Friday, 19 September 2014

CATHERINE SCHELL AT ALPHA

A few candid shots of Catherine Schell at Alpha , who first appeared in the Space 1999 episode,  Guardians of Piri, and then as regular cast member, Maya, the shape changing alien during the second season.
A lovely lady who talked about how Maya's make up was toned down and her opinion on her Adventurer co -star, Gene Barry.

All That Scratching is Making Me Itch

Lately, after seeing Kevin's scratchbuilds and Scoops dioramas, I've been itching to build something myself. The Mars Mission Sherbet Shuttle appeared as a result and while I was busily rooting about in the parts box, I found a plastic disk with a clear dome lodged in it. Almost immediately, the next project presented itself! Next to the orange and white rocket, one of the most ubiquitous toys in the space sets was always the Bubble Car. They appear usually as above with a green base and red canopy. Now and again a clear canopy version appears and even another kind with legs!
So, my next build was another quickie, two plastic domes, a disk from a light fitting, a screw cap, wheels off a Power Rangers toy and the chassis from a crane. The pilot is an MPC astronaut!

Reconaissance on an unearthly planet
Preparing for an EVA
Solar Flare Imminent! Radiation shields in place!

ALIBABA ANYONE?

China's Alibaba is partly being floated on the New York stock exchange. Its bigger than Amazan and Ebay together. One of the biggest retailers in the world. Maybe its solely for China? I've never bought anything from them online. Have you?

LUNAR MISSILE WARHEAD


Woodsy,

Wow, cool blog! I can see I'll be spending some time here in the future, even though I didn't see any toys from my youth that I recognized at a quick glance. Of course, I'd be pleased to have you use my image of Lunar Missile Warhead Release on your blog [above]. 

The toy Booster Rocket you're talking about  reminds me of a plastic model kit I built as a kid. It was a Revell kit called XSL-01 [below]. It had detachable boosters and an orbital space plane quite similar.

Thanks for the inquiry and for asking about using the image rather than just grabbing it.

Cheers,
Terry
Digital Space Art

Thursday, 18 September 2014

SPACE TOOB BLUES

Are there any cheap plastic space toys in the discount shops near you? When up town I try to check out Poundland, Pound World and the 99p Store. Pickings have been very very slim though. 

The set I hope they'll stock is the Space Toob, pictured below, but as yet no luck. It remains an internet item and quite pricey. Maybe the chain The Works may stock it at some point? Have you found anything readers?


MATTEL EAGLE 1 SPACESHIP

One toy that I've had my eye on for quite while is the fabulous Eagle 1 which Mattel produced in 1976.


Ever since I saw our very own Wotan's toy Eagle I've been on the look out for a reasonable and not ridiculously priced example.


The big problem is finding one that isn't damaged or missing parts, and those all important accessories. 


Thankfully, a lovely affordable example has finally come my way, and what a beauty it is. Two and a half  feet of precious plastic. 


It comes with five action figures - three standing and two seated.


Each has a removable space helmet and space pack.



 Each has a likeness of either Commander Koenig, Doctor Helena Russell, or Prof, Bergman.
(My two seated figures are Koenig and Bergman)

   


It has a working winch. The hook is lowered through a hatch in the centre of the central pod.
It also comes with 4 pistols and 1 laser rifle.(mine did come with just the one pistol, but as a bonus, two rifles) These sit on a weapon rack next to the winch.




The instruction leaflet comes in  useful as a checklist for everything.


I could just wax lyrical about this superb Gerry Anderson toy. The accessories give it great play value and its sheer size is just awesome.


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Mars in an Afternoon

The Brooke Bond Race Into Space cover always fascinated me. The huge nuclear shuttles heading for Mars were an unusual design. The same design appeared in the two part poster 'Space -Forward to 1988', which was given away in the first issues of Countdown.

Because it was a modular design, with large cylindrical sections linked together and driven by a NERVA engine, it looked like an easy model building project. Consequently, when the kids came in with a couple of sherbet fountains in white and black plastic tubes, I saw my chance! An afternoon in the garage with 3 tubes, some scrap from the bit box, a little silver paint and a few leftover decals and voila! I was off to Mars!

THE ICING ON THE CAKE

Cakes are big business in the UK. Everyone seems to be baking. Although I'm a non-baker myself, I do ruffle through old cake decorations when I see them. Despite finding spacecships and the odd rocket, I've never found any LP spacemen like those distributed by Culpitts.

Are there any old space cake decorations, particularly astronauts, in a market near you? 

FANTASY POSTER: PROJECT SWORD IN JAPAN


sources:
Rakuten and Wotan

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tanks For Everything

Hot on the heels of Woodsys Star Trek Astrotank and other toys from Remco, I have just received the original Hamilton Invaders version of the tank. The Mosquito Jeep, which gives the Spacex Cricket its distinctive shape, still eludes me, but the tank shares a lot of features, such as cannon and bubble canopy.
It needs a little tlc to bring it up to speed, but just wanted to flag it up!

the definitive guide to vintage thunderbirds toys - steve's thunderbirds vintage toys

BLOG EXCLUSIVES ARCHIVE: CUrrently out of order

Spacex Mobile Launch Pad Instruction sheet courtesy of reader Mike Burrows

Spacex Nuclear Pulse Instruction sheet courtesy of reader Mike Burrows

Tarheel Moon Prospector Instruction sheet courtesy of Woodsy

Snow Train and Hover Tank Make a Model Book Century 21 courtesy of Woodsy

Scout 3 Box copy to print out and make up by Woodsy and Wotan

BLOG EXCLUSIVE: TARHEEL PROBE FORCE 3 BOX ART AND INSTRUCTION SHEET DOWNLOAD

BLOG EXCLUSIVE: TARHEEL PROBE FORCE 3 BOX ART AND INSTRUCTION SHEET DOWNLOAD
Courtesy of Graeme Walker

Blog exclusive 3 - tarheel moon prospector instruction sheet - print-out a4 and keep!

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