SSI Supermodels (part 1)

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With summer coming to an end and vacations over it’s time to find things close to home to keep the kids (or grandkids) occupied. How about an O’Neill Colony that’s easy to put together and makes The Vision a physical reality that you can see from all angles … on a desktop scale?

Long ago SSI paid thousands of dollars and waited months for a rather large Bernal Sphere model to take to conferences, alas that model was lost to the past (and as I hear tell, it was a pain to move from place to place) but right now for just about the cost of a video game your family can have an O’Neill Cylinder that you can put on any shelf  or take with you to meetings.

This model from the Wave company in Japan was created for fans of the Anime series Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (which has no relation to the annoying song, “MSG” is a multi-season series set in a future where SSI Colonies and Solar Power Satellites – and giant mechs – are part of normal life).

This is a near-perfect Island for engineers and budding engineers to display.  Plus, it’s really easy to put together. Technically, it just snaps together so careful fingers and a fingernail file to gently smooth the little nubs down is all you need.

Here’re a few images to hopefully get you interested:

1) The box. See, it’s an O’Neill.

Wave company Space Settlement O'Neill Colony model box
Wave company Space Settlement O’Neill Colony model box

 

2) The cool special booklet showing details of the “real thing” It’s in Japanese, but pretty obvious.

Neat booklet on colony details
Neat booklet on colony details

Booklet second image

3) After carefuly removing the parts from the marked pieces frames (they are all numbered to make it easy), you just apply the stickers that show the interior valleys and snap them to the end caps.

The Colony Valleys
The Colony Valleys are nice stickers

 

3 take 2) Oops, the instructions say to snap the three windows in first, that helps the valley parts sit better between the windows.

Colony model windows
Best to put the windows in first

 

4) After carefully applying the mirror stickers, just snap the mirrors to the end cap. (Do be careful applying the mirror stickers, on my first one I didn’t slow down and line the sticker up perfectly then tried to peel the sticker off to re-set it and so I’ve got a crumple that won’t smooth out. Taking a bit more care on the other two worked better)

Adding the mirrors
Adding the mirrors

 

5) Slide the end cap covers over the end caps and the mirrors lock into place, meaning no glue is required and all of a sudden the model is very secure.

Now  just slide in the metal bar, slip that into the base, then pop on the agriculture ring and the service module and… voila!

Voila!
Voila!

Now, when I was trying to get the ag-ring pieces separated from the pieces frame I accidentally broke part of the ring (you might notice it sagging a bit at the top near the support strut).  So I drove over to the local Michael’s Crafts store to get a tube of model glue to fix it.

That trip not only fixed the break but also gave a fun story – and some interesting research:

While I was at the model section of the store there was a young man about 13 or 14 going through the paints and he asked me what I was working on. I told him it was a space colony which made him give me a quizzical look… so I said “the Space Colony from Mobile Suit Gundham” and he said “Ooh, nice!” I think that’s an interesting piece of information for folks who may be looking for a common-ground way of starting a discussion of The High Frontier concepts with younger generations.

But back to the model, I mentioned to the kid that I was lousy with a paint brush and asked if he had an easy tip to help me bring out the embossed detail on the model. His advice was to buy a small bottle of dark grey or black Testors model paint and a few cheap brushes, dip a brush into the paint then wipe it off on a paper towel so that almost no mark is left on the towel then brush the model with this “dry brush.”

I think I left too much of the paint on the brush … but still, it seemed to be a great tip!

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The Wave Space Settlements O’Neill Colony model is available from sellers on eBay and Amazon. I’ve found the Amazon sellers tend to have a much better price, I paid all of 35 dollars including shipping from Japan and  I see them going for 60 on eBay.

Here’s a link to one of the Amazon listings (there are a few, actually) the seller I bought from was Toy Shop Japan Hobbyone, and I bought a second one for a gift from seller Makimono – both of them came in about a week, no problems at all.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OFQ94PW

Oh, my bad, you always use the Amazon Smile Program to make your purchases benefit The Space Studies Institute, so use this link for Amazon Smile:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OFQ94PW

By the way, if you came to this post after googling for Sports Illustrated Supermodels, I do apologize ;-).   And if you’re wondering why this post is titled “part 1″… come back in a day or so to get the instructions for a make-it-yourself working SSI Mass Driver. Yes, I’m serious. This is one that might spur your kids to consider a really cool Science Fair project this year!

High Frontier giveaway results are in

This note comes a little late as I was in DC the past few days for SSI (more on that to come soon).

We want all SSI Associates to know that we’ve added up the worldwide free units from our Apollo 11 Anniversary week High Frontier Kindle edition giveaway and over 1700 (1742 to be exact) new Kindle copies are now in the hands of readers.

Added to the copies from the first giveaway, back when SSI had just released the Kindle Edition, that makes around 6500 in total that we have given away for free.  And remember, because Kindle lets a person only claim one copy per account for all time instead of allowing any “loading up” of extra copies that can take away from the reality of the numbers – these 6500 represent actual individual readers (on top of the thousands who buy The High Frontier Kindle Edition at the regular low price).

Many thanks to everyone who helped spread the word about the giveaway, and now that the book is in your Kindle libraries, don’t just let it sit there, take the next step:  READ the High Frontier.

We look forward to hearing your opinions and reviews and – we truly mean this – seeing what tangible things you are inspired to work on and share with fellow SSI Associates that will prove that The High Frontier is more than just a good book.  Let us all see where it takes you and how you are an active and real part of The Human Breakout Into Space.

