Theres been 'a bit' of a delay
since my last update to this website, nearly a
year and a half actually, which is considerably
more than normal for me. My excuse is that I have
been rather busy and my old computer just
brokedown, and it's a bit difficult to update a
website with no computer! However I now have a
modern computer that can connect to the Internet
without seizing up and dying, so visitors to my
site will soon be seeing updates.
I have been continuing to do public displays,
the next two are this month at the Leicester
Space Centre and the Fanderson Convention, maybe
I will see a few of you there.
Also I have still been putting some bits up on
my Facebook site, which is much easier to do
using a Smartphone. As I have been using some
different techno-devices I have noticed that it
was rather difficult to navigate about my main
Index page with all those tiny links. Years ago
someone advised me to compact all the information
onto one screen for ease of use, which was fine
at the time but these days people are far more
use to scrolling down smaller screens so I have
tried to make my Index page more smartphone
Well its been a fairly busy
year for me so far with a number of public
displays under my belt, Digi Con in Doncaster,
Scarborough Sci-Fi, and EM-Con in my home town -
which made a nice change to driving across the
I've not had much time to do updates to this site
but 'David Sisson Models' is now on Facebook, so
you can always visit that page for more updates.
For this site I'm just putting the finishing
touches to a new interview which will be posted
New years greetings to all
of my webpage visitors and I thought I would
celebrate 2016 by adding a new build article -
Replicating the Overlander SEE LINK.
There haven't been that many new additions to
this site recently and thats because my new years
resolution for last year was to leave my computer
switched off and actually spend time building
models, which resulted in one of my most
productive times in years, so probably more of
the same this year.
||Hopefully in 2016 I will be finishing
several more longstanding projects
including the Starship Enterprise,
a project that has dragged on for many
I don't do that many non-Anderson
projects but there are a few on my list,
including the Liberator and X-Bomber,
that I would like to get to soon.
next update to the site will probably be
another behind-the-scenes interview, or
my revised Fireball XL5 build.
I tend to only use this
website to show off my own work (which I guess
isn't too surprising) or talk about old historic
TV/film productions. But I thought that maybe I
could mention some more up-to-date items that may
be of interest to people who find themselves
visiting my site.... as I guess that you must
like this kind of sci-fi stuff to actually be
|First up is something for people who really
like the film '2001 A Space Odyssey'.
It is a series of high quality art prints from
Simon Atkinson, which I first saw appear in the
book '2001 filming the future' and actually made
me buy it. These prints are somewhat better and
much bigger. See LINK
|Alan Shubrook has released another book about
his time working at the Gerry Anderson studios
back in the 1960s - called 'Century 21 FX
update'. After being a fan for 50 years
its always great to come across photographs that
you have never seen before...its like finding a
bit of gold! See LINK
||Not quite as new, but still worth a
mention for those that haven't spotted
it, is a book by Richard James about his
work on Gerry Anderson 'Space Precinct'
series - called 'Space Precinct
Unmasked'. Its called unmasked
because Richard played one of the main
alien policemen and was completely
covered up apart from his mouth.... and
then they dubbed his voice!
But he still loved the series and has
written a pretty entertaining book about
it all. And as there is hardly any decent
Space Precinct merchandise to be found
these days this is a welcome sight.
|And just to prove theres still life
in Terrahawks they have
returned after 30 years to continue the
fight against Zelda in eight more
adventures in a new audio series from Big
I have to say that I'm not a great fan of
audio adventures, I like to watch things,
especially things that explode. However I
really did enjoy these new episodes. They
are 25-minutes long, using the same music
and sound effects, and most of the
original cast. There is one rather
interesting and serious episode, but
Terrahawks always seemed to work best as
a comedy and so Terry Adlam's 'No
Laughing Matter' gets my vote as best
story of the lot.
||Well some bad news and good news this
First of all I was supposed to
be taking part in a mega Gerry Anderson
display at the Blackpool Comic Con this
weekend. This would have been the largest
public display of puppets, models,
costumes and props from the classic
television shows since the Wolverhampton
Museum display around 25-years-ago. But
after 6 months of arranging all the
various people and items to display, the
transport, hotels, parking, food, and
display equipment, the people running the
Con decided to cut the whole display room
with a couple of days to go!! WTF.
This has been a major disappointment (and
expense) to a great many people, and I
feel sorry for anyone travelling to this
event just to see us... especially those
coming from overseas. I think its fair to
say that the 40 display people involved
will not be dealing with those event
organisers ever again.
On a better note one of our all-time
favourite television series,
'Thunderbirds', is now 50-years-old. To
help celebrate there is a new bookzine
available from Panini magazines. (See the
Displays page for more pictures.)
