I have featured Schuco’s fantastic Nautico electric motor yacht in this painting titled “The Captain.” This model is made of sheet metal and plastic. It is coloured in white, blue, and maroon, and a compass is on the front deck, so you know where you’re going. I can remember having a pair of shoes with a compass set into the insole, made famous by the spy TV programmes of the time.

Two Batteries drive the propeller and turn the radar on top of the boat deck. The toy and box are great examples of build quality, seldom found today. At 70 years old, they still work “as good as new”.

I’d been looking for this particular model for several years and finally found this boxed example in Italy.

The goldfish are owned and loved by our friends in Waipu, and their fish names are Scar, Beast and Comet.

Nautico was built between 1950-1960, Length 37cm. Made in West Germany.

Schuco is a German manufacturing company founded in 1912 by Heinrich Müller and the businessman Heinrich Schreyer in Nuremberg, Germany’s toy capital, since the early days. The company’s specialty was making toy reproductions of cars and trucks in tin, plastic and die-cast and still produces quality toys today.

The Captain, Oil on Linen 95 cm x 125cm cm

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