Strato-Sled from "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" (1938)
About the Design
The success of Universal's 1936 serial "Flash Gordon" led to two sequels, the first of which was "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" in 1938. Produced for just a third of what the first serial cost ($250,000 vs. the original's $750,000), "Mars" featured a variety of new vehicles, including this atmospheric "Stratosled" used for both transportation and combat.
Resembling a flying flat-iron, the design was decidedly toy-like in appearance and, although clearly a Deco-era design, it lacked the elegance and detail of the original rocket ships.
About the Kit
This all-resin kit was yet another of Herb Deek's tributes to the classic sci-fi designs of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. It could be considered a "multi-media kit" in that it came with a set of metal staples one used to create the "rungs" beneath the ship's access hatch.
The model was built from an original issue.