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Man in Space USA Manned Rocket Set 1:200 Scale AMT Model Kit #AMT700 Review
Review and Photos by Robert Byrnes
NASA’s manned space flight program started with Project Mercury, aimed at placing an astronaut in orbital flight around the earth, and recovering him safely. The first two manned Mercury missions were sub-orbital, using the Redstone ballistic missile as a launch vehicle. The Mercury capsule and escape tower added another 24 feet, bringing the entire assembly height to 84 feet. Both Mercury Redstone flights lasted only 15½ minutes, from blastoff to splashdown.
In contrast, The Saturn V, with its Apollo payload, is 365 feet tall. Physical and performance characteristics of the stages, in a mission such as the lunar trip, are as follows: the Saturn V will be able to launch into orbit more than a quarter million pounds. The total orbiting tonnage in the lunar mission will be about 280,000 pounds. This includes the weight of the third stage and instrument unit section. The fully fueled and loaded Apollo Spacecraft, in its lunar mission configuration, will weigh about 95,000 pounds. This capability enabled the craft to reach the moon and back… and the rest is history.
For the Modeler: This review covers the Man in Space USA Manned Rocket Set 1:200 Scale AMT Model Kit #AMT700. The kit includes over 100 pieces molded in white styrene. AMT rates this kit a skill level 2 for the intermediate builder. I believe this kit was initially released in the early 1960s. It includes are 5 rockets from the NASA’s US manned space program: the Saturn V Saturn 1B, Mercury Redstone, Mercury Atlas and the Gemini Titan II, an illustrated cardboard gantry backdrop, retro packaging, expanded waterslide decals. These kits follow the progress of the U.S. Manned Space program from 1961-1969. The five rocket models are accurate to the historic spacecraft. It includes an LEM and service modules for both Saturn 1B and Saturn V and illustrated instructions. Finished dimension of the backdrop gantry is 25” tall. Remember… keep learning and have fun!
Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build, this review shows you how through; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; mold seam identification and repair; where not to use glue; a discussion regarding decal authentication; clamping methods; using Alclad to simulate chromed parts; repairing sink marks; using metal foil to simulate authentic surfaces; using Alclad paint to add realism; authentic paint schema; using decal setting solutions to aid in adhesion; scratch building LEM landing gear; expanded 1:1 vehicle specifications; masking methods; using floor polish for good decal adhesion; platform and gantry construction; are all fully examined in this extensive 42 page, full-color Step-by-Step 2 part review in PDF format.
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