Saturday, June 15, 2013

Premier Plastics & Knock-off Flash Gordon Space Ships – Pt 10 5" Dart v.5

At first glance this version looks just like the one Toys & Stuff featured last week, however there is a modification which makes this ship stand out from the rest. It's what I call the 'Whistle Butt' version. At some point one of the knock-off company's decided to modify the rear exhaust - or butt end of the ship - with an extension which, for all intents and purposes, looks like a whistle. After cleaning off a couple of these and trying them I can tell you that the whistle feature does not work, sooo were they meant to be whistles or were they meant to attach an air balloon to, thus providing a little thrust? Here are the specifics for this version:

5” Darts v.5
- Soft plastic
- Knock-off
- 7 windows behind cockpit
- 3 short struts (stumpy legs) in place of wheels in tricycle landing gear arrangement
- No number underneath fuselage
- Platform molded above engine nacelles to accommodate spaceman
- Whistle exhaust (aka ‘Whistle Butt’) – only appears on soft plastic variants