Delta 7 Studios' 1/24 scale
by David Hanners
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1/24th scale, 65-lb. card, Mylar and foil kit: Delta 7 Studios (
This is the Delta 7 Studios model of Gemini VII, with several
The model is one of several that comes on the company's "Project
Gemini" CD. While the stock kit is very good, goes together easily (even
for the novice card modeler) and builds into a fine model, I wanted to
add some detail. I built the model with a number of modifications aimed
at enhancing accuracy and providing additional strength to the model.
The modifications/enhancements include:
Detail for the radar and UHF antennas, cabling and panels were added
to the nose to make it three-dimensional. Card was used, except for the
gold-colored circle (I guess it is some antenna?) which is gold foil.
The raised portions adjacent to the
hinge-line sills of the hatches (I have no idea what the raised
portions are called, or what they are for, but you can see them in
reference photos) were added from laminated card stock.
The window insets were altered to
make construction easier.
Thin strips of wood cut from coffee
stirring sticks were glued to the inner surface of the capsule to
provide additional strength and insure the surface remained
Disks cut from heavy card were glued
fore and aft to provide added strength and to insure the capsule
maintained circular cross-sections.
Retro/Equipment Section Modules
Additional raised panel detail was
added, as per reference photos.
The raised circumferential bands at
the front and rear of the modules were added with thin strips of
white and gray card, while sections cut from extra printouts of the
stock Delta 7 Studios pieces were used for the circumferential band
that separates the Retro and Equipment Section modules.
The pop-up experiments, included on
the "Project Gemini" CD, were added.
The red strap fairings were
scratchbuilt with additional detail. The top and bottom thrusters
were shortened to give them a more accurate profile.
The rear thrusters were scratchbuilt.
Additional detail -- in the form of
inset boxes -- was added to the rear.
Gold Mylar from a helium balloon was
used to replicate the thermal blanketing that covers the rear of the
Thin strips of gold BareMetal Foil
were used to represent the covering between the sections of Mylar.
The "floating" pieces of thermal
blanketing (strips torn free when the Gemini spacecraft separated
from the upper stage of the Titan II rocket) were made by laying a
piece of double-sided tape on the backside of a piece of gold foil
from a candy wrapper, then folding the foil over onto itself,
producing a piece that has two gold sides. The piece was then cut
into thin strips, twisted and shaped; the tape helps them keep their
shape. They were affixed to the rear thermal blankets with thin
strips of tape.
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Model, Images and Text Copyright © 2004
by David Hanners
except background to title composite from NASA website (NASA image
Composite image by Brett Green
Page Created 02 November, 2004
02 November, 2004
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