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Moebius doing a 'newly tooled' Orion from 2001!

Thanks for posting the photos. Looks quite good, though I'm at a loss as to why after redoing the kit, they still leave that strange raised rib just in front of the windows and the raised area for the Pan Am roundals. Keith

It's that among others that makes me think it has Aurora heritage. The Paragrafix etch fret fixes that and few anomalies.

Marty...
 

saturnapollo

Alphans
Wasn't the Airfix version similar? It certainly had the raised rib. No idea how both companies could have the same mistake.

Easily fixed admittedly.

Keith
 
It's definitely not based on the Airfix kit, that had a myriad of accuracy issues. Someone on Hobby Talk has laid out the parts of the 1968 run and the slightly retooled 1975 version of the Aurora kits next to the Moebius one. Make your on mind up - but, it's an interesting comparison.

Marty...
 
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They most probably used the Aurora one as a basis as the shape was more accurate in parts than the Airfix one along with film photo's etc.
 
What kind of computer softwares or programs that Moebius
used to create the computer models to make the new Orion
model kit completely accurate to the original filming miniature?

And where can I purchase it?:think:
 
And where can I purchase it?:think:

Forbidden Planet have it for twenty nine spondulaks - it will beover thirty pounds by the time post is added. I reckon one is probably best importing it directly from somewhere like Cult. Which even allowing for international post you one should be able to get it for comfortably get under twenty quid.

Marty...
 

saturnapollo

Alphans
Remember it doesn't come with Pan Am decals! Though there is an after market set available through Starship Modeller.

Keith
 
The SHED decals despite there age are very nice, I scooped a whole bunch off eBay sometime back for next to nothing. There are two are three 'new' sets available for the kit that carry the Pan Am decals - these have a few more details and some carry "what-if "none cannon options.

Marty...
 

starlord

Alphans
I hope is better than the one I have. it's a airfix model and it is not a good one. I have built the old one from the us comany and it was good. but this one a lot of parts do not fit together good and I've had to use my homade plastic filler to fill in some of the areas that do not go toghther goo. it's about 1/2 done now and I will not diplay it as the model from 2001.
 
I hope is better than the one I have. it's a airfix model and it is not a good one. I have built the old one from the us comany and it was good. but this one a lot of parts do not fit together good and I've had to use my homade plastic filler to fill in some of the areas that do not go toghther goo. it's about 1/2 done now and I will not diplay it as the model from 2001.

It is a quantum leap better than the Airfix kit. The best thing one can say at the Airfix kit it is an rough approximation of what one saw on the screen.

The US company is, Aurora and that was good replica of Orion - there is a strong reason to believe that Aurora had access to MGM drawings to recreate Orion and the Moonbus kits. If you search around on this forum you will loads of discussion about the comparison between the Aurora kits and the drawings.

The Moebius kit is as good as it gets and should not need much modification to produce a canon model. Moebius even had the foresight to leave much of the surfaces smooth (as indeed the filming miniature was) leaving it up to the individual, to draw/paint the panel lines as per the studio model, use the supplied decals (which look very convincing and comes close to replicate to what is seen in the movie) or scribe the detail if one chooses.

Marty...
 

saturnapollo

Alphans
I've finally started work on two of the kits. Hoping to modify an old Airfix Orion for the carrier booster ship. And the other in a landing configuration.

Two problems I've encountered, one of which is filling the deep panel lines that circumscribe the forward fuselage.

The other is the shape of the engine housing. The top is flat whereas it should be much more rounded and the vane seperating the engines has a curve to it and that should be straight. Fixing that should be easy enough, but it looks like I'll have to add filler and start sanding to get the rounded shape of the engine housing. The Airfix shape is actually more accurate.

Keith
 
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