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I thought it would be a good idea to feature some of the model displays that I have taken part in over the years, so that you can see what the models actually look like in 'real-life', and so that I can also then remember what I have been doing! Unfortunately I usually spend so much time and effort transporting and setting up the displays that I never seem to have the time to take that many pictures - so my thanks go out to those people that have kindly sent me in theirs.
Planned Future Displays
My models at the 2019 Fanderson display room
The most fun
day of the year is the Smallspace event in Hanslope, 2019
was no exception and I was joined here by Tony Freeman,
Richard Ashton (of It's an Ashton Models) and Alison
|Another tent means that I was back at the Papplewick Pumping Station, this time with a bigger tent and sunshine. This time there were more people displaying, together with special guest SFX director (Space: 1999/ Alien/ The Empire Strikes Back) Brian Johnson. A much better weekend even if the tent did try to take off!|
|Not too many events in 2018,
the Gerry Anderson weekend at the Leicester Space Centre
was there again, this time with us positioned in the
Shuttle Suites which was good.
Strangest display ever was in a tent at the historic Papplewick Pumping Station, I only did it because it was so local. It began raining as soon as we set up and kept lashing it down all day! The models and other display items got wet and I said that I would never do it again....... but did.
|FAB : The
Worlds of Gerry & Sylvia Anderson - Leciester Space
Centre 16-17th September
We have previously displayed at the Space Centre as part of several British Sci-Fi celebrations, but this time the Centre decided to do a themed weekend just about the popular worlds of Gerry Anderson. About twenty of us took part putting on a display that covered most of Gerry's popular programs, with a heavy emphasis on Thunderbirds. I had a nice weekend and spent a fair bit of time chatting to members of the public who visited, as well as those hardcore fans who always support these events with great enthusiasm.
|Above: Since taking Zero-X down from the ceiling I have been taking it out on regular occasions this year. Below: Some of Simon Rhodes original items from Space: 1999, working medical panel, Pilot Ship from 'The Bringers of Wonder', and a guard's head garment from 'Devils Planet'.|
Future is Fantastic -
2nd - 4th October 2015
As usual I was enlisted to provide a display for the latest Fanderson convention....just remembered that my first one was Fanderson 1982, boy thats a long time ago! My new Overlander model made it's first public appearance and the Eagle stood on a rather nice landscape set built by professional model maker Chris Trice. (Theres a few more pictures on my Eagle 1 Today webpage.)
original 'Thunderbirds' television series reaching it's
50th birthday this year we have seen a variety of new
merchandising items in the shops to celebrate the
occasion. One of the latest being this bookzine
publication by Panini magazines.
It includes interviews with many of the people involved with the creation of the much-loved series, with many behind-the-scenes photographs and pictures from every episode made.
It also includes spin-off items about books, toys, and comics, as well as interviews with other people ......... like me!
|Smallspace: 4 - July 12th 2015
Smallspace was bigger than ever this year with a record number of people displaying their models, puppets, and props. I had my latest models, Spacehawk and Fireball XL5, on display together with Eagle 1... which this year was joined by Eagle 2 (top left) courtesy of Andrew Frampton.
Visit the Smallspace website for a full picture report - See LINK
|Andercon 2 - June 12-14th at Athena in Leicester|
|The second Gerry Anderson convention to be organised by Anderson Entertainment was another full weekend event, this time held in the city of Leicester. Like the previous year it also featured a great many puppet and model displays. There were some very nice original studio items on show but most were replica builds including some rather large puppet sets and an 88" Eagle (unfinished). I was there again with a fair amount of my collection and took the opportunity to show off my newly built Fireball XL5 model, which is an improved version of the previous model featured on this site.|
March 2015 at the Spa Complex
A good weekend in Scarborough for my first public display of 2015 and the BBC's 'One Show' turned up to film some clips for a program about the classic 1960s series Thunderbirds. This short feature was broadcast in early April to tie in with the first showing of the new series 'Thunderbirds Are Go' - yet another poor attempt to bring 'International Rescue' back to life, but this time by using CGI cartoon characters.
During the weekend many attendees were interviewed to explain why they liked Thunderbirds...... and they all ended up on the cutting room floor! My sympathies go out to them all - but I wasn't too surprised having experienced this sort of thing before. I did at least get three models on screen (see above screen grabs), if for only 2-3 seconds each. Still that does now mean that my Thunderbird 2 model has now appeared on BBC1, BBC2, and BBC4, I just need BBC3 to do a program on Gerry Anderson and I will have completed the set!
Cosford: 2 - 17th - 18th May 2014
Below - Newspaper article courtesy of 'The Shropshire Star'
|After the success of the first
display (in 2012) the RAF Museum dedicated another
weekend to the classic Gerry & Sylvia Anderson
television shows. I was part of a large group of fans
displaying original and replica models, props, and
puppets. In fact this was probably the largest collection
of original studio puppets ever assembled for such a
display, and seen by nearly 5000 visitors this time.
Contributors included - Bob & Sue Bailey, Simon Rhodes, Phil Rae, Andrew Frampton, Chris King, Mamas Pitsillis, Mark Shaw, Hilton Fitzsimmons, Darrell Simmonds, Chris Potter, Graham Farley, Chris Trice, Martin Willey, and Jim Winch.