New on the SSI YouTube Channel Jo Franklin’s The Great Space Race: The Next Civilization

While working as the Washington producer for the legendary MacNeil/Lehrer Report, Jo Franklin became frustrated by the coverage of Space events and she set out to make a difference. The result was an epic 4 part PBS special series backed by a grant from Boeing called “The Great Space Race.”

For many years this four hour set of videos had been a high volume seller at the National Air and Space Museum and now Ms. Franklin is considering adding an updated 5th part covering the exciting latest developments in the Space Industry.

The original four part series is available for purchase directly from Sea Castle Films and Ms. Franklin has generously agreed to allow The Space Studies Institute to show on our YouTube Channel Part 4 “The Next Civilization” featuring Gerard K. O’Neill, Freeman Dyson and many other SSI friends and alumni.

With all of the revolutionary achievements coming out of NewSpace – and MatureSpace – these days it would be great to see an in depth update to this classic series. We encourage you to watch this excellent video and please give it a thumbs up to show your interest in the project.

For information on ordering the complete original series or individual hours Ms. Franklin offers that you can contact Seacastlefilms AT gmail.com.

News and reviews of the original release of Jo Franklin’s The Great Space Race:

The Philadelphia Inquirer May 1986 via Philly.com. Pbs Series Plumbs The Depths Of Space

United Press International. Exploring the great space race

Los Angeles Times. ‘The Great Space Race': A Brand-new Ballgame

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On July 20th, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made Human History by being the first to walk on another world. The landing on the Moon was a dream born in our pre-history that came true by hard work, perseverance and by the firm belief that Human Beings are not meant to be limited.

The Moon landing proved that with dedication we can take what may seem to be out of reach into our very own hands.

The Space Studies Institute commemorates this monumental achievement by expressing sincere thanks to the many, many people who worked to make the Apollo program and the precursor Gemini and Mercury phases a reality.

It is our hope that the big dream continues and that the Human Breakout into Space will move ahead with a strong new generation of hard working and dedicated Engineers. And to that end SSI is proud to announce that right now we are giving away ‘the book that launched a thousand space careers’, Gerard K. O’Neill’s “The High Frontier – Human Colonies in Space” for free on all Kindle apps and devices.

The All Time Classic: Gerard K. O'Neill's The High Frontier
The All Time Classic: Gerard K. O’Neill’s The High Frontier

The High Frontier is the landmark book that asks (and answers) the question that has been sitting like an elephant in the room since that “One Small Step” left its mark in the unchanging lunar dust:

“Is a planetary surface – ANY planetary surface – really the best place for an expanding technological civilization?”

 

 

The Apollo 11 Anniversary is said to make “Space” formost in people’s minds every year, but is it really “Space” that popular culture is speaking of in the ongoing arguments over a “Return to the Moon” versus a “Mission to Mars”? Space is Space, it’s the place where size is not limited by gravity wells or rocket fairings, the place where energy is not limited by atmospheres or dwindling ancient reserves and where room to grow is not limited by someone else’s right to their own desired elbow room.

Space is the place where there are no limits at all and where benefits to ALL of Humanity – everywhere – are free for the using with no harm to anyone.

Sound far fetched? Sound Utopian and unachievable? Until a person reads The High Frontier for themselves, they should be careful about jumping to any conclusions.

Right now – but only for a limited time – you can put the SSI Kindle Edition of The High Frontier in your Kindle library forever for free.

The SSI Kindle edition includes all of Professor O’Neill’s 1988 updated text, the wonderful preface by Kathy Sullivan (Veteran Shuttle Astronaut, the first American woman to walk in Space, current Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), plus this edition features the Pat Rawlings cover art and all of the original interior illustrations by Donald Davis.

All you need is your Amazon account and a Kindle app (free for Windows, OSX, iOS and Android) or a dedicated Kindle device such as any Kindle eInk reader or Kindle Fire tablet. Sign into your Amazon account and go to The High Frontier SSI Kindle Edition web page by clicking this link. Verify the price of $0.00 in the upper right corner of the page and click the Buy Now button (note that our free offer is not the Kindle Unlimited option).

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Then just start your Kindle device or app and sync your library to see The High Frontier in your cloud list. Download and start reading.

With Kindle whispersync you can read a bit on your phone while in the line at the grocery store, then pick up where you left off on your tablet while relaxing at home and continue from there on your work computer during lunch break. Kindle makes reading seemless across devices and right now SSI makes it free.

If you’ve never read The High Frontier for yourself you are in for a life changing experience – it is not what you may have been lead to believe. If you haven’t re-read The High Frontier in a while there is a very good chance that some of the details may surprise you all over again.

Gerard K. O’Neill’s The High Frontier is a true classic in Space and Engineering circles and yet it is also 100% readable and understandable by everyone. O’Neill, a world renowned nuclear physicist who was driven by Engineering details, had the gift to make big – VERY big – things make absolute sense. And it is now our gift to you.

Celebrate the anniversary of The One Small Step and The One Giant Leap by looking beyond “Missions” to a life worth living for everyone in Space. The High Frontier is amazingly practical, it’s do-able with technology we’ve had for decades… and it’s free for you right now. To get your own copy, just click this link.

This free offer is for a limited time only, a free Amazon.com account and official Kindle app or device is required and Amazon may place certain restrictions on international ordering.  Get the Kindle app for PC or Mac here, or download the app for Android or iOS from their respective App Stores. This promotion will end on Saturday July 23rd, the exact end time is determined by Amazon systems and servers and is not under SSI’s control so we urge you to take advantage of this promotion as soon as possible.

During this promotion no proceeds from claimed copies will benefit the work of The Space Studies Institute so if you enjoy The High Frontier book we ask you to join SSI as an Associate and personally pledge to support the ongoing work that can make The High Frontier a reality in your lifetime.

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