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SIM #1 - A Scale
Spacecraft Primer is Now Available as a Digital
My long term plan is to create an updated version with a lot of new material. That would likely be the next SIM book to come out.
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2012 National Convention - Orlando
I had a great
time at the IPMS Nats, as usual. I should have
some notes and contest entry counts updated
soon. Meanwhile, you can see some photos from
the usual gang of crazy, geeky space modelers here
8: Space Suits
I have finally uploaded the color photos from the
main part of the book. You can find them at this link.
I am using a new (to me) web editing software for
that page (RapidWeaver) and I hope you like the
results (I hope everything works).
It's been over
four years since I've put out a new book. With
Karl Dodenhoff's help, the newest book in the SIM
series is SIM #8 -
Space Suits. Researched and
written by Karl (an original member of the "gang of
seven" that founded what became the Yahoo Space
Modelers group over ten years ago), SIM #8 describes
all of the space suits developed and used by NASA
from Mercury to the Space Station. This
60-page book has over one hundred line drawings and
photographs that provide the model builder a
comprehensive technical reference on this
subject. Covering everything from early manned
space gear, the Apollo lunar surface exploration
suits, to the free-ﬂying backpacks used by Gemini
and Space Shuttle astronauts, this guidebook is a
unique resource for the serious space modeler.
In addition to
a pictorial review of space suit development, a
thorough listing of scale ﬁgure kits is provided,
along with ﬁve pages of kit reviews.
Additionally, there is a feature article on building
an accurate version of the old Aurora “American
Astronaut” kit. In fact, Karl found so much
material that over ﬁfty additional photos and
diagrams were placed in a Photo Appendix, available
to customers as a downloaded pdf ﬁle.
The book sells
for $12 plus shipping, and started shipping
March 1, 2012.
To order, just go to the order form and fill out your mailing info after making your selections. If you are using Paypal, just use the form to calculate postage and the total due, then click the Paypal icon on the form. If your are a dealer or retailer interested in quantity buys please send me an e-mail for a quote.
Pin is Sold Out
featuring the logo of the Yahoo Group for real space
modelers (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/space-modeler) is sold
out. Thanks to all who bought them. You
can still get one via Glenn Johnson at RealSpace
Models. I have no plans to produce any
more at this time.
Space Books for Sale
I am in the process of thinning my collection of space-related books. I am getting rid of anything that is not directly modeling related. I have a lot of stuff on space history, and I once thought I'd write something on a space enthusiast's view of all of the exploration programs that never got off the drawing board. But that'll never happen. And I need room on my shelves. See this page for details.
I am an engineer in the aerospace industry, and my hobby interests are centered around building scale models of real spacecraft. This quickly gets into the history of space, as there are few space kits out there and much research is required to come up with the plans and data needed to scratchbuild accurate spacecraft models. This activity led me to publish the results of some of my research in the form of 40-page monographs (magazines or booklets, I guess) on how to build accurate models of real spacecraft. I also have this internet site to augment those paper publications.
The book series is called Space in Miniature (SIM). Click here for more info or use the links at left.
This web site
was established in the summer of 1999 to solicit
inputs on the Mercury volume. I used this web
site to post preliminary findings and to get
feedback from other researchers. This has worked out
great, and I appreciate hearing from so many of you.
To order books, check out the order form.
Thanks for your interest,
Credit Cards Accepted via PayPal
You can purchase books using your credit card via my PayPal account. While I prefer checks (PayPal gets 92 cents for every copy of SIM #6 I sell using their service) this should make ordering simpler for you, particularly international customers.