Being a dad with small kids one of the things I have found difficult is spending some quality time after work before bed when my son watches his daily 30 minutes of kids tv. I found it so difficult I started looking for things from my childhood that I thought I could get him on DVD so at least I could relate to what we watched together. I mean 'the Tweenies' are a tough watch. So I started with a classic British 70's puppet show called
'The Clangers'


Well at 3 years old and after 25 minutes of considered viewing he turned to me and said,
" Dad! What is happening?"

I had to admit I had 'no idea' either! So back to the drawing board.

I looked up The Thunderbirds on Amazon, 125 for the whole set, What!!!! Even now they are like 75 so off I went to Ebay and promptly bought everything for about 25 from some guys in Jersey, very good service I can recommend them. Ebay handle - gowingstore( 157830

So I put my boy down in front of the set and guess what? He not only loves it but has become a Thunderbirds officianardo, not for him the 21st Century Hollywood remake, oh no! 60's puppetry all of the way.

So problem solved I sit down with him to enjoy some 'quality time' only after a while I realise that these things are 40 minutes long and a'kid's programme' so basically I am back in the same boat until I spot something in the 2nd episode. grabbing the remote out of his poor little hand I stop the movie, spin it back and step through frame by frame.

Jeff Tracie - yes! ok!




Jeff Tracie - checks his watch! ok.




Typical of animators I thought, they even created their own scale watches, this one reminds me of a Universal bumper auto.


Cut to Space Station




Astronaut fixing something, yes! Yes! ok!



Where is this frame and is it what I thought it was... Oh! He is looking at his watch!

Yes ok they have mocked up a Speedmaster!





Oh looks like a good plastic model!!




Oh! My god they actually used a 'real' Omega Speedmaster 105.003 from 1964/65 on its 1039 bracelet. They used a real wrist because the puppet wrist would be too small just so they could be authentic. I read somewhere that Anderson had 60,000 an episode although probably more like a series from Lou Grade the controller of ATV in the 60's.




Oh well then!, problem solved, I can happily sit there with Jack and as long he doesn't mind the odd break in service while I rewind a sequence we can happily enjoy each others' company.
Him enjoying the daring do of the Thunderbirds and me looking for watches.

Oh! happy days.

regards

Alistair

PS. Since this was written I have owned two of those Speedmasters...