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wmk
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posted 12-15-2008 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wmk   Click Here to Email wmk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if any of the model manufactures has plans to produce any models to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 (or other missions)? I know there are great representations that already exist but figured there is probably a market for more. I thought there would be a post on this but didn't see one.

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They haven't yet rolled out all the details, but for the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, Revell will be reissuing the 1:32 Apollo Command and Service Module, the 1:48 Moon Landing diorama, and the 1:144 Saturn V rocket kits. I've also heard that the 1:7 Apollo Astronaut on the Moon kit may also be part of the anniversary re-issues.

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posted 12-15-2008 10:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw the 1:48 Moon Landing diorama at a Hobbytown USA yesterday. It looked like a re-issue, due to it's somewhat retro cover art on a very clean box. If memory serves, it was in the $30 range, and almost found its way home with me.

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The lunar landing model (under the Monogram label) has been re-issued at least five times, including an international release last year. To the best of my knowledge, the new Revell models will not be available until 2009.

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posted 12-16-2008 02:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wmk   Click Here to Email wmk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the replies. I should have been a little more specific. I was really asking about high quality, heavy diecast models like the ones from Franklin Mint, Danbury Mint and Code 3.

Do you think any of these companies (or other companies) would ever re-make what's been done before in diecast models (ie, LM, CM, CSM, Saturn V, or Rover)?

For example, I am thinking about how popular the Franklin Mint 1994 Lunar Module is and wonder if they have considered a re-make for the 40th anniversary (even if it was essentially the same thing I think there would be a market for it). Or maybe Franklin would make a Saturn V (which they haven't made before - right?).

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posted 01-10-2009 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Revell will be reissuing the 1:32 Apollo Command and Service Module, the 1:48 Moon Landing diorama, and the 1:144 Saturn V rocket kits.
Revell will reissue Apollo program related model kits: Saturn V scale 1:96 (!) etc., see: Revell's online catalog.
  • 1:96 Saturn V
  • 1:96 Apollo Columbia and Eagle
  • 1:48 Apollo Lunar Module Eagle
  • 1:32 Apollo spacecraft and interior
  • 1:8 Apollo Astronaut
Editor's note: See: Revell's "Buzz Aldrin Rocket Hero" model kits

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posted 01-10-2009 01:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rumor has it that Airfix will be re-releasing the 1/144 Saturn V AND Saturn 1B kits in 2010.

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And SEMROC should be releasing a 1/100 scale flying model rocket of the Saturn V sometimes in 2009, similar to the model that Estes/Centuri had years back.

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posted 01-27-2009 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Airfix 1/144 Saturn V is announced on the site under the category 'new parts added'. Wonder what that means...

Also, on some pictures of the "Revell 40 years Apollo 11 display", an Apollo astronaut is shown in a different posture than the classic one on the ladder.

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posted 01-27-2009 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The new parts in the Airfix kit will be a new Block 2 CSM at the proper diameter for 1/144 scale (the LM adaptor will need to be modified to fit it, unless Airfix provides one as well). The original Airfix kit's Apollo CSM was too skinny and it becomes really noticeable when you finally realize what is wrong with it. The Monogram kit is almost as bad.

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posted 01-30-2009 07:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo Redux   Click Here to Email Apollo Redux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Danbury Mint say's "they have no plans" to re-issue the Saturn V.

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Aoshima has re-released an "Apollo Saturn Rocket and Lunar Module kit" (including the crawler and LUT). They used the original molds from 1969. Aoshima also re-released the "Apollo Lunar Module Eagle kit" and an "Apollo Command Module and Lunar Module kit".

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posted 07-06-2009 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mslekar   Click Here to Email mslekar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just curious, I guess I thought the 40th anniversary of Apollo would have brought out more commemorative replicas, toys, etc? Any thoughts or is it simply not enough interest to generate enough profits in this down economy? I was looking forward to having some new anniversary models or toys by now.

Editor's note: Threads merged.

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posted 07-23-2009 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Aoshima kits - does anyone know how correct they are? The LM - is it as good as Monogram or like Revell's?

The launch model - does it have the correct number of swing arms? Does the crawler have details? Please post pictures.

