Mat Irvine: There is a new box, still with the Ron Miller artwork. It occupies the whole box-top, with no lettering to spoil the illustration. Underneath, poster-style art invites you to, Travel to Mars the Fastway.
The component layout (below) shows that most parts are in white styrene, with portholes and flight deck windows in clear. The original Strombecker kit had these in a tasty shade of green, with instructions to fit a pencil-torch through the rocket nozzle to illuminate them at night.
The kit’s paperwork (below) includes instruction sheet, decals, and a postcard to enter the Glencoe 2014 Space Raffle, which will give away space art and posters.
Cement two hull sections together, one of which should include the flight deck. Fill gaps and sand smooth, then fit the remaining hull section in place, but don’t glue it. You can do final sanding, though no filling, as that would require the parts to be cemented together. But you can now do final painting ‘as one’. Then remove this third section and fit the windows and cockpit canopy, after which the whole hull can be finally assembled. If you display the model with the ‘finished’ side to the front, you won’t really notice this ‘compromise’ at the back.
Closeup of classic Moonliner (above) in original markings. This is a somewhat time-worn Strombecker original. The Glencoe Marsliner (below) finished as a Fastway interplanetary spacecraft.
All three versions of the spacecraft: a Moonliner and two Marsliners.
Another diorama idea (below) using two Glencoe Strombecker reissues, the base for the three-stage rocket, and an ex-ITC Precision Miniatures Sikorsky S-55 helicopter.
Walt Disney (below) with assorted models, including the Moonliner. Note this version’s spindly landing legs, which are very different from the ones used in Disneyland or the model kits.
SMN note: The Disney TWA Moonliner was BIG, standing some 23 m (76 ft) tall. Even then, it was only a one-third scale model. As envisaged, a real Moonliner would have been a nuclear-powered spacecraft, standing more than 61 m (200 ft) high.
Glencoe Models Marsliner
Scale: 1:144 (As stated on the box, though compared to the Disneyland spacecraft, it's nearer 1:70)
Parts: 23 white, 21 clear
Assembled height: 330 mm (12 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: 06914
Review kit courtesy Glencoe Models.
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