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2010: A Scrapbook Odyssey

By John Lester - © 2010

Type: Softcover, 90 pp, 280 photos and tables, ISBN: 978-0-9707604-1-8, by Jean-Marc Deschamps (edited by Jack Hagerty)
MSRP: $19.95 USD (~$20.58 CAN/ 14.92 EUR) available from ARA Press
Overall Rating: 9 - a treasure trove of visual reference

Author Jean-Marc Deschamps received access to the filming models from the movie 2010: Odyssey 2 (2010: The Year We Make Contact in the US) as they were being restored for auction in 2009. The hundreds of photos he took, combined with photos from the period of the movie's production, form the core of this book. And what a book it is!

[Cover]

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^ Sample page

The book is divided into the following sections:

  • Chapter 1 - Introduction (A Personal Odyssey)
  • Chapter 2 - 12.5' USSR Leonov
  • Chapter 3 - 12.5' Leonov Modules
  • Chapter 4 - Interview with model supervisor Mark Stetson
  • Chapter 5 - Unmanned Soviet Space Probe
  • Chapter 6 - Manned Soviet EVA Pod
  • Chapter 7 - Starchild
  • Chapter 8 - USS Discovery (Partial model)
  • Chapter 9 - Big Discovery Clusters and Modules
  • Chapter 10 - USS Discovery (complete model)
  • Chapter 10 - Study Models and Bas Relief

Aside from the introduction and interview, each chapter consists of a very short introduction followed by loads of photographs (most in color). Interspersed with the author's photos are some from the restoration (by Gene Kozicki) and from the production of the movie.

Everything is geared toward the scale modeler. The history and scale of each of the filming and study models is examined in detail. Captions, where necessary are clear and concise. The images are clear and sharp, and really get down into the detail. I was especially impressed with the coverage of the big Leonov model, including the pattern details of all the sub-modules on the central, rotating section.

The interview with Mark Stetson, who ran the model shop that built all these props (and who was nominated for an Oscar for his work there), provides a wealth of "technical" detail, in addition to the "behind-the-scenes" history.

Conclusions

This book is pretty much a one-stop resource for anyone who wants to build a model of any of the vehicles from 2010. It's well worth the cover price - and highly recommended.


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