AMT 1/200 Man in Space
Short run with photo etch and resin
"We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other
things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that
goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills,
because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are
unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win ..."
Forget politics, if you can. If you're a space fan, or you enjoy
great speeches, JFK has got to be one of your heroes. Because with this
speech, he persuaded a nation not only that it could put a man on the moon
less than a decade after it had just put a monkey into orbit, but that they
would happily pay for it. Check it out on youtube if you haven't heard it
lately. The link below has the full version.
Well, to send a man to the moon and return him safely to Earth, you
need "a giant rocket more than 300 feet tall... made of new metal alloys,
some of which have not yet been invented, capable of standing heat and
stresses several times more than have ever been experienced, fitted together
with a precision better than the finest watch, carrying all the equipment
needed for propulsion, guidance, control, communications, food and survival,
[and then send it] on an untried mission, to an unknown celestial body, and
then return it safely to earth, re-entering the atmosphere at speeds of over
25,000 miles per hour, causing heat about half that of the temperature of
Sounds easy? When JFK made that speech, the monster rocket he
described was still four years away. The US only had the much smaller
rockets included in this fantastic set, the Mercury-Redstone, the
Mercury-Atlas. The other three are the Gemini-Titan, Saturn IB, and the
monster Saturn V.
Kennedy's speech was almost impossibly bold. When he made it, just
two Americans had orbited earth, for less than for ten hours between them.
The rest is history, of course, but back then it truly seemed, to many at
least, "the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man
has ever embarked".
is a classic from 1969. How it must have flown off the shelves that year!
Repopped by AMT not too long ago, it's not exactly cheap but I think it's
worth the price (I found mine on Amazon for $30). Inside, you score a
Mercury-Redstone (which flew Alan Shephard and Gus Grissom on their
sub-orbital flights), the Mercury-Atlas (which flew John Glenn and the other
Mercury astronauts into Earth orbit), the Gemini-Titan (which flew all the
Gemini flights), the Saturn IB (Apollo 7, Apollo Soyuz, and Skylab crew
flights) and the mighty Saturn V (which flew all the other Apollo flights as
well as launching Skylab itself).
The box doesn't have as many sprues as you'd expect for all those
rockets. When I first opened it, I momentarily wondered if something was
missing. Then I realised just how unbelievably big the Saturn V is. The
parts for that take up most of the box. The Mercury-Redstone, in 1/200, is
about as thick as a pen and not as long. The Saturn V by comparison is
nearly as thick and about long as your forearm (well, mine anyway).
For a kit made in 1969 the parts are remarkably clean. On mine, they
are stamped inside as being made in Guangdong, China, in 2016, under a 2012
licence from Lockheed. No doubt that last point contributes to the price
(which is fairly high for the amount of actual plastic, and given the moulds
The kit also comes with a cardboard cutout display base. It's actually kind
of cool, with a 60s feel to it. It's a gantry big enough to stand next to
the Saturn V.
Well worth it. All you need to complete the set is a Hasegawa 1/200
Shuttle and Booster, fairly readily available.
And a side note: I saw another review (which helped me decide to buy
this) which said "a father and son team could have a wonderful time"
building this kit. True. But you know what else? A *parent* and his or her
daughter could too! #girlsinSTEM #its2017 My little two year old girl is
already into rockets...wonder how that happened?
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