[UPDATED] UK: Sci-fi Saturday at Cromford Mills, 14th August

Model-maker extraordinaire and Fanderson member David Sisson is putting together another fantastic display of models, puppets and costumes from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s productions for Sci-fi Saturday at Cromford Mills, Derby, on Saturday 14th August 2021.

Last year’s display was extremely popular, even with social distancing restrictions in place, and this year promises to be even better! As well as Anderson exhibits there will be things to interest Doctor Who and Blake’s 7 fans too.

Don’t forget to say “hello” to Fanderson’s own Stephen Brown, Jackie Dear, Ian Fryer and Lynn Simpson whilst you’re there.

This year’s display is planned to include:

David Sisson’s collection of model vehicles, puppets, and props from Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons, Terrahawks and Space Precinct, both custom-made reproductions and studio originals. Mamas Pitsillis and Linda Ianson (Studio 2 Models) will be operating radio-controlled replica vehicles from UFO and Stingray. Bob and Sue Bailey will be bringing along a display from Fireball XL5 including the star of the show, Steve Zodiac, which is the oldest known surviving complete hero puppet!

And if you need some relief from all that Anderson wonderfulness, Simon Rhodes will be displaying his collection of original costumes from Star Trek Voyager. Richard Ashton will be displaying custom-made model kits and scratch built models from films, such as Star Wars, Firefly, and Back To The Future. Gary Holland collection of original costumes from Blake’s 7 includes iconic clothing designs worn by the series’ lead stars. Scott Goodman will appear in full costume during the day as Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor, bringing with him his arch-nemesis a Dalek, whilst James Burgess will be displaying some of his amazing sculptures and recreations from the worlds of Doctor Who.

Cromford Mills is a free-to-enter, UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a complete day out with family and friends. It’s owned and managed by The Arkwright Society – an educational charity devoted to the rescue of the industrial heritage buildings and helping to preserve the precious built and natural landscape in and around Cromford.

 

 

Whatever happened to FAB 1?

In Thunderbirds, it’s assumed FAB 1 met a fiery end during the crash of Skyship One. Sadly, real life is proving to be just as shocking!

Fanderson members will remember the full-size replica FAB 1 built by Melvin Jarvis, which was a star attraction at the club’s Countdown To Disaster convention in 2005 (pictured above) and was also at Gerry Anderson’s funeral in 2013. Recently, Melvin has been dealing with serious personal issues including a suspected arson attack, culminating in FAB 1 being pretty much completely burned out.

 

The good news is that Melvin’s already been able to get FAB 1 sandblasted (below) so she’s in a fit state to be rebuilt, after which he’s determined she’ll be “better and more film accurate than before”. He’s planning to share the story online soon, complete with monthly progress videos, which we’ll of course share just as soon as that happens.

Operation Priest Treasure Hunt – the answers

As something for delegates to do on the way to Maidenhead for Fanderson’s recent Supercelebration convention, and as a way of visiting some Anderson filming locations, we suggested the Operation Priest Treasure Hunt.

Just one team entered (and therefore won) and they were Paul Mayne, Richard and Fiona Yelland, Steven Cross, Chris Dean and Huw Davies.

Click to see the answers.

Even more Terrahawks! John Lee is coming to Supercelebration

We are excited to reveal that Terrahawks modelmaker John Lee will be attending Supercelebration in September.

Working under Special Effects Director Steven Begg and alongside fellow modelmaker Steve Woodcock, John designed and built many of the weird and wonderful space craft that appeared in the series. He has since gone on to amass a wealth of credits as director of photography on film and TV.

John will be joined at Supercelebration by fellow Terrahawks production crew members Steve Begg, Peter Tilbe, Gary Tomkins, Terry Adlam and Kaye Main.

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Kaye Main jets in for Supercelebration

We are delighted to reveal that Terrahawks production crew member Kaye Main will be attending Supercelebration in September. Previously known as Kaye Moss, she worked on Terrahawks as a runner, buyer, prop maker and general assistant. Kaye is flying all the way over from New Zealand to attend what is expected to be the last ever full weekend Fanderson convention. She joins fellow Terrahawks production crew members Steve Begg, Peter Tilbe, Gary Tomkins and Terry Adlam at the event.

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Peter Tilbe to attend Supercelebration

We are very pleased to announce the latest guest to  attend Supercelebration in September: Peter Tilbe. Peter worked as a model worker on Terrahawks in the early 1980s  and contributed to numerous models, including the two-part jet fighter, Hawkwing.

He joins fellow Terrahawks  production crew members Steve Begg, Gary Tomkins and Terry Adlam at Supercelebration – make sure you don’t miss them!

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Peter Hitchcock

Peter Hitchcock jets in for Supercelebration

We are delighted to announce that director, writer and producer Peter Hitchcock will be coming to Supercelebration in September.

Peter, who now lives in Canada, started his career working on the Supermarionation series in the early 1960s, doing everything from lip synch operating to assisting Derek Meddings with visual effects sequences.

We are thrilled that Peter, pictured here to the right of Brian Johnson, can once again make the long journey from Canada to be with us. We look forward to hearing more of his stories from AP Films!

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Andrew Skilleter is coming to Supercelebration

We are delighted to announce that artist Andrew Skilleter will be coming to Supercelebration in September.

Andrew contributed  to the Fleetway Gerry Anderson comics in the 1990s, including Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90. He has also illustrated extensively for Doctor Who.

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Supercelebration Treasure 10: Thank you all so much!

At Fanderson’s Supercelebration convention this September we’ll be raising much-needed funds for our convention charity – The Silver Line – through blind and live auctions, raffles and other activities during the weekend.

Over recent weeks we’ve been teasing you with just a small selection of the unusual and rare items that our generous friends, partners, licensees and club members have donated.

Since announcing our charity we’ve received even more goodies that will be going home with our convention delegates. With raffle tickets at just £1 each, everyone, whatever your budget, has a chance of going home with something special and helping a good cause.

If you would like to donate something to raise money for a great cause, please e-mail details (including photos) to us at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com before 1st September 2019.

Robert Harrop Parker and Light-Fingered Fred Figurines. These are the Studio Original Masters for the limited edition figurines, produced for Fanderson’s 2015 convention The Future Is Fantastic!

Space Precinct Leather Jacket. A rare promotional item produced for the launch on Sky Television in 1995.

Popcorn SHADO Mobile, Angel Interceptor and SPV (mixed media resin/white metal models).

Graham Bleathman FAB 1 Cutaway Art Print.

UFO Technical Manual. Published in 2009 and long since out-of-print (recently seen for over £125 online).

Laser-etched Thunderbird 3 Glass Block.

Check out the following links for previous teasers…

Supercelebration Treasure 9

Supercelebration Treasure 8

Supercelebration Treasure 7

Supercelebration Treasure 6

Supercelebration Treasure 5

Supercelebration Treasure 4

Supercelebration Treasure 3

Supercelebration Treasure 2

Supercelebration Treasure 1

Steve Begg to attend Supercelebration

We are very pleased to announce that visual effects supremo Steve Begg will be attending Supercelebration in September. Known to Anderson fans for his work on Terrahawks, Space Police and Space Precinct, Steve has since delivered visual effects for some of the biggest blockbuster films of this century: Batman Begins, Skyfall and Spectre, to name but three.

Steve joins one of the biggest rosters of special guests we’ve had for a Fanderson convention in many years – you don’t want to miss them!

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Tickets for club members to Supercelebration start from just £75 per person for one day, or £130 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017.

That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now