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  1. Somewhat recently I began building the 1/200 scale Hasegawa Space Shuttle kit, which I originally purchased in 2014. I'm building it to represent Atlantis STS-135, and will eventually display it with the rockets from the 1/200 AMT Man In Space kit. The orbiter comes very nicely detailed and will need very little work to make it look the part. The boosters and tank, on the other hand, are a different story. They are very basic and missing a lot of key features. The worst part is, the boosters and tank are molded together as one piece, fused together by these horribly inaccurate ribs! Yikes! What were they thinking?! DAYS 1-4 12.5 hours Starting build cost: $35.32 I began by cementing the two halves that make up the ET/SRB hodge-podge together. Once the cement was thoroughly dry, I sawed the SRBs off down the rib line to separate them from the ET. I sat the boosters aside and focused on the tank first. Here's how the stock kit tank looks after spending a few hours removing what was left of the ribs, filling the seams, and getting her all cleaned up. Now it was time to start adding details. I drew up a stringer wrap for the ET intertank, along with various other details, and used my Silhouette cutter to cut them into a sheet of .010" styrene. Here's an image of the intertank wrap going on. Some styrene strip was needed to extend the feed lines into the stringer area. It's not perfect, but still a big improvement over the bare surface of the kit plastic.
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