Scale

Space Taxi

This is my version of the Monogram 1/48 scale Space Taxi. I’ve always wanted to build this kit but I wasn’t willing to pay collectors prices, which always seemed to be at least $80, if not more. I was very happy when the kit was reissued in the late 90’s. The Space Taxi was a …

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WWI Coanda monoplane fighter

A few years ago, I bought a bag of second hand 1/72 WWI planes. Most were old Revell kits except for one pristine ESCI Neiuport 17. The Revell kits were in bad shape; most were missing decals, instructions or parts, so I got them all for less than $10. The worst of the lot was …

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One Man Space Station

I bought the Dragon 1/72 Mercury Redstone kit primarily for the Mercury capsule. The capsule exterior is nicely detailed but it has no interior; far worse, it has no heatshield. The retrorockets and the open nose door are on the sprue, so I don’t understand why they left the heatshield off. Since I couldn’t build …

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Leif Ericson Short Story

This is the short story included with the original Leif Ericson kit. I ran the instruction sheet through an OCR program to extract the text. There are a few OCR induced punctuation errors, but the story (and its typos) have remained unchanged. Background Information On The “LEIF ERICSON,” And The STRATEGIC SPACE COMMAND SERIES The …

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Bonestell Moonship

The Moonship from The Conquest of Space, by Chesley Bonestell and Willy Ley is a classic, iconic rocketship design from the 1940s and 50s. I used artwork in The Conquest of Space, the Moonship chapter in Spaceship Handbook (Jack Hagerty and Jon C. Rogers, ARA Press, 2001) and a print of the Moonship drawings from …

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Transcontinental Rocket

Transcontinental Rocket

The Conquest of Space, by Chesley Bonestell and Willy Ley, was one of my favorite books as a child; I checked it out often from the library. Bonestell’s artwork has always been an inspiration. I recently obtained my own copy of the 1958 edition of The Conquest of Space and one of the ships illustrated …

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Leif Ericson

AMT Leif Ericson Galactic Cruiser and U.F.O Mystery Ship Leif Ericson and U.F.O. Mystery ship kit history Sounds of Space record Leif Ericson box and parts pictures Short Story U.F.O. Mystery Ship Determining the kit’s scale Related Links The AMT Leif Ericson Galactic Cruiser (a.k.a. Leif Erikson and UFO Mystery Ship) first appeared in 1967 …

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