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Gibbs

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Time to give something back to ya'll, I've found these being sold as longboard wheels in Birmingham. I ordered a set of the blue ones and they came (covered in dust) as two blue wheels, one that's a dark green one and one that's kinda green and slightly blue. I was going to ask for two of each colour, so I wasn't too bummed. These are NOT made in China, and are likely to have been made in Birmingham back in the late 70's, they are flat backed with no lathing. If I was to order again, I'd go for a set of dark greens as the colour seems more stable than the blue ones, I can't tell if there is any difference in hardness with the two colours. Obscure British NOS wheels delivered for £10 anyone? 
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/70mm-78A-Longboard-Skateboard-Wheels-Set-of-4-dark-green-bluebird-36-21/173501039028?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20160323102634%26meid%3D8d0d0600fa79431da04c56183d8db40c%26pid%3D100623%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D173501038452%26itm%3D173501039028&_trksid=p2047675.c100623.m-1

The bounce test sent then shooting around my garage just fine, so they seem like good thane still. 

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BTW, the photo above is sick, it looks like the tail is near to the end!
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Nice score gibbs.
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i remember those bluebirds,budget end of the market back in the day and probably the same price still now by the looks of it lol,theres been a few up for sale lately in diff colours
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Awesome, I'm glad someone remembers these wheels from BITD and they're not actually made in China. The flat backs of the wheels being un-lathed and left as poured was a clue that these where not top of the range, but seeing that type of back and those little bubbles made me smile, I've not seen that for so long in fresh(ish) wheels. It was like coming home.
I've not seen any adverts for these wheels in Skateboard! mag from the time and I guessed they where locally made here, copies of something American as most UK stuff was. There was a company here in Norwich that made boards and wheels, I got talking about 70's skating to a guy in a shop locally and he told me that he and his friends back then used to jump the fence after they closed and raid the bins for the softer reject wheels to ride for free! He had no idea what that company was even called and he hadn't revisited that thought about that for 40 years and was foggy. Seems that every city was pumping out product here during the boom...

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Ah, my point! At £10 delivered, they are basically giving these away. This is probably the last of the boxes of these. Someone else is now trying to 'bay a different type of Bluebirds for £50 a set now, and these are also blue with green tinges, aka "storage fade".
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can anyone tell me if these decks were uk made,,i had one in 78[s-l1600] and missed one on Ebay
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Not sure if anyone else knows or not. 

But, if you are a time millionaire, you can wade through all the British skateboard magazine online archives.

http://vintageskateboardmagazines.com/new/skateboard-uk-70-no1.html
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Ads for Panther Skateboards in both UK and US Magazines featured 2 distribution addresses in UK and USA from memory, but nothing as to where they were actually manufactured.
I believe the wheels are British made but can,t recall why I think that.
I,ll dig an old ad out and see if I can jog my memory
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I have waded through all of Skateboard! many times, I have a partial set of the actual mags and the rest downloaded on my phone, all that and I still don't recognise the brand! BUT it looks like 9 ply birch, that is a give-away that it's British... I think it's a copy of a Tiger ply board (that was also birch ply with really similar wheel wells), hence the big cat name to confuse the first time buyer back in '78. Actually, graphic-wise it's got more class than the board it's copying!

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http://vintageskateboardmagazines.com/Images/skateboard-uk/issue9/skateboard-magazine-uk-1978-no9-page_24.jp

This is the one it's copying, OR it's the one Tiger copied, not sure now!

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Try this: http://www.jsctech.co.uk/skateboard/is009/index.html scroll through to page 24.
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Ads for Panther Skateboards in both UK and US Magazines featured 2 distribution addresses in UK and USA from memory, but nothing as to where they were actually manufactured.
I believe the wheels are British made but can,t recall why I think that.
I,ll dig an old ad out and see if I can jog my memory


Steve, I think this board has no association with Panther wheels out of the US, which were identical to Powerflex. Panther US did their own series of decks as well, but they never had a Panther image anywhere. I would say this is a bit of a ripoff.

Looks similar to Henderson board from BB
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