You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics looks so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, “Look at that, you son of a bitch.”

Ed Mitchell, Lunar Module Antares pilot, Apollo 14

The moon

If the moon is mesmerising to me on an everyday basis, like this evening when I paused to take this photograph, how transfixing must it have been for the last forty-five years to the men who once walked on it?


Why, she’s a lovely model

Something new for my office desk arrived in the mail this week. It’s a pre-built Apollo 11 “Lunar Approach” display by Dragon Models. Sure, I could have built, painted, and finished the less expensive kit version myself, but a) I’m no longer a teenager with that sort of idle time on his hands, and b) these days, when I spend hours crafting something, I like to be able to see it disappear as I eat it shortly afterwards. This would be far too crunchy.

Dragon Models DRW-50375 “Apollo 11 Lunar Approach”

Dragon Models DRW-50375 “Apollo 11 Lunar Approach”

I had my doubts about ordering because, as it turns out, this right here is the only decent photograph of the pre-assembled version on the entire web as far as I can tell. The other photos I found before ordering — on eBay at a bargain price — are small, fuzzy, and do no justice to it, and that includes Dragon’s catalogue and box cover photographs. Tsk. Here at the FQN we do things right, or at least emphatically say that we do.

When I opened the box and had a look, I immediately approved. For a model of about ten inches in length, it’s pretty accurate and incredibly detailed, even down to the crinkly thermal blankets in three colours.

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Though the Lunar Module did have Mylar in the superinsulation blankets behind the outside shielding, what you saw on the outside was not Mylar, but aluminized Kapton polyimide film, in multiple 0.5, 2, and 5 mil layers.