Mercury-Gemini Capsule Set 1:48 Revell 85-1834 Kit Review

2013 January 30
by Doug

RoR Step-by-Step Review 20130130*
Mercury-Gemini Capsule Set 1:48 Revell 85-1834 Kit Review
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It’s October 7, 1958, and the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union is in full swing.   The “Space Race” was—at first—just another facet of the Cold War. At 3:25 p.m. (6:30 a.m. in New York City), the Soviet Union took a giant leap ahead of the United States in that race.  The American people and the American government were kicked out of their complacent “we’re better” attitudes when they awoke to the beeping of Sputnik 1 as it orbited the Earth.  The space race was definitely on and Russia had taken an early lead. 

All of the Mercury and Gemini space missions were just practice for President Kennedy’s stated goal:  “To land a man on the moon before the end of the decade.”  NASA, scientists, aerospace engineers, computer and electronics engineers, and all the myriad support industries learned valuable lessons from each of these missions.  These lessons allowed the U.S. to land a man on the moon in July 1969, successfully complete the Skylab missions in the 70’s, and excel with dozens of shuttle missions.  If we hadn’t taken all the “baby steps” with the Mercury and Gemini missions, the world would be a very different place today.

For the modeler: In 2012, Revell reissued their 1:48 scale Mercury & Gemini Capsule Set model kit (kit number 1834).  The box art of the kit I built reminded me heavily of the original kit Revell issued in 1964. The decal sheet provides authentic Mercury mission markings and generic Gemini ones. There are 142 parts molded in light gray plastic with a 12-page instruction booklet. Detailed information dealing with flash, sink and pin marks; accurate figure, interior and exterior color selections; landing gear considerations; capsule assembly for ease of construction; assembly sequence modifications to facilitate painting; window fabrication and installation; capsule weighting for proper display; handling fragile parts; display stand finishing; decal application; instruction errors; entry door installation; retro rocket housing considerations; cell and equipment finishing; equipment module color selection; support strut location; program historical information and considerations; are all fully examined in this 15 page, full-color Step-by-Step review.

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