Monday, 6 December 2021
When I saw this lovely old rack packet online I thought, Combat Soldiers, that rings a bell. The basic and attractive header art too.
Another look at the Sixteen 12 episode set, ‘The Infernal Machine’.
This set comprises of a standard Eagle Transporter and grey loading platform display; Alpha Moon buggy; Eagle Beak Alpha Tank and Flatbed Alpha Tank.
Some have mentioned they would have liked to have seen a model of ’Gwent’, the Infernal Machine itself in the set but maybe that proved impractical for reasons I don’t know. Anyway, the tanks have always been popular with fans judging by the number of excellent unlicensed models that have appeared over time.
Three laser tanks were built for the episode by Martin Bower, using 1/25 scale Tamiya Chieftain tank kits for the lower hull.
It’s assumed in Space: 1999 mythos that the laser tanks are adapted lunar construction vehicles, and converted at some point post-breakaway to provide additional ground defences.
I’ve included a couple of photos I’ve taken of the actual filming props, with my thanks to each of their owners who were happy to display them at ‘Smallspace’, and ’Fab Worlds’.
Several Eagles appear in the episode. Two armed Eagles attack Gwent, which end up suffering superficial damage, and Eagle 4 which is used to carry supplies to the Gwent ship. Later in the episode Gwent quells an attack from Moonbase Alpha which carries out a full scale assault using Eagles and Laser tanks.
In the episode a mechanical megalomaniac called Gwent, whose outer appearance is an outlandish space craft lands near Moonbase Alpha. Aboard is a single dying occupant, named Companion who tells the Alphans he is Gwent’s creator. However, over time Gwent has evolved to be dominated by the negative aspects of its personality. When Companion finally dies, Gwent, afraid of an empty and isolated existence needs a new companion and wants one of the Alphans to fill the vacancy!
The episode, written by Anthony Terpiloff and Elizabeth Barrows takes its name from the 1934 play; The Infernal Machine by Jean Cocteau, which itself was based on Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus Rex.
I should mention that the third ‘Dome’ Laser Tank model comes with the Sixteen 12 Breakaway part 2 episode set. The original P.E. driverless ‘Dome ‘ Tank which came with the Product Enterprise Deluxe Eagle Gift set credits Ian Crichton and Bill Oram as model makers on that particular set. The two laser tanks in the Infernal Machine set were created by Sixteen 12 using 3D Cad drawings scanned from a larger 1:24 scale model.
Sunday, 5 December 2021
We may have had this Winex saucer on MC before but it's such a great looking toy that it's back!
The vehicles featured on the box header will be mostly known to all of us as Blue Box space vehicles.
I've never seen this Winex issued saucer as a Blue Box boxed or carded toy. Have you readers?
CHECKLISTS BY BRAND (FOR COUNTRY BY COUNTRY SEE TOP OF BLOG)
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