Project Backstep Chronosphere
from "7 Days" (1996-2001)
About the Design
The Chronosphere was the one-man time machine at the center of Project Backstep, a top-secret time-travel project operated by the National Security Agency (NSA) out of its secured Never Never Land facility somewhere in Nevada. Based on alien technology acquired from a spaceship downed outside Roswell, N.M. in 1947, the Chronosphere cannot itself travel through time, but is "projected" into the past. The maximum distance it can travel: seven days. '
Because Earth is always moving (rotating on its axis, revolving around the sun, etc.), targeting the sphere to its temporal point-of-entry is extremely difficult and requires the "chrononaut" on board to constantly readjust its heading in all four dimensions.
Once a time-travel mission is completed, the sphere is recovered by Project Backstep operatives and returned to Never Never Land for its next "flight."
The Project Backstep Sphere is, obviously, not a sphere at all. It is, to be precise a Truncated Dodecahedron made of 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons.
About the Kit
This 1:72 Chronosphere was released by Millennium Models International (MMI) in 2012. Made from more than two dozen separate hexagons (plus a single "window" piece), the model's components were designed in CAD and then printed via stereolithography.
This model was built from a preview edition of the kit.