Space

Convair NEV

This is my build of the Moebius 1/144 Convair NEV (Nuclear Exploratory Vehicle). While it looks like the old Strombecker kit of the same, it’s not – this is a completely new mold. This is a pretty simple kit to build with thick pins and attachment points that almost make it a snap-tite kit. It’s …

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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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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

One of my favorite 50’s Science fiction movies is 1956’s “Earth vs. The Flying Saucers”, with effects by Ray Harryhausen. Skyhook Models sells a series of small and simple resin models of spacecraft from classic 1950s SF movies. They have several kits from “Earth vs. The Flying Saucers”, including a small diorama depicting a saucer …

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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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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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