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Fireball XL5

Jim James » May 26 '16

Many, many years ago Comet Miniatures released a repop of the original Kitmaster Fireball XL5 kit in resin and metal.  I recently resurrected this kit, repainted it, detailed the cockpits and had new decals printed by JT Graphics.  Came out looking quite nice although it does weigh about 2 pounds (everything is metal except the fuselage!).

 

 

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Re: Fireball XL5

Richard Baker » May 27 '16

Looks great!

Unfamiliar with this kit- what size/scale is it?

Does the Fireball Junior seperate?

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Re: Fireball XL5

Jim James » May 27 '16

Brief history:  Lyons Maid Ice Cream offered a model kit of Fireball XL5 for 4 shillings and sixpence plus two Zoom ice lolly wrappers.  The kit was made by Kitmaster (for, we assume, Airfix) but never made available commercially.  Comet Miniatures repopped the kit in resin and metal (mainly metal - this sucker is heavy) and sold it through their site.  Comet sold the kit for £35 in 1997.  Timeless Hobbies (the new Comet) currently has a built-up model for £499.95.

 

The finished model is about a foot long.  Not sure of the scale but it looks about 1/144th.  Fireball Junior is detachable although I glued mine in place.  If you can find it, the kit goes together fairly well although Comet substituted an extra Steve Zodiac for Robert the Robot.  The base in the photo was home made.  The little Fireball XL5 badge that comes with the kit was not used.

 

Monsters in Motion has/had a 1/144th scale version with launch ramp for $159.00 but I saw it on eBay for a lot less.

 

Jim

 

 

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