I loves me my rockets! My two new ones are the Mercury Redstone and Atlas from the original American space program from the 60s. These guys are to scale with each other and their real life counterparts.
First up: the Redstone!
This little guy was only powerful enough to send one astronaut into space for a 15 minute round trip. Not so bad considering how small and cramped the tiny capsule was.
It took a few tries before I was happy with my fins. I wanted the stripes on the sides of the fins to match with the stripes on the rocket - just like the real thing.
Next up: the Atlas!
The Atlas rocket had enough punch to send one guy (in the same capsule as the one on top of the Redstone) into orbit around the Earth. The first person to do this did 3 orbits. The last guy to ride an Atlas did 22 orbits and it took him over a day to do it!
I wanted to do lots of little pipes and wiry bits along the sides because I think it looks really cool on the real rocket. I also found the perfect silvery/metallic yarn - I'm not sure you can really tell from the photo. It was a grey colour but it was called 'Soft' so that it had a nice shine to it. (I think I've seen brands labelled as 'Silky' that have the same sort of shine).
I showed these to my Dad and he said, 'Godspeed, John Glenn." (I think we have seen the Right Stuff too many times.)
I hope you like them!