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Absolutely gorgeous lunar module model!

June 23, 2011

Vincent Meens' completed ascent stage

In 2006 modelmaker Vincent Meens found a series of images online created by John Ottman. They were a digital re-creation of the lunar module in exquisite detail. Vincent was so impressed he decided to build a similarly detailed version in “real life.” And, four and a half years later, he did…one of the finest models of any kind I’ve ever seen. The detail has to be seen to be believed. His web site is here.

interior detail

This model is in 1/24 scale, and entirely scratchbuilt. On the web site Vincent documents the build, step by step, and that is a marvel in itself. At the end, he created a PowerPoint file that compares Ottman’s digital views with those of his physical model. Again, you will have to see the images to believe them.(Ottman died in 2009, unfortunately, and did not get to see the results of Vincent’s final work.)

This is craftsmanship at its very best. I am in awe of this man’s work. Even if you are not a fan of modelmaking or real space subjects, you should take a look at his site just to see what a person can accomplish with great dedication to his craft. This model is truly an achievement of which Vincent should be very proud!

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