Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Takara 1/144 Scale Rescue Mecha Collection Transmitter Truck!

     Back in 2004, Takara produced a series of  Thunderbirds pod vehicle sets called the 1/144 Scale Rescue Mecha Collection.  These highly detailed models are somewhat rare now.  I managed to find two sets on Ebay at an amazing price.  The first model I want to feature is the International Rescue Transmitter Truck.   This vehicle only featured in the episode, Sunprobe.   In the episode it was used in conjunction with Thunderbird 3 to broadcast a an override signal to a crippled spacecraft that was on a collision course with the Sun.   It ended up saving Thunderbird 3 when it, too,  couldn't pull away from the Sun.
     The model has an amazing amount of detail.  It has also been dirtied down in a way that would make Derek Meddings proud.  The undercarriage on this model can be detached and replaced with a motorized version (sold in a separate set I don't yet have) that will run the tracks and rotate the antenna via radio control.   As a standalone model it's gorgeous, but I'll let the photos prove that point.  Enjoy!

The Takara 1/144 Transmitter Truck alongside the Konami, Charawheels, and Bandai versions.

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