This isn't an Instructable on how to make the infamous Tracy Island out of papier mache a la Anthea Turner, Perfect Housewife Extrodinare, this is just an added guide on the practicalities of making your own. It is good fun and very rewarding once you've finished but it takes FOREVER...seriously it took me four months to complete it. This was due to collecting all the various bits and bobs, waiting for it to dry, adding bits on after it had dried, having a short break inbetween because I couldn't bear to look at it for a while and for me to be completely happy with the final product. This isn't a project to take lightly or one that you can do in a week, it takes a lot of patience and determination but it's completely worth it at the end.
If you want to make Tracy Island you should go here: http://youtu.be/auiP1YdelEo
and then here for part two: http://youtu.be/ejrBFfL2cIs
for the step-by-step "here's one I made earlier" guide demonstrated by Anthea Turner herself.
Or you can find a VHS copy on Ebay like I did (although it is exactly the same as the Youtube videos)
Or print off this PDF of the original fact sheet http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/classic/bluepeter/makes/tracyisland.pdf
After you have watched the videos in their entirety several times over and you've psyched yourself up to devote your time, blood sweat and tears into making this monumental piece of history from your childhood, dig out your Thunderbirds models from the attic then come back here and I shall share my hints and tips on how to actually make this without dissolving into hysterical fits of tears due to frustration.
NB. on the whole Anthea Turner explains how to make Tracy Island very well, my guide is meant to accompany the original footage and to give you hope and a sense that there is actually light at the end of the tunnel when you're feel tempted to throw your big mess of soggy scrunched up newspaper out of the window!