|Gemini/MOL Titan III Test Launch Vehicle: 11/3/1966|
|An artist conception of the U.S. Air Force proposed Gemini/ Manned Orbiting Lab|
The NASA Gemini spacecraft was selected as a manned "taxi" for Air Force astronauts The Air Force version was designed Gemini B and was externally similar to NASA's Gemini spacecraft, with several modifications, including the addition of a circular hatch through the heat shield, which allowed passage between the spacecraft and the laboratory.
|Gemini B Spacecraft|
|Cutaway diagram of the Gemini B|
|Illustration depicting the standard NASA Gemini interior (above) and the Air Force Gemini B with access hatch to the laboratory|
|Cutaway of the Gemini B and Manned Orbiting Laboratory|
There are a few examples of the Gemini B on display today. One at Cape Canaveral (Gemini 2) and the other at the Museum of the United States in Dayton, Ohio.
|The Air Force Museum Gemini B|
1/72 Scale Gemini/MOL based on the Dragon Gemini kit
When Dragon Models released their 1/72 scale Gemini Spacecraft earlier this year I made up my mind that at some point I wanted to build up a Gemini B/MOL variant for display. Taking the basic Dragon kit I shortened the adaptor module and "kit-bashed" a laboratory section to add to the Gemini. I used a hydrogen tank from the Monogram 1/32 scale Apollo service module as the core for the lab. The paint scheme was intended to depict the 1966 Titan III Gemini/MOL test vehicle.
Below are a few photos of the finished model.
LMV Studios Gemini Interior Detail Kit Quick Look
I recently acquired the Gemini Interior Kit by LMV Studios via CultTVman. Below is a quick look at the basic set. It is mostly made up of photo-etched brass and some basic plastic stock. You can purchase this kit either directly from LMV: LMV 1/24 Gemini Detail Set or for US customers via CultTVman's Hobbyshop CultTVman's Hobby Shop
The kit comes with a CD-ROM with PDF file for instructions and a library of actual NASA photos of the interior of the Gemini spacecraft.
|Plastic stock, brass wire, and templates|
|A close-up of the PE tree for the instrument panels.|
|A larger PE sheet with parts for the ejection seats, hatch details, and bulkhead|
I will have a full report on this nice kit in a future installment!