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NASA Glenn
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posted 07-18-2008 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NASA Glenn   Click Here to Email NASA Glenn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone seen one of these cutaway shuttle models in person? Are they available in the US?

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posted 07-18-2008 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fame Master/4D Vision's website indicates that Christo Toys serves as a U.S. distributor of their products. I have called and left a message to inquire about availability.

I am really impressed by the level of detail...

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posted 07-20-2008 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
I am really impressed by the level of detail...
As am I. However, I can't help but notice that the flight deck/mid-deck hatch is in the wrong place. Oh well. It still looks neat.

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posted 07-27-2008 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I heard from a reader this evening that Hobby World is shipping the shuttle now from Japan (the reader already received his) for approximately $150 (US) plus shipping.

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posted 07-29-2008 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like the lower deck of the orbiter isn't that detailed after all?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-30-2008 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The pictures seem to show that the middeck includes the lockers, the bathroom, the internal airlock and the sleep stations. The only major thing missing are the seats but you can pretend they are stowed for on-orbit ops.

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posted 07-30-2008 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Meek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So, who's going to make a 1:72 SRB/ET cutaway to complete the stack? Surely you could scratch-build it out of an existing set.

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I have one of these kits and I have to say the detail is amazing. I had planned on repainting it, but was so impressed with the prepaint job that I decided to hold off on superdetailing one. I plan to superdetail the next two and keep one for myself.

Anyone who's considering getting one should go for it. Took about 45 minutes to assemble (it came about 80% already assembled.)

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posted 09-16-2008 10:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for compucrap   Click Here to Email compucrap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Mr Meek:
So, who's going to make a 1:72 SRB/ET cutaway to complete the stack?
Introducing, quite possibly the first and only 1/72 shuttle stack with a cutaway orbiter!

Some upgrades I did to the base shuttle kit was to add some decals that were missing. The ET and SRB's are from the Monogram stack kit and are finished in a somewhat accurate paint job. This thing is huge, and was fairly expensive to build. The orbiter itself is about $200, and the stacks aren't cheap to find on eBay.

It's an impressive site. Have a look for yourself:

Many more photos can be found at this album. So, is anyone inspired to make one?

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posted 09-18-2008 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nicely done there. The more I see the model the more I like it as they've done more stuff to the TPS then I've seen on other orbiters (such as the AFRSI blankets on the payload bay doors).

Looks like I'll be wanting to save up money for this one. And yes, putting one on a stack is something I was planning to do as well.

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posted 09-18-2008 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for compucrap   Click Here to Email compucrap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the compliment. It is a little expensive (actually, alot expensive) to do but the full stack is an impressive sight.

And yes, the new orbiter details are amazing. It has a fully accurate tile pattern, and a somewhat accurate pattern for the thermal blankets. I toyed around with the idea of repainting it but decided aganist it for this one since I was trying to finish it for a model show.

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posted 01-18-2009 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just got the 1/32nd F-14 4D Master cutaway model and it's SPECTACULAR!! I also ordered the 1/72nd shuttle and it's on its way. I've only bought one model directly from Japan and I thought I'd take a chance with Hobby World. They got the F-14 to me via FedEx and the shuttle is coming by EMS, but I don't know what that is, but I can track it online.

The model is mostly assembled, when I got it, I thought they sent the wrong model, but things like the engine is already assembled and is a must see. individual compressor blades and other parts makes the engine its own display model.

You can see them here.

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posted 02-08-2009 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got my cutaway Shuttle and put it together last weekend. The final assembly (body to wings) was an EXTREMELY tight fit - it's not coming apart again! I picked up a 1/72 Monogram Shuttle stack a couple of months ago, and I'll be getting onto merging the kits.

Jay Chladek
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posted 02-08-2009 09:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So are these available for sale again? I never did manage to acquire one (too few funds, too many other priorities, one of them ironically is going to Spacefest).

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posted 02-22-2009 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice shuttle, but I have build this model combination also, there are few details on this 4D shuttle that are not good, wrong shape main head engines, seats are not in good position in the cockpit. No windows in payload bay...

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posted 06-01-2009 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Space Store now lists the 4D Vision Space Shuttle as available.

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posted 06-01-2009 04:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a great price, if they can keep 'em in stock! I got mine from Japan for about $175.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-06-2009 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I finished building the cutaway space shuttle today and of all the different orbiter models released since the start of the program, this is by far my favorite.

I was most concerned about the detailing on the flight- and mid-decks, but even with minor problems (the aforementioned inter-deck hatch location and the lack of aft flight deck windows), it is still superior to some of the custom-built models I have seen.

Here's a couple of photos --

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posted 06-06-2009 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RocketmanRob   Click Here to Email RocketmanRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How was the model assembled? Is it a snap tight style or something that gets glued together like a traditional model?