Photos above: part of
the large puppet display, these are mostly restored
original items which included three Joe 90s!
- 20th April 2014
Andercon 2014 was the first Gerry Anderson Convention from Anderson Entertainment, a weekend dedicated to celebrating the worlds and characters created by the legendary television producer, featuring a variety of prop, puppet, and model displays, as well as a large gathering of special guests.
I managed to display
most of my replica models, thanks in part to now having a
bigger car! The Zero-X was out for only it's third public
display - I'd take it out more often but it's a real pain
to lower down from the ceiling and then have to put back
|Brit Sci-Fi 4
- Leicester Space Centre; 1-2nd March 2014
This years event was centred mostly on 'Blake's Seven', 'Red Dwarf' and the 'Tomorrow People'... with a bit of 'Doctor Who' too. Darrell Simmonds, Hilton Fitzsimmons, Mark Shaw, Simon Rhodes, Chris Potter, and myself, put on a display of props and models to represent the old Gerry Anderson shows. The display included the full-size 'Moonbase Alpha Command Center' replica set built by Darrell and Hilton, which proved popular with many of the visiting actors, including the 1970s Tomorrow People. Picture above right: Standing left to right- Mike Holoway (Mike), Peter Vaughan-Clarke (Stephen), Misako Koba (Hsui Tai), Sammie Winmill (Carol). While sitting at the front is Nicholas Young (John), the main star of the show who has just appeared in the new remake.
Pictures above; on Sunday the
'Red Dwarf 'cast came over to have a closer look at my
models; Danny John-Jules (Cat) wanted a picture taken
with him holding Fab 1, whilst Chris Barrie (Rimmer)
wanted to hold his favourite Thunderbird. Not to be
out-done Robert Llewellyn (Kryten) quickly grabbed a
familiar looking model.
|Above Left: 12th October 2013 -
A display by myself and Simon Rhodes at the Terrahawks 30-Year Anniversary Convention, hence the Terrahawk models taking
centre stage. I had one of the original spaceships to
display, courtesy of Bob Bailey, and had managed to
finish my Hudson model. I also displayed the sign that
hung outside the SFX stage, which is something that I've
just managed to prise out of Bob's hands!
Photo above right: Smallspace 2013 that was held earlier in the year on the 7th July. Lots of fun and another great day thanks to the efforts of Mat Irvine and Paul Fitzmaurice. I had my Space Precinct Cruiser on display here although it was far from being finished.
2013 - Leicester Space Centre: 9th-10th March
This years event had stars from 'Doctor Who', 'Blakes 7', and 'Red Dwarf', but was dedicated to the late Gerry Anderson; with a number of guests from his past productions there to sign autographs and give talks, lead by his son Jamie Anderson. As a result the event had a separate display area called 'Anderson Alley', which featured many replica & original models, puppets, and props supplied by Mark Shaw, Hilton Fitzsimmons, Darrell Simmonds, Simon Rhodes, Jim Winch, Chris Potter, Chris Trice, Mamas Pitsillis, Duncan Willis, and myself.
|The Funeral of
Gerry Anderson : January 11th 2013
A sad time for his fans around the World
when Gerry Anderson, creator of Thunderbirds, Stingray,
Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 and many
other fantastic television programs, passed away on the
26th December 2012. His funeral was held two weeks later
at Reading Crematorium with a reception afterwards at the
Phyllis Court Club, Henley-on-Thames.
The family had a Parker puppet (a replica by Duncan Willis) to display at the reception but wanted to have a bigger display to more fully represent Gerry's long career, and to provide a talking point for the several hundred invited guests. As a result I was asked to assemble a display with an item, or two, from each of his most famous programs. Further puppets and props were kindly provided by Bob Bailey, Martin Gainsford, Chris Bentley, and Ralph Titterton.
Whilst a sad occasion it was
also a time to celebrate Gerry's work and the friendships
that had been made over the years. Family, close friends,
people from the film industry, and many old-time fans
were there to remember and chat over past events.
Museum Cosford : 24th-25th November 2012
|Above left to right: Sam Dastor
(Doctor Ed Spencer), Martin Landau (Commander Koenig),
and Catherine Schell (Maya) take their turn on the
Command Center replica set - built by Darrell and Hilton.
Middle - Mark finally gets to play with Eagle 1.
Below: The display crew on set, Alibe Parsons (Command Center Operative Alibe), John Hug (Pilot Bill Fraser) reunited with a spacesuit, and Anton Phillips (Doctor Mathias) looks over the Eagle. (Photos by Darrell Simmonds, Mark Shaw, Hilton Fitzsimmonds, and myself)
A science fiction convention held at The Holiday Inn in Norwich, on Sunday September 2nd 2012. This event has been running for several years although this was my first visit. 3000 people passed through the doors on the day and met stars from 'Doctor Who', 'Red Dwarf' and several other SF productions. Highlight of the day for me was a rather excellant replica Robot from 'Lost in Space'.
Simon Rhodes and myself put on a display of models and props.
|'Smallspace - the model show for all things space,
science fiction and fantasy.'
On Sunday July 1st 2012 a new model show
was presented by Mat Irvine and Paul Fitzmaurice at their
local Village Hall in Hanslope. Hopefully this will
become a regular event and it certainly seemed to be
popular ......... well we enjoyed ourselves anyway!
You can watch a short video here on YouTube
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