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SIM 4 - Soviet
Spacecraft is Now Available as a Digital Download
All of the original content remains, including a comprehensive set of scale drawings of the manned spacecraft of the former Soviet Union. These include Vostok, Voskhod, Soyuz, Progress, Salyut 6 and 7, and Mir. There is also information on available model kits of Russian spacecraft as well as articles on scratchbuilding and accurizing these kits. The updated material includes color versions of the Soyuz and Progress isometric sketches and color photos. Two new features have been added as new content. The first is a detailed kit review (by Joe Suszynski and Jim Griffiths) of the old Airfix Soyuz launch vehicle (R7) that includes illustrations of how to correct the many deficiencies of this old model. The other new content is a scale drawing of the BOR-4 (Cosmos 1445) lifting body vehicle that is the genesis of the Dream Chaser space vehicle being developed as a candidate for the NASA Commercial Crew program. This results in the page count going up from 41 to 49 plus covers.
I will offer photocopies (of the original version) for those who still desire a hard copy. See the order page to purchase.
Meanwhile I hope to see some of you in August at the IPMS National Convention in Hampton, Virginia.
Pins are Back!
Due to popular demand, we made another run of 200 Space Modelers pin, featuring the logo of the Yahoo Group for real space modelers (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/space-modeler). You can order them on my main order form page. You can also get one via Glenn Johnson at RealSpace Models. The price is a buck more due to the lower quantity and higher postage.
Space Books for Sale
I am in the process of thinning my collection of space-related books. I am getting rid of anything that is not directly modeling related. I have a lot of stuff on space history, and I once thought I'd write something on a space enthusiast's view of all of the exploration programs that never got off the drawing board. But that'll never happen. And I need room on my shelves. See this page for details.
I am an engineer in the aerospace industry, and my hobby interests are centered around building scale models of real spacecraft. This quickly gets into the history of space, as there are few space kits out there and much research is required to come up with the plans and data needed to scratchbuild accurate spacecraft models. This activity led me to publish the results of some of my research in the form of 40-page monographs (magazines or booklets, I guess) on how to build accurate models of real spacecraft. I also have this internet site to augment those paper publications.
The book series is called Space in Miniature (SIM). Click here for more info or use the links at left.
This web site
was established in the summer of 1999 to solicit
inputs on the Mercury volume. I used this web
site to post preliminary findings and to get
feedback from other researchers. This has worked out
great, and I appreciate hearing from so many of you.
To order books, check out the order form.
Thanks for your interest,
Credit Cards Accepted via PayPal
You can purchase books using your credit card via my PayPal account. While I prefer checks (PayPal gets 92 cents for every copy of SIM #6 I sell using their service) this should make ordering simpler for you, particularly international customers.