Thunderbird 4 – A 3D Print

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I have been looking for good models of the Thunderbird rescue craft that I did not want to bother to model. Thunderbird 1 and 3 were ones I wanted to model, and thought I could do a good job. However, the curves and nuances of TB2 and TB4 made me not want to go through the trouble. TB5 I could do easily, but I’m not sure I want to.

So recently I found a model of Thunderbird 4 on Thingiverse. But it had some issues.

First, it was solid. I wanted it to be printed in colors. Also, various bits were just thin polygons placed in the mesh, not combined and not closed.

I remodeled those bits, then split the body in half, adding detail, and 3 screw holes to fasten the two body halves together.

All parts

Yellow: Front, rear, engine hoods, fin, nose, lightbar arm.
Red: Stripes and engine housings
Silver: Grill engine inserts
Blue: Windshield and dome
Clear: Lights – raw filament
tb4-parts-all

Adding red engine housing stripes and grills:tb4-grills

Attaching front and rear with 3 screws:tb4-body

The screws:
tb4-screws

Nose stripe:
tb4-nose-stripe

Nose:
tb4-nose

Engines:
tb4-engine-housings

Attaching engines:
tb4-rear

Adding fin:
tb4-fin

Adding light bar:
tb4-lightbar

Windshield and dome:
tb4-windows

Clipped filament strands to fit the light fixtures: (Fuzzy picture, sorry.)
tb4-lights

Result is rather nice, even though I had to work hard to get the flat bases (where the body halves meet) to print flat. My printer has been warping up things with large flat surface areas. But it’s not a bad model.

tb4-finished

2 thoughts on “Thunderbird 4 – A 3D Print

  1. Please release your split model files and other improvements; I’d very much like to try.printing this one with a detailed transparent cockpit. BTW, Len Hickman’s TB3 and TB2 models on Thingiverse are really good, if you haven’t tried printing those, I highly recommend them.

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