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Hi Kerry

Thanks for your help in advance. I remember a series shown in the early 80s in the UK on a Saturday morning. It was centered around a silver spaceship and featured, in the first episode, the destruction of a base on Pluto. There was a younger male character together with a grey/black haired scientist who also created the spaceship.

Occasionally a mysterious flying space galleon would appear and, in addition, the spaceship would morph into a transformer like fighting droid.

It was puppet base with not so great special effects.

Any thoughts?

Paras Jethwa

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Hello Paras

The puppet TV series you are looking for is called "X-Bomber" aka "Star Fleet" (1980-1981 - 26 episodes.)

It was a Japanese Marionette series created by Go Nagai. (It was like the Japanese version of Gerry Anderson's 'Thunderbirds', 'Terrahawks', 'Stingray'or 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons')

Links:

http://www.sfxb.co.uk/mecha/xbomber.html

Facebook Page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Star-Fleet-aka-X-Bomber-aka-Ekkusu-Bonb%C4%81/1509

You Tube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxNU5Sex594

Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Bomber

IMDB:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0307741/

Hope this helped :)

Regards

Kerry

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