At first glance, the giant 1:96 scale Saturn V launch complex built by John Ashton (above) looks as if it could be built from modern materials. But no, take a closer look, and you realise the construction is from an older period, the builder being someone who seems to like a lot of cornflakes, for he makes his models mostly out of cereal boxes.
Photographed looking up against a suitable sky backing, you’d be hard pressed to say this isn’t the real thing. John has also done a similar build to represent the Apollo 7 mission (below) to a smaller 1:144 scale.
Space models on display in John’s ‘man cave’ (below, every home should have one!) Note the giant Apollo Command Module linked to a Lunar Module at the back - this duo is big, likely to 1:16 scale. I may take a closer look at this pair of model spacecraft in future.
Only the Lancaster aircraft was built from a kit, the 1:72 scale new-tool Airfix kit release. The rest of the display - towers, dam structure, plume of water - are all made of cardboard. Building the Mohne dam required each brick to be separately cut from card, then glued into position.
Building the section of breached dam (below) with plume of water from an exploding bomb.
Factual space kits here.
Saturn rocket kits here.
Lancaster bomber kits here.