|The early Mercury space were among
the most complex garments designed at the time of the missions. They were
designed to sustain life in an environment with which was pretty much an
unknown. The instructions with the Atomic City kit are pretty non-descript
when it comes to how to do up the astronaut's flight suit, so I thought
this would be where my on-line build would begin..
The stock kit figure is on the right, with a 1/12 Revell
Gemini figure on the left. The Mercury capsule must be a whole lot smaller
than I thought. I will do mine up as Gus Grissom, the second sub-orbital
flight, as my first build will be his capsule in-flight. The overall suit
is a dull silver color, like the dull side of aluminum foil. First I cleaned
up the mold marks and thouroughly cleaned the figure with soap and
water ( this is my first soft vinyl figure), and when dried primed with
Tamiya flat white, airbrushed. There is some cross-hatching around the
shoulders that has to go- the shoulders are pleated for flexibility- there
are some folds but no cross hatching. This was filled with white putty
and another coat of white applied.After letting it dry for a couple of
days, I airbrushed some Pollyscale flat aluminum over the white prime coat.
This was the best match I could find for the overall suit color.
So here is the suit after the belts and zippers are painted.
There is a helmet liner that is a chamois, buff color. I used testor's
wood. Skin is Model Master warm tint, and the two microphones are just
flat black. The inside of the gloves is also flat black.There are two white
circular patches, one on the left inside forearm and one on the right upper
chest. The circular patch on the arm is where a pressure gauge goes, and
the one on the chest is for the NASA page. The large circle on the upper
chest is a mirror. I'll be adding these later (not included in this article).
Now the suit is beginning to shape up. Now for the stuff I haven't done
yet, and won't until I'm ready to do the interior.