In the ye olde days before computer CGI ruined everything, science fiction was noted for its use of plastic, wood and dubious plotlines.

The plotlines haven’t changed, but the model making that was such a critical skill is somewhat less popular. A day long “homage” to the model maker’s skill is therefore both a chance to admire the art, as well as being a total sci-fi geek fest.

I’m flagging this one up early as it needs tickets to be prebooked, and they will probably sell out.

K-9 operator, Mat Irvine

K-9 operator, Mat Irvine

A day of model making nostalgia surrounded by real life aircraft at the RAF Museum is on offer.

There will be:

  • A one hour presentation on how the Thunderbirds episodes were made including hundreds of behind the scenes photographs

Alan Shubrook, 12noon

  • Cause and Effect, 50 Years of the BBC Visual Effects Department

Mat Irvine, 1.30pm

  • From Monotrains to Moonmobiles – The Art of Mike Trim

Mat Irvine in conversation with Mike Trim, 3pm

The Model Future Talks will run alongside the IPMS Hendon Model Show which takes place between 10am and 6pm at the museum.

..and totally unrelated, I think, but fun, there will be a Lancaster flypast on the day – timings are to be announced.

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