These five magazines were given to me by my Sister-in-Law's father, who is also a model maker. Thank you Alec.
And how do you make this same model maker very jealous?
By showing his this advert. The Captain Scarlet - Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle is a model that I have always longed after. You see, my father worked for Mettoys, in Fforestfach, Swansea and I was lucky enough to have owned (or my brothers to have owned) most of the diecast models made by Mettoys and Corgi. The Batmobile and Batboat, The James Bond Aston Martin, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and even the Chipperfield Circus set. However that meant that Dinky vehicle were out of bounds, a bit like supporting the rival football team (in my case that would be Cardiff).
When I started a new school at the age of ten, boys were allowed to bring in their pride and joy model cars to play with during break - the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle was the 'Dogs Bol**cks' and the one that every blue-blooded boy would lust over. Now forty-odd years later the SPV still holds that appeal for me.
This advert is taken from the back page of the March 1969 Meccano Magazine.