At least they were to a young modeler in 1958. The Lindberg “Flying Saucer” was a big deal to me and was my first model I was allowed to build all by myself. Like many kids of the 1950’s, I was a big fan of space “Sci-Fi” either in movies, TV, or books. When plastic models made their appearence in stores, anything that looked like a rocket or missile was purchased by me (and slapped together in a mere few hours). The Lindberg kit was released in 1954 and is regarded as the first plastic kit with a “space” theme. The disc shaped model contained few parts and was judged to be about 1:48 scale (based on the size of it’s “saucer-man” pilot). It was molded in silver plastic and came with alien decals that I guess identified it’s squadron or home base. Like so many space kits of that era it was long on imagination and short on individual parts. But whatever it’s flaws, the UFO kit has the distinction of being the longest running space model, being sold by Glencoe and more recently by Atlantic models. I purchased the Glencoe kit a few years back and wanted to “revisit” my youth in building the kit. As mentioned, there’s not a lot to build so I added an interior, replaced the molded in “ray guns” with some parts from the scrap box and, as a nod to the movie “The THING”, put a tail fin on my saucer. I painted it Tamiya silver and airbrushed some metallic green to give it a little other worldly greenish look. The saucer looked pretty empty in photos so I added another 1950’s classic Revell F-94 jet to add some interest. It was a “seriously” fun build and, as the reporter warned his audience in the close of the “Thing” movie: “Watch the Skies”!
10 additional images. Click to enlarge.