In my opinion his work deserves every bit as much credit as Ray Harryhausen, Willis O'brien, and Eiji Tsuburaya. His effects work was crucial to the success of Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation shows of the 60's. Although his amazing resume includes numerous classic James Bond films, and the Superman films; it's his Supermarionation work that I love most of all. Not only did he bring cinema quality miniature effects to the small screen; he also brought an amazing sense of design to the shows he helped realize. That's what I want to focus on here.
Below are a sampling of the amazing sketches created by Derek Meddings that helped bring Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, and UFO to life. I firmly believe these shows simply would not have been possible without Meddings' incredible skill and imagaination. Enjoy!
|Derek Meddings preparing a miniature Fireflash airliner for filming on Thunderbirds|
|Meddings original design sketch for the Fireflash airliner|
|Meddings original design sketches for Thunderbird 2|
|The final design for Thunderbird 2|
|Original concept sketch for the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle that featured in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons|
|Concept sketch of the amazing Jetcar from Joe 90|
|Concept sketch of the SHADO Lunar Interceptor from UFO. The design notes are really interesting as well|
|Concept sketch for SHADO's Skydiver submarine from UFO|
|Concept sketch of the EUROSEC rocket from the film Doppelganger aka Journey to the Far Side of the Sun|
|Concept design for futuristic jeep that featured in both Doppelganger and UFO.|