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My John Glenn tribute
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 01:09 AM UTC
I started the Atomic City 1/12 Project Mercury kit some years ago for a campaign here on ModelGeek but for some reason never finished. When John Glenn passed away I figured it was time to bring it out and get it done, so I finished it for the Hanger Queen campaign on AeroScale. But I thought I'd post some pics here as well.

The almost unstarted kit (guess I started painting before I remembered to take pictures):

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The basic cabin. The instrument panel is from a later flight, but I didn't have the umph to rebuild it. The wiring is mine since I knew it would be visible through the open hatch:

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This is basically where I left off:

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Next, on to the finish...

Michael
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 01:27 AM UTC
I picked it back up a couple of weeks ago and started from where I'd left off.

The astronaut in the cabin. The kit didn't come with NASA or name plate decals for the suit so I had to print some on plain paper, cut them out, and glue them on. You can hardly see them, but they're there:

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Figure painting is not, I'm afraid, my forte.

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The various subassemblies ready to go together. The stripe decals on the retro package were, well, tedious. But they got done!

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Michael
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 01:37 AM UTC
And here's the finished product! Not too bad for having taken all this time to finish.

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Tight fit in there:

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The retro package:

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The escape tower removed and the spoiler deployed (it's on a hinge in the kit):

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And the instrument package in the nose:

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All it all, not a kit for beginners due to the somewhat vague instructions and unclear placement for many of the parts, but quite a model when finished. I think it's a fitting tribute to John Glenn and the other Mercury pioneers. God speed John Glenn. Cue the theme to The Right Stuff...

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 02:44 AM UTC
That looks awesome, Michael.

Jim
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 04:52 AM UTC
Thanks Jim!

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 06:34 AM UTC
Well done Michael. A fitting salute to John Glenn.
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 06:04 PM UTC
Thank you John!

Michael
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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 - 06:36 PM UTC
Nice work Michael.
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Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 07:18 AM UTC
Excellent work Michael, I think this Atomic City Mercury Capsule Kit is one of the best Real Space Models around, there certainly aren't many in that scale-- and you can do a lot with it. Do you plan to scratch build the rest of the Atlas Booster?

Ive always thought Kitmaker has the Real Space section in the wrong spot-- it should be over on the Aeroscale site.
VR, Russ