Thunderbirds Secret Base

Update on the completion of my Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds Secret Base – TracyIsland Model Kit by IMAI:

A way back in January of 2008 in my blog Surf – Design Planet Blurp No.13 I detailed the making of the above model’s Tracy Island. I just got around to paint finishing the space ships and vehicles for this island diorama. Decals were supplied for the ship/vehicle identification numbers also.

I began, by giving the little ships/vehicles a coat of White Plastic for Primer
– I used Rust-oleum Speciality Plastic Primer.

Once the parts were primed, I did research online to find reference illustrations and photos of these vehicles. I printed out some small prints and noted how many different colors I would need.

I chose Games Workshop (Warhammer) Citadel Colors to hand paint the space ships/vehicles. These colors are excellent. They were originally created for hand detailing Warhammer Game battle figures.


Reference Information on the Citadel ‘Mega Paint Set’ Colors:

The Games Workshop Mega Paint Set is truly the ultimate set for the hobbyist who just has to have it all – containing all of the Citadel Colour and Foundation paints and every Wash as well as brushes, glue, flock and sand.

The Mega Citadel Paint Set consists of one grey custom Figure Case containing all 73 Colour, Wash and Foundation paints from the Citadel range. It also includes PVA Glue, sand, three types of static grass and seven paintbrushes. Eight Citadel Washes, including: Gryphonne Sepia, Ogryn Flesh, Baal red, Devlan Mud, Badab Black, Leviathan Purple, Asurmen Blue, Thraka Green.

Eighteen Foundation Paints, including: Iyanden Darksun, Macharius Solar Orange, Mechrite Red, Tau Sept Ochre, Calthan Brown, Khemri Brown, Tallarn Flesh, Dheneb Stone, Gretchin Green, Knarloc Green, Orkhide Shade, Fenris Grey, Hormagaunt Purple, Mordian Blue, Chardon Granite, Necron Abyss, Adeptus Battlegrey, Astronomican Grey.

Forty Citadel Colour Paints, including: Sunburst Yellow, Golden Yellow, Blazing Orange, Blood Red, Red Gore, Scab Red, Dark flesh, Dwarf Flesh, Elf Flesh, Liche Purple, Warlock Purple, Regal Blue, Ultramarines Blue, Enchanted Blue, Shadow grey, Space wolves Grey, Ice Blue, Hawk Turquoise, Dark Angels Green, Snot Green, Gobling Green, Scorpion Green, Rotting Flesh, Camo Green, Catachan Green, Graveyard Earth, Scorched Brown, Bestial brown, Vermin Brown, Snakebite Leather, Bubonic Brown, Vomit Brown, Desert Yellow, Kommando Khaki, Bleached Bone, Fortress Grey, Codex Grey, Chaos Black, Skull White, ‘Ardcoat (Gloss Varnish).

Seven Citadel Colour Metallic Paints, including: Burnished Gold, Shining Gold, Dwarf Bronze, Tin Bitz, Boltgun Metal, Chainmail, Mithril Silver.

Note: The Games Workshop Mega Paint Set is produced in the UK, and presently difficult to find. It usually sells for around $200.US. Luckily, I was able to purchase two complete sets a few years ago at around $120.US.

Colors I used:

Grumbacher’s Hyplar Titanium White Acrylic; and the following Games Workshop Colors:
Mithril Silver, Boltgun Metal, Blood Red, Bad Moon Yellow, Golden Yellow, Vomit Brown, Goblin Green and Ice Blue.

To complete this Tracy Island display mounting I cut a 12″ x 17″ piece of 1/4″ thick White Hard Board, giving the corners a 1″ radiius, and painting the board’s unfinished edge white. The formed moulded plastic island was screw mounted only to the hard board base, as the bottom needs to be accessible to access the mechanics and batteries. A photo of the bottom mechanics is at Surf – Design Planet Blurp No.13


Adding the finished little space ships/vehicles brings Gerry Anderson’s Tracy Island diorama alive; and takes me back to those original TV episodes!


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