Thunderbird 3

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Thunderbird 3 by VanAllesWatOntwerp Jul 25, 2013

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This is a replica of the Thunderbird 3. Reference material came from ~Librarian-bot. (found here: http://librarian-bot.deviantart.com)

Excerpt from wikipedia:

A reusable, vertically launched SSTO (Single Stage To Orbit) spaceship used for space rescue and maintenance of Thunderbird 5. Thunderbird 3 is 87 m (287 feet) long, with a 7 m wide body and a 24 m span (including engines). Thunderbird 3 is unique among the Thunderbird craft in having its dimensions quoted in an episode of the series: in "Give or Take a Million" Jeff Tracy states that the spacecraft stands 287 feet (87m) high. However, Brains, the designer of Thunderbird 3, said in a videotaped interview,[4] that Thunderbird 3 was "200 feet in height. " Another problem with the stated size is evident in the Thunderbird 3 launch scenes. For the craft to be over 200 feet, the ceiling of the roundhouse it passes through on take-off would need to be in excess of 50 feet high and the balcony rail 25 feet high. http://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/gal114/SpaceRace/sec300/sec384.htm states that the Saturn V is 111m or 363 feet high at launch, adding validity to the 200 foot height theory.
The spacecraft uses chemical rockets for lift-off[disambiguation needed] and boost, and an ion drive for propulsion while in space. Thunderbird 3 is hangared beneath the "Round House" on Tracy Island, and is primarily piloted by Alan or John Tracy, although Scott often co-pilots. Since John is usually seen in Thunderbird 5, he is rarely seen piloting the spacecraft (only in "The Mighty Atom" and "Danger at Ocean Deep" and "The Uninvited", and never in a rescue situation). In "Ricochet" Virgil is seen piloting Thunderbird 3. This craft was used for space rescues in "Sun Probe", "Ricochet", "The Impostors" as well as escorting Zero X briefly in Thunderbirds Are Go.


Print the Thunderbird 3 in multiple parts, scale them to fit your printer, the largest part is 'driepoot v3.stl'. This item is also the most difficult to print, if you fail to print the small pillars in this file, try to print them individually (pilaartje.stl) and glue them to the main part. They are very thin, print slow, at a low temperature.

You will probably need to trim the nose a bit as it is very pointy.

Use glue to stick everything together!

Take a picture, we would love to see another thunderbird!


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vet gemaakt gast!

I am interested in printing this work of art, but have one question. How would you print part driepoot v3.stl. It seems that at the point where it starts to print the main body, there is nothing under it would sag.

Ill give that a try. Very nice model indeed.

Hi! You can try to print it upside down or print it with support.

Very nice! Can you make it compatible with an Estes C engine?

If you have the source files I'll make a launchable derivative

Hi, I just uploaded the .blend source file's. Hope you will be able to work with this format, I am very curious about your derivative! Send it to space! :)

Somehow 3poot is only 7.84mm high in UP! software, all other parts are loading fine. Is there a way to solve this??

That is the new movie version of TB3. Love an original, but still impressive!


This is a reasonable model of the original TB3

Thunderbird 3

I love it! Good work!

Brought me right back too my childhood, Brilliant nostalgia! Great Print!!

Perfect print and color. What brand and colors of filament?

Our Thunderbird 3 was printed with ColorFabb PLA/PHA filament, Traffic Red and Standard Black. Epic Thunderbird colors :)

I refuse to download and print this. I'm not a geek. I'm not a geek!

But it is so cooool!

i was thinking the same darn thing :P

Love it, keep them coming! F A B!

Cool model! although I'm not a real "Birds" fan, I like this one very much!

cool model! We should print this on our massive Deltatower!