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In the early days of the American space program, there were 2 manned programs: one civilian, under NASA, and one military. At a time when there were no treaties regarding man in space operations, the US Military had a concept for a space based watchtower - the MOL.
From Fantastic Plastic:

An outgrowth of the X-20 Dyna-Soar program, the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) was a United States Air Force project designed to establish a semi-permanent military presence in low orbit. Announced in 1963, the program was designed to put two-man crews in orbit in 40-day shifts using modified Gemini B spacecraft. (The most significant modification was the addition of a circular hatch in the heat shield that would allow astronauts to move from the Gemini return vehicle into the main laboratory.) From orbit, the astronauts would conduct detailed military reconnaissance missions to keep tabs on the Soviet Union and other perceived enemies.

The MOL program was cancelled in 1969 when the Air Force realized it could get the same results far cheaper using unmanned reconnaissance satellites.

Features for this kit are:

Material: Resin
Number of pieces: 50
Length: 19.5 Inches
CAD design by Scott Lowther
Casting by BLAP! Models
Display stands included
Decals by Microscale

This kit is listed for $120.00 (US) plus shipping. Described as being available "very soon", reservations kits can be made by emailng to [email protected]
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The Smithsonian Institute's magazine 'Air & Space' has an online article on the MOL: LINK
JAN 24, 2016 - 06:19 PM

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