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Robida Flyer

1880s Albert Robida Inspired Flyer

Albert Robida was an accomplished French illustrator and writer from the late 1800s. His illustrations about technology in the 20th century were both whimsical and evocative. I decided to make a 1/35 scale flying vehicle inspired by some of his artwork. The original inspiration isn’t his – it dates from 1828 and depicts Mr. Charles …

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MOL Re-entry Vehicle

The Hawk Manned Orbiting Laboratory kit was a neat kit based on a Convair proposal. I’ve always liked the re-entry “dorito” vehicles and scratchbuilt my interpretation years ago. I sold that model shortly after I made it and have always wanted to recreate it. After years of procrastinating, I decided to re-interpret the re-entry vehicle …

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Stranger in the Desert

I was inspired to build a diorama after watching “Science Fiction Theatre” Episode 05 “Stranger In The Desert”:, from 1955: This episode is fairly entertaining, featuring two prospectors looking for riches in the desert who meet a kindly old man – the “Stranger”. The episodes of “Science Fiction Theatre” were generally simplistic, but this is …

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Re-entry Vehicle, Experimental

In the 60’s, the Hawk corporation released a conceptual model of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL). It was based on an Atlas booster and had a clear nose section and a detailed (for the time) interior.My favorite feature of this model were the two lifting body re-entry vehicles. Sven Knudsen has scans of the Hawk …

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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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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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