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The International Rescue Book of Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections.

With possibly the longest title in the history of Gerry Anderson-related books, this paperback from Ravette featured 14 cross sections reprinted from Fleetway's 'Thunderbirds: The Comic'. These included:

  • Tracy Island.
  • Thunderbirds 1 to 5.
  • The Mole.
  • Firefly.
  • Lady Penelope's Mansion.
  • FAB 1.
  • FAB 2.
  • The Hood's Temple.
  • The Fireflash airliner.
  • A cross section showing how the Empire State Building was moved in the TV episode 'Terror in New York City'.
  • Feature pages on the Pod vehicles.
  • The robot Braman drawn by Steve Kyte.

Unlike the more recent books published by Carlton, this volume presented the vehicles or buildings set in fully painted backgrounds. Technical details were labelled with numbers referring to a 'Key' panel or box positioned in the corner of each spread. The book retailed for 2.99 and, like the more recent Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections, it sold out fairly rapidly.

 

Bleathman, Graham. The International Rescue Book of Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections. Ravette Books,1993. ISBN 1853043621.

Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections.

In many ways, Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections is a rerun of Ravette's 'International Rescue Book of Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections', in that the majority of the 'cross sectioned' subjects are the same. Beyond that, however, the similarity ends! Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections is a 32 page hardback published by Carlton Books. It retailed for 12.99 and virtually sold out, despite being reprinted twice. In fact, it went into the children's best-seller lists for several weeks over the Christmas 2000 period! Significantly, the artwork is vastly different to the work produced for Fleetway and Ravette. Here the vehicles are illustrated in much more detail on white backgrounds, enabling the technical captions to be printed in foreign languages if required.

Cross sections included are:

  • Tracy Island.
  • Thunderbirds 1 to 5.
  • The Mole.
  • FAB 1.
  • Lady Penelope's mansion.
  • The Crablogger.
  • FAB 2.
  • The Sun Probe rocket.
  • Sidewinder.
  • A spread of smaller Pod Vehicle drawings including the Firefly, the Domo, Transmitter truck and Recovery vehicle, among others.

 

Bleathman, Graham. Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections. Carlton Books, 2000.
ISBN 1842220918.

Supermarionation Cross Sections.

Supermarionation Cross-sections is a follow-up volume to the best selling Thunderbirds FAB cross-sections. Whilst that book concentrated on the craft and locations associated with International Rescue, Supermarionation Cross-sections broadens its scope to feature other series created by Gerry Anderson.

  • Stingray.
  • Thunderbirds 1 to 5.
    (
    reprinted from the first volume)
  • .Titan's Terrorfish.
  • Fireball XL5.
  • Stingray's base Marineville..
  • Joe 90's cottage.
  • Joe 90's Flying car.
  • Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle.
  • Maximum Security Vehicle.
  • Cloudbase.
  • Angel Interceptor.
  • .Zero X spaceship
  • Miscellaneous Spectrum craft

Probably the most challenging cross-section Graham drew for the book was Marineville. On TV only the Control Tower, the living quarters next to it, the hospital, power plant and Stingray's pen are prominently featured. The rest of the best seems to consist of a number of nondescript warehouse like buildings and installations that house the WASP Training Unit, workshops, laboratories and the like. What needed to be shown was where the rest of the personnel live, where the aircraft are stored and what the underground submarine network looks like. As most of this isn't seen in the Stingray episodes, Marineville's cross-section almost became an exercise in town planning, effectively producing a sort of Milton Keynes with missiles!

 

Bleathman, Graham. Supermarionation cross sections. Carlton Books, September 2001.ISBN 1842224115.

Thunderbirds Classic Comic Strips.

Published in August 2002, this book is a 160 page hardcover volume reprinting the first four Frank Bellamy Thunderbirds strips from TV Century 21, plus the first and last Lady Penelope strips by Eric Eden from the same comic. The first story introduces Parker plus the ongoing villain Mr. Stedman, while the final story introduces the Hood. Lady Penelope also meets Jeff Tracy in this strip and she is introduced to the Tracy Family in the first Thunderbirds story.

