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ALCA 234 - ALCA CAPEL - SPAINA copy of the Tudor Rose Space Flyer. Superficially similar to the Pyro X-100 but there are significant differences. The factory had difficulty ensuring that the wheels would stay in place, so all examples have had the wheel supports manually welded to ensure a tight fit.

Usually silver, though a bronze example is know.

Made by Alca Capel of Barcelona. 1950s
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ATOMIC SPACE SHIP - MAKER? - AUSTRALIALarge, detailed hard plastic spaceship. Marked Atomic Space Ship on the sides. Based on the Tudor Rose original, possibly from original moulds or imported. This version has no maker's mark.

Green, blue
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ROCKET BANK - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDA large hard plastic rocket-shaped money bank. A copy of the Foster Grant US original. 10". Marked Tudor Rose.

Colors: gold, red/yellow detailing
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ROCKET CAR - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDHard plastic rocket car, resembling a land speed car. This is one of the six additional space vehicles designed by Tudor Rose. Sold unboxed.

Colors: blue
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SPACE CLIPPER - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDHard plastic spaceship. Long rocket engines run along each side of the central body. One of a range of six space toys designed as an extension of the original Pyro range. Similarities in the detail suggest that the original Pyro designer may have been involved in the design. There is also a friction version. Various colors: bronze, silver grey, blue.

The push along version was sold loose at Woolworths and also in a bag with header card. The friction version came in a colourful box.


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SPACE FLYER - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDThis small hard plastic spaceship is superficially similar to the Pyro X-100 but there are significant differences. The spaceship has a particularly long, sharp tailfin. One of a series of models that extend the range of Pyro spaceships.

Colors: bronze
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SPACE PATROL - LUNA-PLAST/PLOMBEL - ARGENTINAHard plastic spaceship. A copy of the Tudor Rose original, and similar to the Pyro X-200. Bagged with header card. Burgundy color.

The Argentine Space Patrol was originally released by Plombel in approx. 1957.
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SPACE PATROL - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDLoosely based on the Pyro X-200, this is a larger and more elaborate version of the Space Ranger.

This is a push along version without a motor. One of a range of six space toys designed to extend the original Pyro range.

There is reputedly a friction version. If you know of it I would welcome information.
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TERRE MARS AND SPACEMEN - REX JOUETS - FRANCEHard plastic spaceship. This is a close copy of the Tudor Rose Space Flyer, which in turn is related to the Pyro X-100. The nose of the spaceship differs from the Tudor Rose version. The spaceship has a distinctive long plastic tail. Made in a range of colors.

The hard plastic grey spaceship was sold on a card with a set of four slender, smitranslucent hard plastic Rex Jouets space figures. Each comes with a clear plastic helmet. Marked Depose. It is interesting to note that though these figures are original designs, not copies of earlier figures, they still retain the four poses of the Tudor Rose group.

Later produced in soft plastic.

Colors: silver, red
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TERRE MARS INTERPLANETAIRES SET - BOUT CHOUT - FRANCEA later release of the Terre Mars copy of the Tudor Rose Space Flyer. These spaceships are, I believe, soft plastic re-issues of earlier hard plastic Rex Jouet spaceships.
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X-100 SPACE CRUISER - SUNLITE - HONG KONGHard plastic spaceship. Based on a friction drive version of the Tudor Rose X-300 spaceship, which in turn is a copy of the Pyro original.

Tudor Rose added friction drives to a number of these early spaceships. The molds eventually found their way to Hong Kong and this was the result. Confusingly the spaceship has X-100 molded in the side, although it is quite obviously a X-300. The reason for this is unknown. The spaceship has a box structure added to the base to house the friction motor. Other color combinations exist. A box is not known, but is quite probable.
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X-400 SPACE EXPLORER - ALPIA - ITALYGrey hard plastic spaceship. This is clearly a X-400 spaceship manufactured by Alpia in Italy in the 1950s. This is a copy of the Pyro original, though it may be derived from the English molds. There is no name on the spaceship, though the Alpia logo and Bergamo are shown on the top of the ship. This is a friction drive mechanism, though it does not have the large box structure usually used for the motor (Tudor Rose style)
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X-400 SPACE EXPLORER, FRICTION VERSION - TUDOR ROSE - ENGLANDBased on the Pyro X-400, this is an alteration that turns the original spaceship into a friction powered vehicle. A box structure has been added to the base and a pair of substantial black plastic wheels have been fitted. A basic noise making device was also included.

Sold in a box.

Colors: blue, green, grey
     
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