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ramedog
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posted 04-20-2014 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ramedog   Click Here to Email ramedog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking to track down models of manned craft/rockets, ideally all in the same scale to get an accurate comparison of sizes as the Mercury program turned into Gemini and eventually to Apollo. I'd really like something in the 1:100 scale range to be able to show the detail but at this point anything with reasonable accuracy would suffice. I realize that each program had several variations, was wondering if any of you had any insight on where to start, if any of you had done something similar, etc.

I'm open to DIY models, pre-made stuff, anything really. Kind of late to the game, think I was born in the wrong generation so there's still a lot catching up to do. Thought it best to poll those with far more knowledge than I to see what you might have come up with. Thanks in advance.

Norman.King
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posted 04-20-2014 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I started my collection with a view to keeping it fixed at 1/48 for the spacecraft and 1/144 for the rockets, but I soon discovered that if I wanted a complete collection I'd have to consider other scales too. (See here for some of my collection.)

If all you want are USA manned spacecraft finding them in a fixed scale won't be difficult, but I assure you that once you start it'll be hard to resist building your collection further.

The website here is a good resource for discovering what model kits are available in what scale.

If you want pre-built check out Dragons range of models, although most are 1/72 or 1/400 scale.

AussiePete
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posted 04-21-2014 01:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AussiePete   Click Here to Email AussiePete     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
1/48 would be the smallest I'd consider for the complete set. Anything less and it may as well be a toy.

I think as already said, rockets one scale I picked 1/72 and spacecraft larger, 1/24 or bigger.

Norman.King
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posted 04-21-2014 03:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by AussiePete:
1/48 would be the smallest I'd consider for the complete set. Anything less and it may as well be a toy.
Gotta disagree with you on that one point. I've got some spectacularly detailed hand-built 1/72 and 1/144 models in my collection that can in noway be considered toys.

Obviously if you have the space to store a big-scale collection then that's great, but a 1/72 rocket collection (particularly if it includes a Saturn V) will require significant display space, so I'd advise the OP to keep that in mind and not dismiss the smaller scales.

AussiePete
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posted 04-21-2014 07:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AussiePete   Click Here to Email AussiePete     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the 1/72 Saturn and yes it's in a case. I meant capsules only, a 1/72 Mercury or Gemini would be near pointless surely as a desk model?

More like the novelty pencil top.

GACspaceguy
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posted 04-21-2014 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Trying to do the same scale can be tough.

1/200 scale is the easiest as the AMT 1/200 scale model kit covers all of the M-G-A and the shuttle is an easy add.

If you want bigger you can do 1/48 with the Mercury, Redstone, Atlas and the Gemini-Titan from Nick Proach. The tough one is both Saturns, but there are kits out there.

See the photo below as how I have done it with the three I mention and then the Revell 1/48 kit for Saturn and the 1/100 scale cutaway showing the full vehicle. Just something to think about.

ramedog
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posted 04-22-2014 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ramedog   Click Here to Email ramedog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wanted to say thanks for all the great responses, gives me a good direction to start in, thanks to all!

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