Two TV21 Holiday Special strips are also included: a Lady Penelope story by Dan Dare artist, Frank Hampson and another Thunderbirds story by another ex-Dan Dare artist, Don Harley.

The book also features a brief history of TV21, reprints of 1960s advertisements from the Comic featuring Thunderbirds products, as well as Dateline-style newspaper sections introducing most of the comic strip adventures.

Finally the book features a wrap around dust jacket illustrated in a Bellamy-esque style, by Graham.

 

Bleathman, Graham and Denham, Sam. Thunderbirds classic comic strips. Carlton Books, 2002. ISBN 1842227319

Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections. - Japanese version

Produced in association with the Japanese 'Hobby Magazine', this book reprints the entire contents of Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections twice! The first section prints all of the cutaways in colour with English captions. After a 3 page central section on IMAI Thunderbird kits, the same cutaways are again reproduced in black and white with Japanese captions. The book is roughly the same size as it's English counterpart, but has 64 pages and is a softcover.

Bleathman, Graham. Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections. Carlton Books, 2000.
ISBN 4840219885

World of Thunderbirds: exposing the secrets of International Rescue.

This book reprints the entire contents of Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections plus a chapter about Thunderbirds characters taken from Chris Bentley's 'Complete Book of Thunderbirds' which was published by Carlton Books in 2000. The 'World of Thunderbirds' was packaged by Carlton Books and is a hardback retailing at £6.

Bentley, Chris and Bleathman, Graham. World of Thunderbirds. Marks and Spencer, 2000.

Thunderbirds Secret Files: The Inside Story of International Rescue .

This book reprints the entire contents of Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections plus a chapter about Thunderbirds characters taken from Chris Bentley's 'Complete Book of Thunderbirds' which was published by Carlton Books in 2000. Additional material has been supplied by Stephen Cole on the world of Thunderbirds.

It is a large format paperback.

Bentley, Chris and Bleathman, Graham. Thunderbirds Secret Files: The Inside Story of International Rescue. Carlton Books, 2003. ISBN 1844429776

Little Books of Classic Thunderbirds:

  • Little Book of Classic Thunderbirds. ISBN 1844428958
  • Little Book of Classic Thunderbirds 1. ISBN 1844428990
  • Little Book of Classic Thunderbirds 2. ISBN 1844428982
  • Little Book of Classic Thunderbirds 3. ISBN 1844428974
  • Little Book of Classic Thunderbirds 4. ISBN 1844428966

Four books concentrate on Thunderbirds 1 to 4 and each features a cutaway of the vehicle printed in sections on different pages.

The fifth book, simply called 'Little Book of Classic Thunderbirds' concentrates on Tracy Island and features a Tracy Island and a Thunderbird 5 cutaway. Material for these books was gleaned from Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections, The Complete Book of Thunderbirds and various Thunderbirds storybooks.

They each measure 8cm x 9cm and they retail at £2.99.

Carlton Publishing Group, 2003.

Supermarionation Cross Sections. Japanese version.

Supermarionation Cross-sections is a follow-up volume to the best selling Thunderbirds FAB cross-sections. Whilst that book concentrated on the craft and locations associated with International Rescue, Supermarionation Cross-sections broadens its scope to feature other series created by Gerry Anderson.The book is roughly the same size as it's English counterpart, but has 83 pages and is a softcover. The same cutaways are again reproduced in black and white with Japanese captions

Bleathman, Graham. Supermarionation cross sections. Kadokawa Publishing Co., Ltd. ISBN 4840225400

Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections. 40th anniversary edition.

Reprint of the 2000 bestseller with two new cross sections:

  • Tracy Villa
  • Thunderbird 2 launch bay.
Bleathman, Graham. Thunderbirds FAB Cross Sections. Carlton Books, 2005.
ISBN 1844424731.

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