Space Clipper Orion from 2001 A Space Odyssey

trekriffic

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Here are some photos of my recently completed Space Clipper styrene kit from Moebius Models.
I purchased a photo-etch detail set and some PAN AM aftermarket decals to complement the panel decals included with the kit.
I also added an LED lighting system which illuminates the cockpit and control panels and the passenger cabin.
The photo-etch included figures of the pilots and stewardess as well as Haywood Floyd, seated in the correct seat and the only passenger on board from what we saw on screen.

First, some scenes from the film...

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Orion 001 by Steve J, on Flickr

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Pen Retrieval - Movie Still by Steve J, on Flickr

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2001 Space Clipper Orion Passenger - Heywood Floyd - Movie Still by Steve J, on Flickr

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Space Clipper Orion Cockpit View - Movie Still by Steve J, on Flickr

Drawings...

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Space Clipper Orion Blueprints by Steve J, on Flickr

Box Art...

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Space Clipper Orion WIP - Box Cover by Steve J, on Flickr

Photo-etch Brass by Paragrafix...

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Space Clipper Orion WIP - Photo-Etch by Steve J, on Flickr

Parts...

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Space Clipper Orion WIP by Steve J, on Flickr

Doctor Floyd's TV screen is mounted to the back if the seat in front of him and it's on...

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2001 Orion WIP - Floyd Catches a Movie by Steve J, on Flickr


Stewardess figure from behind standing next to Doctor Floyd...

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2001 Orion WIP - Stewardess Rear - 3D by Steve J, on Flickr

Doctor Floyd and the Stewardess...

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2001 Orion WIP - Floyd and the Stewardess by Steve J, on Flickr

Cockpit control panels backlit...

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2001 Orion WIP - Console Panels Glow by Steve J, on Flickr

Engine exhaust modifications. Added the "gears"...

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2001 Orion WIP - Exhaust Port Mods Done by Steve J, on Flickr
 

trekriffic

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Finished model...

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2001 Orion - Finished by Steve J, on Flickr


2001 Orion - Finished
by Steve J, on Flickr

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2001 Orion - Finished by Steve J, on Flickr

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2001 Orion - Finished by Steve J, on Flickr

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2001 Orion - Finished by Steve J, on Flickr

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2001 Orion - Finished by Steve J, on Flickr

Dorsal View...

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2001 Orion - Finished by Steve J, on Flickr

Ventral View...

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2001 Orion - Finished by Steve J, on Flickr

Lit up...

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2001 Orion - Finished by Steve J, on Flickr

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2001 Orion - Finished by Steve J, on Flickr

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2001 Orion - Finished by Steve J, on Flickr

Check out the stewardess in the middle window...

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2001 Orion - Finished by Steve J, on Flickr

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2001 Orion - Finished by Steve J, on Flickr

If I haven't bored you to tears already you can see the rest of the in-progress and finished pics here...

 

urumomo

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.... no wonder Pan Am went out of business -- flying only one passenger all the way to orbit don't pay the bills :D

Are those pico LEDs in there ? How is that console panel lit ?
 

Jim2001

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Wow, what a beautiful build. I was looking at the Mobius kit the other day (a friend has it) and was lamenting the loss of my old Aurora model from years ago. I heard the airfix one is not so great.
 

trekriffic

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I too built the old Aurora kit as a kid. I remember it had an atomic engine you could reveal by removing the aft section of the ship. This ship is built from the first release of the Moebius kit and is basically the same as the Aurora kit but without the engine. Moebius issued a second release of this kit where they reduced the wing thickness for a more sceen accurate look. Neither Aurora nor Moebius included a passenger or pilots cabin, neither did they include the ”brow ridge” behind the windshield which is visible in certain screen shots of the filming model. Moebius did include some nice paneling decals which adds a lot in my estimation. But Moebius didn’t include any PanAm decals (Aurora did though) which is a must have IMO. Luckily there were aftermarket PanAm decals available thru JT Graphics. I’m sure I spent more on the Paragrafix PE and the additional decals than I spent on the kit itself but it was well worth it I think.
 
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urumomo

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" But Moebius didn’t include any PanAm decals "

What tha -- yeah I see there is no logo on the box-art either .
I had to go watch that scene again to make sure they were actually there :D
I guess they have to pay a licensing fee or something ?
 

trekriffic

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" But Moebius didn’t include any PanAm decals "

What tha -- yeah I see there is no logo on the box-art either .
I had to go watch that scene again to make sure they were actually there :D
I guess they have to pay a licensing fee or something ?
Yes. I looked up Pan Am on Google and Eclipse Holdings of Rockville, MD paid $1.3 million for the trademark rights to the logo back in 1993.
 

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