Saturday, May 13, 2017

Nomura Friction Powered Atomic Spacehip XX-2 1960

New to the Space Fleet is this nifty tin-litho spaceship from Nomura. It was offered as the 'Friction Powered Atomic Spaceship' in 1960 and originally would have had a red plastic fin assembly sticking out of the rear exhaust. There was a sparkling mechanism in the ship which I'm sure the fin assembly enhanced but in looking at photos of a complete example I can see why so many of these toys are missing that plastic assemblage. The fins look spindly and appear to be prone to breakage and the fin assembly appears to be a friction fit into the exhaust. Also, to me, it looks rather awkward and ungainly. I believe the spaceship sans plastic fins is more attractive. You can see a boxed version of the XX-2 here at the Alphadrome site.  My example measures 10 3/4" (27.30cm) L (w/o plastic fin assembly) x 4" (10.16cm) wingspan x 3 1/2" (8.89cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

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