The World of Anderson Model Kits

Editors note: The original article, written by Bill Earle, appeared in an old (80's) SiG magazine lent to me by fellow UFO fan Chris Freeman (thanks Chris!) I've been unable to contact the author, but hope that he doesn't mind me reproducing this information here. If anyone knows the original author, I appreciate being sent contact details. There have been an awful lot of kits released since, and I hope his information is useful in sorting the 'wheat' from the 'chaff'! The images are minimally compressed jpegs at original size, but are only as good as the original print (which was fairly poor by todays standards). If you have any more up to date information you want to share, please e-mail me by clicking HERE, and I'll add it to this page, giving you the credit (and adding a web or e-mail link, if you want).



Captain Scarlet

Based on the ANGEL INTERCEPTOR aircraft featured in "Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons", Airfix of Great Britain manufactured a 1/72nd scale kit, No. 256. This kit was also re-boxed and released for the Japanese market. One of the few kits based on an Anderson concept still available in stores, it quite finely represented the television craft. The only point of possible dispute was the pilot - a standard Airfix modern pilot, unlike the sleek aviatrix who normally commanded the craft.

Following IMAI's lead. Paramount did a version of the ANGEL INTERCEPTOR measuring nearly 8 inches (No.1270). It featured a definitely female pilot, missile-firing mechanism in its engine intake and a set of slip-on clockwork motorised wheels. Artwork on the Paramount box displayed two of the craft flying in the foreground, while a third Interceptor remained in launch position on Cloudbase, in the distance. Apart from an inaccurate canopy, it made a very fine model, IMAI No. is 1206.

IMAI also designed a kit of the ANGEL INTERCEPTOR (No. B393), measuring just over 5 1/2 inches.

Bandai designed a pre-assembled model of the ANGEL INTERCEPTOR Powered by a friction motor driving a set of wheels.

IMAI's SPJ

Box artwork for Imai's Spectrum Passenger Jet (no. 1205)

The SPECTRUM PASSENGER JET (SPJ) appeared in a 12 inch version, No. 1271, by Paramount Industries. Also released by IMAI in Japan, this fine kit was shown in box artwork in flight near an Angel Interceptor. The kit featured steerable nose wheel, electrically motorised rear wheels, variable-position wings, missiles which could be launched from beneath its wings and an ejectable passenger compartment which could be released at the press of a button. With clear windows, interior seats, instrument panel and Spectrum pilot, a very nice model. The IMAI No. is 1205.

A pre-assembled model of the SPJ also appeared, No. CS3-100, by Bandai. It measured 6 inches in length and was powered by a friction motor.

IMAI's Spectrum Helicopter

Imai's Spectrum Helicopter Kit (no. 122)

Another high calibre Paramount Industries kit, the SPECTRUM HELICOPTER (No.1272), measured nearly 9 inches. Artwork showed the craft in flight, against a solid orange background. The original art contained a beautiful sunrise backdrop, deleted from the kit box probably as it detracted from the main subject. The kit could launch missiles from recesses in its pontoons, the propeller was driven by an electric motor, the batteries for which were contained in a pod carried beneath the craft. The same motor also powered a set of wheels. The IMAI version of this kit was No. 122.

IMAI's SH box

Box artwork for Imai's Spectrum Helicopter.

A re-issue of IMAI's SPECTRUM HELICOPTER (No. B389), measuring 5 inches long was displayed in box artwork as a red craft bearing unknown insignia in place of the Spectrum roundel. No decals were included with the kit, although a Spectrum captain was seated in a cockpit enclosure which could be removed from the craft through the bottom, as the Angels could be removed from their Interceptors. Prop could be rotated. Contour was fair. This kit was re-released by Arri as No. N-216A.

Kelloggs Cereal of Britain offered a tiny model of the SPECTRUM HELICOPTER as a premium in its product during the later 1960s. Paramount Industries' CLOUDBASE (No. 1260) was titled "Spectrum Lunar Base" and measured 6 inches in length. Box artwork showed the craft high above the clouds. Angel Interceptors commencing to launch from their runway. The kit, also produced by IMAI in Japan, featured an elastic band powering a water screw on the bottom, wheels for mobility on land, and an over-sized Angel Interceptor. 11 inches long, which could be spring-launched from the Angel's launch deck.

