Mat Irvine: Pegasus Hobbies has now added this distinctive spaceship to its list, with both kit and a ready-built versions available to purchase. The Cosmostrator is to 1:350 scale, which seems to have become a default scale for ‘large structures’ probably helped by its wide use as a standard nautical model scale.
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View the movie First Spaceship on Venus here. The script isn’t much, but the effects are worth a look, if only for historical interest. And you do get to see plenty of robotic tech as well.
And finally, is this is first Cosmostrator kit? Actually, no. Lunar Models has the distinction of being the first garage company to specialise in science-fiction subjects, and the Cosmostrator featured in its 1989 catalogue. The kit (below) was considerably larger at 1:144 scale, and was made from solid resin, almost certainly the older, and less easily worked, polyurethane. However, although mastered by the expert pro-modeller David Merriman, it did take quite a lot of effort to make it look good. The new Pegasus kit makes the whole job far easier.
About the movie
The Cosmostrator originated with an East German/Polish co-production, based on a work by Polish writer Stanislaw Lem, better known for his classic Solaris.
The movie was then edited and dubbed into English, primarily for the US market, with the spaceship’s name anglicized to the familiar Cosmostrator.
Pegasus Hobbies Cosmostrator
Assembled height: 215 mm (8.5 in)
Manufacturer’s ref: 9114
Thanks to Pegasus Hobbies for the review kit.