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Constellation One
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From: Lorain, Ohio, USA
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posted 10-09-2013 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Constellation One   Click Here to Email Constellation One     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Every once in a while over the past few years, some guy in Pennsylvania posts a very large scale shuttle "launch tower" in parts. He supposedly bought this from NASA.

This could be a really nice start of a build, or could be an absolute waste of time and money!

Any opinions on what it really is? Looks to me like he is missing a lot.

garyd2831
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posted 10-09-2013 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been debating about bidding on this for months now, but at the end of the day I determined it would be a waste of money.

For one, its to big to display anyplace except a museum. Second, its not complete. Third if you look at the photos carefully, you will see that its falling apart (the components). Fourth, the logistical move.

I was interested in the "Beanie Cap arm" and the crew access arm for a small display, but even they are falling apart.

Unless you have a shuttle model that size, time money and a place to put it, I say just pass and purchase one of the smaller 1/144 scale Launch Tower kits from the 1980s.

bwhite1976
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posted 10-09-2013 03:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bwhite1976   Click Here to Email bwhite1976     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can I ask a dumb question and ask exactly what scale size this would fit into? He says it is 12 feet tall when assembled.

Constellation One
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posted 10-10-2013 07:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Constellation One   Click Here to Email Constellation One     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a completely wild guess:

Tower is 300' +/- without mast. Model is 12'.

So we would be looking at 1/24 scale model?

Again, this is only a guess.

Jerry Brouillette
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posted 10-10-2013 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jerry Brouillette   Click Here to Email Jerry Brouillette     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As mentioned before, I also have wondered about bidding on this thing in past eBay listings, I'd like to see it in person. Certainly one of a kind and BIG.

The wife would NOT approve, hands down.

GACspaceguy
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posted 10-10-2013 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I lived closer I would buy this just to see what I could do with a few of the sections. When it was selling for $200 last time I almost placed a bid but in doing the math I was looking at a cost of about $1000 by the time I drove up rented a large moving truck and came home. So we stepped away.

I agree, it looks in very rough shape.

NASA Glenn
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posted 12-02-2013 10:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NASA Glenn   Click Here to Email NASA Glenn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This 12' Shuttle LUT would be a good "last straw" for anyone who is looking for a divorce, and yet, I want it.

Editor's note: Threads merged.

the clocks running
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posted 12-02-2013 10:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WOW! There is no way I could purchase this model because I do not have anyplace that I could store it, build it, or display it.

I hope that a museum acquires and displays this incredible scale model.

GACspaceguy
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posted 12-03-2013 08:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We want it so bad but the trip would cost too much and the weather this time of year is bad.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 12-04-2013 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can do nice things with it, I saw this site.

NASA Glenn
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posted 12-04-2013 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NASA Glenn   Click Here to Email NASA Glenn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been thinking about this: what about making two matching tower segments into glass topped end tables, and making the launch platform into a coffee table? That way you could sneak these past the spouse.

GACspaceguy
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posted 12-04-2013 06:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In my case it is my spouse who thinks we should go for it. It is I who is the hesitant one.

fredtrav
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posted 12-05-2013 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I assume then you will be on your way to pick it up soon.

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