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My John Glenn tribute
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 08:09 AM UTC
I started the Atomic City 1/12 Project Mercury kit some years ago for a campaign here on ModelGeek but for some reason never finished. When John Glenn passed away I figured it was time to bring it out and get it done, so I finished it for the Hanger Queen campaign on AeroScale. But I thought I'd post some pics here as well.

The almost unstarted kit (guess I started painting before I remembered to take pictures):

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The basic cabin. The instrument panel is from a later flight, but I didn't have the umph to rebuild it. The wiring is mine since I knew it would be visible through the open hatch:

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This is basically where I left off:

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Next, on to the finish...

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 08:27 AM UTC
I picked it back up a couple of weeks ago and started from where I'd left off.

The astronaut in the cabin. The kit didn't come with NASA or name plate decals for the suit so I had to print some on plain paper, cut them out, and glue them on. You can hardly see them, but they're there:

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Figure painting is not, I'm afraid, my forte.

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The various subassemblies ready to go together. The stripe decals on the retro package were, well, tedious. But they got done!

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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 08:37 AM UTC
And here's the finished product! Not too bad for having taken all this time to finish.

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Tight fit in there:

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The retro package:

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The escape tower removed and the spoiler deployed (it's on a hinge in the kit):

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And the instrument package in the nose:

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All it all, not a kit for beginners due to the somewhat vague instructions and unclear placement for many of the parts, but quite a model when finished. I think it's a fitting tribute to John Glenn and the other Mercury pioneers. God speed John Glenn. Cue the theme to The Right Stuff...

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 09:44 AM UTC
That looks awesome, Michael.

Jim
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 11:52 AM UTC
Thanks Jim!

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 01:34 PM UTC
Well done Michael. A fitting salute to John Glenn.
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Monday, January 30, 2017 - 01:04 AM UTC
Thank you John!

Michael