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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

S is for Slick Saloons...in Space!

You can't beat a bit of 'dime-store' (or even 6d-store!) space plastic...even if you were too young to remember them at that price or at that time! If it's in metallic plastic that makes it all the better...

...Thomas Toys/Poplar Plastics copied the Gilmark 'Fireball' (one engine) and 'Supersonic' (twin-jet nacelles) Jetmobiles for the carded sets of their space figures, they also sold them individually.

The simplest way to produce the two-colour effect is to have all the pieces in the one mould tool and run it in both colours, swapping all the small components (wheels, the rear tail-fin piece and exhausts) before glueing. The tail-fin is damaged and needs TLC on the lower right example. Also  - they both appear to have barbed-wire cutters on their noses!

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