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posted 07-29-2009 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henk Boshuijer   Click Here to Email Henk Boshuijer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The model of the LUT is not very detailed and the number of swingarms are not correct.

The model still is quite nice if you consider the size of the model.

Aoshima LUT

Aoshima LUT

E2M Lem Man
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posted 07-29-2009 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for posting them!

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posted 09-11-2009 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just read in Fine Scale Modeler magazine that ALL the Aoshima Apollo models are going to be re-released in the U.S. By the Model Rectifier Corporation (MRC). No idea of prices yet though!

Jay Chladek
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posted 09-11-2009 06:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The three Aoshima kits are out now and have been for about a month. Prices are about $39.99 retail with an average sale price of about $32.00. The 1/96 Apollo CSM and LM kit is sort of a copy of the Revell kit and it is pretty decent (better then the Heller kit IMHO).

The Saturn V set looks cute, although it isn't 1/400 (more like 1/600) and it comes with a 1/96 LM as well. The Saturn itself is very crude, although it can be done into a decent replica if you do a good paintjob on it.

The 1/40 LM is an oddball. It is the only one I haven't acquired or seen in the flesh. I hear it is somewhat okay and has spring loaded gear struts. But it is more toy-like then a serious model (as tended to be the case with many Japanese kits offered in the late 1960s and early 1970s).

As for other Apollo stuff, the following kits are currently out:

In Europe from Revell of Germany:
1/96 Saturn V
1/48 Lunar Module (Revell tooling)
1/32 Apollo CSM (no gold plating on the CM)
1/16 Astronaut on the Moon

In the US From Revell Monogram:
1/144 Saturn V (Monogram tooling)
1/48 First Lunar Landing (Monogram LM)
1/32 Apollo CSM (gold plated CM)

In the UK from Airfix:
1/144 Saturn V (revised Block 2 CSM tooling)
1/72 LM with 16 astronaut set included

Internationally:
Tamiya 1/70 Apollo CSM and LM
Aoshima "1/400" Saturn V
Aoshima 1/96 Apollo CSM and LM
Aoshima 1/40 Lunar Module

The Dragon "Can Do" Apollo pre-painted figurines have also been reissued, or at least I found one hobby distributor that had them (Horizon Hobby). Near as I can tell, they are identical to the previous issue and all the figurines are available. Three rocket sets are needed to complete the 1/400 Saturn V. A 1/200 Apollo CSM and LM are also available. The last three figurines are 1/24 scale astronauts, one of them being the rare Buzz Aldrin in space suit figurine (the chase figure of the set).

Concerning the seeming lack of dedicated Apollo 11 reissues or new issues, I think part of it is due to there already being so much stuff available as it is. Action Toys already covers the toy market pretty well with their 1/144 Saturn and 1/48 Apollo CSM and LM set. It is nice to see a few of these kits get reissued as I have acquired the Tamiya kit and a couple of the Aoshima issues, but most of us who are modelers already have a few of the more notable Apollo kits in are stash as many of them were in production until somewhat recently anyway.

One kit I wish that would have been reissued would have been the old Revell 1/48 Apollo CSM and LM set, but I believe the reason that one didn't come out was due to the molds showing signs of extreme wear when it was last offered in 1994. Not too many of these made it to the states that year and I was darn lucky to even get one. The Revell LM at least made it back out anyway, although the Revell of Germany Apollo kits aren't currently available in the USA as Revell Monogram is offering their own stuff instead. Only the 1/32 Monogram CSM is available in both countries, but the CM in the US offered kits has the gold plating on it while the European issue does not (and both came from the same production line, weird).

As for the Airfix stuff, a couple distributors managed to pipeline in some Saturn Vs last week to the USA, but the vast majority won't be available until mid-October according to my sources. I believe the LM will probably follow in late October or early November (just in time for Apollo 12).

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I am finishing the Airfix Saturn V for a customer in England, he sent one over, I'll post a photo when finished, should be tomorrow (it better be).

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Philip
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Superb, that must be about 1 meter high?

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posted 09-12-2009 04:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice Steve, is this the new version of Airfix?

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Philip, Pascal, this is the new Airfix kit. It was sent by a cS member, for me to build.

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posted 09-13-2009 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So did they make the improvements that were discussed earlier?

