1/72 scale McDonnell Blue Gemini - USAF first piloted flight into the space

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#AA-2079   1/72 scale  McDonnell Blue Gemini  USAF first piloted flight into the space

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

19 resin parts

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Decal

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Dia 42 mm

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Length 79 mm

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Unit price: US$38

Shipping charge: US$5.00

Each model kit contents 1 set of decal. Extra decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$0.5

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Spacecraft History and Specification

In 1961, after success of the Mercury spacecraft launch, NASA contracted McDonnell to design a larger two-man Mercury mark II for longer periods in orbit. This bigger spacecraft which soon renamed Gemini that require a larger launch vehicle, a Titan II missile. The Titan II was Air Force missile and naturally required close coordination with the Air Force. The Air Force was interested in the Gemini program because it would be ready much earlier than the Dyna-Soar spaceplane while Russians already had men in orbit possibly carrying nuclear bombs. In 1962, the Air Force had designated the spacecraft as Blue Gemini. It would essentially be an off-the-shelf NASA Gemini vehicle. In January 1963, Air Force and NASA officials went to Pentagon to propose DoD participation in Blue Gemini, but was rejected and cancelled by Secretary of Defense. Air Force had soon proposed other manned flight program, the Manned Orbital Laboratory (MOL). It included Gemini B spacecraft which modified from the Blue Gemini with a tunnel through its heat shield to enable the astronauts to reach the MOL spacecraft. There was only one test flight of the Gemini B / MOL mockup in 1966.

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Military spacecraft

To provide a manned, short-duration, orbital vehicle which will activate the USAF military man-in-space programs

10ft.

18.6ft.

4x Retros rocket engine

16x Reentry control system rocket engine

16x Orbit attitude and maneuvering system rocket engine

15000 mph (with Titan II launcher)

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Model References

The Anigrand's Blue Gemini can be combined with Titan II missile to become the model of Gemini-Titan Rocket.

Click "here" to our 1/72 scale Titan II missile web-page for ordering the Titan II model kit.

The McDonnell Blue Gemini is suitable to group with the following collection series.

Post war U.S.A.F. manned flight program

Bell BoMi

Boeing X-20 Dyna Soar

Douglas MOL

Lockheed FDL

McDonnell Blue Gemini

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NASA manned spacecraft

McDonnell Mercury

McDonnell Gemini

North American Apollo

Rockwell International Space Shuttle

American & Russian human spaceflight program

Boeing X-20 Dyna Soar

Chelomei LKS 001

Korolev/OKB-1 Soyuz

Korolev/OKB-1 Vostok

McDonnell Mercury

McDonnell Gemini

Mikoyan MiG-105-11

North American Apollo

NPO Molniya Buran

Rockwell International Space Shuttle

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