Apollo 17 Orange Soil December 12, 1972
This is the New Ware resin figure set depicting the discovery of the orange soil during the second Lunar traverse. Eugene Cernan is in the suit with the red stripes. Harrison Schmitt is in the plain suit and is holding the sampling tool. Apollo 17 was the last time that astronauts left low earth orbit.
The figures are by New Ware and are 1/24 scale. There were only a few areas that needed filling with Milliput. The decals are very nicely printed, extensive and are specific to the two astronauts. The spacesuits are the later moon EVA suits used in the last several landings. One of the challenges was to depict correctly how dirty the two men got while on the moon. Some of the pictures show the spacesuits covered with the gray material like a dust. Although the suits were white they quickly were covered by the material. I used a series of washes, light airbrushing and pastels to try to depict this material. The orange soil was volcanic glass. In the model various pastels were used to represent this material.