And here it is! This is what the holy grail looks
Can't remember where I got those pictures at the
moment. Once I do, I will give credit.
But it took me many years to see what this thing
really looked like. Before that, this is the best
look I had at it.
Then I got these copies. A
little more detail, but still pretty vague.
Those really whet the appetite,
but aren't very satisfying.
You can get an idea of how it was supposed to
look, and some of the details of it. But, other
than that, it was still kind of vague
until those good pics turned up.
The next stuff I got a hold of was really
interesting. Copies of photos of the parts
actually laid out.
Now, that really got the
It also lead to a lot of speculation. Many people
thought that since it looked like actual parts,
that the kit might have
been molded, and made it to the test shot phase.
Thankfully Andy Yanchus laid that rumor to rest.
I finally had the opportunity to talk with him at
What a wealth of knowledge that gentleman is.
The kit never got molded. The sculpt is as far as
it got. The thing is, when Aurora had kits
sculpted, they were sculpted
exactly as they would be broken down for the
molds. So, what you see in those images above,
are the actual pieces
of the acetate pattern. Along with that great
information, Andy was gracious enough to send me
digital copies of some of
the slides he used at his presentation at WF2014.
These are much larger, and clearer than the ones
I have above.
Almost forgot one of the coolest
things about this kit.
The design sketch by Dave Cockrum.