UFO from "The Invaders" (1967-1968)
About the Design
Meant to suggest a classic "UFO," the Invaders' Saucer was clearly inspired by the "Venusian" saucers photographed by self-proclaimed alien abductee George Adamski who published several books about his cosmic adventures during the late 1940s to mid-1950s. It was subsequently revealed that the "Venusian" spacecraft he'd photographed was actually part of an automatic chicken-feeder.
About the Kit
First released by Aurora Models in 1968, the Invaders' UFO was subsequently re-released by Aurora in 1975 as a "Flying Saucer," in the 1990's by Monogram as the "The UFO,." and again in 2003 by Revell/Monogram as "The Invaders UFO." The original Aurora version featured two removable lids; one opaque, the other clear plastic for displaying the interior. In all three versions, the landing legs didn't swing into place, but had to be physically removed and reset into their recessed in-flight positions.
Although this collection once featured an original Aurora issue, the copy shown here is a 1990s Monogram re-release.