Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Tuesday 12 June - Space Shuttle Discovery

Again this post is mainly for Sir Hugh ( since he has shown some interest in my plastic modelling activities.

In the beginning

The first sign that problems lay ahead

The orbiter more or less completed

And the finished article:

Discovery - Orbiter, external tank (ET) and SRBs on the Crawler. The photo could be better

The foam on the real ET was cream coloured but exposure to sun resulted in various shades of 'rust'  It was white on the first two Shuttles to launch

And the real thing:

Note the much darker cockpit and overhead windows than on the model - the decals for these features on the Tamiya model are much more authentic.

"On pillars of fire"  -7 million pounds of thrust at launch

Note the detail on the external tank not provided on the Revell model. It would have been on a Tamiya version! In addition, none of the models available provide the thermal protection tiles even as decals, something that seems an obvious thing to do. Apparently they are available from USA sellers. 

My next Shuttle construction will be a Tamiya 'Atlantis' as mentioned in my previous post but I have another USS Voyager, a Grumman F-14A Tomcat (Tamiya) and Concorde also awaiting construction. Not until autumn and winter nights though and by that time I'll have a second blog dedicated to model building.

My calf muscle is now completely back to normal so hills - at last.