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  2. This is Bandai's little 1/144 Striker, from the U-Wing/TIE box set. It's designed along the same lines as their Vehicle Model series, with only a few parts and no clear moulding for the canopy, but it's still highly detailed, being essentially a scaled-down version of the 72nd kit. I finished this one in a scheme heavily influenced by the red TIE Interceptors used by the Royal Guard in various EU comics. Paint was my usual steel-over-black recipe for the panels, while the red was Gunze red over Gunze russet. Thanks for looking Andy
  3. Today
  4. Don't hurry for anyone but yourself Manfred. As a matter of interest, when the stack is completed, will you be able to separate the orbiter and boosters from the ET or will they be permanently fixed?
  5. On with quick arm mod done on the Geara Doga using parts from a HG Kashatria. The sheild fitting will hold the right arm together but have made a peg for the left arm, it will need sanding and probably a bit a filler to finish.
  6. 26 MAY 1969 Apollo 10 splashdown Crew: Tom Stafford (CDR); Eugene Cernan (LMP); John Young (CMP) Splashdown site:15° 2' S, 164° 39' W (east of Samoa in the Pacific Ocean) This was the final test before the lunar landing attempt, checking out the LM in lunar orbit. Flight time was 8d 0h 3m; just 1.5 Earth orbits and 31 lunar ones. Splashdown was just 5.4km from the recovery vessel USS Princeton. 1980 Soyuz 36 launch Crew: Valeri Kubasov (CDR); Bertalan Farkas [Hungary] (RC) Fifth Interkosmos mission; third taxi flight to Salyut 6. The mission was delayed by a year because of the problems experienced on Soyuz 33 but all went well on this occasion, with docking taking place a day into the flight and the crew joining the resident Expedition Four team. Over 60 percent of Hungary's territory was photographed, while at the same time pictures were taken from an altitude of between six and eight kilometres, for comparison purposes. 1981 Soyuz T-4 landing Crew: Vladimir Kovalyonok (CDR); Viktor Savinykh (FE) Landing site: 125 km E of Dzheskasgan Salyut 6 Expedition 5, the last crew to occupy that space station. When they separated from Salyut it was done by triggering the explosive bolts attaching the Orbital Module, leaving that segment still docked. This would normally prevent any following craft from docking so the OM was jettisoned after five days. Meanwhile Soyuz T-4 made a safe landing after 74d 17h 37m and 1,178 orbits. 2010 STS-132 landing Crew: Kenneth Ham (CDR); Tony Antonelli (P); Garrett Reisman, Michael Good, Stephen Bowen, Piers Sellers (MS) Landing site: Kennedy Space Center Flight time 11d 18h 28m, 186 orbits. This was supposed to be the final flight of Atlantis but the Orbiter would make one more trip, though with a greatly reduced crew.
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  8. Thanks Kirk for your nice words. I'm also learning something new every time about this brilliant technique, which is why I firstly always make a detailed research before I'm building, which is meanwhile like a drug, in this sense I am a junkie ... And thus all progress takes a little longer ... Regarding your nice desire, the Admin of our German Raumcon Forum already had the same wish long time ago, and maybe many others might think so too.
  9. Pretty much every time I read your postings Manfred, I learn something about the shuttle, modelling or both. Whilst it would be nice to see a finished model at some point, at the same time I don't want this to end.
