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history in miniature
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posted 11-08-2009 07:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A commission build for a fellow cS member, I converted EVA Models' figures to create two dioramas on one base (display area size constraints) to represent David Scott getting ready to recover the Genesis rock, and Jim Irwin at the rover, two known photographs.

The excitement here is the product to recreate the lunar surface, it is amazing. It's by far the best product I have used, and it really captures the look and texture.

GACspaceguy
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posted 11-08-2009 08:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sweet!!!

apolloprojeckt
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posted 11-08-2009 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks great Steve... very nice!

Gilbert
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posted 11-08-2009 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow! Really cool!

KSCartist
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posted 11-09-2009 06:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve, you are a true artist in every sense of the word. OUTSTANDING!

Tim

history in miniature
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posted 11-09-2009 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No excuses, I corrected the seat color. Revised photo.

Philip
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posted 11-10-2009 01:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well done... superb skills.

tegwilym
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posted 11-10-2009 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Coooool!

birds-or-shells
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posted 12-04-2009 10:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for birds-or-shells   Click Here to Email birds-or-shells     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wanted to share with you one of my most prized space items -- a custom model created by the extraordinarily talented Stephen Nicols. I also wanted to encourage each of you to consider commissioning a model by him -- you will never regret it!

First a little background. About nine years ago I acquired Florian Noller's amazing Apollo 15 presentation of moon dust sampled from David Scott's temporary stowage bag. It really is an incredible to own actual moon dust collected from an Apollo mission. I was fortunate enough to have Dave Scott sign this item at last years Astronaut Autograph and Memorabilia Show.

Among the Apollo missions 15 is one of my favorites. In particular I am fascinated by the story of the finding of the "Genesis Rock." It is a thrilling story and an important achievement in deciphering the geologic history of the moon. I'm sure each of you has seen the HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon." and remember how exciting this event was portrayed - "We got what we came for".

I thought it would be great to have a display of a rover model to go with my moon dust. I was initially drawn to the Code 3 model since it is known for incredible details - see an example here. Unfortunately these models are out of production and have become quite expensive (~$300 or more) to get on the secondary market such as eBay. I settled on less expensive option - the MiniChamps model which I was able to get for about $80 from "The Motor Pool" - currently on sale for $69.99. There are better pictures available at Nick Proach's web site.

The problem with both the Code 3 and MiniChamps rovers is that are not as detailed as I would like and even have inaccuracies in how they are painted. This led me to decide on getting a custom model built by Stephen Nichols.

As shown in this file, the model is incredible! To show just how accurate it is I combined images of the actual rover (image AS15-88-11901HR.jpg from Apollo Archives along with images of the Code 3 and MiniChamps models - images from above-referenced web sites.

Stephen has an incredible eye for detail and accuracy and makes the model look "real" - right down to the dirty seats and floorboards. By comparison the two commercial models are way too clean and have many details missing or not painted due to the time required.

In addition to getting an incredible rover I have the bonus of James Irwin being included in an action pose - about to get equipment from the rover. This posing is similar to that designated as AS15-86-11603HR.jpg from the Apollo Archives - see attached composite.

And to top it all off I have a recreation of Dave Scott about to collect the "Genesis Rock." There are few images of this actual event - the best available being AS15-90-12228HR.jpg from the Apollo Archives. Stephen did an amazing job in posing David Scott, creating a Gnomon from scratch, and having a miniature "Genesis Rock" - which is actual Anorthosite covered by a lunar soil simulant.

I am extremely pleased with my "history in miniature" and very grateful to Stephen for all his hard work and tremendous talent. You should consider commissioning a model by him of your favorite space moment. Perhaps the Apollo 11 first step, the Apollo 12 climb up cone crater, the Apollo 14 golf swing, the Apollo 15 Hammer and Feather demonstration, the Apollo 16 John Young "jump salute", the Apollo 17 orange soil discovery, etc.

Norman.King
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posted 03-26-2010 02:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just wanted to second the comments from birds-or-shells above. I've just purchased a custom LRV diorama from Pascal and I'm absolutely delighted with it.

The fine detail is amazing and each time I look at it I see something new. If you want something that’s unique and special for your collection do consider buying a custom model from one of these exceptional model builders.

divemaster
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posted 03-28-2010 12:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chris was a helluva guy. We did a lot of business together and spent endless hours on the phone talking scuba diving.

Not to sound morbid, but I wonder what his wife did with the molds? I know he toiled over that LRV for years. I built one - and it was far from easy - especially the HGA. Not that I think I could do it today, but I always wanted a second crack at building it.

EVA Models had SO many nice products [along with his space military models]. I just wonder what happened to the molds? Or they're just still sitting there as "one of those things" that, unfortunately, I know too well how things will sit because you don't want to face them.

history in miniature
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posted 03-28-2010 06:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The LRV is still available through a company in China ($49.99). I never got the chance to meet Chris.

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