Just a few short weeks ago on Oct 4 we blogged the made-in-China MS-378 Skyexpress which is a pretty direct copy of the classic Hungarian Holdrakèta made by Lemezáru Gyár . Well today we're gonna show you the one and only original Holdrakèta PLUS a side-by-side comparison of the two.
The Holdrakèta is a variation of the classic 'pointy tube with fins' spaceship design. It has a few angular lines but is still a sleek looking craft measuring in at 15 1/2" (39.4cm) H x 4 1/4" (10.8cm) fin-to-fin. I have seen production dates listed as ranging from 1951 to 1984 but am more disposed towards the 1984 date than anything else. Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina
Holdrakèta / Skyexpress Comparison
Overall, the two rockets have nearly the same 'feel'. The gauge of the metal is the same but the Holdrakèta is taller by 1/4' (6cm) because it has longer fins. The bodies of the two rockets are the same length. However, the main spring used to drive the bump-action mechanism is definitely more robust in the original Hungarian toy making me wonder how long the Chinese toy would last under extended play.
The wheels are different on both versions
The Skyexpress nose wheel (R) is nearly twice the size of the Holdrakèta