Mercury & Gemini Collection
Mercury & Gemini Collection
This is a digital download and NOT a physical product!
Learn more about the Mercury and Gemini programs:
Project Mercury and Gemini were the first two US crewed space programs during the space race, and laid the groundwork for the Apollo program. Project Mercury (1958-1963) succeeded with launching the first American into space, Alan Shepard, on Mercury-Redstone 3 in 1961, and later the first American into orbit on the more powerful Mercury-Atlas 6 carrying John Glenn in 1962. Project Mercury launched 6 crewed flights and was followed by Project Gemini (1961-1966). The two-manned crew launched on the Titan II GLV (Gemini Launch Vehicle) with the objective to test and perfect the methods that would later be used in the Apollo program. These included, among other things, the first American spacewalk, conducted by Ed White on Gemini 4 in 1965 as well as rendezvous and docking with an unmanned spacecraft on orbit with Gemini 8 by Neil Armstrong and David Scott in 1966. Of the 12 flights under Project Gemini, 10 were crewed.
Thank you for checking out my Mercury & Gemini Collection and if you are considering buying the instructions I am especially grateful to you for supporting my work and directly enabling me to continue producing more designs in the future!
The entire collection contains 460 pieces, costing approximately $50, while each variant contains 68-223 pieces, costing approximately $5-25 (prices on Bricklink vary depending on region and current parts availability), see the buying guide in the section below.
31 cm x 13 cm x 5 cm
12 in x 5 in x 2 in
The model includes internal colors which aren't visible when the model is completed. Replacing these reduces the piece price, but can make the building process more confusing, especially if you aren't an experienced MOC builder.
These following colors can all be replaced by "Any color" when exporting the pieces to Bricklink: blue, reddish brown and tan.
How to buy the pieces
I recommend buying the pieces required for the model through Bricklink.com, which is the largest online marketplace for LEGO® parts sellers.
There are other alternatives, like the official LEGO® Pick a Brick site, but they rarely have all the required pieces and it's often more expensive there.
The process to buy from Bricklink is easier than it seems, and is explained thoroughly in this step-by-step guide to help you:
- After buying the product, you need to download the folder named "Part lists" and unzip it.
- Choose the part lists you want to buy using the guide in the "Variants" tab below.
- Next go to Bricklink.com and create an account, it's very easy to set up.
- Hover over the "Want" tab in the top right corner and click "Upload" or follow this LINK.
- Click on the right "Upload BrickLink XML format" tab and copy and paste the text from your chosen parts list to the text box. You can "Add to" the default wanted list or a new one it from future orders. Either way, upload all the current part lists to the same wanted list to order all the pieces at the same time. Then click the blue "Proceed to verify items" button.
Repeat step 4-5 for each part list you want to order.
- Optional step if you want to save some money: In the wanted list, you can sort by colors and select all the internal pieces (described in "Product specifications" above) and click on "Color" and apply "Non applicable" since all those colors can be substituted without affecting the exterior look.
- Optional step if you only want new pieces and as a consequence pay a little bit more: Select all the pieces and change their "Condition" to "New" (needs to be repeated for each page). The default option gives you a price around the estimate and will include both new and used bricks.
- Next click the green "Buy All" button and then adjust the settings to your preference. For lower shipping costs, I recommend beginning by choosing your region/country first and only change it if the pieces aren't available there.
- Once that's done, click the blue "Auto-select" button, uncheck the box in the pop-up and click "Start".
- This will give you a list of stores whose orders together will include all of the pieces in your wanted list. Confirm that all the pieces are included by clicking the "Wanted Items" tab to the left and control that there aren't any pieces left there.
- If you are happy with the selection and price, click "Create carts", followed by "Checkout" for each individual store and buy the pieces!
(If you are not happy with the price or if you're missing any pieces, you can click "Remove All" and redo the auto-selection with different settings)
If you're having any issues with ordering your pieces, don't hesitate to send us a message through the "Contact us" tab in the menu and we'll do out best to help!
This product comes in four different variants, which you'll all have access to with the single purchase. Use these explanations to determine which instructions to use and parts you need to buy to build your desired variant:
1. Mercury & Gemini Collection [460 pcs] - builds all three included rockets.
2. Mercury-Redstone LV [68 pcs] - builds the Mercury-Redstone LV, that carried the first American into space.
3. Mercury-Atlas LV-3B [169 pcs] - builds the Mercury-Atlas LV-3B, that carried the first American into orbit.
4. Titan II GLV [223 pcs] - builds the Titan II GLV, that carried the first two-manned American crew into space.