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jjknap
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posted 06-05-2013 11:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjknap   Click Here to Email jjknap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
(though someone should tell them they installed the shuttle backwards on the MLP)
They must have read the forums, as new pictures with the shuttle on the pad correctly are now up

GACspaceguy
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posted 06-06-2013 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I ordered one from Flying Mule this morning and just received an e-mail that it has shipped to me today.

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posted 06-06-2013 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bdipaolo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why on earth didn't they make the exhaust ports open to below? Doesn't look like the "platforms" under the SRBs and shuttle main engines could be removed.

There is a 3D print 1:400 Shuttle MLP + Crawler, or MLP only.

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posted 06-07-2013 09:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bdipaolo:
Why on earth didn't they make the exhaust ports open to below?

I suspect that's because of simplicity and ease of display. Open exhaust ports would have made it problematic to accommodate Dragon's existing 1:400 shuttle stack without some sort of obvious (and visually incongruous) supports.

Incidentally, I "pre-ordered" this from the Flying Mule the evening of Tuesday, June 4, with no idea that it would be stocked the next day. Shipped and should arrive Tuesday.

the clocks running
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posted 06-11-2013 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just picked up my model and the MLP and Crawler are Big! 1/400 scale is larger than I imagined.

GoesTo11
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posted 06-11-2013 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got mine today as well, and it's a very cool little model. I already had three 1:400 Dragon Shuttle stacks, so I knew what I was getting there, but the MLP & Crawler are very nice and well-detailed for this scale. Already one of my favorite Dragon models.

jjknap
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posted 06-12-2013 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjknap   Click Here to Email jjknap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine today. I am amazed at the detail. I agree with the earlier post; this is probably my favorite Dragon model at this point.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 06-13-2013 02:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hmmm. The crawler is adjustable in height for hill 39A look?

topmiler
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posted 06-13-2013 03:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for topmiler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, what a pic. Any idea which mission that was from?

GACspaceguy
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posted 06-15-2013 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My model arrived on Thursday (June 13) and has been placed in it's new home. It is a very nice model and makes a nice display.

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posted 06-15-2013 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful NASA display!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-15-2013 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Inspired by Fred's photos, here's my own:

I think this may be my favorite model of Dragon's to date — perhaps because I can imagine a 1:400 figure of myself standing on the MLP photographing the towering space shuttle.

The crawler and MLP are both are nicely detailed for their scale — for example, the crawler features (very tiny) individual treads.

tegwilym
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posted 06-17-2013 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GACspaceguy:
My model arrived on Thursday (June 13) and has been placed in it's new home. It is a very nice model and makes a nice display.

Wow! That's a beautiful cabinet of goodies. Now I need to wipe the drool of my keyboard before I short something out in the laptop.

mode1charlie
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posted 06-17-2013 03:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
I think this may be my favorite model of Dragon's to date...
It makes a surprisingly big difference to have a model on a realistic launch pad. Dragon did a really nice job on this one, so let's hope they take a hint for a revised Saturn V (the old one isn't up to their current standard of detail) on a crawler with launch pad - and LUT.

cspg
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posted 06-17-2013 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Guess what, there's another coming: Atlantis with crawler transporter.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-17-2013 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not entirely positive, but this re-issue with Atlantis may have been driven by the desire by Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to have a version to sell in the new Atlantis exhibit. They order in the thousands of units.

cspg
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posted 06-17-2013 04:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't you put the shuttle from the Memorable Missions sets onto the MLP? Dragon could then sell the MLP separately. But I can understand why they will produce more of the model, now that they have the molds for both the shuttles and MLP. And Dragon has received good reviews for that model for once!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-17-2013 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The external tank in the Memorable Missions sets is permanently (or least securely) attached to the backdrop wall.

Also, the solid rocket boosters in the crawler set have pegs set into their aft skirts that secure the stack on the mobile launch platform.

cspg
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posted 06-17-2013 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah, ok. I haven't received my model, that's why I asked.

cspg
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posted 06-19-2013 04:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
I'm not entirely positive, but this re-issue with Atlantis may have been driven by the desire by Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to have a version to sell in the new Atlantis exhibit. They order in the thousands of units.

Based on the photos you've posted on the exhibit, I fail to see the relationship between Atlantis as it is being displayed and the Atlantis/MLP model (there's no MLP in the exhibit, correct?).

