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Old 03-24-2020, 11:04 AM
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Cool Thunderbirds Firefly

Here is my second build of the Thunderbirds show vehicles. The Firefly
Thunderbirds Firefly-firefly.jpg



My first was the transporter TB 2 . Here is my build : Thunderbird 2


The model here in our Download section is by Gary Pilsworth : http://www.papermodelers.com/forum/v...ownloadid=1196

as well as his other Thunderbirds vehicles you can select : http://www.papermodelers.com/forum/v...=searchresults



For a quick "inspirational" video here it is in action on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klcCmJXJRYk


This is really a futuristic looking Fire fighting Bulldozer in line with the other TB vehicles.

I would like to build it and then dirty it up to look operational, but since I am still not home, I will probably touch up the panels with colored pens.



Here is a picture I found on the internet of a completed paper model
Thunderbirds Firefly-thunderbirds-firefly-papercraft.jpg


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Old 03-24-2020, 11:16 AM
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Exclamation Lets start

Here is the instruction sheet. Visual and simple.
Thunderbirds Firefly-img_1354.jpg

I started with the heat shield / pusher by adding a clear plastic and laminating the parts.
Thunderbirds Firefly-img_1355.jpgThunderbirds Firefly-img_1356.jpg


then the rear turret ( or somethingmajig..... )
Thunderbirds Firefly-img_1357.jpgThunderbirds Firefly-img_1359.jpg


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Old 03-24-2020, 02:22 PM
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Exclamation Wheels

there are 4 wheels per side riding inside the tracks. There is no details of sprockets that drive the threads in this simple rendition.


wheels
Thunderbirds Firefly-img_1360.jpg

I added wood dowels for axles instead of rolling card
Thunderbirds Firefly-img_1361.jpg

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Exclamation Hull and wheels

Here is the hull and the wheels .


dry fit.

Thunderbirds Firefly-img_1365.jpgThunderbirds Firefly-img_1366.jpgThunderbirds Firefly-img_1367.jpg


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Just to note, there should be a hole in the shield for a retractable mortar.
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Just to note, there should be a hole in the shield for a retractable mortar.
This paper model has dispensed with that detail as well as other.


I know what you are talking about.


There is also no detail on the driving sprockets for the threads either.

In any case, this is only a fun build for me.


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Old 03-25-2020, 11:58 AM
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Cool Tracks

The tracks are interestingly simple and are a one piece arrangement that is folded, notched and glued to itself. For a simple model I say : Great !!!!!!!!!!!. I had tracks with thousands of parts unless it is a super detailed vehicle.


Here it is

Thunderbirds Firefly-img_1368.jpgThunderbirds Firefly-img_1369.jpgThunderbirds Firefly-img_1370.jpgThunderbirds Firefly-img_1371.jpg

Thunderbirds Firefly-img_1373.jpg, the change in color ( reddish like ) is due to the printer running out of ink. However, it will be on the inside and will not be seen, so I decided to use it anyhow. Adds a little character.



Once done, I inserted the forward and aft wheel to shape the track
Thunderbirds Firefly-img_1375.jpg


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Exclamation Fit to chassis

Insert the wheel/track to chasis
Thunderbirds Firefly-img_1376.jpg



add the other wheels


Thunderbirds Firefly-img_1377.jpgThunderbirds Firefly-img_1378.jpg

Thunderbirds Firefly-img_1379.jpgThunderbirds Firefly-img_1380.jpgThunderbirds Firefly-img_1381.jpg


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isaac great build if my little grey cells serve me right there was no drive sprockets it was all wheel drive fitted with tracks ( could be wrong )
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isaac great build if my little grey cells serve me right there was no drive sprockets it was all wheel drive fitted with tracks ( could be wrong )
If you watch the video clip at 30 seconds in, notice the rear wheel has sprockets that drive the tracks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klcCmJXJRYk


Since this is a fire fighter tractor, it operates in hot environments, so I don't think rubber wheels relying on friction is a good idea ( me talking as an engineer ).


In any case this is all fantasy stuff anyhow.


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