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The Thunderbirds Manual (Agents' Technical Manual) is "an inventive, informative and entertaining guide to the world's foremost rescue organisation. Featuring cutaway drawings, detailed diagrams, colour illustrations and photographs, it provides the ultimate insight into the secrets of the fabulous International Rescue team, including in-depth examinations of the Thunderbirds craft and other vehicles. Intended for International Rescue field agents, this "Haynes Manual" includes an introduction by Jeff Tracy and operational procedures for agents' missions."



FeaturesEdit

  • A personal introduction by International Rescue's founder and commander in chief, Jeff Tracy.
  • Background information about the amazing technological and scientific achievements of the late 21st century.
  • A history of the creation of International Rescue.
  • Fully detailed and comprehensively annotated cutaway drawings of all the major Thunderbirds craft, specialised rescue vehicles and Tracy Island installations by renowned cutaway artist Graham Bleathman.
  • Profile illustrations of all the Thunderbirds craft by original Thunderbirds production artist Mike Trim, plus further illustrations by computer-generated imagery artist and film-maker Chris Thompson.
  • Mission files relating all major International Rescue call-outs.

Additional infoEdit

Sam Denham is an authority on Thunderbirds and has written several books on the subject.

Graham Bleathman is renowned and respected for his cutaway drawings of the Thunderbirds.

All illustrations by Graham Bleathman with additional art by Mike Trim (profile illustrations of the Thunderbirds; the illustration of TB1, TB2, and FAB 1 at London Airport; and the colour illustration of the Transmitter Truck) and Chris Thompson (CG renders of TB2 under construction; the Round House; cockpit views; and The Hood's helicopter).

  • Author: Graham Bleathman (uncredited); Sam Denham ('official' author)
  • Author's acknowledgements: special thanks to Phil Eason, Ian Fryer, Theo de Klerk, David Thornhill, Chris Trice, Nick Williams, and Pinewood Studios stills department
  • Country of Publ.: United Kingdom
  • Design: Richard Parsons
  • Dimensions: 270mm x 210mm
  • Editor: Derek Smith
  • Format: hardback
  • Illustrator: Graham Bleathman
  • Illustrator's acknowledgements: Dr Phil Atcliffe - for technical and engineering advice, particularly on the main Thunderbirds vehicles; Katie Bleathman - for support, sympathy, tea, and cat wrangling; and Dolby and Pixel - for artwork supervision
  • Imprint: J H Haynes & Co Ltd
  • ISBN/EAN: 978 0 85733 117 5
  • Pagination: 135 pages
  • Publ. Date: June 2012
  • Published by: Haynes Publishing, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7JJ, UK
  • Retail Price: £14.99

Additionally, below "Illustrator's Acknowledgements" in the book is the following: "International Rescue gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Fanderson, the official Gerry Anderson appreciation society for their help in the production of this Manual."

Reprint EditionsEdit

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Cover of the reprint editions


New Cover, Same format as above except the following:

  • Publ. Date: 2013 and again February 2014







Thunderbirds 50th Anniversary ManualEdit

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50th Anniversary Manual

This new edition of the Haynes Thunderbirds Manual was published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first airing of the original Supermarionation series, in September 1965.

The manual has an extra 18 pages added, filled with never seen before cutaway drawings of the Fireflash, the monotrain, the Highway Pathfinder (Gray & Houseman road construction vehicle), the Crablogger, the Sidewinder, U.S.N. Sentinel, and the Martian Space Probe as well as its transporter. There is also a section on the Hood's criminal activities.

All illustrations by Graham Bleathman with additional art by Mike Trim (profile illustrations of the Thunderbirds; the illustration of TB1, TB2, and FAB 1 at London Airport; and the colour illustration of the Transmitter Truck) and Chris Thompson (CG renders of TB2 under construction; the Round House; cockpit views; Sidewinder; and U.S.N. Sentinel).

New cover with same format as above except the following:

Beneath "Illustrator's Acknowledgements" in the book is the following: "International Rescue gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Fanderson, the official Gerry Anderson appreciation society for their help in the production of this Manual. Visit www.fanderson.org.uk."

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