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Well, Wonderfest is over and the Orion is now with the Museum of Science Fiction in Washington DC -- at least for the next three years. Here are some shots of the model as she appeared in the contest room...
No matter where we are in the world, we have the opportunity to see beautiful model-making of the highest standards. This is one such example.
Your heart must be in your mouth every time you go to move her, B.P. - plus, you're entrusting her to a third party. I've really enjoyed seeing the photographs of your progress, and the one with the lights on is just wonderful. You're a talented man, with a generosity of spirit which allows people all over the world to gaze, in awe, at your handiwork.
Don't really know how to respond to such kind remarks other than to say 'thank-you.'
I think we all strive to create the best work possible and that's all I was trying to do with the Orion. I do admit to a bit of separation anxiety at turning the model over to the Museum of Science Fiction, but it will hopefully be a useful tool in their efforts to establish a permanent museum in Washington DC.
I received a photo from the Museum of Science Fiction of the Orion III as she appears at the Future of Travel exhibit at Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. The other items on display include "retro-futuristic" travel posters showing vacation destinations around the solar system. Hopefully, I'll be able to get some better shots to share.