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chameloon
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posted 12-29-2014 02:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chameloon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got mine, arrived today.

ptraney
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posted 06-08-2016 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ptraney   Click Here to Email ptraney     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mcair:
I need an acrylic case for my shuttle, would you mind sharing where you obtained yours?
Sorry it took so long... bought pieces from tap plastics and assembled myself.

Jymp
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posted 12-27-2017 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jymp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is Bandai going to correct the too small SLA/service module section on this model? The Saturn V rocket is fine but the wrong shaped SLA/service module kills the whole model.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-27-2017 04:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This model has been out of production for about four years. There is no indication as of today that Bandai plans to reissue it (again).

Jymp
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posted 12-27-2017 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jymp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopefully one day it will be offered again — maybe 50th anniversary? But I would not buy it as it is anyway, for the price they ask this model should be completely perfect.

How can they get everything right except the SLA/service module section, really?

mode1charlie
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posted 12-27-2017 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're right — it's the one flaw (and a fairly glaring one) in an otherwise just about flawless model.

If they do reissue it, it would be nice if they offered a replacement SM for those of us who bought the earlier, flawed Apollo 11 or Apollo 13 versions so we don't have to think about buying the whole darn thing again.

Or maybe someone — Michael Key? — could offer a 3D printed replacement...

Panther494
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posted 12-27-2017 06:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Panther494   Click Here to Email Panther494     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't have the Bandai Saturn V but is there a way of using the corrected Airfix SLA, CSM or the Realspace resin replacement?

Skythings
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posted 12-27-2017 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skythings   Click Here to Email Skythings     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well actually the flaw with the SM is that it is too elongated.

Yes it is a disappointment for such a nice model but I let it go shortly after I purchased mine. The rest of the model lets me do that. They are so nice in my opinion. To me the flaw is only noticeable when I'm reminded of it.

My Apollo 11 version is separated in sections displayed lying down just like at the Saturn V Visitors Centre in Florida. It looks great and along with the Bandai Shuttle are the centre pieces of my space model display.

I purchased mine in the middle of when the purists were selling theirs off because they couldn't stand the error. I paid $206 for mine a few years back if I recall, so I will live with it. I see they are still being offered these days from $300-600USD. If you like the model and the price is decent, I say buy it.

I tell everyone these are collector items because of the manufacturing flaw by Bandai. If someone were to offer a painted replacement I of course would be interested. But I would still keep the collector flawed SM just to keep the purists spinning and for the potential collectors values 20 years down the road.

Jymp
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posted 12-27-2017 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jymp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would guess you could use the corrected Airfix SLA/service module, and I guess you'd have to use the Airfix command module too, at least it would then look right.

DigitalSpace
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posted 01-20-2018 11:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DigitalSpace   Click Here to Email DigitalSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been meaning to bring this up for quite sometime. The helicopter for the Apollo 13 version shows USS Hornet markings but the pickup was done by the USS Iwo Jima.

Maybe I just missed it, but in all the reviews I've seen of this model, nobody ever mentioned this mistake (which surprises me). This is something that would have been easy fix on Bandai's end.


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