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Thunderbirds are go !
Comet Miniatures is a UK model maker which is known for its
resin and white metal kits. The company, which is still active today, produced a series of
white-metal kits under the name 'Supermarionation Mini Metals' in the 1980s. The
greater part of the series consisted of spacecraft from various science fiction
movies and television series but there is one kit that could be of interest to
the 87th scale collector..... kit MM01, which is a model of Lady
Penelope's FAB-1, the famous pink Rolls-Royce that co-starred in the television
series The Thunderbirds.
Although just a model made for television, the FAB-1 has been officially approved by the Rolls Royce Company.
On approval, the company made two reservations; the car should always be referred to as
'Rolls Royce', and never as Roller or Rolls, and all models were required to
have the famous 'Flying Lady' fitted. The FAB-1
is one of the most recognized vehicles from Thunderbirds, its six wheels, the gull-wing doors
that slided under the car when they opened and dome-like canopy make the car unique. There were three models
of different sizes used in the series of which one could be taken apart in pieces for interior
Weight: 3000 kgs
Speed: > 200 mph
Speed on water (hydrofoils): 50 knots
Seating Capacity: 4 (plus driver)
Equipment: hydrofoils, skis, four machine guns, two lasers, smokescreen
Now I can imagine that you'd think that there is no such thing as a scale model
made after an imaginary prototype..... rest assured, the FAB-1 really
exists in 1/1.... A one-off ofcourse, which was built to
promote the 1966 Thunderbirds film 'Thunderbirds are Go !' and was used by Gerry
Anderson to arrive at the films London premiere. The car, which is currently on
display at the Cars
of the Stars museum, was completely wrecked when they purchased it in 1989
and had to be rebuilt.