space shuttle Atlantis / Betexa / 1:72

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  1. NYC Irish

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    The Hobby model Columbia and ET/SRB set is an absoluetly awful kit, stay well away from it...total rubbish actually

    If you need the SRB and ET then the Lower hudson Challenger set is much better

    John John
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    NYC Irish,

    I have the Hobby Model of Columbia - and I have to agree with you. The nose has no curved shape in the top view, and there are no tiles on the bottom; just black paper. I cannot waste my time on this model, but I do think it would be OK for someone wanting to just build a model without concern for accuracy.

    Where can I find the Betexa model? This one looks pretty good.

    Ken
  3. Bengt F

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    Betexa Raketoplán Space Shuttle Atlantis Model in 1:72 Scale

    Hi Ken,

    I actually ordered mine directly from Betexa in the Czech Republic: Betexa ZS s.r.o.

    Try writing them an e-mail (in English is fine) explaining that you want to order a copy odf the model. Although it (still) says on the web site that it is SOLD OUT, I had the good fortune of obtaining one, in January, 2006. They might have printed a new batch, who knows. The best thing would be to ask them.

    It is an amazing model, designed by the very talented Czech card model designer Pavel Bestr in 1999.

    All the best,
    Bengt :thumb:



    PS. This is the original 1:72 scale model on which Raimondo Fortezza´s and Guiseppe di Chiara´s 'MARSCENTER' space shuttle 1:100 scale models are based, which he also states on his site (in the Instructions), athough he refers to BETEVA, which gave me a hard time finding the right site.
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  5. wedge

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    Wedge is back :mrgreen: There is cockpit finished ...
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    Raketoplán Atlantis Shuttle Cockpit Interior

    Wow, wedge,

    Superb work! This is the first images I have seen of a build of this interior.
    You have really succeeded in doing a first class job. Are you going to cut out the rear cockpit windows as well?

    Right on, bro,
    Bengt :thumb:
  7. wedge

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    Thank you Bengt. I'm nou going to cut out the windows,because I'm not going to make the cargo bay. It is better for the model when the shuttle is on the runway after landing,there is no need to make the cargobay doors functional. I believe it is better for the right shape and look of the shuttle :)
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    Betexa Raketoplán 'Atlantis' Model in 1/72 Scale

    Hi wedge,

    I see your point - if you plan to do a landing display, with the complete landing gear setup, it would probably be easier to achieve a more integrated look with the cargo bay doors closed. Good thinking.

    Keep up the good work,
    Bengt :thumb:
  9. wedge

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    Betexa Raketoplán 'Atlantis' Model in 1/72 Scale

    wedge,

    You have reproduced the two layers of the Space Shuttle windows very well.
    The inner thermal lining looks very good, too.

    Best,
    Bengt :thumb:
  11. wedge

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    The RCS system is completed
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    You are brave to do the RCS thrusters. I never could get mine to work when i did the Fortezza shuttle. Doing the inner layer of the windows was a masterful stroke, too. I can't wait to see how this one turns out.
    (I wish this model was still available!)
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    Betexa Raketoplán 'Atlantis' Model in 1/72 Scale

    I second that, jparenti,

    This shuttle model will be one for the books. I love those beautiful and realistic-looking cockpit windows. And, we have already seen the complex interior that is hidden behind them . . .
    A breathtaking masterpiece in the making.

    Keep up the good work, wedge,
    Bengt :thumb:
  14. wedge

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    Thank you both .:) It is always pleasure to read yours posts people :mrgreen:
    There is the nose ready. It isn´t perfect , but it isn´t the worst one :razz: I´ve decidet to paint it with the akvarel to imitate the scorch
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  15. wedge

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    Finaly I have some time , so i can continue with Atlantis. Unfortunately it growes very slowly :) The wings are almoust completed
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    Betexa Raketoplán 'Atlantis' Model in 1/72 Scale

    Hi wedge,

    Looking very good!
    You have achieved a perfect round shape of the leading edges of the wings - this is one of the important things that contribute to a 'proper' look of a space shuttle orbiter model. This is a very neat build. Thanks for sharing.

    Keep up the good work.
    All the best,
    Bengt :thumb:
  17. wedge

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    Thank you Bengt , this is only the first step. The wings will be much more better(i hope) when I put into this "skin" the "skeleton" . It is very hard paper and if you want to bend it , it is going to break :curse:
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    the skeleton is almoust ready
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    Another progress ... I have a small problem with geometry , but I can handle it with force :mrgreen:
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    Betexa Raketoplán 'Atlantis' Model in 1/72 Scale

    Hi wedge,

    That is an ingenious solution! It looks very good now - the proper 'thick' airfoil of the space shuttle orbiter wing, and straight, too.

    You are doing an exemplary job of this model build. Keep up the good work.

    All the best from Stockholm,
    Bengt :thumb: