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Robert Royes
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Space Shuttle Craft, Revell 1/189?

November 6, 2021 · in Space · · 14 · 1.5K

This reusable Shuttle concept is a design by Krafft A. Ehricke, a rocket scientist while working for Convair. It dates back to the late fifties, While the craft would never be built,he was correct in the concept, multiple stages for the launch, reusable shuttle that glides back for the landing, he also conceptualized the need for a heat shield material for the glider's reentry.

The kit is a 1996 reissue of the 1959 kit. Recently our friends at models introduced it again with a revised decal sheet of which I bought a sheet for use on this edition,using the USAF markings,I had some older NASA markings ala the X-15 of which I added also.

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  1. Very interesting project, Robert ! Turned out very nice.

  2. I love it, Robert (@roofrat). You have really gone the extra mile to bring this kit to life. I'm glad somebody like Atlantis is bringing these old kits back. Well done.

  3. Excellent model, Robert! Love seeing classic kits built, let alone so well!

  4. Nice work on this spacecraft, Robert @roofrat

  5. Great job on this ,I see you have the Airfix SAM 2 in your stash , the're getting rare and not cheap either ,I would love to see that built up.

  6. Now that is a cool piece of space craft. I wonder how much today´s engineers are looking at older research and pure sci-fi. Part of what the space people are trying to do is very much tied to having fantasy enough to come up with goals, needs and solutions.

  7. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    Fascinating work and subject Robert, this is another blast from the past.
    Very well done and glad too see.
    Seeing this brings one to mind that the concept and shuttle design are not far from reality.

  8. Great build Robert, it really looks nice! Plus the how they were thinking in how the future would be on using the shuttle, was a very interesting and exciting time.

  9. Very cool project - something out of the ordinary. Looks great.

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