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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. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

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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