Today's fascinating discussion about the LP Moon Explorer Car tyres reminded of the mysterious wheels on another model I have, Imai's Thunderbird 7.
Its the orange ATV in the middle of some of my toys lined up here, next to the red LP Moon Explorer Car.
Here's the white version close-up, in which you can see the 5 spoked wheels inside the tread [image: akasikogouru]
They aren't the same as the other pod vehicles by Imai such as this Mole [image: akasikogouru] All the others lack 'spokes'.
Now it may be that the origin of Thunderbird 7's tyres lies in its own origin as a vehicle, namely the Snow Train by Eric Eden in the TV21 Summer Extra 1966
or the heat-shielded version of it, the Beetle, in the 1968 Project SWORD Annual.
What do you think readers?