  10. Apollo 11 Columbia & Eagle (03700) 1:96 Revell It’s the 50th anniversary of Man landing on the Moon, and Revell have re-released all their staples of the Space Age and the race between the US and Soviet Union to put a man on the moon, following John F Kennedy's rousing speech less than a decade earlier. For Apollo 11 Colombia was the name for the Command Module (CM) and Service Module (SM), and Eagle was the given name to the Lunar Module (LM), which made the descent on the 20th July 1969 and landed with a thimble-full of fuel in reserve on the surface of the Sea of Tranquillity, a large expanse of reasonably flat ground in the upper right quadrant of the face of the Moon that is always turned toward us due to its speed of rotation and orbit. They stomped around a bit in their stiff space suits, leaving footprints and some scientific instruments, then boarded the Ascent Stage of the LM and blasted off, linked up with the CM/SM combination and headed back to earth, with just the CM ending up back on earth, albeit a little hot during re-entry, then damp after splashdown. The Kit Modelled in the unusual scale of 1:96, which happens to match their gigantic Saturn V kit that is also available again (watch out for my review of that in due course), this kit hails from the same era as the others, although it first saw light in 1969, the same year as the events it depicts. It arrives in a medium-sized end-opening box, and inside are five sprues in a muted silver styrene, a sheet of clear acetate, a square of thin gold foil to simulate the insulation, a small decal sheet, and the instruction booklet. Again, it's a product of its age, and although it has some good detail in places, there are likely to be some areas that would require work if you're a purist that's aiming for accuracy. As it's a special edition, you also get four thumb-pots of acrylic paint, a small bottle of Contacta Professional semi-liquid cement. Construction begins with making up the small windows in the CM using the 1:1 templates provided, which are then shown being inserted into the conical body from the inside. A pair of lifting eyes and the top cone where the re-entry parachute packs were stowed are added, then the cramped cockpit is built up on the bottom heat-shield, with rudimentary seats moulded into the bulkhead for one of the astronauts, Michael Collins for Apollo 11 to sit, all dressed up in his suit, although it's unlikely he wore his helmet for much of the time he was alone. The two halves are brought together and glued, then set aside until later on. Jumping around, the boxy descent stage of the LM is then made up and painted gold, and later given its insect-like legs, then dressed up in the supplied foil, which should first be scrunched up to give it the typical wrinkled look seen on the real thing. The Service Module carried all the fuel and supplies needed to get there and back again, and was basically a very tightly packed cylinder with a large rocket engine bell at the rear. This is made of the two halves of the cylinder, which is stopped up with fore and aft bulkheads and the engine bell fitting into a socket on the latter. The communications array (the four dishes) and manoeuvring thruster packs are all added, then it too is set to one side. Before the Ascent Stage of the LM is made, you need to cut a couple of triangular windows from the clear sheet, again using more 1:1 templates, then inserting them from inside. A single crew figure is glued inside the front half of the crew compartment just so he can be seen by anyone looking inside. There's no other detail, and the suit style isn't correct for Apollo 11, but as it won't be seen, we'll not worry about it. As this is likely to be Buzz Aldrin, we close him in by adding the rear half of the module, a couple of angular bases for the aft thruster packs, which are glued to their tops. The front thruster packs are also fitted to the module by a pair of triangular mounts, and the steerable S-band antenna is added to the side on three legs. The rendezvous radar assembly is attached to the front "forehead" of the module's "face" on a bracket in front of the docking tunnel door. Then it's a matter of deciding how you plan on displaying your model. The lunar surface is represented by a large flat(ish) chunk of moulded styrene, with a sweeping goose-neck stand rising out of one end. Another figure is supplied for the moon walk, to represent the late Neil Armstrong, complete with his life support backpack, and some slightly off-mission space suit details. The four stages of the mission are shown in the last few steps, beginning with the flight from orbit to the Moon, where the full stack is joined together, with the LM travelling backwards. The landing shows the LM on the surface, with the CM/SM orbiting overhead on the stand, which is not to scale altitude in case anyone wondered! On departure the moon the Ascent Stage leaves the Descent