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Greetings!

Recently completed, this is the Atomic City Orion Space Clipper resin kit. For me, this is the most beautiful of the vehicles from 2001: A Space Odyssey.   From tip of nose to the end of the rear stingers, the model is 44 inches long (not 42 inches).   Being large and heavy, a sturdy display stand is essential to prevent tipping and damage, so I made one from a pre-cast concrete paver - it will never tip!  External battery powered LED lights for the cockpit and passenger cabin were added but I did not do an interior.  The wing is secured into position from the bottom with 6 small screws to allow access to the interior and lighting.  The kit decals are very nice, but the Pan Am logo blue seems a bit too dark?  Details about the construction will be posted soon along with more images of the completed model. In the meantime I wanted to share these first images of the finished kit . . . .

 

Thanks for having a look, questions and comments are always welcome.

 

Cheers,

Bill

 

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Impressive work :worthy:... How big is it in 1/48th  ? Can you take a photo with a 1/48 aircraft so we can get a sense of scale. 

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Many thanks for the comments!  Orion is 44 inches in length.  It is frequently described as being only 42 inches, perhaps the difference being the stingers at the end?  The kit seems simple with relatively few parts, but actual construction was a surprising challenge!  More on this later when Work in Progress photos are posted.

 

Bill

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Bill, what a beauty. I now have the Blue Danube playing in my head!

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Very nice!

A very credible design that still looks good today.

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Many thanks everyone - I do appreciate the kind comments!  In the following image I attempted to duplicate the angle and lighting of the Kubrick filming model . . . . .

 

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Seems like a simple task, but I found it to be far more of a challenge than anticipated.

 

Bill

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More photos of the completed model . . .

 

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Further images coming soon, questions and comments always welcome.

Cheers,

Bill

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Final group of completion photos.  Many thanks for having a look, your questions and comments are most welcome.

 

Bill

 

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That’s great, the last shot in particular. Odd film, but with some beautiful designs- which you’ve done justice to! :lol:

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19 hours ago, Jeddahbill said:

Thanks for having a look and commenting!

 

Bill

You’re welcome! It really is a beautiful model. How much was it new?

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I like this, it brings back memories of a brilliant movie, such a pity that the Panam logo is possibly the most far fetched part of it nowadays, your execution is superb. :)

Steve.

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Thanks everyone!  I do appreciate your having a look and commenting.  I paid 385USD for the kit from Scott Alexander on Ebay a few years ago.  Not sure if the kit is still available from Atomic City.  Other than one or two small issues, the kit was well designed and of good quality.  No instructions or construction related information included, but it did come with two sets of very nice decals.  A challenging resin kit, very large and heavy.  Finding a place to display the completed model was difficult - after checking with the Minister of the Interior (my wife), I obtained permission to temporarily display the model on the dining room table.

 

Bill

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