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Henk Boshuijer
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posted 10-02-2007 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henk Boshuijer   Click Here to Email Henk Boshuijer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I used to own a very nice model kit of the Vostok spacecraft (you can see it in the picture below).

1977_Henk

It had a sliding chair and the cockpit was pretty detailed. In the 1980's this model was damaged beyond repair so I threw it away. I would really like to get the same model back. Does anyone know who manufactured this Vostok model?

RocketmanRob
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posted 10-02-2007 07:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RocketmanRob   Click Here to Email RocketmanRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps it is the Revell version. I have the model shown on the box and it looks similar to your photo.

Jay Chladek
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posted 10-03-2007 04:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There were three Vostok kits issued over the years. Revell did the first in 1969 or so and that is somewhat common as it has been reissued a couple times.

VEB Plasticart in East Germany did one in about the same scale (1/25) as the Revell kit in the mid 1970s and indeed it seems to be based on the Revell kit, but it added some of its own wrinkles, such as some added detailing to the interior of the cockpit. This particular kit is probably the most numerous of the Vostok kits out there and it was also offered by both Nu Bee and Master Modell. It is discontinued now, but can be found with a bit of searching. The prices tend to stay pretty low for it as well.

The final kit was a 1/30 Vostok from Ogonek in the USSR (same scale as their Soyuz kit) and it looks to be a direct scaledown of the VEB Plasticart offering from 1/25 to 1/30 scale.

Looking at your picture, judging by the stand display, the size of the model and the fact that it still has the third stage of the R-7 booster on it, I would lay good money on your kit being the VEB Plasticart offering. It was most often sold in a box that said "Wostok" on it with no company information. The Revell kit does not have the third stage of the R-7 included in it.

You can find an image of the box art here.

Henk Boshuijer
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posted 10-03-2007 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henk Boshuijer   Click Here to Email Henk Boshuijer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think Jay's is right about the Vostok... I think I recognize the box drawing. It must have been the VEB Plasticart.

I had no idea that there were so many Russian space models...

John K. Rochester
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posted 03-14-2011 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just finished the Revell Vostok, and it does indeed have the third stage included.

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