Modelling Yuri’s World 5:

For some of us, words and pictures are not enough, we like to see things in three dimensions. Few of us though, have the space or the cash to collect real aircraft, rockets, statues, buildings and vehicles. Instead, we turn … Continue reading

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Modelling Yuri’s World 4: SOVIET CARS

Time to move on from trucks to cars. Here things are much more straightforward, especially in the die-cast field. The Soviet car industry in the early post-war years struggled to find an equivalent to the cheap ‘people’s cars’ available in … Continue reading

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Modelling Yuri’s World No3: The Vostok Orbiter

For some of us, words and pictures are not enough, we like to see things in three dimensions. Few of us though, have the space or the cash to collect real aircraft, rockets, statues, buildings and vehicles. Instead, we turn … Continue reading

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Ivan Ivanisovich

TRUE STORY – in March 1961 a mannequin called ‘Ivan Ivanovich’ was used to test Vostok and its ejection seat before the manned flights began. Witnesses on the ground thought that ‘Ivan’ was a real cosmonaut after he/it landed. Continue reading

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Who’s in charge?

Vostok was navigated mainly from the ground, via radio. The command signals were received by these large aerials. The first cosmonauts were discouraged from interfering with their flights, and there was even a coded keypad in the cabin to prevent … Continue reading

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