Early versions with separately-moulded tails at right, later versions with moulded-in tails at left. Both colour combinations were available concurrently although the early lemon-yellow colour is exclusive to Spacex, later being changed to a darker more orangey shade. The early version was only briefly sold in the Golden Astronaut series before the moulds were changed to include the tails.
2 15/16 in
2 5/8 in
1 3/8 in
1 1/4 in
Top hatch can be (carefully!) opened
The tint of yellow changed from a greenish yellow to an orange-yellow. My early version with separate green fins also shows a paler colour of green plastic used for the lower body and fins. The clear plastic for the fragile hatch cover can be in various tints of blue (see lower picture).
- Green over yellow, separate yellow tails, trademarked
- Yellow over green, separate green tails, trademarked
- Green over orange-yellow, separate orange-yellow tails, trademarked
- Orange-yellow over green, separate green tails, trademarked
- Green over orange-yellow, moulded-in tails, trademarked
- Orange-yellow over green, moulded-in tails, trademarked
- Green over yellow, separate yellow tails, no trademark
- Yellow over green, separate green tails, no trademark
Because the Nuclear Freighter NF2 received
its trademark before the body top mould was altered to include
I don't expect to find a version with tails moulded in and no trademark.
As an additional note, the UK design registration document (linked below) is dated 22 August 1969,
and shows a Freighter still with separately moulded tails, and with the trademark already present. This
proves there will be no versions with moulded-in tails and no trademark.
A space liner being captured by space pirates in a Fireball XL-5 comic strip by Mike Noble, published 4 June 1966 in TV21 magazine #71.