From a very early age, I have had an ongoing obsession with the moon. After sitting watching the fuzzy grey TV pictures of Armstrong's famous first steps and then queing up at Liverpool Museum to see a piece of coal under twin perspex domes, I knew I had to find out more. Unfortunately, my investigations were diverted by the slew of space toys arriving that year and the accompanying displays in shop windows, showing Billy blastoff and Matt Mason striding purposefully across polysterene moonscapes.
|MOON LANDING GLOBE|
The clincher for me was seeing the Triang Spacex Superset with the vacform plastic moonscape in the box, I had to have one! Up untill that point I relied on a patch of bare concrete in the back yard as my Tranquillity Base and it really didn't compare. It would be many years later that I would actually get to play with a Spacex Moonscape and since finding one, I have added to my selection of plastic moons considerably.
|TRI-ANG SPACEX MOONSCAPE|
In a similar vein, Tri-Ang also released the fabulous game Luna-Cy, which gave kids the chance to blast a rocket up to the moon. By hanging a plastic hemisperical moon on the back of a door, the first one to shoot six rockets into the target was the winner. A large injection moulded moon was supplied with two sturdy launchers and an array of cardboard launch mats. Wonderful!
|LUNA-CY MOON and Launcher|
|00/HO BATTLEFIELD DIORAMA|
Woodsy discovered this wonderful little piece of modelling scenery, just about 8" long, which featured a battered shell torn landscape, which doubles as a magnificently desolate moon surface!
|AIRFIX LUNAR MODULE BASE|