Preface - "A modeler's odyssey"
When the Stanley Kubrick - Aurthur C. Clarke film was released in 1968, I was enamored with spaceflight. Apollo was at full-trot, with the success of Apollo 7 in October and the upcoming flight of Apollo 8. Then, in the late months of '68, Kubrick & Clarke delivered a vision of he future that seemed both realistic and compelling, but behind it was the enigmatic story of the discovery of extra-terrestrial intelligence that drove the Discovery mission outward to Jupiter.
I cannot remember how many times I saw the film "in-theater" and today I own the Collector's Edition DVD. This film entered my consciousness in 1968, and never really left.
Therefore, building the models of 2001 became an "eventuality." In a number of cases, there were previously available resin kits out there, but I did not know of them, or they were cost prohibitive to the average modeler to acquire. My local hobby supplier did not stock "garage models," so the Aurora products were the ones I could get.
I built the Moon Bus in the early '70s, and it has managed to survive, except for its upper antenna, which was broken years ago. There was also an early Aurora Orion Space Clipper, but it's whereabouts are not know. I replaced it recently with the Mobs Models version and it's detail and decal set were much, much better.
But over the last three years, thanks to the Internet and a bit of research, other avenues of access have been opened and kits long desired have been acquired - and built at last!
The models that appear in this section can be divided into three groups:
Those which I have owned since they were originally released by Aurora Plastics - The Moon Bus;
Those which have re-built or re-discovered - The Mobeus Models Orion Clipper and the revised Clavius Moon Bus, now with interior lighting;
And, those models which I have literally waited 40 years to find and finally build - The Stargazer Models Ares 1B Lunar Shuttle, C & R Models EVA Pod, the Stargazer model of Discovery and Fantastic Plastic's Space Station V.
Click on the images below to see much, much more.
Stargazer Models 1/144 scale Ares 1B Shuttle
Stargazer Models 1/144 scale Discovery
Fantastic Plastic's Space Station V
Mobeus Models Orion Space Clipper
Aurora Plastics "Clavius Moon Bus"
C & R Models EVA Pod