from "Deep Impact" (1998)
About the Design
The first of 1998's "Death from Space" movies -- the second being "Armageddon" -- "Deep Impact" told the story of how mankind faced an ELE (Extinction Level Event) in the form of a giant comet on a collision course with Earth.
Key to humanity's salvation was the "Messiah," a giant nuclear-powered "comet buster" built in secret by a partnership of American, European and Russian space agencies. As per this conceit, the "Messiah" had a cobbled-together look that reflected its international origins, with U.S., Russian and ESA hardware clearly visible. The command module was a heavily modified U.S. Space Shuttle that could detach from the mothership and land on the comet's surface where teams of exo-geologists intended to plant the nuclear bombs that would shatter the killer comet into harmless ice chunks.
About the Kit
At a full 27 inches long, the 1:200 Messiah was the largest -- and heaviest -- model kit Fantastic Plastic produced to this point.
The kit was designed in CAD by Scott Lowther and cast by BLAP! Models. Components included photo-etched steel components by Pargraphix and decals by Canuck Models.
The kit was released in April 2017 and remains available for purchase in the Fantastic Plastic Virtual Museum Store.