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Old 06-05-2008, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default Fireball XL5 (size of)

Fireball XL5....

Is there I canon size for XL5 were it 'real'


Where else can i ask this but here.


I scoured the internet for a size reference for XL5

ENA 1/72... 36" long....216ft

Martin Bowyer 1/72... 40" long 240ft

SHED 1/144... 12"long...144ft

MIM 1/144 16"... long...193ft

Reshape 1/100... 14" long...116.5ft

Product Enterprise 1/350... 10.25" long 289ft

Drawing by Phillip D Ray ...406ft


any thoughts???


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Old 08-05-2008, 10:25 AM   #2
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According to the official publicity it was over 300 ft long.
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:47 AM   #3
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You have to fit the star drive somewhere. Where did you get hold of the publicity BTW. I have just picked up the DVDs of XL5, Supercar and Secret Service. I'd love to get some info on XL5 before I watch it again. Its one of the GA shows I did actually watch as a kid. I always thought they'd made part of the ship out of an old tooth paste tube.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:00 AM   #4
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You have to fit the star drive somewhere. Where did you get hold of the publicity BTW. I have just picked up the DVDs of XL5, Supercar and Secret Service. I'd love to get some info on XL5 before I watch it again. Its one of the GA shows I did actually watch as a kid. I always thought they'd made part of the ship out of an old tooth paste tube.
It's part of my vast army of written materials that I've been given over time for my impending magnum opus
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Old 10-05-2008, 03:45 PM   #5
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My Fireball scales out at only about 60-80 feet long. That's assuming that Steve Zodiac (the little yellow figure on the left) when standing would be about 6 feet tall.






Though I admit that some would say that action toys are not always in 'true' scale. But don't nobody go saying my toy's not real. It's the prize display in my model collection.... dating back to Christmas Day in 1963.
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:23 AM   #6
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A tad short but what a cool toy!!!! You lucky thing to still have that intact, well done.
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:08 PM   #7
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John, just FYI
at wwww.thebigredtoxbox.com you can buy everything to make your XL5 like new. decals,missiles,missile doors in red or yellow. Even a new cardboard Space city.
I never liked the gray so on mine I had to paint the junior fins and engine pods red.
On a side note regarding XL5. I have a very talented MEGO master making some eight inch XL5 figures for me, and I plan to build a two foot Junior to accommodate them. It will be my dream XL5 play set. I will post photos once construction starts.

On the size issue I agree with 300 feet.
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Old 10-06-2008, 05:04 PM   #8
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thanks guys...

I did my own calculation based on 'proportioned' figures in fireball Jr.

and the door height at the back fo Jr...

and worked it out to about 288 ft
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Old 10-06-2008, 09:30 PM   #9
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That's one excellent XL5 toy John! Interestingly , it's jogged my memory of a toy I had in the late 60's/early 70's . It was a friction powered (yes it had wheels!) XL5 Junior , about 5 or 6 inches in length . Does anyone remember such a thing , or is my age addled brain playing tricks on me ? (Again) .
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:18 PM   #10
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Here's two I've been restoring, the somewhat rare Kitmaster kit from 1963. The one at the back I've made a few minor modifications to, notably slanting the rear edge of the fin back to more accurately match the studio model and fabricating a couple of missing bits. The one at the front was bought cheaply (relatively) at a toy fair and as you can see has some damage and a grotty hand painted paint job that all needs stripping. Although not shown, I've got all the missing pieces. This kit is still one of the best plastic kits ever produced of an Anderson craft and although the name on it is Kitmaster, it was actually moulded by Airfix.


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Old 30-08-2008, 12:58 PM   #11
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Hi guys. Now I can reveal why I was asking about scale . I had a commission to make an XL5 master for comet miniatures... And here are pictures of a finished model.

http://www.planet3earth.co.uk/fireball-xl5.htm
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Old 30-08-2008, 02:31 PM   #12
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Very nice, does the base come with it too? (or the bits for it)
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Old 30-08-2008, 03:01 PM   #13
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Very nice, does the base come with it too? (or the bits for it)
No.

but thanks for mentioning that, I just made it clear on my page

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Old 30-08-2008, 05:16 PM   #14
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Very nice, does the base come with it too? (or the bits for it)
The launch rail and cradle are included in the kit, which have been fixed to a piece of plasticard and mounted on a cheep picture frame..
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