What-if?

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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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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