As well as having the big Classic Space fleet on my to-be-re-purchased wishlist, I’m also keeping my eye out for some of the smaller sets to add to the collection. A couple arrived from eBay today. Firstly, set 889 Radar Truck. I definitely remember having this one as a kid. The example I bought has one or two bits of a more modern vintage, but most of it is original, and I was very pleased with the price.
It came with some instructions and didn’t take long to put it together. The Minifig face has a little bit of wear but his torso print is very good, showing hardly any wear to the gold planet. He’s ready to roam the Moon’s surface and get on with his work!
The other set was 6803 Space Patrol, a small one-seater craft from 1983. I’m not sure I was still collecting Space LEGO by then, but it fits well with the other models and has a consistent colour scheme. (One reason I’m unlikely to acquire some of the more recent Space themed sets is I’m a sucker for the original grey/blue/trans yellow combo, so if it ain’t that, I ain’t interested!).
Again, it didn’t take too long to put together and the white-suited astronaut has a reasonable chest print and a nice smiley face. In the course of adding the trans-red cones to the nose, I managed to break the plate with bars which was provided by the eBay seller – gah! So for the moment, I’ve substituted the bley version until I can get an older authentic part.