Accurate Models - very simply, what the name implies.
Moreover, it also implies incredible detailing not usually found in the mass market production kits from yester-year to today. A kind of reassurance that once purchased, these kits will astound, educate, and thoroughly delight the buyer. And most importantly, these kits can be built by the average to above-average modeler, looking to "up" his or her collection against the mediocrity so prevalent in this hobby.
Our initial offering (to test a new approach on the marketplace) will consist of a majority of classics that stem from the golden age of space flight (early 1960s to mid 1970s). Many new and never before seen kits are planned, as well as many highly modified standard scale classic kits. New technologies will encompass the utilization of many mixed mediums, such as photo-etch brass, spin cast white metal parts, pressurized injection urethane resins, as well as the traditional vacuum-form plastics.
Then there is the provision of research, not normally found in the model kits, which will feature a bountiful offering of photos, build-up steps, and research drawings - all on CDs that come standard with every kit! To make this process even more easy, these files will all be produced in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format for both Mac and PC.
Accurate Models 1/12 Gemini
Designed to be a companion model to the Atomic City 1/12 Mercury capsule kit, our 1/12 Gemini replica was originally designed to be an “all in one” type kit, covering all variants of the missions flown. Like the 1/32 LEM, it was a bit more than first realized and was honed down to mainly the Ed White, Gemini 4 mission, even though we did complete all 3 main nose cone variants. The master patterns were drawn by Jim Key and translated in 3D by John Ortmann, Jr. The 3D files were then sent to Solid Concepts and “grown”, using a process known as Poly-Jet, to create physical forms by which to mold and cast individual parts from. Most all of the miniature has been created, but awaiting the capsule interior components to be grown, which we anticipate returning to in later 2010. To date, the finest portion of this model has to be the preciously detailed astronaut. One of the finest portions created by John Ortmann, Jr. The gallery shows all that has been done to date.
(This gallery updated on 1-14-2011.)
Accurate Models 1/32 LEM
Our first precision attempt to create a miniature solely from computer generated 2D and 3D files. The net result was to have an Apollo era LEM (Lunar Module) worthy of a collector’s dream come true, and capable to mating up with the Monogram 1/32 scale Command/Service Module. As such, all fine details like the many descent stage legs and ascent stage antennas were grown in wax then cast in metal to create vulcanized molds from, by which to spin cast white metal accessory parts from, assuring durability. The precision riveting and skin wrinkles are all incorporated into the master patterns of the Ascent stage, to be duplicated in the resin castings. All flown versions were initially planned, but as of date, the Eagle (LM-5) is the most like contender for a probably finish. This project is still on hiatus and is a possible candidate for plastic injection kit creation within the next couple of years.