One of the only Airfix sets which had no counterpart sets or 'enemy'. By going down the NASA route and using non-warlike designs based on actual or planned equipment from the real-world Airfix lost the possibility of adding vicious space-alien sets and expanding the range exponentially, had they done so, we might never have heard of Games Workshop and White Dwarf might have remained the interesting and eclectic magazine it was for its first few issues!!
Instead, GW became the 'Evil Empire' even as Airfix folded.
However, it was still a great favourite at the time, men had walked on the moon the year before this set was issued, and with all the little plug-together accessories there was play-value, the cameraman clearly had a ray-gun, the bloke carrying stuff was obviously carrying charges - nuclear charges!!
The chap with the probe was undoubtedly doing something horrible to the dustbin-lid entries on the Clanger's underground complex while the hover-platform men carried two para-munitions either side of the platform...what? You actually played 'NASA' exploration?...There's some'in wrong wi'yer!
Word of warning to collectors - Like the Waterloo French Artillery wheels, these are now very hard to remove without pulling the mounting spigot/axle off and ruining the thing for all time, so its best to either keep them on or use a tooth-pick or other soft'ish, blunt'ish thin-thing to push the spigot/rod through the wheel, rather than pulling on the wheel itself.
Bell Aeronautics LFV or Lunar Flying Device, there was a one-man version that looked similar]
But...clearly a powerful weapon system for engaging the Giant space aliens or the evil - scaling-out to - 7-foot-something LP/Triang humanoids!!
The rear view also shows the (power cable?) difference in back-packs for the moon-buggy crew, these push into the floor-pan of the buggy to aid stability, all the other figures get a normal pack.
For those interested - the font I've used for the dates is a free download called TR2N (ie; TRON) and can be found here Dafont - TR2N.
We've found a monolith on the dark side sir!
Is it a big oblong box-like structure made of something too hard to penetrate and unknown to man, emanating the cry of the universal God-child?
No sir, it's hollow and has Bon-bon Buddies on the underside!
2013 - A Space Oddity!! A complete set congregate round a capsule-egg, to see if there is anything sugery left...
2nd shot down is the Jean astronauts, sort of the right era clothing, but definitely the wrong size!
3rd lot are generic rack-toy scale-ups of the Galoob Expanders line, again too big, but what's scale when you're dealing with giant alien attack-fleet marines from the low-grav sector three rim-worlds?
Final line-up compares the Airfix bods with three random figures from (left to right) unknown recent play-set, Kinder and a gum-ball spacewoman
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