Mercury Atlas - Friendship 7LV
New Ware Space Ship Series
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||New Ware Space Ship Series NW046 -
Mercury Atlas - Friendship 7LV
|Contents and Media:
||18 resin parts; 10 brass
etched parts; 2 small decal sheets.
USD$29.00 from Victory Models
||Important subject; flawless casting;
excellent detail; great markings (in register) on supplied decal sheet;
||Some delicate detail will require
care in assembly
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
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New Ware is a company based in the Czech
Republic that produces mixed media 'science fact' kits of space vehicles and
hardware. They produce complete kits as well as conversions for existing
injection-moulded space models. Their products span the accepted scale range
from 1/144 through 1/72, 1/48, to 1/32.
Their latest issue in 1/144 scale is
the John Glenn's Friendship 7 Mercury capsule mounted atop an atlas rocket.
The kit is configured as Atlas 109D as it appeared on 20 February 1962 when
John Glenn was successfully launched to carry out three orbits of the earth,
becoming the first American to do so.
Typical of New Ware products, the kit
is a mixed media one and comprises eighteen resin components as well as ten
brass etched parts and two small decal sheets.
Click the thumbnails below to view larger images:
The resin parts look very much like
they come the same people that produce the Aries range of resin aircraft
cockpit and detail sets. They are flawlessly cast and exhibit crisp and even
detail that is best viewed under magnification to be truly appreciated.
The escape tower come lattice work is
supplied as brass etch and you must carefully bend it to shape. New Ware must
have realised that this is a delicate task and have mercifully supplied two
complete towers on the single fret in case you make a botch of your first
The two small decal sheets carry
markings for both the Atlas rocket and the capsule. All designs are in
register and again, must be viewed under magnification to be fully
appreciated. Carrier film is minimal. The 109D markings are provided in two
parts to avoid any placement problems over the cast detail of the Atlas
New Ware must subscribe to the 'a
picture is worth a thousand words' theory as the instruction sheet is big on
diagrams but short on words to assist in the construction phase. Painting
detail is by way of a shaded diagram key. This is not a criticism of the kit
by any means as the kit has no doubt been produced for people who are
The completed model stands nearly nine
inches tall and will no doubt result in a stunning model.
The resin parts, brass etch and decals
all come in separate zip loc bags that are packed into a thin cardboard box.
New Ware's website is at
http://mek.kosmo.cz/newware/ and it is well worth a visit. It shows
excellent close-up colour photographs of their products that can be used as
reference to build this kit and are far better than my pedestrian efforts that
accompany this review!
My home, Perth, Western Australia is
known as the City of Lights.
When John Glenn carried out the
historic Friendship 7 mission in 1962, the citizens of Perth were urged to tun
on all their exterior lights in an effort to welcome him as he flew overhead
in space. It was figured that given Perth's location on the western shore of
our continent with not much more than farm land and desert to the east,
farmland to the north and the south as well as the Indian Ocean to the West it
should stand out fairly well from space.
Being seven years old at the time I
well remember our extended families and entire neighbourhood gathering
together on the designated night and "turning on the lights". Our efforts
were rewarded as John Glenn did truly did see our collective lights and passed
a message thanking the residents of Perth. From that time on Perth has been
referred to as the City of Lights.
36 year later, John Glenn passed our
way again and we turned on all our lights again as he flew overhead on the
shuttle Discovery. This time however I was the father organising the
Thanks to New Ware and
Victory Models for the review sample
New Ware products are available
online at Victory Models website
Text and Images Copyright © 2004 by Rodger Kelly
Page Created 19 January, 2004
Last updated 18 January, 2004
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