Ten astronauts add their vehicle names to a choice Grumman LM contractor’s model
Grumman Apollo Lunar Module Contractor's model, manufactured for Grumman by Precise Models, Inc. prior to the Apollo 11 moon landing. The two-piece LM is removable from the base, made of injection-molded plastic, and is approximately 6" tall and 10" across. It accurately separates into Ascent and Descent Stages and has numerous tiny projecting parts. The 10.25" diameter black base has color logos of both Grumman and NASA with the text "Lunar Module" printed near the edge. Signed on the base in silver ink by ten Apollo astronauts. Signers are: “Gene Cernan, Apollo X–Snoopy; Apollo XVII–Challenger,” “Dave Scott Apollo 9, Apollo 15 ‘Falcon’ ‘Spider,’” “Charlie Duke, Apollo 16, Orion,” “James Lovell Apollo 13 CDR Aquarius,” “Jim McDivitt Apollo 9 CDR ‘Spider,’” “Edgar Mitchell Apollo 14 LMP Antares,” “Rusty Schweickart Apollo 9 LMP ‘Spider,’” “Alan Bean Apollo 12, Intrepid,’” “Fred Haise Apollo 13 Aquarius,” and “Buzz Aldrin Apollo XI Eagle.” In fine condition, with some scattered light surface wear to base. Model comes with its original shipping box. Accompanied by a CD of photos of the astronauts taken at time of signing and a certificate of authenticity from Novaspace for the McDivitt signature. These desirable models are often found with severe yellowing due to age and light exposure; this one is a very presentable off-white color. Missing parts are another problem often found; this model appears to be complete. A great gathering of space pioneers all paying homage to their particular modules. Pre-certified Steve Zarelli and RR Auction COA.