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SIM 6 - Apollo CSM is Sold Out

In 2003 I had about 1000 copies of SIM #6 - Apollo CSM printed. All but a handful are gone and they are no longer available on this website. I now have a pdf version available for download. For the time being, it is the same file that the books were printed from, which means all the photos are black-and-white. I have color versions of most, but since many are NASA photos available on-line, it should not be that huge of a loss. At some point I would like to re-do the book and use the color photos, but the book was generated in AppleWorks, which has not run on  Apple operating systems in several years. It would take a lot of work to regenerate it. I think readers would rather I work on fresh material, like a new version of SIM #1.

I will offer photocopies for those who still desire a hard copy, and the prices have been reduced accordingly.

SIM TR-2 - Mir

My write-up on the 1/144th scale Mir build is complete and is now available as the SIM Tech Report #2. It is a 34 page pdf document with over 100 color photos of the model in various states of construction. It also has updated scale drawings of Mir (based on those originally published in SIM #4 Soviet Spacecraft). It shows how the Revell-Monogram snap kit was used with the NewWare photo-etch detail set to create a highly detailed model. This book is only available as a download, and sells for $8 via Paypal. You can order it from the main order form page. If you use Paypal, you will be taken to a link where you can download the book.

My next project would be to write a complete update of the SIM #1 Primer with a lot of new material. I am open to suggestions for what you would like to see in such a revised introduction to space modeling. Somewhere in there I will make the Mercury and Soviet Spacecraft books available in pdf format.

Pins are Back!

Due to popular demand, we made another run of 200 Space Modelers pin, featuring the logo of the Yahoo Group for real space modelers (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/space-modeler).  You can order them on my main order form page. You can also get one via Glenn Johnson at RealSpace Models.  The price is a buck more due to the lower quantity and higher postage.

Model Gallery

Photos of my recent builds can be found in the Model Gallery section of this site.    

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.

About SIM

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.

You can also keep up with me on Facebook.

Thanks for your interest,

Mike Mackowski

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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.

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This page revised March 19, 2014