I know I haven't been exactly "active" here on Alphadrome lately...more like an opinionated lurker, I suppose. Mostly it is because I've had nothing exciting to write about; but now I do.
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I have been searching for a Hydro Jet water pistol for many years, although not exactly rare, they are uncommon. I recently purchased this one off "The Bay", and it is in fantastic condition.
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These were produced by Wyandotte in the late 50's, and its a very unusual design.
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Cast in a beautiful ruby red transparent plastic, it is fairly small; only 4.5 inches long. It has the prerequisite brass nozzle of the period, and the designers gave it a very industrial look with rows of deep vanes molded into the sides and under the barrel tip. However, other than a somewhat abstract comet design on the grips, there is little that says ray gun about it.
Its a lot of power packed into this tiny weapon that now has a special place in my collection.