Essentially scratch-building a model of the Soviet Salyut 7 space station presented a nice challenge in utilizing mixed media of resin casts, photo-etched parts, foiling, and styrene plastic. The end result is featured below.
|The -X axis of the Salyut core module. A mixture of plastic parts (can you see where I used a 1/72 Airfix LM footpad?) and candy foils were used.|
|The +X axix view of the core module. I used PE ports from a 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' Seaview PE set.|
|A resin duplicate of the Soyuz T from an original for the Revell ISS kit. Solar panels are resin copies. The Progress is a styrene kit from the Monogram MIR kit.|
|Another view of the Salyut 7 model.|
|A +Y view of the Salyut 7 model.|
|A close up view of the Progress spacecraft. The Monogram Progress needed a bit of accurizing and foil to simulate the thermal blankets.|
|A close up of the Salyut docking segment and the Soyuz T spacecraft. I used photo-etched parts from a 1/72 F-117 set.|
|One final view of the Salyut model.|
For my next installment I will feature a scratch-built Salyut I with a scale Soyuz 7K-Ok.
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Interesting kits have either been announced or have surfaced in recent weeks. Below is a list.
|Dragon has announced a 'see-thru' Shuttle and carrier in 1/144 scale|
|Dragon has also announced a 1/72 Saturn 5/Skylab LV. If only they would release a 1/72 or 1/144 styrene Skylab station!|
|I see 1/72 scale kits of the Soviet Buran shuttle that have been surfacing on Ebay lately.|