IMAI manufactured a second, much larger, version of CLOUDBASE containing three 1 1/2 inch spring-launched models of Interceptors. One was mounted on the launch deck, as on the smaller version, while the other two aircraft were positioned in-line on the main deck. There was much more fine detailing on this edition, including a variable position Spectrafan on the far end of the launch runway down the centre of the craft.

Another version of CLOUDBASE, pre-assembled and packaged on a display card. was done by Bandai. The model was moulded in yellow plastic with minor trim painted on and included three white Interceptors, correctly scaled with the main craft. In the same package was included a Spectrum pendant on a metal chain.

Timpo Toys of Great Britain designed a 1/32nd scale figure of CAPTAIN SCARLET and several of the other Spectrum captains. Each character was posed exactly the same, with knees slightly flexed, arm extended to the left, pointing (see photo Back Cover No.7 "SIG.."). Each character closely resembled Captain Scarlet in facial appearance, while costumes were moulded of different coloured plastic to correspond to the respective Spectrum captains. The line of figures did not sell very well, apparently. Timpo normally profits from selling opposing armies. Once a collector had purchased one of each of the captains, his potential as a customer would have expired.

IMAI released a line of 3 inch figures and tiny Spectrum craft reasonably based on the television versions. Characters' body proportions matched those of the marionettes they represented. The star of the series, CAPTAIN SCARLET, stood beside a tiny model of the Spectrum Patrol Car. Reissue IMAI No, 1211 IMAI's COLONEL WHITE (No. B-170) stood atop a Spectrum roundel and beside a spring-launched model of Cloudbase. Re-issue No. 1208 CAPTAIN OCHRE stood beside a Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle, and held his hat beneath his arm. Re-issue No. 1211. CAPTAIN GREY (IMAI kit No. B-175) stood beside a model of the Spectrum Helicopter, which was mounted on a vertical wire, several inches from the base.

CAPTAIN BLUE (No. B-171 by IMAI) stood beside a launcher on which was loaded a tiny model of the Spectrum Passenger Jet, which could be launched at the push of a button. Reissue No.1209 LIEUTENANT GREEN (No. B-176) was mounted beside a Spectrum mobile tracking vehicle, measuring just over 12 inches. DOCTOR FAWN stood beside a small Spectrum Maximum Security Vehicle.

DESTINY ANGEL, holding her flight helmet in one hand, stood beside a 12 inch Angel Interceptor, which was mounted on a spring launcher. Re-issue No. 1212.

IMAI SPV Box

Box artwork for IMAI's Spectrum Persuit Vehicle (part no. unknown).

Note the non-Spectrum roundels and "SHG" on the Angel aircraft.

Paramount's SPECTRUM PURSUIT VEHICLE (No. 1220) is titled "Spectrum Command Vehicle " and is shown on its box departing from an old castle while three Angel Interceptors streak low overhead. Captain Ochre, with pistol ready to fire, stood in the foreground, to the side. Another version of the box artwork merely showed the vehicle against a non-descript, desert-like, background, as released by IMAI of Japan. This nicely moulded kit measured e^2 inches in length and was capable of launching two missiles from recesses in its air intakes. An electric motor powered the rear set of wheels and a set of four rubber treads on its rear. The forward and middle sets of wheels could be steered.

Another version of the SPECTRUM PURSUIT VEHICLE. Paramount No. 1200. IMAI No. B-391, measuring nearly 5 inches was released containing clockwork motor driven wheels. Paramount's kit artwork resembled that used by IMAI on its larger SPV kit. IMAI re-issued this kit without Spectrum decal markings. Its box artwork showed the craft with unknown markings in place of the Spectrum roundels. Angel Interceptors over-flying and bearing "SHG" insignia, unrelated to Spectrum. The kit is well contoured, but only two sets of rear-mounted treads are included rather than the usual four.

IMAI SPV fully built.

The completed IMAI SPV kit.

Bandai marketed a pre-assembled friction-driven model of the SPV.

Kelloggs offered a tiny kit of the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle, nicely moulded for such a small model, as a premium in its breakfast cereal in Great Britain at the time the television series in which the craft was featured was being first run.

Kelloggs also produced a larger, 8", polythene version of the SPV for sale through a mail-in offer on their product.

