A model plane called The Tiger (VG104)

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A model plane called The Tiger (VG104)

This plane was painted by Grandad David Palmer who was part of the 'Century 21 Productions Special Effects Unit' from 1965-1969. He worked on animated programmes like Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, Secret Service, UFO and three films whose special effects were created at the Slough Studio. Grandad would make models, paint them so they looked real and then recreate them when they were exploded. This model was first used in Joe 90, season 1, episode 25 which was first shown on March 16th 1969. It was called 'Attack of the Tiger' and is about when Joe 90 flew the VG104 and bombed the enemy's nuclear base. These 'supermarionations'(a blend of "super", "marionette" and "animation") transformed children's television creating imaginative string puppet action adventures. Those programmes reflect a period in history where the Cold War led to suspicion and an interest in Science and Technology. The skills gained through experimenting with and developing new special effects technology were later used in films such as Star Wars.

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