Thomas The Tank Engine’s 70th Birthday – the British Museum

Thomas The Tank Engine’s 70th Birthday – the British Museum

Giant Prop – Thomas the Tank Engine for Grayling PR

 

Celebrating Thomas & Friends’ 70th birthday in style from the West Foyer of the British Museum, we have been delighted to build a 2.7m-high replica of Thomas the Tank Engine!

Working with our client Grayling, Mattel’s PR agency, we are delighted and honoured to have been asked to build the ‘Birthday Boy’ and bring him to the British Museum for the Thomas & Friends birthday celebrations. Enjoyed by many children, the author Reverend Awdry’s daughter, celebrities and many others, the birthday party took place on Saturday 9 May.

Here are some photos of the build taking place in our workshop:

Giant Prop - Thomas The Tank Engine

The build starts with the basic blocks!
Giant Prop - Thomas The Tank Engine - Building the wheels

Sarah puts together the Wheels

Giant Prop - Thomas The Tank Engine - spray painted bodywork

and here he is starting to get assembled once he’s had his paint finishGiant Prop - Thomas The Tank Engine - final assembly

Ollie & Rachel check out the wheels

We have hugely enjoyed bringing Thomas to life and took great pleasure in the detailed crafting of his tank and dome, coupling, whistles and pistons, in a range of materials and media, and are delighted in the expression in his happy and enchanting face as he revelled in his party.

Thomas the Tank Engine - Event photos

Giant-Prop---Thomas-2

Thomas appeared to have shunted out from the Tidmouth Sheds, which we were also asked to produce, flanked by his friends Percy and James.

Many happy returns, Thomas & Friends!