Jim Brook’s Mercury Capsule


Attached are pictures of the Mercury model. I decided to go with Mercury 7 II, the spacecraft that Al Shepard was lobbying to take up after Gordo Cooper’s Faith 7 flight.

Because the details were so faithfully (no pun intended) rendered, most of the kit can be built straight from the box without modifications. The only exception, of course, were the variations from mission to mission (more on that later). I did elect to add some detail to the recovery section of the spacecraft by creating and placing packed ‘chutes made from cloth bubblegum bags stuffing with batting and dyed red.

The most time-consuming part of the job lay in creating the consumables packages (and connecting cables) clustered around the retro pack. The boxes were made from sheet styrene and masked and painted black and silver. The round package was created by taking a plastic tube, cutting to length, then wrapping in a couple of layers of paper towel (in order to create the ‘blanket’ texture). That was covered in crinkled aluminum foil. The straps were very thin masking tape painted silver.

Although it seemed at times that I’d never get finished, this is an excellent kit with astonishing detail as well as being nice and big. If only we could get an Atomic City Gemini in the same scale!

Jim Brooks


  1. Nice Mercury capsule Jim! My father served on the USS Kearsarge and they served as the recovery vessel for Wally Schirra’s and Gordon Cooper’s Mercury missions. When I build mine I will go with one of those two, probably Sigma 7, which if I remember correctly was Schirra’s capsule. Were there any particular reference works you can recommend? And a enthusiastic second to the motion for a 1:24 Gemini! (followed by an 1:24 Apollo, but lets not get ahead of ourselves.)

  2. Jim, that is a very nice build and your mercury capsule looks outstanding. What color is the exterior ? It looks perfect for the 1/24 gemini build i will be doing.

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