Robert Pearlman
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It is a snap-together model toy rather than a model kit (requiring glue). All the parts are pre-painted.

It does take some time to assemble (though judging by the instruction book, it was originally planned to be more complicated; fortunately, it comes partially built out of the box).

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posted 06-07-2009 01:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you want to see the building progress of my 4D shuttle (October 2008):

Here a slide show. I have a lot of change about the 4D Shuttle. When is was ready I have it sold to someone in the USA.

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posted 06-07-2009 04:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henk Boshuijer   Click Here to Email Henk Boshuijer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have this model for some time now and I think it is a great model.

It would be nice if someone could make an upgrade kit for the flight deck and middeck section. The models snaps together so it would be easy to replace the flight deck part.

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posted 06-09-2009 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmm... girlfriend's birthday is coming up. Maybe I'll buy this for her (us!). hehe!

She does like this stuff fortunately.

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posted 10-17-2009 06:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a note to say that we saw one of the 4D shuttles on the shelf at the Hobby Lobby in Statesboro Georgia for $119.

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Yippee! Got mine over the weekend at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, and I saw another in the San Gabriel Valley. I am working this one for the Columbia Space Center's opening this weekend. A lot of work ahead. The flight deck needs work and I may drill out the flight deck access hatches and leave the mission specialists' seats out. Luckily, I have a full size mockup to copy from here in Downey.

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posted 10-19-2009 09:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lewarren   Click Here to Email lewarren     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm looking for a customization kit with more accurate cockpit seats.

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posted 10-20-2009 08:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It definitely needs the seats. Maybe from a Monogram orbiter? I have opened up the middeck access hatches (missing on kit) and the flight deck windows to the payload bay.

Have to add more nose thrusters, and cut away the incorrect Canada arm grasper (it looks just like the one on the 1974 Orbiter mockup that we have here in Downey).

The payload bay EVA handrails need to be painted yellow, and U.S. Flag and Canadarm decals as well as other markings (ESA/ Spacelab, etc.) from an add on sheet.

But... where is the orbiter bathroom, KU band antennae, payload bay TV cameras and main hatch?

But, that said, it is a beautiful piece of work that is stunning and has some great engines and plumbing, as well as flight, mid-deck, and Spacelab and a great puzzle that only goes together one way, you can't mess this up.

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posted 10-23-2009 02:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for starhopper   Click Here to Email starhopper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw the Shuttle one in Hobby Lobby, Athens GA - last weekend!

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posted 10-23-2009 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voodoo1200   Click Here to Email Voodoo1200     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where can I find the external tank and SRBs?

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posted 10-23-2009 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Monogram had a 1/72 scale shuttle stack but it has been out of production for a long time. You can still occasionally find it on eBay. I found one on Craigslist quite by chance earlier this year. It's a very large box!

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posted 10-24-2009 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voodoo1200   Click Here to Email Voodoo1200     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could you just post the dimensions of each with a few pics of the attachment points. I was going to make mine from aluminum.

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posted 10-24-2009 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think that will be weight very heavy or is it not solid? I'm now busy with a 1/72 Ares I-X that is not solid but weight very heavy...

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posted 10-24-2009 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is now one for auction on on ebay for Voodoo1200.

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posted 10-24-2009 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voodoo1200   Click Here to Email Voodoo1200     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the heads up on eBay. I was going to make mine hollow aluminum.

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posted 10-27-2009 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for starhopper   Click Here to Email starhopper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Woo hoo - I got one at Hobby Lobby ($119 retail) with a 40% off coupon - came to $78 total!

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posted 10-27-2009 10:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for j0s9   Click Here to Email j0s9     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for let us know about the coupon, I already printed one. I hope Wichita's Hobby Lobby has this model.

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posted 10-27-2009 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll second the thanks... just snapped up the last one at the Hobby Lobby here in Lone Tree for $76.92. I had kind of put this purchase on the back burner, but I figured I'd better jump on this deal while I could.

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posted 10-27-2009 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RocketmanRob   Click Here to Email RocketmanRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know if they do mail order? Great price! Unfortunately I don't have any stores nearby.

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posted 10-27-2009 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rob, I didn't see anything about mail order, or a comprehensive catalog, on their website...Just a store locator. Also, for anyone else interested, the 40% coupon on the site is only good through Saturday.

On edit:: Rob, you might also consider calling a few stores and seeing if they'll take your CC number and ship one of theirs directly to you.

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posted 10-27-2009 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for j0s9   Click Here to Email j0s9     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got mine for 76.53 and I already built it. On that store it was the last one. I don't know about the other location. Rob, see if you can get one store near you because the box is heavy and large and USPS shipping cost may be around $15.


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