I mention this because I'm in it - four
pages of my ugly mug staring back at you,
what more can you ask for?
|Also driving off the workbench this
week is my latest finished project, the Overlander,
a model that has been on the go for several years
now.... mostly while I tried to find all the 36
vintage tyres on ebay. Of course when I say
'finished' that means I will probably still be
fiddling with it for several more months yet, but
its basically done now.
We are well into another year
now so I thought I better update the site with a
new article, this time scratchbuilding the Spacehawk
from Terrahawks - see LINK
I've also manage to repair the original
studio model, so I can now clear a lot of space
in my workshop and concentrate on some of my many
other projects currently gathering dust.
I was kindly given some
more Terrahawk photographs this year so I thought
that I would update my TH's-behind-the-scenes
section with a Treehawk model page. See LINK
I've also added a few more photos to the
interview pages - my thanks to Gary Tomkins for
his generosity in scanning his old picture album,
and allowing me to share them with you. More to
I've been a bit busy this year on a variety of
projects that are all slowly getting near to
completion. One major twin-project that started
last Christmas is the repair/restoration of the
original Spacehawk model that has suffered major
damage over the last 30 years - and the small
task of building an exact duplicate at the same
time. I've never had two 5-foot models on my
workbench at the same time before, its been a
quite a job I can tell you - I can't believe just
how many parts go into building one of these
Unfortunately when you are
interest is in old TV programs from the 1960s and
70s most of the 'news' tends to be about which
actor, or behind-the-scenes artist, has now died!
Sadly last month saw the demise of actor Francis
Matthews, best known to us as the voice of Captain
Scarlet. This was a bit of a shock to me but
I was even more shocked when I saw that 'The
Telegraph' newspaper had decided to steal one of
my puppet images to use on their website! See - LINK
Always a shock when a photo that you
take, of something you own and helped make,
standing in your living room (hence the wallpaper
behind it) ends up in a national newspaper!
So they now join my list of
thieving scumbags, especially annoying when they
couldn't even be bothered to properly answer my
polite query on how it had come to happen, or put
my name to the picture.
The Telegraph, an unprofessional newspaper in
its been a fun few months with the 'Andercon' and
'Cosford' events taking place. Hopefully everyone
who attended these events enjoyed themselves, as
I certainly did - especially at Cosford where I
saw a lot of old faces from the past.
After putting all my models back on the shelf
from the last excursion - see displays page - I've finally got
round to putting an article together about the Space Precinct
Cruiser replica. Not the most difficult of
builds (thanks to getting a casting out of the
studio moulds) but still a fair number of
problems to overcome, so I hope you enjoy reading
year and another change of look for the webpage -
I seem to make more changes than I add articles!
I finally decided that the site was too big for
the main Index page to cope so I've simplified it
and split the site into two parts, 'my replicas'
and the 'other projects'. Hopefully this will
allow me space to add more stuff with ease, plus
it makes the main page less complex for those
that get easily confused. lol.
I'm currently preparing for the two big displays
that are coming in the next couple of months,
'Andercon' and 'Cosford', they should be pretty
good events. I'm hoping to finish something new
for those, but at least the Precinct Cruiser is
now fully built so that will be there - and on
here soon when I can find the time to write the
article and take some pictures.
busy making the ten thousandth revision to my
Moonbase Interceptor masters, and trying to
finish the Precinct Crusier, and build the USS
Enterprise, and many others... however found time
to add a page about cleaning up an old casting of
the Rolls Royce Hudson - See
My thanks to Darren Peters for the casting.
been busy this year trying to build models so not
much chance to add content to the website.
Finally managed to finish a couple of them, the
puppet-scale Jet Bike and a casting of Hudson,
and my Space Precinct Cruiser is nearing
completion, so articles to come on those at some
point. I'm also now building the Overlander which
is going to be a major project.
As for this website, I have now added more to the
Terrahawks section after I finally got round to
scanning some old film negetives of the
spaceships in Zelda's fleet - See Here.
had complaints that the photos in my 'Terrahawk'
interviews are too small.... Complaints!... How
dare you! 'Make them bigger you all demand', well
ever eager to please I have added a new
'Terrahawks Behind-the Scenes' section just to
keep you all happy.
This will develop over time as I can add new
content. Steven Begg is currently redecorating
and has found a number of his original designs
behind the sofa, so has kindly passed them on to
me. Also lot of old photographs courtesy of Phil
Rae who visited the studio on occasions to draw
the 'Official Terrahawk Blueprints', which David
Nightingale of 'Thunderbooks' published .. and
may still have to sell to you. Those of you who
are really old (like me) may remember some of
these pictures from the early days of the classic
fan magazine S.I.G.- Happy times.
finally got round to adding a new build article -
although as its all about my new revised Starbug
you will have seen some of it before. The old
page is still there so you have two to look at
from now on.
