interior is another classic example of model building "just good enough
for a quick look by the camera"!
The rear section is again a perspex moulding
that has been glued to a block of wood crudely detailed with orange paint
and two Gemini astronaut kit figures. The wood fits snugly into the forward
section and the two small pieces of wood in the middle are where the securing
Four brass brackets, glued and pinned to
the rear, connect this section to a brass pipe collar that fits into the
front cage. The collars often get a bit slack and the nose can sag down
so bits of wire are often to be seen in photos holding them in place.
The impact that damaged the front of the
nosecone had also cracked the left hand side of the rear section and in
the process snapped off and broke the collar. Whoever repaired this made
a mistake and fixed the collar first, then found out that because of the
angle of the brackets the pins wouldn't fit into the holes in the back
of the nosecone. As a result the collar was just offered up to the back
of the nosecone and the gaps made up out of filler and epoxy glue.
I had to strip down and break apart the
whole area then reassemble the collar in its original position and solder
it all back together while ensuring that it would still slot into the cage
when I'd finished.
Note, the two central vertical pipes on
the collar butt up against the rear of the nosecone and are filed down
in these areas to allow a closer fit.
The passenger pod is just a two-part hollow
perspex box with four corner screws holding the bottom panel in position.
This base plate is rather heavy with the exterior brass tubing, leg struts
and aluminium thrusters on one side and the solenoid valve and connections
for the freon canisters on the other. There were a couple of cracks that
I glued together and backed up with a piece of plasticard but I decided
to leave the rest of it alone because there's no point in spraying something
'dirty white' if its already a 'filthy white'.
gas bottle cradle assembly which controlled the freon jets to fire on cue.