Category Archives: Space

Lindberg U.S. Moon Ship

A flashback from 1958 comes the US Moon Ship. Released since then as the “Mars Probe Landing Module” and “Star Probe Space Shuttle”, this is a vintage Lindberg kit of a Dr. Werner von Braun inspired conceptual spacecraft. Rather than the sleek aerodynamic spacecraft designs of the time this ship foreshadowed the practical design of the NASA moon landers to come.

Kit Highlights
  • Scale: 1/96
  • Skill Level: 2 (ages 10 and up)
  • Includes in-scale figures
  • Molded in White and clear red parts
  • Authentic decals
  • 41 parts – simple assembly
  • Made in the USA
  • Kit #: HL602
  • MSRP: $19.99 USD
  • Street Price: $17.95

I can finally call this kit done and being Friday, I wouldn’t like to leave the office without sharing it with all of you. This is the U.S. Moon Ship from Lindberg Models now distributed by Round2 Models. Considering how old the tooling for this model kit is, it still prints very well lines and rivets. It is free of flash but the mould line is notable which is natural for a kit this old. The assembly is quite straight forward with a very pictorial 15 steps instructions sheet.

You will need heavy clamping to align the two halves. Cementing will be better if done by sections.

The U.S. Moon Ship is molded in white and Flat White spray paint from the mega store was used. I was very surprised with the quality of the decals sheet. I laid the decals over puddles of Walthers Solvaset without a coat of clear gloss. As you can see on the pictures, there is absolutely no silvering on them. The round decals will need to be placed with decal solvent and once the solvent is dry, some cuts should be made with a fresh #11 exacto blade. That’s because you’re placing a round decal over a round surface.

The moon terrain was made with DAS Molding Clay sold at the craft store. Originally the clay is Terracota color but a heavy coat of cheap spray gray primer too care of that. A few blast marks were added using Tamiya XF-83 Medium Sea Gray. An LED is inside the model but once finished I noticed that it wasn’t bright enough and the cables was pushed inside and not used.

Note from the Author
In all this is a nice build that took me back to my early modeling days with Testors cement in a tube and my square enamel bottles. Not a perfect kit by today standards but a nice relief build nevertheless.

Kit courtesy of my wallet and purchased at my local hobby shop
Hub Hobby.

Revell Gemini Space 1/24 Capsule

Before NASA could send men to the moon, dozens of questions had to be answered. Was it possible for people to be in space long enough? Could space suits really protect astronauts in space? How would vehicle docking work? All these questions and more were answered by NASA scientists and courageous Project Gemini Astronauts tested the fixes to see if they actually worked. Without the efforts of Gemini, the Apollo missions never could have gone forward.

Kit Highlights
  • Skill Level 2
  • Kit Number 85-1836
  • Scale: 1/24
  • Length: 10″
  • Width: 5″
  • Height: 9-1/8″
  • Parts: 93
  • MSRP: $19.95 USD

Well, I didn’t exactly ended up in NASA, but I certainly was fascinated by the GeminiSaturn and Apollo Programs as a kid. Any book I could get ahold of was never enough. This re-release of the 1/24 Gemini Space Capsule from Revell is very exciting to me. The Gemini Space Capsule model kit from Revell is part of their SSP, Selected Subjects Programs and it bears that seal on the box. This means that once the stock of this subject is gone, it will be very long before we see it produced again unlike model cars, aircraft and other popular subjects from Revell’s catalog which make it back to the hobby shop shelves every few years.

Gemini Space Capsule

This kit is as old as the Gemini Programs themselves. To my surprise, the molds are holding up very well after all these years. Stamped on the base is the year 1965 and as you can see on the provided pictures below, there is absolutely no flash or heavy mold lines to deal with.

This is not only good for us regular model builders, it is also good for the occasional builders including the young ones. All the sprues come in a single bag except for the instructions and decals sheet. The instructions are an A3 sized booklet form with 12 pages featuring a parts by number breakdown and in just 7 assembly steps you will get your Gemini model completed. Step number 8 is all about decal placement which by the way, you have 32 decals to deal with on this model.

In case you didn’t know, there are a couple of pre-assembled 1/24 Gemini Capsule desktop models selling for over $350.00. So for us mortals this is a more than welcome option at its MSRP of $19.99 USD. If you suffer from chronic AMS (After Market Syndrome), you can take this model kit to the next level by adding a resin set from Real Space Models. This will set you back another $35 but still you’re way far from those $350+.

Note from the Author
From the casual model builder, model kit collector to the most experienced ones. Even as a school project this is a very nice affordable subject. I highly recommend it.
Acknowledgments
My sincere thanks for their support to Revell USA and for sending in this review sample.