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Spacecraft Models

Like most guys my age, I grew up during the Space Race and dreamed of being an astronaut. So, it’s not really a surprise that I like to build models of U.S. spacecraft.

1/48 Mercury Capsule

(1) This model was built using the old Revell 1/48 scale kit and Real Space Models 1/48 scale Mercury detail set. I marked it as Friendship 7. The photo of Earth from orbit was taken during John Glenn’s flight.

(2) With the hatch off, you can get a glimpse into the interior. I added just a bit of detail to the back side of the instrument panel.

1/48 Gemini Capsule

(1) My model of the Gemini spacecraft also started with the old Revell 1/48 scale kit and I again added the Real Space Models 1/48 Gemini detail set.

(2) The Earth photograph was taken during an actual Gemini mission.

(3) In this in-progress shot you can see some of the detailing that I did on the interior. Added details were formed from brass wire, bits of styrene, aircraft instrument decals, and a couple of custom decals that I made myself.

(4) My workbench is not an ideal background for photos, is it?

1/48 Apollo Command and Service Modules

(1) This model was built from Dragon’s 1/48 scale kit. I also used New Ware’s detail set, and 3D printed RCS thrusters from Shapeways. I drilled out the solid blanks that Dragon cast on in place of windows. That turned out to be more of an adventure than I would have liked (long story). The Command module was painted with Alclad II Chrome. The Service Module got Semi-Matte Aluminum.

(2) Dragon’s decals seemed to be fairly complete, so I didn’t feel the need for an aftermarket offering. I did create a decal of the red docking ring seals.

(3) The New Ware kit didn’t leave many details unaccounted for, but I did add wires to the SM/SLA umbilical disconnect and I used MV Products lenses that I had on hand for the running lights.

1/200 U.S. Manned Spacecraft

I think everyone interested in the U.S. space program longed for models of all of the spacecraft in a common scale. AMT answered the call in 1969 with their Man in Space kit. In the box were 1/200 scale models of the Mercury-Redstone, the Mercury-Atlas, the Gemini-Titan, the Saturn 1b, and the Saturn V. I built one of these kits back in the day. We were on vacation at my Grandmother’s house, so the models must have been left behind when we returned home. Years later, the kit was out of production and coming up with all the spacecraft in a common scale was prohibitively expensive. Recently, Round 2 re-released the old AMT kit and I was back in business. I’m no longer a 12-year-old kid who can’t afford both a kit and paint and I’ve developed my skill set a bit over the years, so I wanted to go beyond a straight out-of-the-box build. There are a couple of sources for aftermarket decals (TangoPapa and IndyCals) for this kit and Shapeways sells IndyCals’ replacements for the kit capsules.

First out of the box is the Mercury-Redstone. I replaced the Mercury capsule with the IndyCals version. I also drilled out a few ports, added access hatches, and rebuilt the bottom of the Redstone to more closely match photos and drawings.

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