SEARCH FINESCALE.COM

Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Revell 1/24 Gemini- complete 8/26

18424 views
72 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Monday, August 25, 2014 11:21 PM

Thank you Eagle! it's really just paintwork, where i have deviated from the instructions quite a bit.  But otherswise it is strictly OOB.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    November 2010
  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:05 PM

Hey Stik!  I'm lovin the detail work you are doing.........I'm getting an urge to do mine now!

Great work!

Eagle90

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, August 24, 2014 2:28 PM

Thanks for looking in and the feedback guys. It really is a good old kit OOB and can be made into an incredible build with some additional detailing.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, August 24, 2014 11:19 AM

Excellent work.  I am enjoying this build as it come together.

  • Member since
    April 2008
  • From: N.H. USA
Posted by TZombie on Sunday, August 24, 2014 11:18 AM

Looking very good. I like the way the equipment bay came out.

cb1
  • Member since
    December 2009
  • From: D/FW Texas
Posted by cb1 on Sunday, August 24, 2014 7:36 AM

looks awesome.

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:50 PM

Last night and this morning I applied the decals, which all went onto the capsule portion of the craft, including all those little red hash marks.

Upper portion

Right side

Left side

bottom portion

close ups of the hash marks, as you can see there are a few air bubble I need to deal with on the "shingles"

One other thing that I did was fill and sand smooth the attachment holes for the upper portion of the Equipment Section. Afterwards I had to repaint it

Then I airbrushed on a coat of Satin Clear to seal in the washes on the Retrograde and Equipment Sections interiors

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, August 23, 2014 10:52 AM

Thanks cb! I started on the decals last night. Those will be done later this morning.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

cb1
  • Member since
    December 2009
  • From: D/FW Texas
Posted by cb1 on Saturday, August 23, 2014 9:05 AM

awesome! w00t!

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, August 22, 2014 7:23 PM

Thank you Mike. I'm glad that you like it so far.

Well here is the latest work on my Gemini Spacecraft project

Now where was I? I hit a speed bump due to trying some new weathering techniques and had to go back and fix those up. And I have been doing bits and pieces of detail painting over the past week. Today it was time to get it all assembled.

I used oil paints to apply a pin wash on the Equipment and Retrograde Sections. . It worked good enough on the Retrograde section, but did not react well with the Floquil paint on the sidewalls of the Equipment section, my first time using that medium. Next time I know to use a dissimilar layer in between. So I touched up the paint there and then used Promodeler Wash to take care of that section.

Equipment Section

Retrograde Section

After getting that work fine tuned I added the equipment that goes in those sections

Equipment Section

Retrograde Section

I also applied the Promodeler Wash to the Astronaut figures

Then I applied their uniform decals- I still need to do a little more work on their faces and then add their helmet faceshields

And I have been working on the red edging and mettalic red detail work for the capsule itself, all based off of photos of Gemini 3. Today I finally glued the capsule exterior to the heat shield so now all that needs to be added are the hatch windows. Which I will do after the decals are on and the final Flat coat on the exterior.

then a test fit of the Adapter Section to the Crew Section

and a test fitting of the Astronauts

Keep looking, more to come soon...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    February 2007
  • From: Brunswick, Ohio
Posted by Buckeye on Friday, August 22, 2014 11:30 AM

Great pics!

Mike

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, August 21, 2014 11:42 PM

Oh I just love those photos!!!! I can look at them for hours... simply stunning. Now I had read that tape was applied for thermal shielding over some of the plumbing, but that looks a little too much to be strictly for that purpose. Not to mention the pretty symmetrical appearance. No worries though,as mine is OOB and will be built smooth as the kit is molded. I have just been wiping up my Promodeler wash this evening and have all the Equipment Section goodies ready for installation tomorrow.

BTW, that link helped quite a bit as I was debating over the RCS rocket color for the metal rim part. I am gonna stick with the metallic red that I used. I am gonna try a darker brown for the ablative coating inside the nozzles.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

cb1
  • Member since
    December 2009
  • From: D/FW Texas
Posted by cb1 on Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:26 PM

here is the link to the hi-res pictures

http://tothemoon.ser.asu.edu/gallery/Gemini

click on Gemini VI-A link

hope this helps! Beer

cb1
  • Member since
    December 2009
  • From: D/FW Texas
Posted by cb1 on Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:21 PM

I don't know, Lew may have a point... I downloaded these really hi-res photos and at full size they really look like tape or paint. they don't cast a shadow.

pics - not the hi-res I have, but  you get the idea.

these pics are 4095x4069 in res, at full size the lines appear smooth.

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, August 21, 2014 6:21 PM

Thanks for looking in on this. I have hit a couple of speed bumps in my finishing process, and have finally finished correcting them. So in a day or so I should have some more photos of progress posted. There will be some good stuff I think.

Lew, I would debate you about all the adapter sections having smooth exteriors. There are some pretty prominent ribs to be seen in some in space photos. But thanks for the heads up about the Yahoo Group. I may need to take a peek in over there.

Weird-Oh, I think this would be a great office model. It has a very eye catching look to it. I knew so little about Gemini before starting this project. I certainly like it much more now after all that I have learned. The Para glider version really is quite fascinating to me.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    August 2014
Posted by Weird-Oh on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 9:37 PM

Very nice. I have two versions of that kit: The original and the History Makers version. I might build the HM model and keep the other one intact; would love to have a Gemini hanging in my office along with some of the other models. It's my favorite spacecraft of the 60s.

