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  1. First place, deservedly so. Very nice job. I have this kit and look forward to building it.
  2. I read on CultMantv.com that Dragon will be reissuing 4 space kits. This is good news to me. Last year when I became excited about real space I soon learned that many of the kits I wanted were no longer available. The kits that will be reissued this summer and also available for pre-order are: Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle 1:48 Part Number:DRA-11008 Apollo 11 Lunar Approach Columbia and Eagle 1:72 Part Number:DRA-11001 Apollo 11 CSM 1:48 Part Number:DRA-11007 Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Columbia and Eagle 1:72 Part Number:DRA-11002
  3. Cool! I have one on the way. Thanks for the link.
  4. The only objective was testing the design. The Falcon Heavy did not blow up! That was all that was required. Everything else was icing on the cake. The core didn't land successfully but considering the technical aspect of doing such a thing and the fact it is new technology that needs refinement, 2 out of 3 ain't bad.
  5. This moment in time gets a bit stranger but the coolness factor increases.
  6. We now have a Cherry Red Tesla headed for a Mars flyby. Have you seen the video? Spaceman is strapped in, roof is down, speeding along. How cool is that!? I find the idea funny as well. Sign on the dash reads "Don't Panic", a nod to Douglas Adams. Strange as well. Who could have predicted in the late 60's, after reaching the moon, that one day in the not so distance future such and odd sight would occur? The lesson, anything happen and often the least likely thing. Now where can I get a poster of Spaceman in his Tesla headed for Mars to hang on my wall?
  7. I also re-read it this past year. Loved it as a kid. My favorite by him. Still not bad all these years later but as an adult, I find he was lacking as a writer. He had vision and knew his science though. A lot of the hard SciFi strikes me that way now. Just as a side note, Ray Bradbury was my favorite and I read him often even now. For me, his writing has weathered well. I did watch the mini-series and enjoyed it.
  8. Gordon, I know I could divert some of my attention towards the history of the people who have contributed to our time in space and find out on my own about these folks but I really like your bitesize histories. It is always a nice surprise when I see one of your post.
  9. Stuart, I hear what you're saying. I know there have been a lot of new kits in the last few years, especially from Dragon, but I am having a hard time finding any of them to buy. No one seems to have them. Reading posts from just a year ago I don't think that was the case. Maybe we are nearing a point that they will produce some more? It doesn't seem possible that Dragon would not get more utility from their molds. Here's an idea. Eduard licenses Dragon's molds, issues their kits as a Profipack and corrects the errors with resin or new injection parts and adds PE. I'm a dreamer.
  10. I received my order from Horizon Models yesterday. They look very good. I ordered the Mercury Capsules, Mercury Atlas and Mercury Redstone. The plan is to have the 5 Man in Space models in 1/72. I ordered the Real Space Gemini Titan but haven't received it yet. Tomorrow! So that leaves the Saturns to be sorted out in the next few years (my MIS collection will be a multi year project). I am very pleased with Horizon as far as their models (fingers crossed, more kits please) but their packaging not so much. The shipping box was a bit flimsy. And despite the fragile label I am sure it was on the bottom of a pile (certainly not their fault). I shouldn't complain too much because shipping was only $8 from Australia. Despite how bad it looks, there was no damage to the kits.
  11. When I return to modeling last year I was determined to have a philosophy when it came to purchasing kits. For myself, I felt it was important because without it I found myself buying kits that I knew I would never build. There are so many cool kits and genres. For instance motorcycles, Sci-Fi, ships, and armor. I love to look at these, think of the possibilities and soon I am buying them. The thing is, I am lacking one important thing with those...passion. They don't excite me beyond their coolness factor. I thought I had it figured out. With the spectacular kits that Wingnut Wings is producing and my love of open air, wires in the wind, two wings are better than one aviation, I knew WW1 airplanes were what I wanted to build. Then came my discovery of Real Space. It was always there but for some reason I had not paid it any mind. It would seem that my passion for real space well exceeds WW1 aviation. No problem yet. I can do both. It will likely be beneficial. Tire of one?, need a break?, spend time with the other. (Just don't apply this logic to women ) My stash philosophy also had this important catch: no more than 2 kits at a time. Have one I am building, have another one on the shelf that I am thinking about building. Part of the fun is the time we spend thinking about building. It may even be the bigger part of the enjoyment. With this approach I felt like I would get more building done (sometimes, with too many models there in the stash, all of them talking to you, wanting to be built, the actually building part of this hobby gets reduced). I was able to keep my stash to 2...until Wingnuts announced their price increases and end of shipping. The smart thing to do, the thing I did, was to buy a few models in order to save money. OK, my philosophy took a little hit but it was still intake. Then came my discovery of Real Space modeling and my stash philosophy was blown apart! I have never been one to worry about the availability of kits. Certainly not when I was younger. Even when I rebooted in the hobby. I was sure I could always find something I wanted to build. I have found in the last 2 months though that space models can go out of productions and only be got by paying high prices on ebay or not be found at all. As a result I have gone a little crazy lately buying. I feel I have a good idea about how I want to model space and have been buying what I can to reach those ends. A question to you all. Have I entered at a non-typical time or is it always a struggle to get space models? Also, do you find that you follow the "maybe it won't be available later" buying imperative more with space modeling? Thanks for reading, Greg
  12. It is done. The Haynes Space Shuttle book is on the way. I couldn't help myself though. I had to add in the ISS book too. There is so much info on the web but having someone sift through it and put it in book form is so much better.
  13. I wondered about the Haynes Space Shuttle book. I was even going to post a question here about it, asking if it was any good. Sounds like I should get it. Thanks for the recommendations Eric. My interest in the SV has not waned but I have found myself looking at other projects. There is just so much to learn about. I have been reading and watching videos on the Shuttle and ISS. I know at some point I will want to model them. Speaking of watching videos. I recently upgraded my TV. I had an early HD model. It was an old picture tube type. It worked great, a little small for my aging eyes but I saw no reason to replace it. When I watched youtube it was always in front of the computer or with the IPad. With either it wasn't a lot of fun. Small picture and poor quality. I could only tolerate it for a few minutes. As a consequence I did not watch youtube often. Well, the TV finally died. I bought a replacement and it is a smart TV. I can now watch youtube sitting in a proper chair and the picture is big and clear. I am blown away with the amount of space content. I really see no way to ever run out of stuff to watch. BTW, have you seen this video? It is a reentry test for the Orion space capsule. The video is shot from within. Pointed out the window in the top. To many it may seem boring but I loved it.
  14. I have just finished Spaceman by Mike Massimino. I just want to say what a great book. It has so much to offer. If you are a tech nerd and like space related anything (you are, you are reading this) then what a great way to get an inside story from a contemporary astronaut. If you like an inspiring story then this is also highly recommended. This book should really find its way into the hands of young people. There are so many life lessons to be found. The two greatest: find and follow your passion and give up only after you have given it everything (everything means that you basically don't give up). He tells his story in a way that it is interesting and captivating to a wide audience. You don't have to be interested in space exploration or the space shuttle or techy nerdy stuff to enjoy or benefit from this book. BTW, I listened to the audiobook. He narrates himself and does an excellent job. You really feel his passion. At the recommendation of TimB I have a copy of the Haynes Saturn V book (owners workshop manual). I have read it almost entirely through. I am someone that has come late to the game with little specific knowledge of the Apollo program (NASA and its program in general, to be more precise) and have found this book to be a great place to start. I have nothing to really compare it to but I feel like it is a great introduction with a lot of info. At the recomendation of GordonD, TimB and Eric Mc, I have many books to look forward to. Thanks guys Greg
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