stage behind and joins up with the CM/SM for the journey home, pausing briefly to cast the Ascent Stage off into space. The last step shows the CM leaving the SM in orbit and descending for the splashdown, which isn't a particularly practical option, as it wastes the whole LM and would need a new stand, so was probably included just for completeness. Markings There are no explicit painting instructions in the booklet, as all of the markings and colour callouts are made during construction, citing Revell paints and using a few more colours than are provided in the little pots, but as they're primarily aimed at the younger modeller who brush-paints, we're all likely to have some equivalents even if we don't use Revell colours. Decals are printed by Zanetti, with good registration, sharpness and colour density, and a thin matt carrier film cut close to the printed areas. There are two curved logos for the CM, two more for the SM, and another larger one for the Descent Stage of the LM, plus four stencils for the SM's thruster packs. Conclusion This re-release of an early Apollo kit will doubtless stir some nostalgia with those that remember it from days gone by, and with a little extra work it can be brought up to modern standards. It is nice to see that Revell have included gold foil in this issue, as it shows that they are aware that painting the LM gold won't cut it in today's modelling world. Highly recommended. Revell model kits are available from all good toy and model retailers. For further information visit or
  11. Hello everybody, for masking before Flour coating, I need a stable and secure solution, either with masking paint or tape, especially since I have the cover problem as with the Ramps even with the other ET add-on parts, such as with the ET/Orbiter Interface Attachment, this is the rear support structure of the orbiter with the different vertical and diagonal struts, as well as the LH2/LO2 PAL Ramps, etc. The Airfix solution of this Interface attachment, on the other hand, looks a bit more modest and therefore is not quite realistic, so there some scratch building is needed.
  12. This is my model of Revell's 1/52 T-47 Snow Speeder. I picked this kit up whilst I was looking for either the old AMT Snow Speeder or Bandai's new version and thought I'd give it a whirl. It's quite a mall kit of what is really a small full size subject. The kit is of the snap-fit type so no glue is required, although I did secure all of the joints with glue and especially around the periphery of the fuselage. The fit is very good and the parts are nicely detailed with some quite finely engraved panel lines. The pilot and gunner required a bit of work to slim the arms down but you don't really see them when the canopy is shut. I painted it with Humbrol Enamel H196 light grey and pin washed in dark grey and black. It's a nice little kit, hope you like it. Thanks for looking Karl
  13. 25 MAY 1961 JFK commits the US to a man on the Moon by 1970 In a speech before Congress, President John F. Kennedy declared, "Now it is time to take longer strides - time for a great new American enterprise - time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on Earth... I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important in the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish." 1965 A-104/SA-8 This was the penultimate launch of the Saturn I. The first stage of SA-8 was the first S-I to be constructed by the Chrysler Corporation rather than the Manned Spaceflight Center itself, and production delays meant that it was not ready for flight until after SA-9, the last of the MSFC-built vehicles, had been launched, and as a result it flew out of sequence. The Pegasus 2 meteorite satellite was carried inside the shell of the Service Module, BP-26, in the first night launch of the Saturn programme. The Pegasus was placed in the same orbit as its predecessor, 120° away to avoid communications interference, and in its first day of operation recorded two meteoroid strikes. 1966 Saturn V 500-F roll-out On the fifth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s speech in which he committed the United States to a manned lunar landing by the end of the decade, NASA unveiled the launch vehicle with which they intended to do it—albeit not the genuine article. 500-F was a non-flying Apollo-Saturn V combination built as a Facilities Checkout Vehicle, with no rocket engines but able to be fuelled up and linked to the various plugs, umbilicals and connectors on the launch pad to ensure compatibility with the ground support equipment. 