Tuesday, 30 September 2008
To round off the Lunar Climber and Friends thread, here's a sweet thing from Rob Godwin - the Spanish PAYA Lunar Jeep and box cover. What a beautifully elegant toy and box! So folks, any connection at all to the PROJECT SWORD comic strip or SPACEX toys?
http://www.japansuperfantasticmodel.com website. This is the same design as the PAYA 'Space Vehicle' in the pic of the PAYA toys leaflet I posted a couple of nights ago. You can clearly see the family resemblance with the Lunar Climber. Would of made a great Project Sword toy!
WOTAN has provided bigger pictures of the wonderful Century 21 Lunar Climber, which appeared on Ebay in 2007. It looks like a black remote control unit tucked underneath, although there doesn't seem to be mention of it on the box sides we can see - it does say that it's battery operated though. Anyone got pics of the hidden sides?
US Space and Railways enthusiast Marc J. Frattasio has kindly given the blog permission to re-print his brilliant model kits article from the mid - 1990's ( pictures re-grouped by me):
By Marc J. Frattasio, USA
1 Martian Excursion Vehicle
Here is the vehicle that started the war of nerves with the Mysterons during the first episode of Captain Scarlet. The MEV was of course recycled from the Thunderbirds Are Go feature film.
The MEV model seen here was probably made from wood. It had tracks on the bottom, probably from the Japanese 'MS-58 Missile Tank' or 'M-1 Tank' battery operated toy. However, it seems that just the tracks were used, not the motor mechanism, as this model looks like it is being pulled along a wire. The MEV model has a Jetex pyrotechnic motor installed underneath it to blow up clouds of Fuller's Earth to simulate Mars dust. The interior is illuminated.
2. XK-3 Rocket
The XK-3 rocket was used to take Captain Scarlet, Captain Blue, and Lt. Green on a trip to the moon in 'Lunarville 7'.
This model appears to have been a simple turned wooden shape. The model was probably filmed upside down to make the exhaust flame appear to shoot straight downwards. The exhaust flame and smoke of model rockets that were filmed the 'proper' way often curled upwards, ruining the effect. Thus, rockets like this were often filmed upside down in Captain Scarlet.
3. XK-3 Moon Lander
This is the XK-3 moon lander used by Captain Scarlet, Captain Blue, and Lt. Green on their mission to the Lunarville 7 moonbase in 'Lunarville 7'.
This appears to have been a simple wooden model which was detailed with kit parts and other small shapes. The landing gear legs seem to have been made from plastic model railroad truss bridge parts. Spacecraft models such as this were often covered with panel detailing which was made from adhesive tape.
4. Moon Hopper
The unusual moon hopper was featured in 'Lunarville 7' and 'Crater 101'. I would think that hopping around over great distances would not be the most attractive way to travel, but what do I know?
This is a wooden model that has metal landing gear. There is a Jetex pyrotechnic motor installed underneath the model to raise clouds of Fuller's Earth dust on the moonscape sets. Note the cargo pod. This was attached to the model for 'Crater 101'. It is supposed to contain the Spectrum team's lunar tank. Apparently stock footage of the moon hopper from 'Lunarville 7' was used in 'Crater 101' and in those scenes, the moon hopper does not have it's cargo pod!
Trivia note: the Captain Scarlet moon hopper probably inspired the similar SHADO moon mobiles featured in UFO.
5. Captain Scarlet's Lunar Tank
Here is Captain Scarlet's lunar tank as seen in 'Lunarville 7'. Note the small plasticine model of Lt. Green in space suit bending down to look at the tracks.
This is another model that was built on top of the battery operated tracks and mechanism of the Japanese 'MS-58 Missile Tank' or 'M-1 Tank' toy. The superstructure is wood. Note all the various kit parts that cover the structure of this mode. Visible are aircraft fuel tanks, torpedoes, and bits from the Airfix SRN-1 hovercraft kit.
6. Mysteron Lunar Tank
This lunar tank was used by a Mysteron agent to plant a nuclear bomb at the Mysteron complex featured in 'Crater 101'.
