This is it: The
Golden Age of Concept Spacecraft.
The 1950s marked
the official start of the "Space Age." At White Sands, New Mexico, in
Huntsville, Alabama, and at Cape Canaveral, Florida, American rocket scientists
-- many of them ex-Germans -- worked sleeplessly to design and perfect launch
vehicles that would boost artificial satellites -- and eventually human beings
-- into the cosmos. To drum up public support for this dangerous and
expensive undertaking, rocketry experts, including Dr. Werner von Braun, Willey Ley and
Ehricke were enlisted to
share their visions of space travel that, God- and Congress-willing, lay just
around the proverbial corner.
plastic model manufacturers as Revell, Monogram, Aurora, Lindberg and Strombecker
were more than happy to contribute to this public information campaign by
kitting the widest variety of conceptual spacecraft models ever to make their
way to hobby store shelves. No period before or since has yielded such a
vast array of imaginative "could be" spacecraft kits as this one.