Monday, September 30, 2013

T. Cohn Fort Comanche Stable v.2

It's been awhile since I featured any tin-litho on a Monday but we can chalk that up to sheer laziness. I simply don't feel like haulin' some of this stuff out and photographing it - I know, I know I need to get off my behind and get with the program :-) Today's tin building was actually a target of opportunity as it was sitting out in the open, but because it's in kind of sad shape I hadn't wanted to photograph it before. It's another of T. Cohn's stable buildings from one of their western fort playsets. They had made a Fort Superior, Fort Comanche, and Fort Davy Crockett each with its own centerpiece tin-litho building. From what I could ascertain, there were two different Fort Comanche buildings, one of which was featured here on Toys & Stuff back on Mar 18, 2013. That was a two-story affair with T.Cohn's smaller shed plopped on top of the main stable building and it clearly states 'Fort Comanche' on the front wall. Today's version simply has two signs labeled 'STABLE' and 'COMMANDING OFFICER' on the front. I have seen complete Fort Comanche sets with today's building included so am fairly certain that it indeed belongs to Fort Comanche. (This wouldn't be unusual as even Marx offered several different building's in their iconic Fort Apache playsets over the years). The building measures Base: 7 1/2" (19.1cm) W x 11 3/4" (29.8cm) L x  5 3/8" (13.7cm) o'all height. I believe my building was bought as part of a lot but because it was a version I didn't have yet I kept it, although as you can see by the photo's it's pretty rough, having a bunch of rust spots on the roof and base but for now though it's a keeper. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Builder's Science Flash Gordon Space Ship

As you may have suspected, the coverage this past few weeks of the movie Just Imagine followed by the first episode of the first Flash Gordon serial was simply a prelude to today's post (and next week's post as well). Many years ago I can remember surfing eBay and coming across space ships and airplanes made by Builder's Science and sold on eBay and was impressed by the variety and apparent workmanship. Then some years back I went to a friends house and lo and behold he had about four Builder's Science space ships. After drooling all over them :-) it became clear that one day I would have to get a couple.

As my space toy collection began to mature and my interests in space gelled into several distinct areas it was time to take the plunge, the result being the purchase of this fine example of the iconic Flash Gordon rocket ship. All of the Builder's Science aircraft are made of mahogany and painted appropriately. The profiles appear correct and details are painted on. The wheels do not rotate and are actually one-piece wheel/nacelle carvings. The ship measures 9 1/2" (24.8cm) L x 5 1/2" (14cm) W x 3 1/2" (8.9cm) H. Builder's Science offers a really decent array of hard or impossible to find space ships from yesteryear. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Premier Plastics & Knock-off Flash Gordon Space Ships - Pt 21 CONCLUSION Pt 3

You understand that I never meant to have a 3-part conclusion to the Premier Plastics Flash Gordon series which ran from April until August but when a couple of new variations came my way it just couldn't be helped. Two weeks ago Toys & Stuff presented a 3" soft plastic Dart, well today we're featuring a 3" soft plastic Wide Body (Dart and Wide Body are my designations for the two basic body types). Both are the same mint green both have a tube or bushing underneath the fuselage which appears to me as if a rod of some kind was meant to attach there. Were they part of a set or display??? For now I'm content to just identify, and present to you, additional variations. Here's the basics:

3” Wide Body’s v.3
- Soft plastic
- Knock off
- 5 windows behind cockpit
- 3 tall struts in place of wheels in tricycle landing gear arrangement
- No number underneath fuselage
- Hollow tube or bushing beneath roof