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This is the Monogram 1/72 Space Shuttle and the 1/39 Wright Flyer,
and a bit of Photoshoppery.
The Shuttle took about 4 months, all told. I used the Cutting Edge
decals and resin engine set, which is a great improvement on the kit
Purists will note this is a bit of a "generic" shuttle -- the
Endeavour never flew with the Spacelab payload, and I'm not convinced
that the Canadarm flew when the Spacelab did either. However, I grew up
near Whitby, and Captain Cook is a bit of a local hero, so "Endeavour"
she had to be. The insulating blanket on the wings and tail is made from
"Duck" strong white tape, and looks OK under a coat of matt varnish.
There is actually a detailed cockpit in there, with three weightless
crew, but you can't see without a torch, and from close up. Look very
hard and you may just make out the two suited astronauts in the payload
The Flyer was supposed to be a slammer, but... I couldn't quite let
go. I'm still not happy with the colour of the woodwork, but in the
timeframe I couldn't face re-doing it all. I will, one day. It went
together really well, and I was inspired by the very neat diorama
leaflet that came with my recent re-issue of the kit, particularly when
it came to the figures. I did most of the detail-enhancing work
described in that leaflet. But I was frightened off by the gorgeous one
in December's FSM, so that's where I drew the line!
The Shuttle was photographed on a plain background and superimposed
on a background from a photo of the ISS FROM the shuttle. The Flyer was
photographed outside against a winter sky, and it's a relatively
straightforward blend between the two lots of clouds. The Flyer is
mounted on its stand, but you can do a lot with the "rubber stamp"
I'm now on to marking the Centenary further with a series of 1/48
fighters from the Hawker lineage -- from Sopwith Camel to Eurofighter
Typhoon. Expect reports in July... 2005 ;-)
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