Sectrum Secret Carrier

Box artwork for IMAI's Spectrum Secret Carrier (part no. unknown)

The SPECTRUM SECRET CARRIER, a collapsible "Swift Removals" van which concealed a model of Paramount's No. 1200 SPV was marketed by Paramount in Canada as kit No. 1221. and also by IMAI in Japan. Box artwork showed, for both releases, displayed a tiny SPV preceding the "Swift Removals" van which was followed by a Spectrum Patrol Car. Two Angel Interceptors and a Spectrum Helicopter flew low overhead. Below the main artwork, the release sequence was shown, progressing Japanese-style from right to left; the assembled van, the van with sides folding down, the opened vehicle with the SPV rolling off the ramp down the front of the van. The 6- inch van was driven by electric motorised wheels. The kit fairly well represented the version seen in the TV series, the most noticeable difference being possibly the button on top of the assembled kit which would permit the van to open when depressed. The scale of the van did appear to be at odds with the scale of the SPV.

Imai's MSV

Box artwork for Imai's Maximum Security Vehicle (no. B392 first release).

Note the unfamiliar "TNC" badges.

The MAXIMUM SECURITY VEHICLE. Paramount No. 1210, was also produced in a 7 inch version by IMAI. Box artwork showed the vehicle against a desert background with a close-up of Caption Violet holding a pistol, in the lower corner of the scene. Titled "Master Spy Car" by Paramount Industries the assembled kit approached excellence in reproduction. The only notable features were a clockwork motor for propulsion and dual steerable wheels.

Paramount's 4 inch MSV (No. 1201) titled "Patrol Car" was also released by IMAI (No. B-392). Contour was good and features were the same as those of the larger version. The IMAI re-issue was displayed in box artwork with unknown insignia, firing cannon protruding from headlamp recesses, being overflown by aircraft of unfamiliar design.

Kellogg's offered a nice kit of the MSV, about an inch long, in its cereal. The SPECTRUM PATROL CAR, issued by Paramount Industries as No. 1211 and titled the same, was also done by IMAI. Like the larger MSV kit, its box artwork displayed the craft against a desert background. The assembled kit measured 7 inches in length and featured a clockwork motor driving steerable wheels, with blue-tinted windows id very well represented the vehicle seen on television. However, its interior was void of even the barest detail and almost cried out for scratch building.

One of the Imai/paramount Spectrum Patrol Cars

One of the Imai/Paramount Spectrum Patrol Cars.

Paramount's 4 inch SPECTRUM PATROL CAR (No. 1202) titled "Command Car", also released by IMAI as B-390, had box artwork identical to the 7 inch edition and featured a clockwork motor, with details comparable to the larger model. The IMAI re-issue was shown in box artwork containing two white-helmeted occupants. In hot pursuit was a large flying saucer shooting an explosive bolt of light at the car which, like the other vehicles in the series, bore unknown markings in place of the more familiar Spectrum roundels. Bandai marketed a pre-assembled model of the SPECTRUM PATROL CAR, wheels driven by a friction motor. Kelloggs, in its line of models based on craft seen in the TV series, offered as a cereal premium a small model kid of the Patrol Car. The craft was moulded in red styrene with rolling wheels.

IMAI re-issued its small Patrol Car and SPV together as No. 1202, its Angel Interceptor and MSV as No. 1203. Lincoln International of New Zealand marketed the SPV, MSV and the Angel Interceptor, pre-assembled with friction motors. Each measured 6 inches in length and were offered with a Spectrum badge on a carded blister pack.

Paramount's APC

Paramount's (somewhat mysterious) Atomic Powered Carrier. (no. 1260)

Paramount Industries produced a final kit based on Spectrum craft, their No. 1260 ATOMIC POWERED CARRIER. Box artwork shows the ship launching two Angel Interceptors from one of its three decks, as it churned through ocean waves. Though obviously a gigantic craft, its kit form measured only 5 inches. To the hull was attached an elastic band powered water screw and variable-position rudder. Though it was finely detailed, its accuracy is unknown as I have never seen this craft anywhere other than in its box painting.


Joe 90

Based on the series "Joe 90". Bandai's No. 8712 kit portrayed the car engineered by Joe's father, Ian McLain. The kit, moulded in green styrene, measured 4 inches in length. It sported rubber tyres and a clockwork motor. Its wings could be manually folded in or out. While its canopy was of clear plastic, there was no interior detail Contour appeared excellent, apart from the motor enclosure area at the bottom. Its box artwork displayed the car in flight above a roadway and flying over an oncoming car. A full front profile photo of Joe and a picture of Joe's badge were also shown.

