Gallery & Video: Thunderbirds at RAF Cosford

Thunderbirds were go during a trip down memory lane at RAF Museum Cosford – and favourites from the hugely popular show were there to tell their first-hand tales.

Alan Shubrook, special effects designer on Thunderbirds as well as Captain Scarlet and Joe 90, was among the VIP guests as fantasy fans flocked to the museum.

Sylvia Anderson, who co-created the iconic science fiction shows with then-husband Gerry and voiced Lady Penelope, appeared at the exhibition on Saturday but cancelled an appearance on Sunday due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

But with voices and puppet makers of some of the show’s favourite characters – as well as a host of stalls and rare collector’s items – on display there was plenty to keep the huge crowds enthralled.

Many of the puppets on display were original studio puppets being shown exclusively for the very first time at the event.

Mr Shubrook said the crowds were bringing back 50-year-old memories for him.

“We were so far ahead of our time,” he said of working on the show.

“It was a fantastic team and we spent all of our time together.

“I see some of the shows now and I remember how we did the explosions - and the trauma if they had gone wrong.

“I’d have to remake the models again after they’d exploded if we got the shot wrong, and do it all again.”


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