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Old 4th May 2014, 09:23 PM
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Default N00b asks - Colour of Thunderbird 3

Hi Guys

We had a family dispute: Was T3 orange or red?

Seems like early versions were orange, but later versions become more red.

I figured this was the place to get a definitive answer.

My answer was orange. but others (younger) said red.

Which is it?
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Old 4th May 2014, 10:36 PM
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A very reddy orange. The film version is Red
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Old 5th May 2014, 06:08 AM
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And the big 3 likes to change which direction it is in
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Old 5th May 2014, 06:58 AM
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A very reddy orange. The film version is Red
Heh thanks guys.

Doesn't solve the family argument, but leaves both sides looking good. I remember having a 6-inch tall plastic model when I was a kid and it was definitely orange. Kind of like web colour #FF3300

Later I had some Dinky(?) toys in diecast metal and they were much more red - say web colour #FF1919

(I picked those from http://www.w3schools.com/tags/ref_colorpicker.asp )

Any more input from the original design team would be great, but thanks anyway

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Old 5th May 2014, 08:36 AM
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And the big 3 likes to change which direction it is in
All the "3"s were in different directions, presumably so that whichever orientation the model was filmed in there would alsways be be one which read the correct way (i.e going vertical, going from left to right and from right to left).

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Old 7th May 2014, 10:41 PM
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Later I had some Dinky(?) toys in diecast metal and they were much more red - say web colour #FF1919

(I picked those from http://www.w3schools.com/tags/ref_colorpicker.asp )

Any more input from the original design team would be great, but thanks anyway

Dave S
Well if we're going to bring colour pickers into this...
If we take a screen shot of thunderbird 3 (from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1faTFQ-5LQ at 5:58), pull it into photoshop, pick a spot on Thunderbird 3 thats seems like a middle colour we get a HEX of CA4910 (R: 202, G: 73, B: 16), we could get into cmyk but that's for print and Thunderbirds was designed for the screen (and we're using a screen). Orange (using the Crayola scale) is FF7538 (255, 117, 56) and Red is: EE204D (238, 32, 77...which is wrong from a technical point of view but we're not going to argue the crayola scale). Since each rgb can get a max of 255 for each colour crayola red consists of 93% Red and 13% Green and Crayola orange is 100% red and 46% green. Thunderbird 3 is 79% red and 29% green. If we turn these into fractions with some rounding (O: 100/50, R: 93/12, G: 79/29) and do some simplifying. Red has a r:g ration of 93:12, Orange = 24:12, Thunderbird 3 = 32:12

Therefore. Thunderbird 3 on TV is technically more orange by the Crayola colour scale then red. We could use other screen shots from when Thunderbird 3 is in the air and in space to confirm if this is still the case but I should really get back to work...
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Old 8th May 2014, 06:08 AM
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Therefore. Thunderbird 3 on TV is technically more orange by the Crayola colour scale then red. We could use other screen shots from when Thunderbird 3 is in the air and in space to confirm if this is still the case but I should really get back to work...
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Ditto. It was FAB.
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Humbrol Satin Red is a good match if you are making a model as it has quite an orange element to it.



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Humbrol Satin Red is a good match if you are making a model as it has quite an orange element to it.



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Wow!

(And why do I have to use more than ten characters to make this post?)
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