Also you may
notice that I've redesigned the main page yet
again - twice in a month, must be a record for
me. This is because after a fairly quiet period I
intend to add more articles to the website in the
coming months and I need a format that can be
more easily revised.
good weekend display at 'Brit Sci-Fi 2013' in the
Leicester Space Museum - see 'Displays' page for details, plus
news of further displays planned for the coming
||10th Mar 2013
The latest issue
of the Gerry Anderson fanzine Andersonic is out now.
This issue has interviews with Tony
Harding and Tony Roper, a review of the
RAF Cosford event, and Gerry Anderson
tributes, plus more - click on the link
for further details.
Stingray model graces the cover - and
thats reason enough to buy it! lol.
decided to revise the old Index page. I was
advised that it was best to compact it down to
one screen size for ease of use and after many
years of revision I had managed to do that last
year - but I found it a little bit boring and
just prefer the more busy look that involves a
little bit of scrolling down.
is almost here with 'Brit Sci-Fi' at the
Leicester Space Centre next month, maybe I'll see
some of you there.
new year has started so I thought that I better
update my website. Unfortunately I don't have any
new modelling articles although I have now
completely finished my latest Starbug model, by
adding all the working lights and more extreme
weathering - achieved by blasting it with
I am now very
busy on many new builds and as a result I don't
really have time to play on the computer and
update the website, but now that I am building
new stuff there should be some additions later
project that has finally started is my Moon Zero
Two spacesuit restoration project, although this
will not be quite how I intended it to be. As I
have been cleaning up the parts I have come to
realise that these suits cannot be repaired and
worn again - so they are now retired from future
use. This does mean that I no longer have to
re-make the rubber parts in rubber, but can use
other cheaper and easier methods. My intention is
that these suits will become standing display
I made a total hash of creating, and posting, my
first Super-8mm film on YouTube, when I started
pressing all the wrong buttons and ended up
making the worst quality video so far, and the
rest haven't been that great. So I had to go back
to the original recording and start again. This
turned out to be good luck actually as I found
some upgraded shots that had not been used
before, and I was able to make a number of
improvements including giving my characters
voices - although they do all sound rather like
The film's title does rather give the story away,
but it can now be seen here - 'CRASH LANDING ON MARS'
finally dusted off all my old Super-8mm films
from the 1980s and put them on YouTube for the
World to enjoy! To explain what it was all
supposed to be about, and how I managed to make
this visual masterpiece, I have now added an
article in my 'Other Projects' webspace. Film making
was an often frustrating hobby that had me
cursing and pulling my hair out on a great many
occasions, but now that I've forgotten the pain
of it all I can sit back and just enjoy watching
it. I hope that you find it of some interest.
On the model
front I have just finished off my new Starbug -
again! After seeing the original model at
'Smallspace' I had to add more weathering to
mine, then break off the rear legs and reposition
them by a few millimetres - luckily I didn't make
too much of a mess of it and I think it looks
I took part in
a Mat Irvine's 'Smallspace' model event at the
Hanslope Village hall.
See Display page for details.
Current model build this week is the 'UFO'
Moonbase Interceptor. I haven't had one of these
for a few years and after a convoluted swap-deal
I've found myself having to build one..... well
four actually, as I'm wanting to have three
myself to set in a launch formation display.
pages changed - work on Datsun 2 included.
I took part in
the BritSciFi event held at the National Space
Centre in Leicester - see Model display page.
pictures in 'Eagle 1 Today'.
Model on the
bench this month is my new improved Starbug.
Welcome to my new website - and it was a
surprise for me too!
Yes after 6 years in its old location I have had
to move the site to a new webspace provider after
Tesco sent me a little email out-of-the-blue
stating that the service was being 'withdrawn' in
a couple of weeks - hope it doesn't cause you
'No of course I don't mind my website
disappearing, and Merry Christmas to you too' I
So here we now are (thats if its working ok),
and as I was moving I decided to do a little bit
of tidying up and change things about a little.
As with all things what you think looks good one
year looks rather tacky a year or so later, so I
have 'tweaked' things a bit. But as I still only
have an old computer, and web designer program,
it mostly looks the same - so no flashy, moving,
inter-active bits yet. However as I now have more
webspace to play with some of the pictures can
get a little bit bigger, which might be of help.
on website - in 'Moon Zero Two'
I have revised the whole section of my site
devoted to this film. When I started it was just
about the helmet that I had restored plus a few
other pictures, but over the years it has grown
rather a great deal and now needs to be broken up
into more manageable sections. This has given me
the chance to add more photos - including the
addition of a 1970 calender that I recently
bought on ebay. This was shot on the set of 'Moon
Zero Two' and features the two lovely young
ladies Simone Silvera and Amber Dean Smith (JJ
Hubbards companions in the film). Photos of each
month are shown, my favourites being May &
Also I've added a section for large pictures of
the models that feature (or didn't) in the movie.