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The Watchtower. by Chrisofedf The Watchtower. by Chrisofedf
Thunderbird 5 sits high above the earth ready to respond to a call for help at a moments notice...

As i'm going through the classic Thunderbirds, I inevitably came to Thunderbird 5. Not an easy one especially to find a good angle and to give it a sense of realism.
I was originally going to shoot it rescuing villagers from a volcanic eruption or trying to free a stricken cruise ship... then i remembered it can do none of those things...
It kind of just sits there while etherial Barry Gray music swirls around it.

Then it occurred to me, using the law of infinite probability, somewhere out there, there is someone who thinks Thunderbird 5 is their favourite Thunderbird.
Then I thought how they must have been bullied at school, let down by the fact it never got any screen time, how they must have despaired of it never having a decent toy... and when it did it got recalled after the September the 11th attacks for having non PC sound phrases...

So I figured, dude/woman, this ones for you... so here is Thunderbird 5, in its natural habitat orbiting high above the earth doing exactly what it always did... minus the Barry Gray music, but you can put that on yourself...

Made In:
Vue 10
Photoshop.
Google Skechup
And lots of Bon Jovi/Two steps from hell.
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slilentninja Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
I love the way the sunlight hit Thunderbird 5, nice work.
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Benjee10 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful work. I never liked 5 much personally (being a space geek I never understood how they god the damn thing up there in one piece, I mean it makes TB3 look small), but it certainly looks awesome here.
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Cheers :)
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Snazz84 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It wasn't my favourite Thunderbird by any means, but as my name is John I was always disappointed that my namesake got left up there on his own taking phone calls. But I guess out there somewhere was a kid called Virgil (who was constantly bullied for being called Virgil) who must've been really chuffed that there was a cool Tracy brother with his name. :)
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Very true :)
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The-H-Person Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Beautiful. Just beautiful. Gerry would approve. R.I.P, Mr. Anderson.
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Cheers, he'd seen some of my artwork before, luckily he approved :)
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professorquatermass Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
really nice work. lighting is superb
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:iconchrisofedf:
Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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KernBrit Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
...seriously?

The SoundTech TB5 got recalled?
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:iconchrisofedf:
Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yep, crazy stuff.
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Raax-theIceWarrior Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Has taken me quite a while to reply to these.
Still, you caught a good look at TB5 here. It does look dramatic so long as you get it from the right angle.
(But then you rarely ever see it at any other angle so...)

I had no idea the toys got recalled.
At least the Japanese made those really ncie Thunderbird5 figurines.
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Cheers, Its got a few good angles, especially in conjunction with Thunderbird 3 :).

I think one of the catch phrases was about "a Missile attack on New york" which understandably didn't help in the latter half of 2001.
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Tikatu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I actually have one! It's one of the nicer toys.
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RoverGirl Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat!!!
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Cheers
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arenafighter Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Awesome! I'm Glad you did the Classic Thunderbird 5! the TB5 from the Movie Just Didn't Feel right to Me!
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It felt ok to me, it was on of the better things they came up with :)
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arenafighter Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Yeah. but was Kinda closer to Concept than the Original!
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OccamsRayzor Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome.
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Cheers
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Zoxesyr Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful work!
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks
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Autohumans Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
I love the detail, it's amazing!
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Cheers :)
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rumpleteazer875 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks
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Mr-Nike Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like said above, it is nicely rendered, and I think you captured it in the best way possible, as t it is... well... orbiting around and that's all that is visually doing xD Nice job! :D
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Cheers :)
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Tikatu Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That is gorgeous. I really like the angle you've chosen and the lighting effects. Highlighting the docking bay is a fine idea.

The only problem I see is that, if you look at the show, Thunderbird Five is farther away from Earth than your picture suggests. But artistic license comes into play here.

Fine work. Going in my favorites (even though TB5 isn't my favorite Thunderbird).
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Chrisofedf Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Very true actually, though I don't know if you could sustain a safe orbit from that distance.
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troglodytesrus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
It was an extremely useful ship.
It saved Anderson from having to include John in any of the stories unless he 'really' wanted to :P

Very cool piece of art though, good job :D
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