  • Member since
    June 2008
Posted by lewbud on Sunday, August 17, 2014 11:44 PM

Nice work Stick!  The adapter sections were all smooth.  Some missions flew with taped stripes on them as a means of thermal control.  If you're interested, we have a rather lively space modelers group over in Yahoo Groups.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

  • Member since
    November 2010
  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Thursday, August 14, 2014 5:39 AM

Stik!  Stellar job dude!  Lovin the detail you are doing!

Eagle90

 

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:38 PM

Nice job.  Keep it up!  This kit is on my distant build list so I am enjoying seeing you build it.

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 1:46 PM

Thank you Mikie. I am doing what I can here with this.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    February 2007
  • From: Brunswick, Ohio
Posted by Buckeye on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 11:50 AM

Looking good!

Mike

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 11:04 AM

BTW, if you plan on building a particular Gemini craft accurately, research it beforehand. The equipement sections varied considerably in payload and somewhat in configuration as well. The White colored Radar Rendevous Device that comes with the kit was only carried by Gemini 4. Other Geminis carried different items in that location. The cylindrical battery fuel cells were carried in varying configurations, as were some of the sphereical tanks in different amounts. Of course you can avoid this by getting an AM or scratch building a mylar cover for the rear opening. Also the exterior skin varied as well being ribbed or smooth.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:53 AM

Yes. If you look at the above photos, the walls of the equipment section look to be covered in a silver colored foil or mylar, and the top portion appears to be tan with gray framework and some portions in a bare goldish metal. The Gemini mock ups had this all in interior green, but photos of the actual operational craft show bare metallics before the bottom gold mylar cover is installed. Make all the notes that you need ;-)

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

cb1
  • Member since
    December 2009
  • From: D/FW Texas
Posted by cb1 on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:21 AM

so, you painted the floor of the bay radome tan and the walls silver... am I seeing right? I'm making notes for when I do my kit. LOL

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:08 AM

I know what I'll be doing tomorrow midday... Vandenberg AFB will be launching a satellite into orbit, so weather permitting I should be able to see the launch once it gets high enough to be visible locally... Sweet!

http://www.americaspace.com/?page_id=11236

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:37 PM

Thanks Viejo! I have come across many things that could use updating or correcting in this kit, but really, there is nothing to stop you from building a nice generic Gemini Spacecraft OOB as I am doing here. But teh more research that I do, the more I am learning about mission specific configurations of this craft.

Todays update... it does not look like much, due mostly to it being lots of little detail painting work... interrupted by a few long errands and outings...
The retro  and after maneuvering rockets... I still need to paint the ablative coating color inside the nozzles
Cooling unit, Communications equipment, Radar Rendevous Target Device, Power Cells, and Fuel/Oxydizer/Water Tanks on mount. I still need to finish painting the wiring
Interior of the Equipment Section, I still need to paint the framwork brackets and wiring/plumbing
Crew section with a coat of Gloss Black and starting to do Red detail work painting
More to come in the next few days...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    June 2013
  • From: Jax, FL
Posted by Viejo on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:43 PM

EXCELLENT thread.  Goodonya, Stik.  I've got this kit in the stash (along with one from the 80's that I never finished).  I'll never be able to keep up with you guys on this board, but my chops are getting better, and I'm paying attention to the "pitfalls" you're coming across.

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, August 10, 2014 10:19 PM

So during the week I built all the small sub assemblies for Steps 5 & 6, which are essentially the internal components that go inside the Equipment Stage. And I added the final external parts on Step 7, which is the nosecone radar antenna and the manuvering rocket nozzle housings on the Equipment Stage. After building those items, I did seam clean up, but I did not glue it all in place. Instead I superglued them on to toothpicks for handling during airbrushing. Then using the following photos that I found online as reference, I began my airbrushing session today.

Retrograde Section

Equipment Section

Retro Rocket

Retro Rockets and Manuevering Rockets (Testors Flat Steel). I still need to paint the nozzles and their attachment collars

Electronics:clockwise from upper right Electronics Package, Cooling Unit, Battery Power Cells, and Rendezvous Radar

Then we have the balls... Spaceballs that is. Oxidizers, Fuel, Reactant, Oxygen, and Pressure cells, along with the mounting framework for the Reactant Cells. The rest mount onto the top of the Equipment Stage (Model Master Oiled Steel and Dark Gull Gray)

Then based upon the above photos, and having read that the cover between the Retrograde Stage and the Equipment Stage was made from fiberglass, I opted to use MM Radome Tan, which is a standard US aerospace fiberglass color. And I gave the external portion of those Stages a base coat of Humbrol Matt White

Then I did a touch up coat of Humbrol Matt Black on the Capsule itself

More to come in the next few days...

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, August 9, 2014 3:15 PM

Thank you CB. This really is a cool kit, with so much potential for the scratch builder or somebody who loves AM additions.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

cb1
  • Member since
    December 2009
  • From: D/FW Texas
Posted by cb1 on Friday, August 8, 2014 10:12 PM

looking good!

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

SEARCH FORUMS
FREE NEWSLETTER
By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.