Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20141020*
Space Shuttle with Fuel Tank and Boosters 1:72 Scale Monogram Model Kit #85-5089 Review
Review and Photos by Robert Byrnes
The United States Space Transportation System (STS), commonly referred to as the Space Shuttle, provides complete Earth-to-Orbit and return capabilities with versatility unmatched in the world. The Space Shuttles flew a total of 135 missions since the very first launch which took place on April 12, 1981. The 6 Shuttles (Enterprise (Test Vehicle) Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour) Accumulated 1330d 18h 9m 44s Flight time, and traveled around the Earth 21,158 times.
For the Modeler: This is a review of the Space Shuttle with Fuel Tank and Boosters; a 1:72 Scale Monogram Model Kit #85-5089. Revell rates this build as a Skill Level 3 for the advanced builder. This boxing was released in 2011. The kit contains 128 parts molded in White with waterslide decals. The instruction set is very clear and well laid out. The kit features; a display stand to hold launch ready shuttle with fuel tank and booster rockets, a detailed opening cargo bay with optional payload assemblies, authentic NASA markings for six different Shuttle liveries, (Enterprise, Columbia, Discovery, Challenger, Atlantis and Endeavour). Finished Dimensions are: Height 80cm (31 ½”), Wingspan 33.33cm (13 1/8”). For this review I’ve decided to build Discovery, STS-95. That was the flight where Senator John Glenn went back into space for a second time at the age of 77 as a Mission Specialist on October 29, 1998. It was the 25th flight of Discovery and the 92nd mission flown since the start of the Space Shuttle program. This is a very large and impressive model and you’ll need some shelf space to display it as the centerpiece of your space models collection.
Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; detailing the engine bay; removing copyright scripts; how to use Bare Metal Foil for realistic coverings and accents; version considerations; display stand construction and detailing; methods to replicate insulation; using Alclad paint to simulate metal surfaces; techniques for painting uneven surfaces to simulate aging; paint mixing specs for perfect paint match; clamping methods for construction; using clear glue to install the windows; masking techniques; detailing the flight deck; strengthening the shuttle bulkhead join; landing gear considerations; using floor wax to prep for decal application; assembly techniques for constructing the cargo bay doors; weathering techniques; using setting solution for decal application; mold seam identification and repair; decal preparation and application; are all fully examined in this exhaustive two-segment 50 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.
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