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Luna Rocketship

Pegasus Hobbies 1/144 Luna Rocketship Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review December 2018 Manufacturer Pegasus Hobbies
Subject Luna Rocketship Scale 1/144
Kit Number 9111 Primary Media Styrene
Pros First kit of this classic spacecraft Cons See text
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $27.95

First Look

Luna Rocketship

Here's another kit from Pegasus Hobbies, this time featuring the rocketship from the 1950 movie "Destination Moon". This is one of a variety of kits from Pegasus that recreate spacecraft from from classic science fiction movies like When Worlds Collide, War of the Worlds (old and new versions), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and more. With recent releases including the Luna (Destination Moon) and Rocketship X-M (movie with the same name), it is no surprise to see this classic design also released as an injection-molded kit. Molded in gray plastic, this kit is presented on one parts tree plus the main fuselage halves and display base, and one small clear parts tree for the viewports. Assembly is relatively straightforward and you'll want to take your time on the seams as this bird is metallic in finish.

You can see from the spacecraft's lines that the design is based upon the German A-5 (V-2) rocket, though there are a number of differences. First, this is seriously scaled-up in size as it is a single stage to Moon and return design, typical of the spacecraft of the 1950s. While the V-2 has four fins on the rear, this has only three, plus a landing leg to take the place of the fourth that has an integral boarding ladder. According to the movie, this vehicle also featured an atomic engine,

If you're looking for a fast and fun project, these classic movie rocketships are just what you're looking for! I purchased mine from CultTVman Hobby Shop.