Medicmodeler10 Posted April 22, 2022 Share Posted April 22, 2022 (edited) Hi All, Here is the start of my first ever build blog. I used to build a lot when I was a teen, now in my late 30's getting back to it, and definitely jumping in headfirst. I have 6, yes 6, 1/72 orbiters to build. One is a very old Monogram kit I got from ebay. 1 is an older Revell from the 90s. The last 4 are newer Revells, the 40th anniversary edition. I'm building all of them to represent different missions that have meaning to me. I will eventually be making Columbia in it's STS-94 post landing configuration - I actually saw that land from the top of Space Camp Florida back in 1997. Also building Columbia pre-flight from STS-93 which I saw launched from the old Astronaut Hall of Fame roof, when it was still at it's stand-alone spot along with Space Camp facilities. Endeavour will also be constructed in an on-orbit design from STS-100 - saw that launch from NASA Parkway East. Also STS-88 (Endeavour) on orbit - I got to meet the commander of that mission one day. And STS-108, also Endeavour. A friend of mine, my Space Camp counselor from Florida, and current ISS Flight Controller, used to work for United Space Alliance back in the Shuttle Era. He trained the astronauts in communications and instrumentation. He had a picture of the two of us flown by the commander of 108 and it hangs proudly in my house now. The subject of this actual thread will be STS-71, Atlantis. Flown in June of 1995, it was the first shuttle launch I ever saw, having tried 2 times before. Also viewed from NASA Pkwy E. I should mention now that all of these orbiters will be built using as many of Homer's flight deck, OMS pods, etc parts as possible. I will be making Atlantis as though she is being rolled over from the OPF to the VAB for stacking. So I will have the flight deck, OMS pods, engines, but I won't be detailing the interior much as most will be covered up and not lighted. After the vehicle is built, I'll put it on a rudimentary transport vehicle as by then it would seem the orbiters were rolled over with wheels up, vs being on their own wheels. I'm using the Monogram kit for this. The fit of the fuselage parts isn't great at all. In the pics you'll see the gaps. To attach I used rubber bands as clamps and 'stitched' the halves together little by little to ensure a fit. I also reinforced the bottom seem from the inside with pieces of sprue from another kit. The following pictures show me cutting about 4mm, as recommended by Homer, off the back-bottom of the orbiter for his engine base plate. I hope you enjoy following along with the build. Edited April 23, 2022 by Medicmodeler10 Re-adding photos Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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