One of a series of designs by the great scientist
Wernher Von Braun, part of an entire integrated space program he developed
between 1952 and 1954 and published in
The Space Age was just starting to be big business by then, and legal
arguments over the rights to make models of the concepts kept this
particular kit out of production until the early 1990s, when the original
molds were acquired by Glencoe Models. The years evidently hadn't been
kind to them, however, as this kit had some of the worst alignment I've
seen in ages - rather than filing down the the poorly-fitting seam
right the way around the long axis of the main structure, I cut down
the little plastic location pins and aligned the halves by eye... Fiddly,
but it would have been hard not to remove the fine detail on the surfaces
with all that sanding down...
More shades of grey, and some spare decals (the little
red warnings) borrowed from the Redstone kit.
Also spray-painted, and overall I think it turned out rather better than I
had a right to expect... Even the little yellow portholes, which looked
dreadful until actually mounted, now catch the ambient light and glow
Many layers of imitation spray-on stone - wonderful
stuff... I managed to get a definite feel of a rippled
maria, just as I'd hoped, but the colour scheme was definitely better
a few layers down...