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Robert Pearlman

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Japanese plastic model maker Aoshima recently released the eighth kit in their Space Craft Series, a 1:350 scale H-IIB Launch Vehicle and Movable Launcher.

Of particular interest to space hardware collectors, the kit includes a cut piece from the recovered H-IIB fairing that was used during the launch of HTV-2 "Kounotori 2" to the International Space Station on Jan. 22, 2011. From the text on the side of the model kit box:

This is a luxurious kit of H-IIB Rocket with Movable Launcher (ML), which has the highest launching performance in Japan. Moreover, the real fairing panel of HTV-2, which was launch in January of 2011, was cut into tiny pieces and put in the kit as a piece of special bonus. It's a very precious collector's item with which you can enjoy the romance of space development.

The model is for sale in the U.S. through Dragon Models USA, as well as through other hobby shops.

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