This appears to be a made up set. Check the photo in "Blast Off" for the correct make-up of what is supposed to be on the card. I have this set, so I followed the auction, as well, to see what it would go for. Most likely when you receive the set, you will see that the places for the rubber bands don't correspond to the size of the ships, but rather it should have some ships and some figures. Also, the plastic bag wouldn't be this clear if it was from 1952, also it has the wrong consistency for that age. But the card is nice and the ships are nice, just this wasn't the way it was originally sold....... Of course, I could be mistaken, but that is my opinion.....
Thanks, but this information seems to be mostly incorrect. RAK 52 surely relates to 1952, as the production methods and product packaging rules out the 1960's. Perhaps in the Flug & Modell magazine they were doing a retrospective and I would like to find out what issue that was. The RAK nomenclature pays homage to the Opel RAK 1 which you can see the history here on YouTube.
I'll keep searching for original documentation about RAK 52...
Has anyone ever seen this? It is heavy and about 9 inches tall, the metal box functions as a launching platform with two metal rods which are inserted into the top, the rocket is made of light metal and has a parachute enclosed behind a metal hinged door which is kept closed during launch by wind resistance. I don't have the rocket motor or the explosive charge and no indication what it would have consisted of. I imagine a fairly powerful black powder fireworks skyrocket charge would have been necessary to get this heavy monster up to any appreciable height so the parachute could deploy. This was a German made kid's toy of the early 1950's. Does anyone know about this thing...? I need more information for my upcoming book. I love the "Destination Moon" look!
Another interesting German made toy out of my collection.
Have you ever seen this one? I got it recently and it's not marked except with a Patent Number on the underside. Looks like something originally attached to the one side. The fins look similar to Gilmark, etc. Perhaps this is Reliable from Canada? Thought somebody here might know.
By way of introduction, I've been collecting space toys since 1953, and am a collector of German mechanical toys, and have always tried to find the rare German space toys in Europe/U.K. since the 1970's. I will post some photos from my collection eventually. I don't, however, collect Japanese space toys usually as a rule, as I try to keep it to U.S. and German manufacture to narrow down my focus. I'm working on a book about German space toys and the German space program dating back to the 1930's to about 1969.