Friday, November 8, 2019

Marx No. 5 Tin-litho Wind-up Rollover Tank

Here's a nifty tank I picked up last year. It came with a Marx 6" train flatcar but the flatcar was the wrong type for this tank (the tank was attached to the flatcar by a blob of putty! anywho, the putty was easily removed so no problems) so I decided to just feature the tank today. This was designed to be a rollover tank: wind it up and it runs for a little followed by the plate on the underside raising up and flipping the tank over. My sample, like so many of these older wind-up toys, works to an extent. It does roll forward and the plate pops open and begins to raise the tank up but the spring has weakened such that there's just not enough 'oomph' to flip the tank over. It measures 4 3/4" (12.06cm) L x 2 1/2" (hull only not including key) (6.35cm) W x 2 1/4" (5.71cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

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