This vehicle always intrigued me on how it would work in the real world if not held up with puppet strings.
Out of all the Thunderbird models available this one is very hard to find and even harder in a large scale, so I am going to give it a crack.
I have started building this monster out of foam board 6mm / 1/4".
Made a pattern and traced it out. I am using Evergreen to line the edges of the body.
the top I mad a cut running the length of the body and bent it into shape giving it the raised look on the top.
Making the rear Atomic Engine vents I first mad a mould using the foam board, it is easy to glue and carve onto shape.
Using my Vacuum former I was able to make two vents.
I trimmed them and filled the inside of the vent with more foam board to give it a large area to stick to the model. I set back some mesh at the intake of the vent and painted ans dry brushed it before gluing to the model.
Making the leg of the Sidewinder machined aluminium out of Hex bar fitter with a fiber glass rod.
As I am casing all the legs this one is the pattern for the mold. the fiber glass rod will give the model stability when mounted as I will have the rod pass through the foot and glue it into the base.