IMAI's No. B-178 "Mac's Go-1" was another version of Mac's car, measuring 5 inches. Box artwork showed the car, flown by Joe and with Mac at his side, zooming along above the clouds with another aircraft from the TV series flying close by. The model featured a detailed interior with instrumentation and figures of Joe and his father. It had a clockwork motor which powered wheels protruding from its belly. Forward and rear undercarriage could be manually retracted just like the television version. The vertical stabilisers could be folded down and the wings popped out at the press of a button, for flight. The only significant unusual features being the side-mounted missile launchers and "Mac's Go-1" and "Joe 90" decal markings. Tamiya marketed a very close likeness to this kit, its No. J-903 "Mac's Car". Basically the same kit. Tamiya installed an electric motor which turned the rear wheels and omitted the wheels which IMAI's kit had sticking through its underside. This kit also included a Joe 90 badge pin, as seen in the TV series. Unlike IMAI's No. B-178. this model didn't include the uncharacteristic side-mounted missile launchers. IMAI's B-l79 kit was still another edition of Mac's car, this time measuring 5- inches in length and capable of launching missiles. Kelloggs cereal in Britain, during the late 1960s offered a polythene kit of Mac's car through a mail-in offer. It was very accurately contoured. Tamiya offered a kit of the car driven by Sam Loover from the "Joe 90" series to accompany its kit of Mac's car. Bandai also did a kit comparable to its Joe 90 car. No. 8712, based on Sam's car. Box artwork displayed the vehicle on the road in front of the McLain cottage. Joe was seated beside Sam Loover, who was at the wheel.

Also by Tamiya, and based on the Explosives Truck from the "Colonel McLain" episode, the U59 contained an electric motor which powered all six wheels. Containing two figures, one of which was Joe, the model featured clear plastic windows, modest interior detailing and considerable surface detail and decal markings. A companion kit to this was Tamiya's U87, again a six wheeled military vehicle with propulsion identical to the U59. This vehicle was featured in the episode of "Joe 90" entitled "The Race". Two military officers were included in the control cabin, windows were of clear plastic. There was considerable surface details and decals. Another nice model.


UFO

Bandai Skydiver

Artwork from Bandai's Skydiver box. (no. 36006)

SKY 1 by IMAI has been released in at least two versions. The smaller, 3 1/2 inch model, No. B-387, could launch a single projectile through its nose air intake at the press of a button. Another feature which was never revealed on the craft seen in the "UFO" television series was the landing gear. In the case of this model, it consisted of large wheels, unlike what one would expect from such a delicate overall appearance. While the model was well made in general, the added features necessitated relocation of the missile pods, lengthening the nose, and so on. Box art work showed the craft in flight with all missiles launching simultaneously. In the background a flaming UFO was being fired upon by a Moonbase Interceptor. IMAI's second, larger, model of SKY 1 was seen launching a salvo of missiles as it flew along above SHADO 3 Mobile, rumbling along the ground below. Unlike the TV version, the logo 'SKY' was marked on the right side of its fuselage, in its box artwork. This kit was propelled by large clockwork motorised wheels protruding through its underside. The nose cones of the missile tubes could be spring launched. The rear bulkhead could be hinged down to access the interior where could be stored the tiny models of Straker's Car and SHADO Mobile, which accompanied the kit. Bandai's SKYDIVER (No. 36006) appeared in its box artwork near the ocean surface. Sky 1 just breaking through the water. Diver 1 just below. In the background sky, a UFO hovered. The clockwork motorised kit of Diver 1 rolled along on big wheels while simulated flames moved in and out of the exhaust nozzles. A removable Sky 1 launched a missile from each engine pod. A fine kit with excellent decals. Bandai also marketed a pre-assembled version of SKYDIVER in a clear-topped display package. This model closely compared with the vehicle in the TV series. At the press of a button. Sky 1 could be spring-launched from Diver 1.

Bandai Interceptor

Box artwork for Bandai's UFO Interceptor (no. 36120)

Bandai's "SHADO's Space Fighter Interceptor" (No. 36120) very closely approached in appearance the MOONBASE INTERCEPTOR from "UFO". Measuring about 8 inches in length, the model was capable of launching a spring-loaded missile at the press of a button. Box artwork showed the craft high above Moonbase, close by were two other Interceptors. One of these had just launched its payload toward a nearby UFO whilst the other was breaking formation after having destroyed its target. Sides of the box displayed the assembled kit as well as photos from the TV series in which the craft were being launched from the Moon. The assembly instructions, as was often found with Japanese kits, was very well illustrated, requiring no command of their language to complete construction. The kit included a variable position display stand and a partly completed interior bust of a pilot. The sheet of decals included was especially impressive, containing matt-finished water markings for over two dozen panel data indications. The data did, however, lose something in its translation back to English that appeared on the original craft as 'Emergency Control System', turned out as 'Daive Diana' on the model. 'Keep Clear Platform' appeared on the model as 'Producer Producer', and so on. Nevertheless, a very fine model.

