Derek Meddings


Date of Birth
15th January 1931
Date of Death
10th September 1995

Derek Meddings (15 January 1931 - 10 September 1995) was the Andersons' special effects director from Supercar through to their first live-action productions Doppelgänger and UFO. In addition to doing a lot of the storyboards, he was also the person responsible for designing the rescue vehicles known as the Thunderbirds.

Towards the end of his life, Meddings released a book entitled 21st Century Visions. Ghostwritten by Sam Denham with a foreword by Meddings, it is about the special effects techniques behind the many A.P. Films/Century 21 productions.

Supermarionation Cross-sections is dedicated to Derek Meddings along with a number of other individuals who had involvement with the numerous A.P. Films/Century 21 productions.

Thunderbirds (TV)Edit

  • Supervising Special Effects Director (31 episodes)
  • Special Effects Director (1 episode)

Thunderbirds Are GoEdit

  • Visual Effects Director

Thunderbird 6Edit

  • Visual Effects Director


  • Won an Academy Award for his work on the movie Superman (1978).

Thunderbird 2 concept art. Painting by Derek Meddings.


Book cover

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