The X-400 Space Explorer was made in England by a company called Tudor Rose in 1953. The item measures mm across, mm long and mm high and is made of plastic with a Gyro Friction Motor “with Realistic Supersonic Jet Sound”.
It seems that this model was one – and the largest - of a series of three, and looks surprisingly futuristic for its time. It has a large clear plastic cockpit which contains two pilots, and sits on four wheels.
This item is in excellent condition, although there is an untidy seem that runs along the left side (please see enlarged image). I am not sure if this is a manufacturing weakness, or a later repair, as the glue texture and colour appears consistent with the rest of the article, I am still investigating.
The box displays fantastic artwork that encapsulates the era; a Dinosaur-like creature is depicted as terrestrial life on the surface of another planet, this typifies the attitude of its time that we are the most intelligent life force in the Galaxy. The box is surprisingly rigid and vibrant in colour for its age.
The box measures mm wide, mm long and mm deep. It shows obvious signs of age with small tears and frays around the edges. It has also been drawn over on one side (please see image).
I have found little information about this piece during my research, other than the advertisement taken from a news paper dated December 1953, and that one of these sold at auction in 2013 in America for $332 without a box.
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