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Howellinone
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posted 04-07-2007 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Howellinone   Click Here to Email Howellinone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently acquired a model of the Buran and Energia lifting rocket with pedestal and custom made carrying case from my father, a retired airline captain who spent a good deal of time in Russia during the Buran era and in fact was involved in attempting to secure funding for this project. This model was given to my dad in appreciation of his time and efforts.

Frankly I have not seen any thing quite like this. It seems to have been designed as a promotional item and my dad seems to think it was given to possible financiers, investors others as personal gift. It is truly a remarkable piece.

I have not found any indication as to who or where it was made and my dad sadly does not recall, but it is obvious that time and effort where involved not only in its creation but also into its custom made carrying case.

Shuttle measures 10" in length with a wingspan of approx. 7". Energia Length measures 16 1/2" in length. Carrying case measures 20x8x10. If anyone has any thoughts or has seen a similar item I sure would appreciate hearing your comments.

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posted 04-09-2007 12:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What material is it made from? Wood, metal, plastic?

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posted 04-09-2007 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Howellinone   Click Here to Email Howellinone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Model is plastic and display case is wood.

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posted 04-09-2007 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To the best of my recollection, the only commercially available Buran/Energia combo was in 1/288 scale and is pictured here.

I'm away from home right now and can't get to my reference books, so I can't do any comparisons off of the top of my head.

It's the plastic that's throwing me a bit. Is it solid plastic or hollow?

Mike Dixon
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posted 04-09-2007 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have one at home (solid wood) that was designed for a display at Sydney Airport and measures about the same as the one mentioned. It's absolutely superb... and should have been given what i paid for it.

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posted 04-09-2007 09:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Howellinone   Click Here to Email Howellinone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are some pictures:

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posted 04-10-2007 01:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oooooooo... that's nice.

Mike Dixon
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posted 04-10-2007 04:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Remarkable, a beautiful model...

Along with my Franklin Mint LEM, this is the other I'm proud to have...

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posted 04-10-2007 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Howellinone   Click Here to Email Howellinone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the kind words. It is a great piece Mike, your model looks stunning, and big! When I become a little more proficient at posting pictures I'll post a couple of the details. The Energia rockets are great! Its time for me to do some homework and find out more about it. Thanks for the help!

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posted 04-12-2007 12:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's just rare to see the Buran/Energia together. I've seen plenty of Burans - it's the combo that's unusual.

Philip
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posted 04-12-2007 04:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have some Soviet-era Soyuz scale models and all are very heavy made of metal with plastic solar panels. Looks like the 'new' Russians were using wood for those superb Buran scale models.

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posted 04-13-2007 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Howellinone   Click Here to Email Howellinone     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes! The two together make for a unusual piece, however the Buran does separate from the Energia and can be displayed on its own. So far I am batting zero finding a lot of additional information about this, but I may have some leads as who made it and for whom.

Henk Boshuijer
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posted 05-30-2010 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henk Boshuijer   Click Here to Email Henk Boshuijer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found this Buran model recently. It is a model of the Buran shuttle the Speyer Museum has. It is 1:144 scale and is made out of metal and resin.

foto buran

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posted 05-30-2010 11:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BrianB   Click Here to Email BrianB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AModel makes a couple of 1/72 versions, including one with the Atlant transport plane.

Jay Chladek
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STC Start, the Russian company that did the 1/288 Buran Energia combo kit is as I understand it connected directly with the Energia OKB. As such, I is quite likely that the display model that your dad has was one that was produced in house by them. That being said, I have seen many different Buran display models out there. So the history indeed could be very tough to pin down.

Dirk
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posted 11-13-2011 09:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dirk   Click Here to Email Dirk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am looking for a paper model of Buran and booster rockets, scale 1/144 or 1/96.

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posted 11-14-2011 01:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Still waiting for this one to come out: Herpa Wings AN-225 Mriya + Buran Orbiter

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posted 11-14-2011 05:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have what I believe is a 1/100 solid wood model of the stack. I think it's that scale because it matches my 1/100 Shuttle stack beside it.

It features a circular base with the Buran logo carved into it - just visible at the bottom of this photo.

Buran

SuperKungFu
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posted 12-22-2012 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SuperKungFu   Click Here to Email SuperKungFu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm interested in acquiring this Buran Space Shuttle Model.

Anyone know where I can pick this up in the U.S. or do I have to order it from Germany/Europe? Also, it was once mentioned that this model is made of resin and metal, which parts are metal?

p51
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posted 12-23-2012 01:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The mother of all Buran models is on eBay right now, item 281039890486.

garyd2831
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posted 12-23-2012 06:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's been on eBay for most of the year, unless someone would like to spend $24,000 plus shipping on it.

Philip
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posted 12-24-2012 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Original Russian spacecraft scale models are made of metal and cost easily between US $1000 and US $10000.

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