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PostPosted: Thu 25 Apr 2013 20:45 pm 
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Survey ship ‘Freeman Dyson’

Following the early attempts at asteroid mining in the 2020s, the industry began to hit its stride in the early 2050s. Competition was fierce, and finding a resource rich asteroid and staking a claim was key to the whole operation. Rather then sending the large, slow, and clumsy mining ships to explore asteroids found by telescope in the hope if striking it rich, mining companies invested in fleets of smaller and faster survey ships to carry out this important task.
The Jupiter Mining Corporation’s ‘Freeman Dyson’ is a typical vessel of this type. Powered by a nuclear thermal engine, designed to use water as a working fluid, it can refuel itself from ice found in certain types of asteroid to extend its range. Its six man crew is nominally split into two functional areas, flight crew and astrogeologists/planetologists, though usually there is considerable crossover between the two functions.
A highly efficient recycling system, along with a small ‘greenhouse’ allows mission durations of up to 18 months, though the addition of extra resource modules can extend this.

Essentially a kitbash of the Lindbergh/Glencoe Retriever Rocket kit, with extra fuel tanks cast in resin, plus a few odds and ends from my spares box and some homemade decals

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PostPosted: Fri 26 Apr 2013 09:15 am 
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Very nice bit of work; kind of 2001-esque.

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PostPosted: Sat 03 May 2014 05:23 am 
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Really like this one Martin.

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PostPosted: Fri 09 May 2014 13:24 pm 
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That's a great result, with a very nice build and a good background story to bring the model to life. :clapping:

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PostPosted: Fri 09 May 2014 16:49 pm 
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Great looking spacecraft. It look so 1960-70 style.

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