The lunar tank model was based upon the Remco 'Tiger Joe' battery operated toy tank. A new superstructure and operating crane have been added to the toy. The basic shape of the lunar tank has been detailed with various plastic kit parts.
Trivia note: That domed structure behind the lunar tank was actually the large scale section of the Phobos camera satellite featured in 'The Shadow of Fear'.
7. Mysteron Automated Construction Vehicle Mobile Control Unit
This strange looking thing is a computerized mobile control vehicle used by the Mysterons to direct the operation of various automated construction vehicles engaged in building a Mysteron complex on the surface of the moon in 'Crater 101'.
This model seems to have been based upon a photographic spotlight reflector. Various bits and pieces from who-knows-where have been stuck to the basic shape. A Jetex pyrotechnic motor was fitted to the underside to raise clouds of Fuller's Earth 'moon dust'. Note the 'springy' wire antennae!
8. Automated Mysteron Lunar Construction Vehicle
This is one of the automated lunar construction vehicles used by the Mysterons in 'Crater 101'.
At least two of these strange looking Mysteron things were made. They were probably based upon some kind of decorative plastic sphere or hemisphere with plastic and wire parts added. A Jetex pyrotechnic motor was fitted to the underside to raise a cloud of Fuller's Earth 'moon dust'.
9. Mysteron Flying Saucer
The Mysterons came to Earth in glowing flying saucers to attack Spectrum's headquarters in 'Attack on Cloudbase'.
A number of these glowing flying saucer models were made, and no two were exactly alike. They seem to have been made from clear plastic dinner plates and vaguely egg shaped things which were also made from clear plastic. The saucers were detailed with automotive striping tape. Some of the saucer models had metal 'towers' on top and others didn't. The saucers were illuminated with internal lights which may have been fed electricity through the thin metal control wires.
10. Decoy Satellite
This large decoy satellite was used by Spectrum to divert the attention of the Mysterons away from a much smaller camera satellite vehicle in 'The Shadow of Fear'.
Very little for sure can be said about this model. It was probably made from a combination of wood, plastic kit parts, and plastic toy parts. Note the large painted backdrop behind the model.
11. Minisat Payload Shroud
This is the payload shroud that protected the Spectrum minisat camera satellite lander that was placed on the Martian moon Phobos in 'The Shadow of Fear'. In this episode, Spectrum plotted a special Earth to Mars trajectory that kept the space vehicle between Mars and the Martian moon Phobos so that the Mysterons were unable to detect it until after it had landed on Phobos.
This small hollow model appears to have been made from a couple of plastic bottles or other some other kind of plastic household containers.
12. Minisat Camera Satellite Lander
This is the minisat camera lander that was landed on the Martian moon Phobos by Spectrum in 'The Shadow of Fear'. With the minisat camera safely on Phobos, Spectrum expected to get full photographic coverage of Mysteron activity on Mars as Phobos circled the red planet.
At least two of these Phobos minisat camera lander models were made, a large version and a small version. Plus, a large scale camera dome section was made too. The Phobos minisat camera lander appears to have been made out of wood and a variety of plastic bits and pieces.
The SKR-4 spacecraft was featured in 'Inferno'.
This model appears to have been made from a number of hollow plastic shapes to which various bits and pieces were stuck for detailing. The front end, for example, appears to have been taken from Revell's Vostok Russian spacecraft plastic kit. This model is covered with panel details made from bits of adhesive tape.
Here is the TVR-17 radio station satellite featured in 'White as Snow'. Note the Mysteron rings. The TVR-17 has been caught here in the process of Mysteronization!
This model appears to have been made from a number of hollow plastic shapes. It's hollow nature is revealed when it is blown apart in 'White as Snow'. The model was sprayed with gold paint and was covered with black automobile striping tape.
15. CB-29 Rocket
This CB-29 rocket was used by Dr. Linda Nolan, the controller of Lunarville 7, to warn Captain Scarlet and his Spectrum team of a Mysteron nuclear booby trap in 'Crater 101'.
