from the "Polar Lights" kit, this model of the Jupiter-2 was built
with lights to enhance it's generally boring appearance. Hey, it's a dinner
plate with a salad bowl inverted and stuck on top. What can I say?
I used a commercially
available electronic "chaser light " system for the "reactor core" on the
bottom, and added two grain-of-wheat bulbs to light up the interior cabin
area, both powered by on-board batteries. Other than that, the model is
primarily built box stock. I used a panelling technique for the outer hull
surface to keep it a bit more interesting than the extremely boring and
fake looking solid silver the ship is normally given.
The model still
retains the visible seams at the roof's edge and hull outer rim, as a result
of retaining the kit's "take apart" features.
shown below is the J2 kit modified for another customer to resemble the
Gemini XII seen in the first original pilot of the Lost In Space program.
Modifications included changes to the illuminated interior along with lowering
of the main viewport sill, filling the landing gear and porthole depressions
and the additions of tiny fins to the lit up reactor core unit. The model
was painted in light gray instead of silver as was the original studio
miniature. Although the original studio model looked totally devoid of
any surface detail just like the later Jupiter 2 incarnation, the model
looks far too spartan and phoney that way. So, for added realism and depth
I added a subtle "paneling" type of weathering technique. This keeps the
model from looking too boring.
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