Bandai also issued the MOONBASE INTERCEPTOR, pre-assembled and pre-painted, in a clear-topped display case. Though lacking a clear canopy, it was able to launch a spring loaded missile and it had a set of wheels mounted underneath for mobility. In appearance, a fairly accurate model.

Another kit of the MOONBASE INTERCEPTOR was included in IMAI's "Space Attack Corps" (No. B-304). Box artwork displayed the Interceptor flying over the lunar surface on which was posed a lunar module featured in one of the "UFO' episodes, and a Project SWORD Explorer from "TV21" comic's "Project SWORD" story. The Interceptor measured nearly 2 1/2 inches in length in this kit.

A companion kit to IMAI's No.B-304 was their "Space Ranger Corps" (No.B-303) with box artwork featuring a Lunar Module lifting off from the Moon's surface while a SHADO Mobile, astronauts at the controls, rolled along and a SHADAIR Gyro flew overhead, in the vacuum of space! The Lunar Module measured well over 1 1/2 inches, the Mobile the same, and the duct-fan Gyro also 1 1/2 inches. Kits were nicely done, though each included wheels, not found on the original craft.

The LUNAR MODULE was manufactured by Bandai, accompanied by its TRANSPORTER craft. Box artwork showed the two about to link up in space, high above the Earth, while the satellite SID hung in the background. Accuracy appears to be quite high in the completed kits.

Bandai, according to their promotional literature, has also released a kit of SHADO's SPACE INTRUDER DETECTOR, S.I.D., which is likely to be quite a fine model.

One of IMAI's kits based on the SHADO MOBILE is shown advancing through a forested area and launching a missile from a recess beneath its passenger compartment. It is crewed by two SHADO astronauts. In the background, a 2nd MOBILE is seen while a UFO is being shot down by an attacking Sky 1. IMAI No.386.

A second version of the SHADO MOBILE is teamed up with a kit of Sky 1, measuring just over 12 inches. IMAI's No. B-099 includes a finely detailed Mobile 3, measuring over 52 inches in length. With clockwork motorised wheels concealed beneath its treads, its is able to launch missiles from recesses behind its headlamps, windows are of clear plastic, a bust of a driver in a sparsely detailed control cabin is included. The rear wall of the Mobile may be hinged down to access the small enclosure in which the Sky t model may be housed. Box artwork displays the Mobile, crewed by SHADO astronauts, and being overflown by Sky 1.

Imai moonbase

Box artwork for one of Imai's 4 UFO Moonbase kits

One of the four different examples of model box artwork with which I am familiar shows SHADO MOONBASE surrounded by many of the vehicles seen in the "UFO" TV series. This kit, by IMAI, shows cut-aways of several areas of the structure, making visible interior activity. Interceptors are preparing for launch, some others are already in flight and are attacking a UFO. Sky 1 and a SHADAIR Gyro are flying about while a Lunar Module is lifting off A SHADO Mobile is tracking along on the Moon's surface while a Moon Mobile is seen coming down an access ramp from one of the spheres of Moonbase Also on the surface are several craft unrelated to SHADO, though seen in the "UFO" series, and there are three vehicles from the Project SWORD story; the Moon Prospector, the Scramble Bug, and the Explorer.

A second kit of MOONBASE by IMAI, called "UFO Big Base", featured six spheres, each with an access hatch/ramp, and joined together with corridors similar to that used in SHADO Moonbase. In the box artwork was shown six :Land vehicles from IMAI's Thunderbird 2 Pod kits, which were driving around on the lunar surface. This kit appeared only remotely related to the SHADO Moonbase installation.

