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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-14-2013 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tomytec has announced its pending release of a 1:700 scale model kit of Launch Complex 39, Pad A, as it was used during the space shuttle-era from 1995 through 2011 (after the removal of the hammerhead crane from the fixed service structure).

The 72,000 yen (about $730) limited edition, mixed-medium (photo-etch and resin) kit will begin shipping in December.

The Hobby Search blog has additional photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

apolloprojeckt
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posted 10-14-2013 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is really awesome, what a micro details.

mode1charlie
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posted 10-14-2013 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow. Holy moly.

mjmackowski
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posted 10-14-2013 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjmackowski   Click Here to Email mjmackowski     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is very amazing, but the price seems a tad high.

cspg
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posted 10-14-2013 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can modelers shed some details about this? For example, what is "photo-etch"? Some parts come pre-assembled?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-14-2013 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Photoetched model parts are (very) small components etched from thin metal using a photochemical technique. They need to be assembled (glued together), just like plastic or resin parts, and painted (if the bare metal does not match the item being replicated).

Tomytec describes this model as requiring an advanced or very skilled builder, due to the complexity of the parts.

mode1charlie
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posted 10-14-2013 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In addition to Robert's description, photoetch (also known as "PE") needs to be carefully and meticulously bent to very precise shapes. To do that well it requires special tools like this one. Given that and the fact that CA glue must be applied with precision, it is definitely an advanced modeling skill.

cspg
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posted 10-14-2013 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info. So, basically highly skilled with a big wallet!

the clocks running
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posted 10-15-2013 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow! Incredible model but very expensive.

Hopefully they will discount the price. I paid $26.00 for my Tomytec Shuttle with the MLP and Crawler.

Another expensive model that I want. Argh! (LOL)

Ronpur
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posted 10-15-2013 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a beautiful kit. But, wow, $700 bucks. PE is fun and frustrating to work with. 1/700th scale is tiny, so have fun working at that scale.

the clocks running
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posted 11-20-2013 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ami Ami, in Japan, has this awesome model kit listed for 63000 Yen (About $630 USD).

If any of you fine collectSPACE members ordered your Bandai Apollo 11 or Apollo 13 models from Ami Ami, you should have some points that will reduce the price even more.

Greggy_D
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posted 11-20-2013 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really have to tip my hat to our cS modelers that have the talent, expertise, and patience to build something as complex as this example.

the clocks running
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posted 12-27-2013 12:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received an email confirmation from AmiAmi that the 1:700 scale Tomytec LC39 Pad A model is in stock.

I pre-ordered this model kit in November and it looks like the pre-orders claimed the first shipment from Tomytec because the kit is listed currently on back-order.

Can't wait to receive this very cool model soon.

cspg
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posted 12-27-2013 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Available (in stock) from Hobby Link Japan ($811).

the clocks running
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posted 01-04-2014 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today I received my LC 39 Pad A kit from AmiAmi in Japan.

Wow! Intricate, intricate, intricate is all I can say.

I will take some photos because the entire package presentation tells the whole story. I believe that production was pretty limited so this will become one of those very expensive rare kits in the not so distant future.

I need to study the directions for a while before I attempt to start bending the paper thin photo etch parts.

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