1973 Skylab 2 launch Crew: Pete Conrad (CDR); Joe Kerwin (SP); Paul Weitz (CMP) Skylab Expedition 1. After a delay brought about by the major problems experienced during the launch of the Orbital Workshop itself, the first occupants headed for the station to see what could be done to fix it. Launch took place from Pad 39B, designed for the Saturn V: to enable the Saturn IB to make use of its bigger brother's service tower the rocket stood on top of a 40m-high structure nicknamed “the barstool”. Launch was on time, and six and a half minutes later the spacecraft was in orbit. No transposition and docking manoeuvre was required on this flight, of course, and after separating from the S-IVB the CSM rapidly pulled away to begin rendezvous with Skylab. Five SPS burns were performed to bring the spacecraft’s orbit up to match that of the OWS. By the beginning of the sixth orbit rendezvous was complete, and the crew reported what they could see. As suspected, one solar panel was missing completely, while the other was jammed partly open by a metal band, at an angle of about 15°. Before docking, Weitz performed a 40m Stand-up EVA during which he attempted to pull off this band using a pole with a hook on the end, but without success. Houston then instructed the crew to dock with Skylab and get some sleep before trying again. Here there were further problems, with Conrad only managing to secure a docking at the seventh attempt. The crew slept in the Command Module, then on Day 2 they opened up the Docking Adapter and entered the Workshop itself. Their first task was to erect a parasol-like shade to replace the lost thermal shield. This was deployed from the scientific airlock then unfurled to its maximum size. Now protected from the solar heat, Skylab started to cool down, although not as rapidly as expected. Then on 7 June Conrad and Kerwin performed an EVA lasting 3h 25m. Using a modification of a tree-trimming tool, they cut through the steel strap that was jamming the solar panel. Having previously attached a line to the outer end, they were then able to pull it open. Jubilant systems engineers watched as the electrical power levels started to climb. By the end of the mission, the panel was generating nearly 5½kW, enough for the astronauts to complete about 80% of the planned experiment programme. Over the course of the 28-day flight, they carried out 11 of the planned 14 Earth-resources passes, taking some 7,400 photographs in the process, and making a total of eighty-one hours’ worth of solar observations. A third EVA, close to what had been planned before the repairs became necessary, took place on 19 June when Conrad and Weitz retrieved film from the solar telescopes. Conrad also repaired a stuck relay on a circuit breaker by hitting it with a hammer! This EVA lasted just 1h 36m, much less than expected: clearly, the astronauts were gaining experience in working outside the OWS. Conrad's total time for his two EVAs was 5h 1m, and Weitz's, 2h 16m.
  14. Last week
  15. Why thank you, kind sir. I'm finding it to be very enjoyable. Though I probably need to search ebay for more greeblies!
  16. Hell on a stick Pete this is looking like pro job, really looking very nice.
  17. HGUC 1/144 Geara Doga we will see what that looks like after painting...and a set of cheep bandai nippers to try out, I will report
  18. Nothing to do with me, Guv. I've been off work all week. Jigsaw. Yes I suppose it is in a way. And no, there is no box top. It's all in my head. Shame really, it's probably not safe in there, the sooner I build this the better. And on that note, I managed to get some pictures of the greebly fit so far.... There's a safety bar over the fan housing/wheel on the Tiger decking and an inspection cover behind the turret, plus various stuff on the side. With the front end lit up by a sunbeam, there is a ladder here in the middle and a couple of small bits on the top deck. Now if that rectangular bit looks like a Matador roof with a German halftrack idler masquerading as a fan inside it, that's because it is. There's a grey jobbie just above it but hard to see in this light, and a stowage bin on the left side. More soon, thanks for looking, please wipe your boots before you leave. Pete
  19. Hang on gorby I'm catching the next flight... I can help clean up
  20. I'm just wondering when your admit that you've lost the box top for this jigsaw. If I didn't know better, I'd think you where making it up as you go along. Have you been making deliveries in Towcester? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-48402451
  21. Thanks. I've spent today rubbing down filler and sticking greeblies onto the body. It's starting to look pretty technical. I found the weapon parts for the turret I'm using too. It's a small single barrel cannon and I think I'll go with that. A rail gun etc would be nice but it is a very small turret so needs a small weapon. And yes, there is now a ladder on the side. I need to finish the turret and fit an extension to the skirt but hope to take a couple more pictures this weekend. Thanks for looking in. Pete P.S> Password for the day appears to be Jam. Pass it on.
  22. Just keeps getting better and better Pete, its looking really good!
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