This is a simple model which was made from turned wooden shapes. The model was covered with panel details made from adhesive tape bits.
You can find more of Marc's 1990's articles at:
http://www.tvcentury21.com/marc/ ( Bill Earle Die Cast in Anderson)
http://www.tvcentury21.com/marc/ ( Bill Earle Die Cast in Anderson 2)
Monday, 29 September 2008
US Space Toy enthusiast Rob Godwin has sent these awesome shots of the PAYA LUNAR CLIMBER X-11000 shown in a previous blog this week. BUT these are way better pictures so thanks a lot! Rob says ' Here's the info on the Paya series. They were and are a long established Spanish toy maker. The Lunar Climber was part of a three toy space series: The Lunar Climber, Lunar Jeep and Space Vehicle. I have attached a catalog page for the three toys ( above). I own the lunar rover (top right) and will send pics soon'.
Thanks Rob! The box art is far better than I'd expected! And the Climber itself is excellent. I love the remote control unit too!
When were PAYA making these toys? After Century 21 in the '60's?
Sunday, 28 September 2008
It's Sunday night. I've just washed up after a cracking roast chicken dinner and I thought I'd go on the blog awhile. I've got some new pictures of the Moonship and the X60 Rocket Launcher - but not by Century/ JR21 - but that's one for later!
'Bout time we looked at that elsusive half- sister of PROJECT SWORD toys, the fabulous LUNAR CLIMBER. It first popped up on this blog in a Moonship/ Lunar Climber thread between the 15 - 17th September 2008, where all the discussion about Project SWORD .v. Project MOON is. Thought I'd follow up with a few pictures of fantastic Climbers by different manufacturers from readers of the blog.
Saturday, 27 September 2008
Thursday, 25 September 2008
For fun I have added in pictures of the iconic Century 21 PROJECT SWORD Nuclear Ferry ( coutesy of WOTAN and friends) and the card art for the 1960's Tri-ang SPACEX Nuclear Ferry ( anybody got a pic of the toy itself?)
WOTAN's googlings have discovered Graham Bleathman's fabulous cutaway of the Stingray Submarine Aircraft Carrier on his website. Graham is one of the foremost Gerry Anderson artists around. Some truly lovely stuff, SWORDesque vehicles for sure but no actual SWORD, more's the pity!
The link to the actual image is http://www.grahambleathman.co.uk/images/subaircraftcarriermed.jpg
and the website is http://www.grahambleathman.co.uk/index.htm
Images contained within Graham's site are for Internet viewing only. No reproduction of these images is permitted.
Captain Scarlet Series No. 20 Nuclear Carrier (released 1968 ?)
Box dimensions: 14 cm x 9 cm x 3 cm
Kit number: 129
Moulded in 7 red and 4 white plastic pieces.
Propeller is powered by rubber band.
A Century 21 licensed product
Other than being powered by rubber band there are no other ‘action’ features in fact there are no Angel Interceptors included in the kit.
WOTAN and I have been chewing the fat about a toy he saw in toy shop window back in the 60's. Next to a Probe Force ship was a submarine streamlined like the SWORD liner in the annual. Googling the night away I've come across a great oldish article about Captain Scarlet kits by Darkstar2. There's a cool old kit in there, Paramount's Atomic Powered Carrier. (no. 1260).
Although not the toy WOTAN saw as a wee boy, it is intersting. The site says 'Paramount Industries produced a final kit based on Spectrum craft, their No. 1260 ATOMIC POWERED CARRIER. Box artwork shows the ship launching two Angel Interceptors from one of its three decks, as it churned through ocean waves. Though obviously a gigantic craft, its kit form measured only 5 inches. To the hull was attached an elastic band powered water screw and variable-position rudder. Though it was finely detailed, its accuracy is unknown as I have never seen this craft anywhere other than in its box painting' ( darkstar2).
To see the full article check out:
I've even found a forum discussion that's discussed the very same kit!