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Yes, it has the new block 2 CSM at the proper diameter. After seeing one built, this is the kit I will be using for my Apollo Saturn V build (my Monogram kit will become Skylab).

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The LM shape is also correct, quite accurate.

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Very nice micro work Steve! Do you have use a little green color in a paint mix on the Ascent Stage of the LM?

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It looks like "Airfix" still didn't get the black block schemes right on their Saturn V box?

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I got some news from an internet store... don't know how accurate is this information, but this is what I got today: "Apollo Capsules are due in two weeks". The store also told me that this company (don't know which one) is going to make two versions of the capsules, one signed by Buzz Aldrin and the other one unsigned. I think they will be pretty much like Code 3 capsules or TMC Pacific capsules.

Has anyone heard about this? Also about the price, I have no idea how much they will cost, but I'm sure that the signed version will be over $500 taking as a reference the TMC signed version.

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posted 10-13-2009 05:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't have much knowledge of models, but I think the one they are talking about is one I saw at a model store a few months back. From a model website:
Revell-Monogram has re-issued the 1:144 Monogram Saturn V kit for the 40th Anniversary of the 1st manned moon landing with the "Buzz Aldrin - Rocket Hero" edition of this kit, last in production almost a decade ago.

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posted 10-13-2009 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Revell-Monogram "Buzz Aldrin Rocket Hero" kits were were earlier discussed here.

As these are build-it-yourself kits and not pre-assembled models, which (further) have been available for the past few months, I would guess that the Aldrin-signed models are something different (though I could be wrong).

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Just to give those of you that maybe planning to buy the Revel 1:144 scale Aldrin – Rocket Hero Saturn V, I have seen in several modeling groups that this model comes with black decals instead of red for the sides of the Saturn. I have seen photos of this and it does look a little weird with black decals. Revel is aware of this error, but do not plan to correct the problem because of cost.

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posted 10-19-2009 05:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Obviousman   Click Here to Email Obviousman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm pretty sure you can get 1/144th Saturn V transfers somewhere. If I find them, I'll post the URL here.

Anyway, I decided that I wanted to revisit plastic modeling - which I haven't done since about 1980. Although I'm a military aircraft nerd, I decided I just had to get some of the Apollo models (I previously built the Airfix 1/144th Saturn V in the 70s, after lusting after it for ages... but I've lost it in subsequent years).

I bought:

Revell 1/48 LM (40th)
Revell 1/32 CSM (Rocket Hero)
Revell 1/144 Saturn V (Rocket Hero)
Atomic City 1/12 Mercury capsule

I plan to build them in the above order, in order to regain some of the necessary skills. The LM kit isn't the best (I have read) but the Mercury kit is fantastic.

Anyway, I have plenty of resources for images / detail, but would appreciate any modeling sites that would give me some hints to improve the building process.

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You can get new and completely accurate decals from Rick Sternbach, Space Model Systems decals.

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posted 10-19-2009 07:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Obviousman   Click Here to Email Obviousman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks - I'll order them. The Revell kit is pretty bad; the molding quality is terrible. I'll use that as a practice model and get another Saturn V elsewhere. Any suggestions?

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Originally posted by j0s9:
I got some news from an internet store... don't know how accurate is this information, but this is what I got today: "Apollo Capsules are due in two weeks". ... I think they will be pretty much like Code 3 capsules or TMC Pacific capsules.
Looks like this model has hit eBay with a Buy It Now of $259.99.

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posted 10-24-2009 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The first set of 1/25 scale Apollo 11 CMs have sold but there are others on eBay for a Buy It Now of $269.99

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posted 10-24-2009 11:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for j0s9   Click Here to Email j0s9     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So there it is, it's true, the Apollo 11 Capsule exists! I was expecting something different, it looks like the Apollo 16 Capsule. What I would like to see is the signed version of it. I need to ask to my collectibles seller if he has some of these models or the signed ones, just to compare the price. I will let you guys now if I get any news.

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posted 10-25-2009 06:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks like the TMC Apollo 16 capsule because it is the TMC Apollo 16 capsule, formerly the Code 3 Collectibles' Apollo 11 CM. This is a reissue of the same mold, which TMC licensed from Code 3.

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Here is a beautiful one, die cast and a bit expensive but well worth it.


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