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Post Heinlein scale models
One of my many hobbies is building scale models. Over the decades I've built all kinds, but my main area of interest is science fiction. For a while now, I've thought about building a collection of models based on the works of Heinlein and I've finally started doing so. So far, I have seven models completed and more in the works. I've posted photographs of the models at this site:

http://picasaweb.google.com/sfscalemodels

Comments are welcome.

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Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:04 am
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Outstanding stuff. Thanks very much for sharing it here!

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Wed Apr 21, 2010 7:15 am
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Your work is freakin' amazing! The two items I liked the most were the Sisu and the Pluto diorama. And you brought the Mother Thing to life (well, frozen but you know what I mean)! Just amazing!

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VERY cool!


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Very impressive. Would have made a great display at the Centennial.


Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:43 pm
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Thanks, everyone.

Jack Kelly - I was happy to come up with a Sisu that I liked, too. For a long time, I didn't think CITIZEN would be represented in the collection.

Peter Scott - Unfortunately, none of the models existed at the time of the Centennial. They've all been built within the last eighteen months. I intend to add more models to the collection so if there is a suitable venue in the future, I ought to be able to put on an interesting display.

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Majorly Impressive! You probably have a small fortune invested in modeling kits parts. That stuff isn't cheap.


Mon May 10, 2010 8:05 pm
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Excellent work! Recently, my nine year old discovered my stash of Aurora models I got from Toys'R'Us a few years ago (re-released stuff), and we're doing them now. Your stuff is so much better...:)


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One of my treasures, a childhood lust object I never got and then scored on eBay a few years back, is the gigantic Revell Saturn V model. I occasionally take the parts out of the box and reverently lay them in neat arrays on the table, then carefully pack it all back up. Can't make up my mind whether to tackle it or not.

I also have a couple of the Gulf (gas station) lunar landers - the ones that came as a sheet of die-cut cardboard and you folded and assembled. I must have made fifty of them in the day (a Gulf station being within walking distance of the house) and searched for years for a pristine sheet until I found one - I think it was one of my very first eBay purchases. I plan to scan it and print it out so I can cut out the pieces and assemble one or two, but frame the original with a label "Break Glass In Case of Emergency Lunar Landing."

None of which is a patch on fine scratchbuilding, something I've only attempted once or twice.

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Tue May 11, 2010 12:03 pm
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They have re-released that model, and a number of other space age models, Jim. The Lunar Landing Site, the Saturn V, the Apollo Module, and the Mercury are all available now. There is also a book out on doing the history of the Space Program through models.


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