Call For a Taxi–a Space Taxi!
This Monogram kit was released during the hey-day of space models in 1959. Designed by Willy Ley, the 1:48 scale model is a depiction of a space “Taxi”, or space tug to be used in moving cargo and passengers around larger space vehicles (space station). There’s not a lot to this kit, pretty basic with some cargo and three astronauts. It was made to be displayed on a earth globe and all parts molded in white. It’s been released a number of times, I built one back in the early 1960’s and this model is a re-issue from the 1990’s. I added a few things to the kit: more cargo, jet packs and radios for the space travellers, a clear cabin roof for the taxi pilot, and added scratchbuilt rocket thrusters and fuel cells. In addition I put a air lock on the bottom of the craft and added detail to the pilots cabin. I painted the “space suits” similar to the space suits from the movie “2001”, different colors for each astronaut. It was, as always, a fun build.
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