Monday, 6 December 2010

Mike Noble's Seabug: Origin of Scout 1?

Dear Paul, re. your query about good Swordish boats, still think you can't beat Mike Noble's designs, one form TV21 Fireball strip above. Andy B.

Andy, that's a wonderful image and one I've not seen before. I'm excited as ironically I personally think you've stumbled upon the inspiration for SWORD's Scout 1, the origin of which up to now has eluded all efforts to pin down!
As well as the overall shape and thrust of the two boats, it's smaller details of similarity, which draw me in such as the stripes on the engine nacelles and the passenger and bridge windows particularly visible on the box art. But most compelling for me is the similarity of the engine nacelles with their pointed turbines and the ribbed tubular covers at the sides of the engine foreplanes in close-up below.
I would dearly love to see more examples of Mike Noble's 'Seabug' and hear your views on the feasibility of it being a possible origin. Do the dates fit for a start?

I'd like to thank Andy B for aharing this little treasure!

3 comments:

  1. Looks spot on. Both Spacex and Sword seem to have been reading TV21 (or the other way round, with TV21 artists seeing the toys?)

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  2. The artwork appeared in May 7 1966 issue. Certainly seems to be an influence. I reckon the toy was produced one if not two years later?

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