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|Henk Boshuijer||I visited JAXA in Tokyo, Japan last week where I bought a DieCast Space Shuttle model 'Endeavour', scale 1:300. The model is quite accurate and of good quality (especially when you know that it only costs 12 Euro).|
|1202 Alarm||Endeavour, 1981? Oh well...|
|Henk Boshuijer||I see the mistake they made. The box says Endeavour has been in service since 1992 so they are only half wrong. Still the model is pretty good...|
|Hart Sastrowardoyo||I think the base is meant to convey that the Shuttle, not Endeavour in particular, has been in service since 1981.|
Just a slight nitpick: the stairstep pattern around the crew hatch was found only on Challenger.
|ea757grrl||I also notice that the model appears to have Challenger's TPS pattern, too, with the stepped LRSI pattern up the sides of the Orbiter and over the forward fuselage (also similar to Columbia's original TPS pattern, but with some small differences). It's an error I've seen in a lot of models of the Shuttle, both die-cast and built from kits; Dragon did it with some of its Orbiter die-casts, too.|
Interestingly enough, the excellent 1:200 Hasegawa model kit of the Space Shuttle also appears to have an outline of Challenger's TPS pattern, complete with the unique tile pattern around the forward hatch, engraved into the plastic.
|cspg||Just seen this model from Model Power: Editor's note: Threads merged.|
|c11esh||This looks like the one I got from Flying Mule a while ago. Its a very good model and a good price.|
|GoesTo11||I have one of these perched atop my monitor at work |
Detail isn't perfect, and it has the "old" NASA/USA markings, but it's a very good model for the price.
|Gilbert||This model has been available for a few years. It's a great model for the price. I don't understand why Model Power never released additional orbiters since production costs would have been very low. |
|Henk Boshuijer||I bought this model a couple of years ago in Japan (at the JAXA shop at Maronouchi). It was cheap and not bad. Details are a little less precise. But still nice.|
|Jay Chladek||I've got one as well sitting on one of my shelves. It is one of the nicer shuttle diecasts I've seen and looks decent. But it sure as heck isn't accurate for Endeavour as the TPS pattern looks closer to that of early Columbia or Challenger and of course it doesn't have a drag chute housing on the tail. Funny enough, the paintjob on it looks VERY much like what was printed on the back cover of a book that Revell USA offered with their 1/144 Space Shuttle orbiter kit back in 2005-06.|
|cspg||The Flying Mule has a Model Power 1:300 Space Shuttle Atlantis in its catalog with a planned release of December.|
|cspg||Doing a search for "space shuttle" on Model Power's web site, all orbiters show up. Endeavour has been produced and Atlantis is on the Flying Mule website. I don't know to what extent all orbiters will actually hit the stores. The website doesn't provide much info.|
|p51||Does anyone know when these other orbiters will be coming out? Sometime this month, per Flying Mule's site right now.|
I, too, was very impressed with how affordable this model was v/s how much detail it has.
|jjknap||Endeavour is in-stock at Flying Mule.|
|GoesTo11||Has been available for years... I have two of those.|
More interesting is that the Model Power page for the Shuttle orbiters now shows them all with the same late-80s markings, just with different names.
quote: At least they have a website so that we can pinpoint errors (Endeavour did not fly on April 12, 1981).
Originally posted by jjknap:
Endeavour is in-stock at Flying Mule.
And it's Atlantis which is on pre-order.
|cspg||Atlantis and Enterprise are available from the Flying Mule.|
Originally posted by cspg:
Atlantis and Enterprise are available from the Flying Mule.
Flying Mule website now has pics of both...they appear identical except for the names. Guess I needn't bother with these.