LARGE GEMINI SPACECRAFT MASTER MOLD MODEL.
Large 1/8 scale model of the Gemini spacecraft by Atkins and Merrill's Engineering Model and Mock-Up Division of Sudbury, MA. Made from solid acrylic with a gray color coating, 18 inches tall, 11½ inches wide at the base, and weighing 25 pounds. Information recorded in black marker on the base reads: "NASA, NASw 803, Gemini 1/8, 64-M-4-2." Horizontal grooves accurately represent the Inconel heat shield panels on the outer skin of the Gemini spacecraft.
The model's construction was initiated by the 803rd contract issued by NASA Headquarters (NASw 803) in 1964 for the amount of $50,000 to Atkins and Merrill, Inc. It was part of an overall Cold War effort to exhibit models of the United States vehicles responsible for space achievements to a world audience in cooperation with the USIA (United States Information Agency). This model is the master mold which allowed copies to be created for multiple exhibit purposes. The creation of this master represented approximately 40% of the contract's value due partly to the hand-tooling required. It was created without the use of computer aided design and manufacture (CAD/CAM). Sketches by Atkins and Merrill for a suggested display stand are included.