Jim Gerard’s Disney Tomorrowland spacecraft

This is another submission dating back to 2004, found on an old hard drive.



I was inspired by the recently released Disney DVD “Tomorrowland” with the animation inspired by Von Braun’s vision of space exploration in the 1950’s. I pulled out from my stockpile the Glencoe Models re-releases of these classic kits and finished them as seen in the Disney program. One mistake I noticed was the Space Station instructions suggested that the two small ‘bottle suits’ for EVA (better seen in the multi-tanked Lunar Rocket) were rocket engines. Only one of the two-tank rockets were included with the station so I fabricated a new set out of beads and extra sprue.

The Disneyland rocket was decaled with it’s original TWA paint scheme. The base is from the 1999 IPMA Orlando convention and sports a “Moonliner 1955” pin as it’s nameplate.

The Space Station has two bottle suits tending it, one returning to the red and white hanger and the other repairing a small meteor collision. It has been strung using piano wire.

Jim Gerard

One comment

  1. Terrific. The use of the Douglas Rocket pin was inspired bit. The Moonliner was one of my favorite static displays at the original Disneyland. Very tall and REAL, a dream come true as far as I was concerned. Without ever getting off the ground it took me to unknown worlds. I can still remember standing at its base and dreaming of space travel.

    Thanks for posting.

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