The pictures below show the battery operated Thunderbird 1 in detail.
The toy is 11 1/2" long in real life.
1: Top view.
The "Thunderbird" & "1" are transfers. The "Thunderbird" transfer is prone to
drying out & flaking off.
The blue band is painted.
The base is attached to the main fuselage by a piece of sellotape - allowing it
to be detached for access to the light bulb. If it is glued it's been tampered
with. The 4 chrome parts on the base merely clip in.
2: Underside view.
This version does not have the screws in the wing housing to hold the 2 parts of
the fuselage together - merely 2 moulded plastic pins. I suspect they were susceptible
to breaking & were replaced by sturdier metal screws.
The direction of the front wheel can be changed by hand, allowing the toy to
move in a circular motion.
3: Right hand view.
4:Left hand side view.
5: End view.
6: End view - lights on.
There is only one small bulb that illuminates the lights in the tail
piece, needless to say they are not very bright.
7: Wheel housing base - text is: NO TB-1. Regd design no
918621(This piece of text is omitted on some versions). Made in Hong
8: Battery box open
The bronze/metal contacts are prone to corrosion if left unused & in contact
with batteries. The lugs & clasps are fragile and are easily broken.
9: Battery box closed
Moving the white lever controls the movement of the toy - forwards or
backwards. This depends
on the way the batteries have been inserted.
10: Nose cone mechanism.
This show the inner part of the 2 part nose cone.
Depressing the nose cone causes the black plastic rod to move inwards.
The wings then pop out aided by 2 small springs.
11: The TB1 in all its glory with wings out.