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This model is built by the #0521 Space Center Erector Set of 2005 pictured here. Like all “Special Edition” sets, its 688 parts including screws, nuts and washers builds just this model.
The rocket and capsule is about 25 inches high. The entire model from the base of the gantry to tip of the crane is just under 30 inches. (Note Larry’s Walking Giant in the background.)
Dave Ware writes: The horses for the carousel were made from a photograph of a real carousel horse. My wife traced them and colored them for me. Flashing lights were added to the base.
Turn the crank and duck!
Dave Ware writes: This is the model as revised by Gilbert in 1949. Use of the OI segment of 72 tooth gear allowed for a simpler mechanism. This innovation and the increase of the height to almost 6 feet made for a much improved model. The action was now completely automatic. Parachutes were homemade using silk cloth and swizzle sticks.