Certainly the 1/144 scale space stations reflect that direction. Cost is another consideration. The folks at Crow's Nest, Fantastic Plastic, and New Ware offer exquisitely detailed kits in 1/48 and 1/32 but, the drawback is the price (though fair) and with that price level of work to do them justice.
Along with space station projects that have been featured in previous installments, I have been working on building a complete set of 1/144 scale manned launch vehicles. Some of those LV's have been showcased in previous installments. For this month I will feature two new additions to my collection.
New Ware's Mercury/Atlas
New Ware produces several beautifully detailed launchers in 1/144 scale. Their Mercury/Atlas is certainly no exception! The detailing- particularly with the Mercury capsule's shingles is stunning. The kit is made up of resin and photo-etched pieces. For "quick look" check out Sven's Ninfinger site:New Ware 1/144 Mercury/Atlas Quick Look
You can order a copy of this kit from New Ware at New Ware Models . I ordered my kit through Cultvman's site at Cultvman's Hobbyshop.
I came across a nice 1/144 scale Gemini/Titan kit on Ebay recently. Being a somewhat older kit the materials and details were not as refined as New Ware's offerings. Nevertheless, it still was a very good representation of the real thing and the cost is almost half that of the New Ware offering. You can check out Sven's Quick Look here: RealSpace Gemini/Tital Quick Look
The kit is available through RealSpace's site: RealSpace Models
Although these kits require some previous work with resin and PE materials they only took a couple of weekends to put together!
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