON (Daughter of Sylvia Anderson), ALAN SHUBROOK (Model Maker), DAVID LANE (Director/Producer), and Academy Award winner BRIAN JOHNSON (Special Effects) reminisce over the production of some of the most magical and impressive television and film achievements, with the aid of rare archive footage and photographs – some seen here for the first time! 

See also the final piece of Supermarionation filmed in the original building as David Elliott returns to the director’s chair and Mary Turner climbs the puppet bridge once again… 

New Thunderbirds are Go! teaser shows off Tracy Island

A peek at the upcoming Thunderbirds TV show.

The world of Thunderbirds Are Go, Tracy Island, miniature sets and craft have been lovingly made by none other than WETA Workshop - the model makers behind Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit and Avatar. The series music has been specially composed by Ben and Nick Foster, best known for their work on Doctor Who and Torchwood.

First look at characters for new "Thunderbirds are Go!" animated series

I like the puppets more, but here's a look at the characters in "Thunderbirds are Go!" -- a new CGI-animated series based on Gerry Anderson's original "marionation" series of the 1960s.

The 26-episode show, Thunderbirds Are Go!, is due to air this spring using a blend of computer-generated animation technology and traditional live action models.

Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike provides the voice of Lady Penelope, driven around in a pink Rolls-Royce, number plate FAB1, by chauffeur Parker.
Fonejacker’s Kayvan Novak takes on Brains and Game of Thrones actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster voices John Tracy.

In a nod to the original 1960s series created by Gerry Anderson, who died in 2012, David Graham, the original voice of Parker, is reprising his role.

Details on new Thunderbirds are Go! TV series

Actress Rosamund Pike will voice Lady Penelope in an update of Gerry Anderson's supermarionation "Thunderbirds" series set to air on British TV in 2015.
Other leading roles are taken by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones, Love Actually) as brothers Gordon and John Tracy, Rasmus Hardiker (Saxondale, Lead Balloon) as Alan and Scott, with fifth Tracy brother Virgil played by David Menkin.

Master villain The Hood will be voiced by Andres Williams (M.I. High, Foyle's War). New characters include Tracey brothers' friend Kayo, played by Angel Coulby (Merlin, Dancing on the Edge) and Colonel Casey voiced by Adjoa Andoh (Invictus, Doctor Who).

...Made by ITV Studios and New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures, the 26-part series will feature a mixture of CGI animation and live-action miniature sets.

The Weta Workshop, the special effects studio behind Lord of the Rings, King Kong and Avatar, will also be working on the new series.

Britain's Royal Mail unveils Gerry Anderson-themed stamps

A series of stamps paying tribute to Gerry Anderson's various marionation series is out now. From the press release:

Royal Mail is celebrating the iconic work of Gerry Anderson on a new set of stamps.

Gerry Anderson is the creator of the puppet characters from cult TV programmes such as Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Stingray, that have thrilled millions of people since the 1960s.

FAB: The Genius of Gerry Anderson kicks off the 2011 Royal Mail Special Stamps programme in style as the issue contains the UK’s first ever ‘motion stamps’. A miniature sheet of four stamps has been specially printed so that when they are tilted back and forth the iconic opening sequence of Thunderbirds is played with each of the crafts launching: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!

The latest stamps celebrate the 50th anniversary of these ground-breaking programmes which began with Supercar in 1961. The programmes celebrated on the main issue of stamps are Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, Fireball XL5, Supercar and Stingray. Whilst the miniature sheet of ‘motion stamps’ features stamps showing Thunderbirds 4, Thunderbirds 3, Thunderbirds 2 and Thunderbirds 1.

Gerry Anderson said: “I feel incredibly proud that my work has been chosen to appear on a set of Royal Mail stamps and to see actual animation of the opening scenes of Thunderbirds appear on the motion stamps is really wonderful.”

Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: “Gerry Anderson’s ingenuity and inventiveness caused a sensation in the 1960s. We‘re delighted that 50 years on we are able to recognise and celebrate his work on our first stamp issue of 2011.

“It’s particularly fitting that his characters will once again be visiting millions of homes across the UK as they arrive through the nation’s letterboxes on letters and cards. And also that the dramatic 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, opening sequence is now a UK first through its appearance on our new motion stamps.”

Best Gerry Anderson Thunderbirds Sites on the Web

The Thunderbirds
A fan resource to the adventures of those space-faring marionettes. Includes an episode guide and info about Thunderbirds DVDs and other merchandise, along with links to info about other Gerry Anderson productions, such as "Space 1999."

Thunderbirds Are Go!
Another informative fan site.