Luna from the movie Destination Moon
Hello Gentlemen, I present one of my beloved themes : rockets of the fifties!
Here is Luna from movie Destination Moon, a resin studio scale model proposed by Master Piece Models and out of production.
With more than 90 cm high, that model is about 1/50scale. The building was not easy because the surfaces had to be almost perfect and the fact that I wanted the main door open and show all the rungs running on the body as perfectly as possible.
I managed walls inside the body and behind the scratchbuilt door. It was not easy to hang the door by the inside ! After several layers of primer to smooth the surface, I sprayed gloss black before the Tamiya Bare Metal can, which is the closest paint to represent metal.
During construction, I saw the aborber chocks were wrong, so I recreated them by sculpting them in a block of sandable resin and cast them in resin. That particular detail is important because it gives the particular look of Luna.
But the most important and the most difficult job here was to represent the rungs that run on almost 80 cm! Master Piece gives wire to cut and bend each rung by hand ! Crazy and not effective! I More over, there are too many holes drilled on the body. I calculated the right number with a scaled spacer, filled the surplus holes, reduced the larger and used…real staples (!) just pinned in place because bond may had ruined the paint.
I built my own lunar surface by modeling and sculpting synthetic polyester plaster and sculpted the two astronauts by using plastic Preiser figurines!
That Luna took me effort, concentration and fun and I am very proud of the result! I am happy to get that piece of SF history in my collection!
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