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Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 07:52 PM UTC
Fantastic Plastics 1/48th Big Gemini kit has now been released.
ABOUT THE DESIGN
In 1966, as the Gemini program was nearing an end, it was becoming obvious that a new system would soon be necessary to ferry large numbers of astronauts to the military and civilian space stations then being planned. (Ah, the 1960s!) McDonnell Douglas, primary contractors for the Gemini spacecraft, proposed building upon their existing technology to fill this need with an enlarged spacecraft that could transport up to 12 passengers plus 12 tons of payload 6 to 14 times per year.
The "Big Gemini" -- or "Big G" as it was known -- was set to be operational by 1971. However, by that time, virtually all of America's space station projects had been abandoned and there was no longer a use for this system. "Big G" was deep-sixed.

ABOUT THE MODEL
Scale - 1/48
Material - Resin
Number of Pieces - 43
Decals Included
Master by Paul Roberts
Cast by BLAP! Models
Retail Price - $90.00

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Hi Andy I wonder if, with the shuttle retiring, the powers that be are looking at old projects like this and wondering quietly if they made the right call back then... There's a very interesting overview of the Big Gemini HERE All the best Rowan
AUG 27, 2010 - 09:22 AM
The Astronautix site contains a lot of the information I used to make the master. As for the right decision, well, the shuttle was the wrong decision for a number of reasons, but the Big G would not have been a "right" decision unless the matching space stations that were envisioned in the early 60s came to pass. It would have had more capability than a Soyuz or Progress, but not the capability needed to build a station the size of the ISS. Maybe with a version of the mission podules, though, it could have been used as a sort of "construction shack" for the initial stages of the construction and the modules lifted on stock or enhanced versions of the S-Ib. Paul
SEP 16, 2010 - 09:19 AM
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