Monday, 6 April 2015

Make a Scott Tracy Thunderbirds Cap

The new Thunderbirds animation on Saturday went down rather well with Charlie. It also pleased me (although I didn't watch) as it's suddenly (and unexpectedly) revived interest in my 'Make your own Tracy Island' post of yesteryear.

So, for those of you who have already made your own International Rescue HQ, here's another 'how to' post - this time making your own Thunderbirds costume. It's alright - you don't have to tie strings to your little one's wrists. The animation's all done on computer these days, anyway. But if your little one would like to look like Scott or Virgil or any of the others, this easy-to-make International Rescue cap might help.

First, two A4 pieces of blue card or stiff paper, sellotaped together. Simply cut a shallow curve from one sheet, use it as a stencil for the other, and you're half-way there.

Next, the fiddly bit - the lettering. I chose to cut out an oval of black paper and stick it down... 

...after which my assistant cut out the letters 'I" and 'R' drawn on white paper: 

Once the letters were ready my (second) assistant (you didn't seriously think those were MY fingers did you?) glued them on to the black oval: 

 And that was pretty much that! 

Charlie's pyjamas - with the addition of a sash (which is actually a reversed height chart that we had hanging on his bedroom wall) - complete the outfit. 

It's what all the best-dressed animatronic supermarionation puppets are wearing this season. 

Thunderbirds are go. 


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