A base catalyzed silica aerogel and three base catalyzed resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) aerogels were imaged with a new vertical platinum-carbon (Pt-C) replication technique. In deep gels single molecular chains can be visualized with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with 9–10 Å thick Pt-C replicas backed with 110–130 Å of carbon . The three RF aerogels produced with [Resorcinol]/[Catalyst] ratios (R/C) of 50, 200, and 300 had densities of 0.103, 0.063, and 0.065 gm/cc and had surface areas of 905, 580, and 390 m2/gm, respectively. The gel connectors and junctions in RF 300 and RF 200 were composed of 210±30 Å and 140±10 Å beads which were joined by polymeric chains covering an area less than half the bead's diameter and within a bead diameter's distance. The gel connectors and junctions in RF 50 were frequently composed of beads of about 120±10 Å joined over an area larger than half the bead's diameter. Similar to the silica aerogel (0.065 gm/cc, 113±10 Å beads), the beads were frequently connected over several bead diameter's distance from each other.