45 USMC Mobile Missile Launcher
Production: 1960 - 1962
The USMC Mobile Missile Launcher is an unusual-looking locomotive and is based solely upon the imagination of Lionel designers. This motorized unit does not have a real-life equivalent and is considered to be part of Lionel's "Space & Military" series. Other than the color and number, the #45 is the same as the # 44 United States Army Mobile Missile Launcher introduced in 1959.
As with many items from the Space & Military series, there are delicate parts that are prone to damage due to improper handling. For example, the delicate front end and the ten side steps -- two on each front corner & three on each rear corner -- are easily broken. Additionally, the paint is prone to chipping or flaking and locating one in collectable condition is difficult.
The USMC Mobile Missile Launcher includes the following standard features: olive-painted body, white lettering, gray missile launcher, blue rubberized man at the control panel, magnetraction, three-position E-unit, red light on roof plus a non-operating die-cast coupler on one end.
The gray missile launcher is manually operated. This locomotive included four white simulated missiles which have a firing range of a couple of feet.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
Only Known Variations - Shown in the photo above - There are no known variation to the USMC Mobile Lissile Launcher.
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