Monday, August 31, 2020

Ed's Travelogue: Hayman Falls, Hayman Falls County Park, Marion, Wisconsin July 1978

1978 was a busy time for seeing the sights in and around Shawano County. Here's a nice little falls I had been to a couple of times, but this was the only trip that I had a camera with me. The 'falls' is the result of a small damn on the Embarrass River. Enjoy! Opa Fritz

Imperial Toy Apollo Moon Exploring Set No. 304K

Here's a cool set based on Disney's version of Werner von Braun's visionary RM-1 spaceship as covered on SpaceX Central. The set also has the last variant of the MMM sled to be included in this series. Enjoy! Opa Fritz

Two different figures packaged at random

This MMM sled variant measures 1 7/8" (4.76cm) L x 1" (2.54cm) W x 1 3/4" (4.44cm) H

The RM-1 Spaceship measures 4" (10.16cm) L x 1 1/2" (3.81cm) wingspan x 1 3/8" (3.49cm) H

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Imperial Toy Apollo Moon Exploring Set No. 304J

Got a bit too busy yesterday to post anything so let's try and catch up on our series of Apollo Moon Exploring posts. The set consists of a figure, a MMM sled variant, and a rather odd boxy looking vehicle.  There are two color variations that I'm aware of for the vehicle: orange and pink. When I took the vehicle out of the packaging it appeared to be little more than a non-descript lump of squarish plastic. SpaceX Central simply refers to this as a 'Moon Transport' - yes, but of what kind? After more scrutiny and a short mental game of  'what if?' it came to me that, were I to build a larger vehicle of this type with more detail, that box and cylinder-ish looking detail could in fact be - duh - boxes and cylinders. This could very well be the Lunar equivalent of the Army's Deuce-and-a-Half utility truck. I imagined the vehicle being used to haul cargo from the spaceship landing pads, to the cargo depot! There's even a rudimentary seat built into the casting on which I posed a seated astronaut (see pix below). Another option came to mind: a portable generator. That being said, I'm still partial to the Lunar Deuce-and-a-Half idea :-) Enjoy! Opa Fritz

This sled variant was already covered in Set No. 304F

The two color variations (L) Pink (R) Orange 
It measures 2 5/8" (6.66cm) L x 1 5/8" (4.12cm) W x 1 1/8" (2.85cm) H

Orange is up first

The astronaut is a 20mm figure taken from the Triang SpaceX Moon H.Q. complex. He fits nicely on here and shows to good effect how this vehicle could be used for transporting cargo.

The pink variation