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#1 snefroe

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Posted 03 May 2007 - 04:41 PM

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We all get upset when we hear certain sets will only appear in the US, not in the rest of the world. That is by no means a recent phenomenon. In fact, it’s always been that way.
The X-1 Patrol Craft was one of those beauties that never made the European market, one that, before the age of internet, I didn’t even know existed… i got this set from Mike at the event, I wonder if he knows how rare and expensive this is... X-D

The set appeared in a catalog of 1980 and hung around until 1983, outliving most of the other late 70-early 80’s sets.


The basic shape of the model is really old style: just two wings put together, add a slope with a brilliantly shining space logo, a steering wheel and this shooting thing at the front and voilà: here’s your very recognisable classic space ship! Oh and don’t forget the tail and these small boosters!

The green transparent windshield is unique for a spaceship of this timeframe though. Lego usually used sloped windshields or none at all, and most definitely not trans-green!

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Isn't this the best camoflaged space ever? X-D

The model is quite interesting. The pilot sits between two main engines which go all the way to the front of ship, becoming powerful weapons… hm… “snowspeeder goes classic space”, if you’re asking me… Those engines give the ship an over all look of a high speed fighter, but may be juuuuust a little too big for such a small ship, as if you put an engine of a Porsche into a small Fiat…  X-D

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No sophisticated landing gear on this one, I’m afraid. Lego used to make it very simple: just a couple of round bricks will do.

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The box is compared to current standards very small and has all the classic elements of a Us box, like “interlocking pieces”, the name of the craft,… but in general, this is a great set.

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Posted 03 May 2007 - 04:54 PM

I wonder why I have seen this set somewhere  :-D

Very nice review Sne !! Cute little set I have to say !! I love the size of those engines for a small set !! It really quick serious *beeeeep* :-D

However I have a question regarding colours: did light bluish grey existed at the time  X-D  :-P   ??

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Posted 03 May 2007 - 04:59 PM

lol!! not bluish grey though, but good old fashioned old grey :-$  *wub*  some parts are just severely yellowed, making the others look like anoter, brand new color
i still have to clean up the set/box

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Posted 03 May 2007 - 10:29 PM

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i got this set from Mike at the event, I wonder if he knows how rare and expensive this is...  X-D
Nooooooooo  *vader*! What have I done ...... ;-)
Well at least I didn´t give you the MISB one X-D!

Glad you enjoyed it - it looks cool. Nice review also *y*!

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Posted 03 May 2007 - 10:34 PM

Seeing these old space sets bring back lots of good memories.
I still have many of these old sets, but the pieces are spread over several boxes.
That's a nice gift you got. It even has the original box and instructions.
I like those very big engines. It makes this ship look very fast.
The space-logo on the minifig is exceptionally well preserved, most (all?) of my old space minifigs are not in such a good shape as this one.

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Posted 04 May 2007 - 12:22 AM

That´s really a nice set.... gosh, I´m feeling old by remembering this color scheme.

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Posted 04 May 2007 - 08:31 AM

View Postbonaparte, on May 3 2007, 10:34 PM, said:

The space-logo on the minifig is exceptionally well preserved, most (all?) of my old space minifigs are not in such a good shape as this one.
well either Mike replaced some parts including the red helmet, or the seller did, that's for sure, but that's ok, i'll just pick up a helmet some place else. some of the parts are seriously yellowed, but for some reason are very clean. I'm not sure what i'll do, but i may just keep the original parts together. Yellowed parts is not so great, but at the same time, they add a nostalgic touch to the model... :-$

it is btw, very normal that sellers change parts here and there. Very often there's an original brick missing, like a blue one with the space logo or the one with the white arrow. it's pretty difficult to check the goods on ebay that closely... anyway, not that it matters if you get a box in a good condition for a reasonable price, there's always bl



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