Being a fan of Space and Science Fiction, this set really appeals to me. I remember obtaining most of the items, back when they came out. Unfortunately, all I have left from then is the Lunar Module and Space Station -- both suffering extensive damage!
With the Space Station, I always thought the
little "shuttlecock" part was meant to be a space capsule, which could dock onto the station. To me, it was a disappointing part because it seemed to be unfinished - with holes in the side and no base! That was, until I found this picture recently in a book called "A History of Rockets and Space", printed in the early 1960s...
The part I thought was a capsule, is supposed to look like it does because it is actually part of the Space Station!
This is one of the many spaceship and space station designs, from the 1950s, by the Convair company.
Thanks to Kim D. who found a reference to where the idea for the Moon Vehicle came from...
[With thanks to Phil for this
image, from his site at http://www.philsp.com/data/data264.html ]
This magazine is dated
1953. The same picture appeared in the book "We Land on
the Moon: Based on NASA's Project Apollo", by John Raymond 1963 (http://sun3.lib.uci.edu/~jsisson/welaonm.htm
A similar design was used for a toy called
Thanks again to Kim D. for this image. The MOLAB was part of a
range of toys called Spacex II (made in Hong Kong by
Pippin Products, for Rovex-Triang) which came out in the early