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Manufacturer: AMK
Name: Capsula Zarya
Scale: 1:72
Kit contents: 8 resin parts
1 photoetched part
brass stock
steel nails
Comments: This kit depicts a proposed reusable replacement for the Soyuz and Progress vehicles (http://www.astronautix.com/craft/zarya.htm) that was canceled in the mid 1980s. The resin parts are solid with deeply engraved panel lines and a moderate amount of airholes, particularly on the lower flared part. The rocket jet ports also have some extra resin that will need to be cleaned up. The small parts in my sample have a fair amount of flash and some more airholes that may be problematic to fill. The brass stock provide the rear antenna masts. As far as I can tell, only the docking ring is needed from the photoetched fret and only one nail will be needed to represent the docking probe. It will have to be cut to size by the modeler. The instruction sheet consists of four views of an assembled and painted model and some Italian text that describes the history of the program. There are no other assembly directions, but experienced modelers will be able to build the kit just by using the four photos. The box has also a photo of the completed kit, helpful for construction and painting.
Order from: For ordering and availability information, see AMK's YouTube channel: AMK Astronautic Model Kit.

or email: amk-kits@libero.it
(as of 9/06/09)

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