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Just begin my new Shuttle Project, test fitting the Shuttle kit, very nice and perfect.

She will be depict as Landing STS-131 Wheel-Stop...

Shuttle100RR.jpg

Another view, the fit is superb. Main wings and fuselage are accurate enough.

Shuttle100L.jpg

More works and progress in due....

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George,

It's great to see you have a new Shuttle project in the works! I'm sure this will be another of your outstanding Shuttle builds. :thumbsup:

Mike.

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Good to see another Tamiya shuttle build on here. I see you already have your star tracker holes marked. I'll be watching!

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Manfred,

This is the 1/100 scale Tamiya kit that George is building. I hope George doesn't mind me answering your question. :lol:

Mike.

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Hi Guys,

Its been awhile since i last post..now i'm resuming this build and will add the pictures as I progress more.

Building the cockpit now..

I'll try finish her up soonest as I possibly can.....my Space Shuttle buddy here Mike is chasing me... :bandhead2:/>

Cheers,

Jetplane

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Well..here's bit...align the windows of the cockpit and drilling out the Star Tracking ports.

Shuttle%20Tamiya%20100_zpsodrdcnfm.jpg

more to come soon...... :rolleyes:/> :rolleyes:/>

Jetplane

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So this is the 1/100th eh? ... This'll be good to watch one of your lovely replicas come together!

Those windows George ... are they a decal over the kit's 'glass' ... or are they your own decal? Or are they something else? They already look pretty good!

Thanx

Pete

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Thanks Guys,

Pete, your Tamiya Endeavour Shuttle gave inspiration to build a Space Shuttle in 1/100 scale.

I guess in this scale the Shuttle is mid-way between 1/72 & 1/144.

Those are photocopies windows of Kit decals I used to align up the cockpit windows and see how well they match up.

Once I aligned them correctly, I'll work out the windows outline edges.

I'm working on cockpit interior now and painting them before closing the fuselage halves...pictures to follow once done.

Well..this is actually my first Tamiya Shuttle kit I am building! :whistle:

Cheers,

George

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A Little progress made here....

painting and detail the cockpit.

Shuttle%20Cockpit%20Tamiya1_zpsvqk63yyq.jpg

I realized that not much can be seen after the cockpit is installed into the Shuttle.. <_<

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So it was kept simple and I painted it accordingly to the Assembly Instructions.

Shuttle%20Tamiya%20Cockpit%20Top_zpslpwqtvmy.jpg

Well ....more updates later :rolleyes:

Cheers.

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Hello George,

the cockpit with the two guys comes along nicely so far and looks amazing. speak_cool.gif

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The cockpit installed and fuselage are assembled..the fit is perfect!

Its now time to smooth the seams and detail the windows..more pictures later.... :rolleyes:/>/>

Tamiya%20Shuttle%20RR_zps0jl0zawj.jpg

basis frame for cockpit windows added..it will be covered by decals.

Tamiya%20Shuttle%20Left%20Fuselage_zpsvrptxejv.jpg

Back to the work bench...! :crying2:/>/>

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After a long break...this Shuttle get additional works..

Tamiya%20Shuttle%20Top%20View_zpsvuuojhgn.jpg

The fuselage and cockpit seams are finished and sanded smooth.

Tamiya%20Shuttle%20Nose%20V_zpscxxtnyzq.jpg

most of the major work are done in preparing the model for base spray.

Next to work will be the tail section & SSME bulkhead.

Work continues... :rolleyes:

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A little more work on the cockpit...it needs to be 'adjusted'

and conforms to the cockpit decal...hmm :wacko: the clear windows sits a bit high when compare to the

real Shuttle cockpit.

Tamiya%20Shuttle%20Cockpit%20frame%20R_zpsf49pwysb.jpg

Once the cockpit windows are aligned correctly with the decal..I'll move on to the other section that needs

upgrade or correction like the tail drag compartment & main wing tips.

Tamiya%20Shuttle%20Cockpit%20Frames%20LL_zpstgivvgpl.jpg

Well..:pray: that's the hard or fun part I hope to get it done before model is ready for paint!

work continues...

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George, The cockpit decal looks much better than the one that comes in the kit.

Mike.

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Installed the Bay load doors....they are very nice and actually works great.. :whistle: !

Tamiya%20Shuttle%20door%20Bay%20Left_zpszm2inaw2.jpg

Pity the bayload doors have to be glue in closed position :o ....this depict the Shuttle in landing.

They are really very nice and detailed.

Tamiya%20Shuttle%20Left%20Door%20Open%20Bay_zpswahfqecp.jpg

The doors fit perfectly...as typical Tamiya quality kit.

Tamiya%20Shuttle%20Cargo%20Bay%20Doors%20Right_zpskgbf4e02.jpg

More to come as progress still on going...stay tuned! :wave:

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Made a bit progress here.

Glue the bayload doors shut, their fit is quite perfect. :rolleyes:/>

Tamiya%20Shuttle%20Head%20On_zpskleoehoe.jpg

The wings does fit pretty well.I guess no much filler require or little is needed.

I still need to modify and correct the wing tips and elevons.

Tamiya%20Shuttle%20Left%20View%20Q_zpsqasiddcr.jpg

until then.... :D/>

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Ok..here's the recent works on the wing tips and Tail chute..

Shuttle%20Wing%20N%20Drag%20Tail%20Chute_zpsmka9cqbz.jpg

Shuttle%20Main%20Wing%20tip_zps6v6hixbc.jpg

The gap between the elevons needs to be widen a bit too...hmmm :unsure:

tail%20Drag%20Chute_zpsmfj2suxz.jpg

A little more finishing & refining the tail drag chute before the model goes to primer.

More to process....until then.!

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George,

You are certainly making good progress on this now. The cockpit windows look much better and more accurate than the kit supplied decal. :thumbsup:

I can't wait to see you start painting this.

Mike.

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Finally got most modifications done on the Shuttle.

I gave the part a few coats of primer to check things out.

The Cockpit windows are adjusted and it took me quite a while to align them properly

with photos as references.

Tamiya%20Shuttle%20Cockpit_zpsfz3phg44.jpg

Main Landing Gears and Nose Gear painted and assemble.

Its funny the way the parts are put together..you have to assemble the whole landing gears and attached onto the wings

before joining to the fuselage.

Tamiya%20Wings%20and%20Gear_zpsmezcfrfg.jpg

except for nose gear assembly which can be install later.

Tamiya%20Nose%20Gear_zpsvdwblw4m.jpg

The main landing gear are nicely detailed, but it had to be assemble into the wheel gear bay first.

Tamiya%20Main%20Wheel%20Gear_zpsterb4z0m.jpg

The main wings are attached after the landing gears are finished.

Tamiya%20Shuttle%20Left%20F_zpsfxzrubh9.jpg

The Tail rudder is moveable...it allows several positions on the Shuttle during landing...acting as a air-brake when split in half.

Tamiya%20Shuttle%20Right%20F%20Rear_zpsxwxjlxkh.jpg

Its time to fill and fix the wing joints getting it for painting...so it continues.. :rolleyes:

Discovery has more weathering patterns, so its a bit more challenging to duplicate, hopefully it can

be pull off.. :pray:

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