But a larger scale model, say 1:144, with open payload bay doors would make a lot more sense. Or Dragon's model with the Hubble Telescope (#56259 but at a greater scale). Or even a transparent (see-through like the 4D vision model) one would make more sense.

But I guess that now that they have the crawler and MLP, they will produce several models of those.

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posted 06-19-2013 05:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by GoesTo11:
I suspect that's because of simplicity and ease of display. Open exhaust ports would have made it problematic to accommodate Dragon's existing 1:400 shuttle stack without some sort of obvious (and visually incongruous) supports.

I'm not sure that it's Dragon's intention to have customers use their other orbiter models on this one (from a "business" standpoint, it doesn't make sense).

The only good thing about this model is the crawler which at 1:400 is quite detailed- even if it's all plastic.

The MLP's lack of exhaust holes is quite strange. Herpa has managed to include them in their MLP and at a smaller 1:500 scale!.

Also, you cannot display the launch platform with the shuttle/ET/SRB stack separately from the crawler (say side by side). Herpa, again, provides the necessary pillars to support the launch platform.

Again, the worthy addition to this model is the crawler.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-19-2013 08:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by cspg:
I fail to see the relationship
You're over thinking it a bit: the exhibit is called "Space Shuttle Atlantis" — its gift shop is stocked with space shuttle Atlantis related items (they indeed have the Atlantis "Memorable Missions" Dragon model included).

That said, there is a large (maybe 1/25 scale) model of Atlantis on the MLP and crawler in the exhibit.

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posted 06-21-2013 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by cspg:
Guess what, there's another coming: Atlantis with crawler transporter.
Planned for August for the same price as Discovery, $69.99.

Gilbert
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posted 06-24-2013 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Flying Mule delivered my Discovery with MLP/crawler today. I am amazed at the detail. It is already one of my favorite models.

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posted 06-27-2013 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ringo67   Click Here to Email ringo67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, even though I really can't afford it, I'm buying one.

Discovery is the only shuttle I saw fly on STS-131, so since they she's been my favorite ship. And with everyone saying this model is worth purchasing, I just had to pull the trigger.

Now I have to wait for the package to arrive.

Gilbert
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posted 06-27-2013 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You will be glad you pulled the trigger.

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posted 08-13-2013 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Atlantis with crawler/MLP is available from the Flying Mule.

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posted 08-14-2013 02:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here in The Netherlands don't see them, pity.

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posted 08-14-2013 04:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have seen it on Amazon Germany, in Switzerland, out of stock from AviationMegastore.com (Netherlands) and available from Andromeda by the end of September.

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posted 09-01-2013 05:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collocation   Click Here to Email collocation     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Forgive my ignorance, how tall is this model with the crawler? Thank you.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-01-2013 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The model stands 7 inches tall.

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posted 12-05-2013 05:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dragon Models USA announces Endeavour with crawler transporter due January 2014.

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I do like this model in spite of its small size. Here is a picture with the Dragon 1/6th scale astronaut just to the rear of it.

It has a surprisingly satisfying amount of detail.

Robert Pearlman
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Great display! Though you have the shuttle mounted on the MLP backwards. The tail service masts should be in front of the orbiter.

(If you look earlier in this thread, The Flying Mule made the same mistake in their initial set of product images.)

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posted 02-01-2014 11:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the catch! I had it out looking at it and put it back in the case backwards.... and that was weeks ago!

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posted 03-01-2014 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for crowe-t   Click Here to Email crowe-t     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What are the dimensions of this model (L x W x H)?

Daugherty54
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The launch platform is 4 5/8 x 4". The total height of the crawler, launch platform and shuttle stack is a bit over 7". Pretty small, but excellent detail.

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posted 03-02-2014 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for JLR1   Click Here to Email JLR1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon is selling the Atlantis with crawler/MLP for $50.50, which includes free shipping.

Robert Pearlman
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quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
Dragon Models USA announces Endeavour with crawler transporter due January 2014.
Now due out this month (March).

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I just received my Atlantis model. Thanks for the heads-up, JLR1! The model is up to Dragon's usual 1/400 quality, but the box could have used a little more proofreading.

Well, at least they got the MLP arrow right.

The only thing that catches my eye is the lack of railings. I may have to get a set of 1/400 photo-etched ship railings to install around the edge.

Incidentally, if you have other Dragon shuttle stacks, they can be interchanged for the one on the MLP. My Discovery stack fits fine.


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