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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-08-2008 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Heller has released a 1:125 model kit of the European Space Agency's first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) "Jules Verne" that also includes the Ariane 5 and space station (link leads to moduni.com, via the Space Modelers Yahoo Group).

I'm not much a model builder, so I was happy to receive from ESA an ATV keychain (pictured below) at the STS-122 launch last month.

Jules Verne's two laser-guiding docking lights glow red when a button is pressed on the back on the keychain.

Jay Chladek
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posted 03-08-2008 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone know if a U.S. distributor might be stocking this kit? As for the keychain, can the solar arrays unfurl? How big is it?

Man, I need to find one of these keychains now.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-08-2008 10:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The solar arrays stay folded on the keychain (probably for the better, as they might hurt, if not break, were they to unfurl in one's pocket).

As for its size, the ATV measures about 2 inches long and an inch wide.

BMckay
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posted 06-07-2012 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone have any reviews of the Heller 1/125 "Jules Vernes" ATV? Size, complexity, value, is it worth it?

cspg
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posted 06-07-2012 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lots of pictures can be found on this French website, at least the first ones that show up — later it's a custom-made ATV.

BMckay
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posted 06-08-2012 05:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks. I wish there was more input before I go out and buy it. Is it well made? Worth the price?

cspg
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posted 06-08-2012 01:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Would you like me to ask for you on the French forum?

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