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Monday, 22 September 2008
Astronit, another US space toy fan, has sent these amazing pictures of his American Tarheel Taskforce space rockets. Just check out his fantastic space display too! If you want to see more of these fabulous toys and much more have a gander at astronit's photostreams:
You can see more of astronit toy collections too at:
#1 Love http://flickr.com/photos/astronit/sets/72157602623526384/
#2 Intarsias http://flickr.com/photos/astronit/sets/72157602498233670/
#3 Ecology Premium Collection http://flickr.com/photos/astronit/sets/72157600005120723/
#4 Cereal Collection http://flickr.com/photos/astronit/sets/72157601545847548/
#5 My favorite Toy Collection http://flickr.com/photos/astronit/sets/72157601365618642/
#6 My Collection Site All Pictures http://flickr.com/photos/astronit/
US Project Sword enthusiast Rob Godwin has sent these fabulous pictures of the US Sears Apollo Saturn Rocket and Base, together with the amazing box. The bottom picture shows the Century 21 Rocket next to the taller Sears. I find it fascinating how the Sears set is like a mix of the Century 21 Cape Kennedy set and Apollo Saturn Rocket. Rob says that the SWORD Saturn V was modelled on a 1964 Sears rocket. It is almost identical but smaller (i.e. the mold was cast from the Sears one). The original Sears vehicle actually emitted smoke and came with a launch tower. It is extremely rare! enjoy!
Sunday, 21 September 2008
Friday, 19 September 2008
' The Prospector is based on a NASA concept and I've also come across other designs from the NASA stable such as the Grumman Molab, which is clearly the ANT from the Project Sword Annual - this now resides in the Smithsonian. The Booster Rocket crops up as an early nuclear Mars vehicle, but info is thin on the ground now as these designs come from pre-1969 and sometimes much earlier'.
The whole link between SPACE ODDYSEY 2001 / SWORD and real Spaceship design is one to watch out for on the blog.
READ THE ESSENTIAL PROJECT SWORD COMICS HISTORY BY SHAQUI LEVESCONTE & KIM STEVENS
PROJECT SWORD SPACEX TIMELINE
- 1968 SPACEX LT10 CONCEPT
- 1966 SPACE GLIDER REAL THING
- 1969 LUNAR CLIMBER & MOONSHIP
- 1968 PROJECT SWORD ANNUAL
- 1968 TV21 #168 PROJECT SWORD PHASE 2
- 1968 PLEASURE CRUISER CONCEPT
- 1968 CENTURY 21 TOY MANUAL
- 1967 SCOUT 1 CONCEPT
- 1967 NUCLEAR FERRY TOY AD
- 1967 SWORD TOY AD
- 1967 SWORD TOY AD
- 1966 SPACE GLIDER CONCEPT
- 1966 HOVERTANK IN COMIC
- 1966 NUKE PULSE NEEDLEPROBE IN COMIC
- 1966 ZERO X FILM DEBUT
- 1966 MOONBUS IN COMIC
- 1966 SPACE PATROL 1
- 1966 P3 HELICOPTER IN COMIC
- 1966 SAND FLEA AND SNOW TRAIN
- 1966 MOBILE LAUNCH PAD IN COMIC
- 1965 SPACEX MOONBASE CONCEPT
- 1965 APOLLO FIRST UK TOY AD
- 1962 NOVA CONCEPT
- 1962 MOONBUS CONCEPT
- 1961 MOON PROSPECTOR CONCEPT
- 1953 MOLAB CONCEPT
BLOG EXCLUSIVES ARCHIVE: CUrrently out of order
Spacex Nuclear Pulse Instruction sheet courtesy of reader Mike Burrows
Tarheel Moon Prospector Instruction sheet courtesy of Woodsy
Snow Train and Hover Tank Make a Model Book Century 21 courtesy of Woodsy
Scout 3 Box copy to print out and make up by Woodsy and Wotan
PROBE FORCE 3 VARIATIONS
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- Century 21 Scout 1
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