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1/144 Airfix Space Shuttle


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I've built a few Shuttles and as inaccurate as they all are, being based on prototypes, I like to modify 'em to make them look a little more accurate.

With this little AIrfix, I've built up the Payload Bay, and opened up the Payload Bay Doors. Using New Ware PE for the REVELL Shuttle, the Radiators give it a nice look. All my Shuttles have the Bay doors open and the Payload Bay displayed. To me, this is how the Shuttle looks most of the time up there!

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The details were all built from scratch including the Ku Band antenna. The PE radiators and hinges were from New Ware. The FWD and Aft Bulkheads were built up too from scratch.

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The fit of these kits is really poor, but the molds are all 40 and 50 years old, so we have to expect this. Needless to say, sanding and filling are part and parcel to a nice build.

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Fitting the PB Doors ... lovely detail here, too bad they got covered up!

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Starting to built the new Payload Bay ...

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The kit's PB was replaced. The length of pipe was used to form my PB.

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The realistic Belly decals were made by a fellow modeler and really add to the accuracy of this little model.

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The RMS, Canadarm, was modified from the lit too ...

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Thanx for taking a peek gents!

Pete

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Thanx Mark! I love the way little pieces of styrene, placed in a specific spot is interpreted by out brains as a Widget or a significant 'thing' ... or Greeblies / Greebles. and when it works, O-o-o ... perfect!

I saw your Atlas and Saturn V ... do you have a built thread on 'em ... I'd love to see your process and issues with the kits.

Pete

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Yes I do Pete, but you'd have to go back a few years; at least for the Saturn V, and the Atlas is more recent. I didn't do individual build threads for them; I simply incorporated all that into my general build thread. I'm trying to remember but I think I built the Saturn V back in 2012 or so because I had it at the Colorado Nationals. The Atlas I think was a 2018 build. If you go back and look up "Maddog Manufacturing" for those years, you should find what you're looking for.

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Great looking build of Endevour Pete! Especially with all the details and upgrades that you have added!

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