Its possible that the Saturn 1b may have the retooled (accurate) Lem shroud and CSM that came with the 40th Ann. Saturn V this year. But there is no indication of this yet.I imagine the Vostok and I-B are reissues and the Skylab is a modified add on to thier Saturn V. The Vostok hasn't been out since the late 70s or early 80s... not sure when the Saturn I B was out last but its been ages.
That would be worse since the IB was just a test bed for the Saturn V and didnt carry actual space craft anyway.Its possible that the Saturn 1b may have the retooled (accurate) Lem shroud and CSM that came with the 40th Ann. Saturn V this year. But there is no indication of this yet.
Airfix was rescued last year by Hornby Hobbies, they are producing all new kits as well as upgrading some old kits, and this month have released a 1/24 scale DH Mosquito which is being hailed as one of the finest kits ever produced.Kool...but I thought Airfix was out of business.
Thank you for your well informed comment:thumbsup: LBSome facts about the Saturn Ib:
It was used to carry the first Lunar Module (referred to here as "lem") into orbit for testing. (it was correctly stated that the Ib never carried a Lunar Module on a manned flight - it was not powerful enough to carry both the LM and the CSM into orbit. However, the SLA (Saturn Launch Adapter) used for Apollo flights was exactly the same as the ones used in Saturn V flights, as the Ib's second stage was almost exactly the same as the Saturn V's 3rd stage.)
It carried the first Apollo Command and Service modules into orbit for testing.
It carried the first manned Apollo spacecraft into orbit. (Apollo 7)
It carried all three Skylab crews to the station in their Apollo spacecraft.
It carried the US part of the Apollo-Soyuz joint project with the Soviets (an Apollo Command and Service Module and the Docking Adapter) into orbit.
So, it did carry a "lem", and it did carry "real spacecraft". It was a very important vehicle in the American space program. I've built the old Centuri 1/100th scale flying model of it, as well as the much larger Estes kit. I've known about the Airfix kit, and even held it in my hands once, but it was too expensive for me to purchase at the time. I'm looking forward to this, as well as the other announced kits!!!
BTW, does anyone know if the Saturn V/Skylab kit is just the Skylab forward shroud or does it include the station itself? (with solar wings, Apollo Telescope Mount, etc.)
Take note, it's just an aerodynamic shroud, not a complete Skylab. I was almost in teares of joy untill I re-read it and realized it's a new Saturn V in Skylab configuration! Crap! Some one pointed out on another chat group that 1/144 would be a rather small Skylab. And I agree.Been wanting a Skylab model since Nasa sent it up! Looks like 2010 is shaping up to be a very good year for models.