What type of helicopter recovered the Gemeni Capsule?
March 31 2012 at 4:09 PM
(Login vbuenokov) HyperScale Forums from IP address 18.104.22.168
Just picked up the Dragon Gemeni Capsule in 1/72 scale and I am thinking (fantasizing) of building a diorama as it touches down on the carrier deck with a helicopter above. I'd have to motorize the rotors of the chopper, but I think it can be done.
I've tried to search online for photos of the capsule being recovered, but all I get are the astronauts being lifted out of the capsule.
Any information is greatly appreciated.
Here are photos of the Dragon kit. An open hatch will require a lot of work in the cockpit. The astronauts are molded in a smelly vinyl material. Yuck. The hatches don't have windows. Darn. Looks like a good basis for a lot of detail to be added to the cockpit.
For those interested, here's my photo studio. My desk at work with two velvet covered jewelry boards, a camera with a remote control, a 30 year old lamp with a 13watt 5000K natural balanced light and drafting bean bags as a camera support.
This message has been edited by vbuenokov from IP address 22.214.171.124 on Mar 31, 2012 4:10 PM
After Liberty Bell 7 where the capsule took on a great deal of water, the practice of recovering the capsule by helo was discontinued. That's why you can't find any photos of helos recovering Gemini capsules. After the UDTs attached flotation collars and the crew was recovered, ships recovered them with hoist gear.
This message has been edited by cluevano from IP address 126.96.36.199 on Mar 31, 2012 4:58 PM
I served aboard USS Wasp for several Gemini recovery's. The Helicopter usually did not recover the capsule (too heavy). The SH3 Sea king brought swimmers to the capsule in the water. They attached a floatation collar to the capsule. Once that was secure the swimmers assisted the astronauts into slings to be hoisted into the chopper.
The ship using its boats manuevered to the capsule and the aircraft crane hoisted the capsule aboard the recovery ship (i.e.Wasp,Hornet etc) and into a wheeled cradle.
I highly recomend that you pick up a copy of Space in Miniature #2....
April 1 2012, 3:01 AM
which is a publication that covers modeling aspects of Project Gemini plus has drawings of the Gemini Capsule in the recovery mode of flight to include a drawing of floatation collar. Check out this website:
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