Moonship 1947 A history of the Apollo program wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the work of the British Interplanetary Society.  Founded in 1933 specifically to evaluate how three astronauts could land on the moon and return safely to the Earth, this group of multi-disciplinary scientist and engineers (whose membership included Arthur C. Clarke) advanced many theories related to spaceflight.  They are also credited with designing a lunar landing vehicle in the late 1940’s that is generally regarded as the forerunner of the Apollo Lunar Module.  The result of a great deal of thought and study, the BIS Moonship was the first serious attempt to design a specialized craft whose only purpose was to land a crew on the lunar surface. This 1/48th scale scratch built model is based on drawings in Ron Miller’s book the Dream Machines and was constructed from several vacuformed components derived from either low-density urethane foam or renshape patterns.  An in-depth article documenting the creation of this model is featured in Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller presents Real Space Modeller Volume 1 Silver Award Wonderfest 2009
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.   Robert H. Goddard
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