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This is a recreation in 1/35 scale of a shuttle model I did in 1980, the original was smaller, approx 1/60 scale. The inspiration for the original was the various craft on Battlestar Galactica. Just realized that the six inch stainless steel ruler in the photo is the same one I used in 1980.
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Passenger/cargo compartment walls and roof on. I originally thought about making clear windows in this section but decided against it. I may still build this as I did back then as a cargo shuttle with a wide cargo door on one side and a crew door on the opposite side.
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Engineering section closed in. On the original I simply stuck on the engine exhausts from an MPC X-Wing fighter as the engines. I plan on making more detailed engines on this one.
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Bottom side, I will have 4 small lift motors and tripod landing gear on this, similar to the original.
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Crew compartment coming together, this will be fully detailed since it will have large windows, just like the original. I will update the controls, the original had joystick controls on the seat arms and clunky crt monitors with a representation of a computer keyboard at each work station. I will follow the Spacex design for the Dragon Crew capsule controls, flatpanel monitors at each station with possibly some smaller monitors scattered about for dedicated displays.
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Cabin floor and main structure of cabin interior done.
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A few small details to add before I start painting the interior. I need to make the three crew chairs and the various flat panel displays and controls to add after interior painting is done.
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Very nice project.
What about the original one you created in the 80's? Doesn't exist anymore?
 

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Very nice project.
What about the original one you created in the 80's? Doesn't exist anymore?
Sadly no, it does not but I do have the original drawings that I made of it after I built it back then. I am doing this from memory and updating it a little as I go, including almost doubling the size and I plan to look up the drawings after I finish it to see how good my memory of this is.
 

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Storage lockers in the crew cabin, port side.
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Storage lockers in the crew cabin, starboard side.
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Beginnings of the main engines, there will be four total, the one on the right is close to being finished, it has 54 pieces on it so far with more to be added.
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After more than a couple hundred parts and hours of tedious work I have the basic form of the shuttlecrafts main engines. I wanted them to be similar to the MPC X-Wing fighter parts engine that I used on the original without being a direct copy of them. The most difficult part is now done, the rest will be fairly easy to complete.
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307 individually cut bits of styrene sheet, rod, tubing and 2 days of work went into creating the engines for the shuttlecraft model.
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I was going to use a couple of these old MPC Astronauts from the 1960's as the crew but the seated ones look as if they are posed to sit on a toilet and appear very constipated or otherwise in distress.
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