This space paper model is from the film "Rocketship X-M". The scale is 1:200, with the finished model about 8.75 inches tall.
Rocketship X-M was the second of the American science fiction feature films of the space adventure genre begun in the post-war era, in 1950. Because expensive special effects and production value delayed the release of Destination Moon, this black-and-white film from Lippert Pictures was quickly shot (in 18 days) so as to be able to make it to the cinemas first with the story of a moon expedition that instead lands on Mars.
In the original 1950 theatrical release, the Martian landscape was shown with a red tint, a device Lippert Pictures repeated the following year when the black-and-white Lost Continent (1951) added a green tint when the film's explorers arrived atop a jungle plateau.
It was directed by Kurt Neumann and features Lloyd Bridges, Osa Massen, John Emery, Noah Beery, Jr., Hugh O'Brian, Morris Ankrum, Patrick Ahern, Sherry Moreland, John Dutra and Katherine Marlowe. The film was scored by American composer Ferde Grofé. Instruments and technical equipment were supplied by Allied Aircraft Company of North Hollywood. The film is also known as Expedition Moon and originally as Rocketship XM-1. This was one of many B-movies mocked as episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
In the 1970s the rights to the film were acquired by collector Wade Williams, who set about re-shooting some of its special effects scenes in order to improve the film's look. The DVD release incorporates the re-shot footage.