Airfix 1/144 scale NASA
Orbiter OV 099
by George Ting
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This is NASA orbiter OV O99 Challenger as
represented here in her final tragic Mission : STS 51L.
The Airfix 1/144 scale kit comes complete as the full stack shuttle.
Orbiter, External Tank (ET) and Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB) are all
included. A ‘In FIight’ base is also supplied in this kit.
is quick and fairly easy with some simple modifications to improve
Port holes were
drilled on the nose section for the star tracking system.
was obtained from the web and books.
I scratched and
added interior cockpit details and it can be seen from outside, but
with somewhat limited view by the windows.
The Payload doors
are scribed to duplicate the sections.
Aft panels on the
lower OMS pod- There’s a new panel on the OMS Pods.
I used plastic
card, cut to shape and glue them in place.
External Tank (ET)
The ET is nicely molded and is the best in 1/144 scale by far.
Various feed lines are added and some sections
Build up was straight forward and painting was done
with shades of red, yellow & white as seen on the variations of
weathering effects on the ET.
A lighter shade was mixed up to represent the foam
insulation on the ET.
Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB)
The SRBs was built with not much difficulty &
Masking tape was used on the lower rings sections
to represent the foam insulation. Strips of decals & markings from the
Realspace Model was used to detailed the SRBs.
Accurizing Parts, Decals & Markings
Resin Shuttle Nozzles set are used on kit and for
better accuracy & details.
The kit supplied decals were not used.
Weathering and Finishing
Tamiya acrylics colors were used on this model. Various shades of white
& black was sprayed and once dry, decals were applied. I used Realspace
Model and aftermarket decals.
Weathering was done with lead pencils and pastel to
simulate the effects of re-entry on the orbiter. More visible areas are
the nose sections, fuselage sides.
After a few weeks the model was coated with lacquer
clear & sealed with flat to finish it up.
The Airfix 1/144 scale Shuttle is the nicest Orbiter kit that I have
encountered so far. I am happy with the results and with the many hours
spent detailing the model.
I guess much has been already written about shuttle
kits, so here is my finished model…..enjoy!
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2005 by George Ting
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Last Updated 05 April, 2005
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