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Announcing our 2019 Horizon Models Space Pioneers Winners!

This year we had more contestants than ever before, and we’d like to thank everyone who entered their fantastic models!


Three terrific prize packs go to the following lucky individuals.


The 2019 Horizon Models Space Pioneers:


  1. Brian Matney from Tennessee, USA
  2. Brian Richardson from NSW, Australia
  3. Terence Wong from Sydney, Australia



Each of our three 2019 Horizon Models Space Pioneers will receive the following:


  • #2001 Convair SM-65D Atlas ICBM
  • #2002 Mercury™-Atlas
  • #2003 Mercury™ Spacecraft
  • #2004 Mercury™-Redstone
  • #2005 Redstone Launcher
  • Special Trophy
  • PLUS One of each unique NEW KIT we release over the next 12 months!


In addition to these winners, we also have three runners-up. They will each receive one copy of the next kit we release


The 2019 Horizon Models Space Pioneers - Runners-up are:


  1. Steve Dearden of France
  2. Ronald Purviance from Florida, USA
  3. Benny Friis Nielsen from Denmark

 


 2019 Horizon Models Space Pioneer - Brian Matney from Tennessee, USA


Brian chose to build the Redstone Launcher because he felt the Redstone is an important rocket in the history of our space program.


He modelled the CC-56 SV Redstone, and created some custom decals to complete the model. He also added a figure to the base for scale.


The piece of metal on the base is an ID tag that came off of a real Redstone booster!


Great job Brian!

2019 Horizon Models Space Pioneer - Brian Richardson from NSW, Australia



Brian couldn't decide which Redstone model to build so he did all four versions of this iconic launch vehicle - what a striking display it is!


His favourite would have to be WRESAT which placed Australia third in the world to design and launch their own satellite on the 29th Nov 1969, that's over 50 years ago, quite a feat at the time.


Brian hopes that one day Australia will be able to return to exploring space – we hope so too Brian!

 




2019 Horizon Models Space Pioneer - Terence Wong from Sydney, Australia



Terence was inspired to build the Horizon Models Mercury Spacecraft kit after he was lucky enough to see a mock-up of a real capsule on a recent US trip. 


Seeing in person just how small it was really underscored how brave these men were in their pioneering spirit!


The kit has a lot of options and Terence wanted to use as many as possible displayed together in homage, so he unified the components on a base with a plaque.


Great display Terence!


2019 Horizon Models Space Pioneers Runners-up
Steve Dearden of France, built John Glenn's MA-6 mission. Well done Steve!

Ronald Purviance from Florida, USA, built two Redstone kits - the Juno I with Explorer I satellite in which he cleverly inserted an electric motor to make it spin!


Ronald also built a WRESAT launch vehicle.


He scratch built launch umbilical stands for both models.


Nice collection of rockets Ronald!

Benny Friis Nielsen from Denmark, built both manned and unmanned versions of the Redstone and Atlas Rockets. From left to right:


  1. Juno I with Explorer I
  2. Mercury-Redstone
  3. Mercury-Atlas
  4. Convair Atlas ICBM


That's an impressive collection of rockets Benny!