This project involves the 1/12 scale Atomic City Mercury capsule kit, but only a few parts were retained. I decided to completely scratchbuild the interior and extensively modify the exterior hull. The project was started in June 2009 and is expected to be completed by January 2010. You can learn more about how I built the thing here.
This is the 1/72 scale Fine Molds kit of Han Solo's fictional Millennium Falcon. I built it more or less straight out of the box, because the kit is superb as is. I am not a that much of a fan of Star Wars, but I always liked Han Solo's carefree, swashbuckling nature, and especially his beat-up, sometimes faster-than-light vehicle.
I think everyone must have a 1/72 scale Space Shuttle kit buried in a closet somewhere. Few ever build it. I decided to give it a go, perhaps to an extreme. I super detailed the model, adding individual tiles and thermal blankets, among other things. You can learn more about how I built the thing here.
Ok. I just got done saying I'm not a big fan of Star Wars and here we see another subject from the movie. But the company that makes this 1/72 scale kit, Fine Molds, has a nasty habit of producing high quality models that are a joy to build. This one was a blast to build.
What the hell is a submarine doing in here? This is a resin kit of the CSS Hunley, the famous Confederate submarine used during the American Civil War. It was built for my brother, who is a Civil War historian and military officer.
What does one do with an old mountain bike wheel and a pile of plastic bits? You make a space station model, of course! This is a model of a toroid space station playing host to a FedEx space shuttle delivering goods. Commercial entities, from Lockheed to Starbucks, adorn the wheel - a celebration of the private sector in space.
I've always been intrigued by submarines, particularly those of the Cold War and present day. Perhaps it's because they have much in common with spacecraft. Perhaps the most interesting of modern era subs is the Soviet/Russian Typhoon class, so I'm building a 1/350 kit from Alanger, a Russian company.
I've always loved the Andrew Probert design of the Enterprise first seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Polar Lights issued a wonderful 1/350 scale kit of this beast, which I purchased in 2005. I've tinkered with it on and off since then, but decided along the way to make this my own ship - the Tranquillity, named after a WWII US Navy hospital ship.
First of the 1/72 Cold War bombers I intend to build, the B-36D is big and bizarre. It is the only U.S. bomber that never saw wartime service, and it's a good thing, too. The aircraft carried all manner of nuclear ordnance. In any case, it is a neat bird, and one that will eventually grace the ceiling of my studio, as there will be no other place for it...
This is the 1/72 Russian-made kit of the Soviet Buran space shuttle which flew only once in 1988. I figured this would be a fascinating project, and a nice compliment to my completed 1/72 U.S. Space Shuttle Orbiter Discovery.
This is the 1/32 Moebius Model's Viper Mk II kit, which I highly recommend. For your money, you get a superbly crafted model with a resin pilot (which I won't use, unfortunately). As always, I will add my detailing touches as I go along...
I've had this kit for years, and work on it periodically. It is the classic 1/350 scale kit of the U.S.S. Enterprise aircraft carrier. It is an ambitious project to undertake, because the kit is lacking in detail and, in many instances, accuracy.
A 1/12 scale Vostok 1, depicting the capsule shortly after reentry, is under way as a compliment to my 1/12 model of Friendship 7. The starting point is a 7.5-inch plastic ball.