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2017 Winners

Announcing our 2017 Horizon Models Space Pioneers Winners!

We'd like to thank all modellers that entered their fantastic models in our annual birthday competition.

There were many entries that were outstanding and inspiring!

Three amazing prize packs go to the following lucky individuals.

The 2017 Horizon Models Space Pioneers are:

1. Tim Nelson of Washington, USA

2. Jim Hansen, USA

3. Ronald Purviance of Florida, USA

Each of our three 2017 Horizon Models Space Pioneers will receive the following:

One of each of our Mercury Program kits:

#2002 Mercury™-Atlas

#2003 Mercury™ Spacecraft

#2004 Mercury™-Redstone


One of each unique NEW KIT we release over the next 12 months! And yes, we do have more new kits coming soon!

In addition, due to the large number of fantastic entries we decided to add three runners-up. They will each receive one of the next kit which we will be releasing within the next twelve months.

The 2017 Horizon Models Space Pioneers - Runners-up are:

1. Stein Ragnar Punther of Norway

2. Roy Budge of the United Kingdom

3. Rob Schmitt of Colorado, USA

Congratulations to all our winners!

See their winning entries below...

2017 Horizon Models Space Pioneer - Tim Nelson of Washington, USA

Tim built one Mercury spacecraft as Alan Shepard’s Freedom 7 with escape tower, featuring a custom base to include a tribute to the other five Mercury missions.

He also built John Glenn’s Friendship 7, which occurred two weeks before he was born. The model is posed to emulate the famous U.S. postage stamp issued on 20 February, 1962. The globe is taken from a small note holder, repurposed for this tribute to an authentic hero.

2017 Horizon Models Space Pioneer - Jim Hansen of Florida, USA

Jim entered a number of models in the competition:

John Glenn’s Mercury-Atlas MA-6

Alan Shepard’s Mercury-Redstone MR-3

and a Convair SM-65D ICBM with a Mk 2 re-entry vehicle

Jim has always wanted to build the Space Race from the beginning, and lives on the Space Coast of Florida - what a great place to be!

2017 Horizon Models Space Pioneer - Ronald Purviance of Florida, USA

Ronald has built a couple of our models and added his scratch building skills to make two unique displays!

Ronald converted a SM-65D Atlas ICBM into a "B" Atlas to replicate Atlas 10B which was the basis for Project SCORE - Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment, which was the first communication satellite to be launched. Ronald added the pipework to the sustainer engine and the base of the Atlas tanks.

A tape recorder on board would play a message from President Eisenhower that said:

"This is the President of the United States speaking. Through the marvels of scientific advance, my voice is coming to you from a satellite circling in outer space. My message is a simple one: Through this unique means I convey to you and to all mankind, America's wish for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men everywhere."

His Mercury Redstone model also has some added details - the umbilical connections to the booster and spacecraft, which can be removed and drop down just like before the actual launch.

2017 Horizon Models Space Pioneers - Runners-up:

Stein Ragnar Punther of Oslo Norway

Stein built “the first” versions, Freedom 7 in launch configuration and Friendship 7 in orbit mode.

Roy Budge of the United Kingdom

Roy built Alan Shepard's MR-3 mission. When he was eight years old, he was taken to the Science Museum in London for the first time. Displayed in the special exhibitions hall on the ground floor was Freedom 7. That was the start of a lifetimes fascination with all things space!

Rob Schmitt of Colorado, USA

Rob grew up watching the space race and building this kit brought back so many memories!

He built this model to honor the Liberty Bell 7 mission and astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom. Liberty Bell 7 (Mercury-Redstone 4) was the second United States human spaceflight launched on July 21, 1961.

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