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|The London Royal Air Force
Museum has started to hold special night events, and on
14th May 2011 it put on 'An Audience with Sylvia
Anderson' - the co-producer of such classic television
shows as 'Thunderbirds', 'Captain Scarlet', 'UFO', and
Sylvia (interviewed on stage by Terry Jervis) spoke about her start in the film industry, the popularity of 'Thunderbirds' and her later career, before signing copies of her book (My FAB years) in the museum's shop. It was a very good day and the museum is a fantastic place to visit, so go and see it - and it's free! England might not be able to afford much in the way of an air force these days but we have some great museums, with both this and the excellent one at Cosford that features the big bombers from the 'Cold War'. I always worry about supporting my small models on wires, yet they have their aircraft hanging from the ceiling!
As part of this event a display was
organised for the full day, showing puppets, models and
classic merchandise from the 1960s.
I finally managed to figure out how to do some small movies on my digital camera and made two films which I've posted on You-Tube. *The sound is not too good so please turn up your volume control*
|The first is of my original studio Eagle and can be seen HERE|
|The second is on my Space: 1999 spacesuit and can be seen HERE|
DVD are releasing a 'definitive special edition box set,'
that comprises all 39 episodes of Fireball XL5 together
with the first full-length colourised episode. Also two
brand new documentaries, a commemorative booklet by TV
historian Andrew Pixley and more.
The group of happy middle-aged
sci-fi geeks who attended the bigger 2008 Eagle
Probably a World first with four 44" Eagles displayed together - two originals, one modified AB kit and one scratchbuilt replica.
Chris Trice holds the original Voyager Probe ship. Andrew
Frampton positions his Original Eagle model.
Saturday April 19th at the Soho House Museum in Birmingham
Nick Tate (Space: 1999's Alan Carter) has taken a three-month break from his acting, and very successful voice-over work, to embark on a World holiday trip to visit family and friends. Here he stopped by to meet some of his long-term fans for an informal chat, autograph and photo session......and to checkout the condition of Eagle One. Thanks to Eleen and Phyll of the International Nick Tate Club
|Saturday November 3rd ....A small display at the Monster Carnival in Blackpool, featuring some original UFO studio models - courtesy Phil Rae.|
Wednesday July 11th at the BBC Television Centre, London.
Model filming takes place as part of a BBC4 documentary about the classic 1960s works of Gerry Anderson, focusing primarily on his greatest creation Thunderbirds.
Pictures; Not too surprisingly the iconic Thunderbird 2 took centre stage. Cameraman Colin Butler sets up the shots while Producer Jeff Simpson views the footage and makes adjustments to the angles and speed of each take.
Shown on 02-Jan-2008, the program was reasonably entertaining but sadly much of the 7 hours of filming ended up on the cutting room floor. (About 6 hours 59 & 3/4 minutes!)
Sunday 15th April at the National Media Museum in Bradford.
As a tribute to the classic ITC productions (1950-70) Richard Holliss (sitting on the right) again interviewed Gerry Anderson on aspects of his long career, how he met and worked for Lew Grade and plans for future series.
Display items were supplied by Bob & Sue Bailey, Martin Gainsford, Maxine Cook, Chris Bentley and myself. My Scarlet replica puppet made its first public appearance - constructed by Chris King.
The second unofficial gathering of Eagle Transporter Fanatics took place on Saturday 28th October 2006 at a top secret address on the outskirts of London, England. Nine men, no-longer young but still capable of walking unaided, managed to escape from wives, girlfriends, work commitments and psychiatric detention centres to attend. Most had digital cameras locked into their sweaty palms, together with backup memory cards and replacement batteries, in order to film a multitude of Eagles and other Space:1999 goodies.
Undisputed stars of the show were the original studio special effect models, most notably the first two 44" Eagle Transporters.
Andrew Frampton with his original 44" Eagle
right: back row left to right- David Sisson, Barry
Hinchliffe, Andrew Frampton, Jon Wilson,
big event of 2006 was the Fanderson Convention held in
October, again at the Elstree Moat House hotel.
While there are many events at
conventions the main reason for attending is to meet
other people and my highlight of the weekend was talking
to TV21 artist Mike Noble.
My Zero-X (almost finished) was joined by other ZX models and collectables, including a Martin Bower MEV (left: courtesy Les Ride) one of the new MEV resin kits (built by Tony Barnes) and a mint example of the 1960s motorized toy (Martin Gainsford).
4th November 2006
Several members of Fanderson provided items for a small on-stage display.
Above left to right - Myself, Sue Bailey, Maxine Cook, Martin Gainsford and Bob Bailey.
Above left to Right - Jimmy Gibson, Steve Zodiac, Melody Angel, and replica Alan Tracy. (Steve's strange pose is because after the TV series finished he was turned into a club mascot and originally had a bowling ball in his hand.)
Photo's Jonathan Baxter
One of the highlights was the appearance of a full-size Fab 1 motorcar.
Photo Left Tony Barnes
The 2002 Fanderson Convention was called 'Stand By For Action'. It was held at the Allesley Hotel in Coventry over the weekend of the 17th - 19th May.
Photo's Dave Watkin
A good Terrahawks display at this Con.
Left: My Battlehawk and Battletank replicas stand next to the restored Terrahawk puppets (of Bob & Sue Bailey) and an original working Zeriod.
Right: My Treehawk replica launches from the restored original studio Tree prop.
Left; Fab 1 displayed next to original and replica puppets.
Right: TB3 with Zero-X (main body only) stand with the restored Paul Travers puppet.
Photographs by: Jonathan Baxter, Hilton Fitzimmons, Tony Barnes, Shelley Burchett, Dave Watkin, David Sisson
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