Following on from Wednesday’s post on the miniature Shado vehicles, here is the first of three posts which spotlight on the final trio of vehicles from the reissued Aoshima UFO Moonbase kit.
Obviously these are all based on Project Sword designs and have no connection with the UFO TV series, but for some reason they were included in the small vehicles set.
However, in my opinion these little models are arguably the best of the bunch, and excellent miniature reproductions of two of the Project Sword toys, plus one, the Moon Crawler that only appeared in the annual, which I'll begin with.
The Moon Crawler (Thanks to Woodsy we now know it’s inspired from artwork by John Schoenherr and used for a 1961 Analog magazine cover) is a great design, but unfortunately never made it as an actual Sword toy and only appeared in a Project Sword annual strip story.
It must have made an impression on Imai though, as they decided to include it as one of the additional vehicles in their UFO Secret Doom Centre, and their UFO Space Science series.
The tiny model isn't exactly the same as the box art, as it has those large additional silver panels, but apart from that it is more or less like the illustration in the Project Sword annual.
As there’s no Sword toy to compare it with, I've placed it next to a Spacex Surveyor which obviously takes its inspiration from the Moon Crawler.
Coming in part 2; The Moon Prospector