Another version of MOONBASE was displayed in box artwork constructed of four spheres, joined up by sections of corridor Open hatches in two of the spheres were releasing a SHADO Mobile and a Moon Mobile A missile was being launched from the roof of one section of corridor. A Lunar Module was lifting off, a Moonbase Interceptor and a SHADAIR Gyro were flying above as a Project SWORD Explorer was driving along in the foreground. The fourth version of MOONBASE by IMAI closely resembled the third, though minor changes to the layout of the spheres and the craft operating in the area were evident. Artwork on the side panel suggested that accessory kits could be purchased in order to add spheres and craft to the basic base kit, which consisted of only two spheres, not five as seen on TV. Buyers beware ! Bandai's UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT (No.36002) was seen being pursued by a Moonbase Interceptor above the surface of the Moon A second version of artwork showed the UFO being fired upon by Sky 1 and accompanied by two other UFOs in a cloud-filled sky The kit measured 4 1/2 inches in diameter and made for a reasonable approximation of the television version Its normally-clear outer shell had a green tint Its underside was noticeably modified to enclose a flywheel which transformed the model into a gyro, capable of balancing like a top when spun. All in all, quite a novel kit.


SPACE:1999

Model Products Corporation of the United States were responsible for four kits related to the "Space: 1999" TV series. The first, EAGLE 1 TRANSPORTER (No 1-1901) measured 12 inches in length and was also re-packaged by Airfix in England Both editions bore paintings of the craft approaching the Moon. The US version contained with it an advertisement for an embroidered 'Alpha Moonbase' shoulder patch The kit was to approximately 1/76th scale Insufficient decals were included to complete markings of the craft and those that there were, were of the wrong colour Detailing was absent from the landing gear, around some of the side tubing and in some surface areas and the pod appeared to be too large in proportion with the rest of the craft. IMAI in Japan also did a version of the EAGLE, its box top containing a photo of the craft landing at Alpha Moonbase This kit was poor in contour. "UFO Eagle Transporter" (No 750) could be snapped together and rolled along on big protruding wheels.

THE HAWK, MPC No.1-1904, was also released by Airfix. It measured 10 inches and appeared to be built to the same scale as the Eagle kit, namely 1/76th. Kit parts fit well though the decal sheet is of little use. Detail is very good, requiring very little effort to produce a top quality model Box art shows the pre-production paint scheme. without any orange trim, as was seen in the "War Games" episode in which it was featured The only detail of note which didn't appear in the television version was the landing gear/display supports on the bottom of the space vehicle.

THE ALIEN, MPC No.1-1902, which consisted of a re-issued hotrod from the 1960s and an alien which looked more like an astronaut from "2001", bore no connection with the "Space:1999" TV production, though its packaging tended to suggest that it did.

ALPHA MOONBASE, MPC No. 1-1903, included a thin styrene slab of lunar surface measuring 12 x 18 inches, on which was laid out a 1/3200 scale model of Alpha, with a 1/115 scale Control Room erected to one side Layout of the buildings appeared to be correct, although Travel Tube locations and Terminal placement was not. Only three of the five landing pads were included with the kit, and the six Eagle spaceships included were at 1/800 scale, out of proportion with the structures. Control Room layout was basically correct, but many of the details disagreed with what was seen in the TV episodes. Detailing of the figures manning the Control Boom and of the Eagles was outstanding though requiring a powerful magnifier to appreciate. Though quality and accuracy varied from area to area, the kit in general was exceptional, requiring relatively little effort to produce a beautiful model.


STARCRUISER

Based on the title craft from Gerry Anderson's STARCRUISER story concept, as featured in "Look-In" magazine during the late 1970s. Airfix marketed a snap-together kit titled "Starcruiser 1" (No. 07170-9). Box artwork showed the craft in space with its engines firing. Kit was done in white styrene with clear windows and canopy. The assembled model may be separated into four independent units. The model was originally conceived as a die cast toy, but the manufacturing process presented many technical problems and though the prototype (displayed in the Blackpool exhibition for some years) was used for reference, inevitably many parts had to be changed to suit die casting requirements When the toy reverted to a model kit, these changes were transferred. Two crewmen are included, though interior detail is limited, but the instruction sheet is excellent with "Typical Mission Sequence" art and detailed background information concerning the craft.

Also by Airfix is a snap-together, 1/32nd scale, kit of the STARCRUISER INTERCEPTOR (No.05174-5). Quality is high Especially noteworthy is the sheet of rub-on markings, a considerable improvement over adhesive paper ones.


With a few exceptions, models described in this article have long been out of production. Many of those which were made were marketed in limited areas of the world, inaccessible to many in Anderson fandom. None of the kits listed, and with which I am familiar, are 100% accurate representations.