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Robert Royes
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Photo inspired, Test pilots and astronauts.

November 20, 2021 · in Figures · · 7 Comments

A little quickie . Most of the figures are from Monograms Phantom kits and one from their X-15 kit. I only had five, the other two are AWOL. lol.

2 additional images. Click to enlarge.

7 responses

  1. Beautiful result, Robert!

  2. Good one Robert, can you name them all ?

  3. Love it, tiny people ready for a flight 🙂

  4. They all have "The Right Stuff!"

  5. Robert, @roofrat
    I like this a LOT ! That has to be one of, if not the most iconic picture from this era.

    One of these days we should have a Century Series group build. Every once in a while I get the itch to start one up. Stuff like this makes it flare up. 😉

    Years ago I worked at Cape Canaveral, on launch pad 40 which was right next door to the 39A / B complex where they launched the Space Shuttle. We often had the opportunity to watch the crawler transport the Shuttle from the Vertical Assembly Building to the launch pad. It would take all day since it moved at an incredible max speed of 1 Mile Per Hour. It was a behemoth and each track block from the crawler weighed 1 ton each... Now nothing remains of the launch tower that I helped build. They tore it all down and rebuilt it into something entirely different.

    Whenever I see a picture of the early space program I immediately think of the days I worked there. On one occasion I was able to watch the shuttle launch from the "Press Box". These are the pictures I took way back then. It shows the shuttle as it lifts off. These pictures were ones I made, taken from the press box. If you look closely, you will see the press box is above the trees. You can feel the shock waves from the rocket as the sound pulses hit you. Nothing like raw power...

    The coolest sight I ever saw down there was when they returned the Shuttle on the back of the NASA 747. It was flying past our launch tower, and since I was working close to the top on that day, they actually flew by at an altitude that was lower than we were... if I only had my camera with me that day !

    I definitely pressed the "like" button.

    Here's a link to the launch pad I worked on in the early 1990's.

    At the time it was the largest moving object in the world. The demolished it in 2008 going from memory. Now the Falcon 9 and Space-X flights leave from here.

  6. Thanks Louis.It must have great to be a witness to history!

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