Model makers may use parts from commercial plastic construction kits to decorate their science fiction models. Sometimes called "kitbashing", the technique allows models to be created quickly and cheaply. It was used extensively in Gerry Anderson's puppet series including Thunderbirds, but had been used by Les Bowie even earlier. Even big-budget films routinely use parts from kits to detail models- 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars and Alien have hundreds of kit parts over their "hero" spaceship models.
Airfix 1:144 Apollo Saturn V (1970+)
Not only used for small part details, but major structural elements of some models, and even on display on the Alpha sets.
Airfix 1:72 Lunar Module (1970+)
Revell 1:24 Gemini (1966+)
Used extensively on Moonbase Alpha and the Eagles. Revell also produced a 1/48 scale Gemini/Mercury kit.
Airfix 1:24 Hawker Harrier (1974)
In addition to kit parts (on the Hawk and elsewhere), the decals are used on many models including Dione's escape ship.
Airfix 1:72 B29 Superfortress (1966)
Bombs are used on many models, including the Eagle. Undercarriage was used as the legs of Dione's escape ship
Airfix 1:72 SR.N1 hovercraft (H.D.L. hovercraft) (1960)
A classic model of the world's first practical hovercraft, used extensively in Thunderbirds, also appears on the Eagle and other models..
Airfix 1:144 SRN4 hovercraft
The seats and other parts are used on the Hawk and Dione's escape ship.
Revell 1:96 Apollo Spacecraft (1967) and Columbia and Eagle (1970). Used on Moonbase Alpha.
Revell 1:260 Polaris Nuclear Submarine (1961)
This cut-away model of a George Washington-class submarine had interesting tube and box shapes, as well a decals that were extensively used.
Tamiya Kit 1:35 Schwerer Panzerspähwagen 8-Rad, used on the 5 foot Ultra Probe. Thanks to Paul Stankevitch.
Below: a number of Tamiya tank kits contributed parts to Space: 1999 models.
Copyright Martin Willey