The pictures below show the battery operated Thunderbird 5 in detail.
1: Top view.
Ensure the dome is clear & scratch / crack free. This version is the screw
A dark haired John stands inside surrounded by a complex array of dials &
buttons and suchlike - courtesy of a sticker.
The six lights light up in sequence - they don't "flash" as stated on the box.
See picture 8
2: Underside view.
The toy is marked totally differently to all the other JR21 toys - "Made in Hong
Kong Number 507". Quite obviously this toy already existed as a flying saucer &
the moulds were modified to produce TB5.
The battery box cover is essential.
3: Right hand view.
"Thunderbird 5" is a paper sticker. As is the "5".
4: Left hand side view.
5: Back view.
Ensure the gates are present & undamaged. This is a common fault with
6: End view.
Ensure the red dome the holds the antennae is undamaged. And the side
rails are there & undamaged.
The red & white paint highlighting is applied haphazardly.
7: The Antennae.
You need 2. The toy came with 3.
The shaft is polished metal. The ends are chromed over clear red plastic
- the same plastic as the dome that holds them.
8: Lower inside.
When switched on, the motor (left hand side) causes the white plastic
disc to rotate. 2 bulbs - sellotaped to the disc revolve & light the
lights. Note the bulbs are angled & positioned differently to pass under
the lights from a slightly different perspective.
There is a secondary connection to the motor housed in the wheel box.
There are a couple of cogs under the white disc that generate the
9: Upper inside.
The dome is attached by 3 screws - allowing it to be removed. In some
versions the dome is glued in.
In fact this toy has so much glue.
Three plastic prongs & more of the stuff attach the tail section to the