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Manufacturer: LVM Studios
Name: R-7 Sputnik Launch Pad
Scale: 1:144
Kit contents: 149 resin parts
312 photoetched parts
5 precut styrene parts
styrene rod and strip
brass rod
Comments: This kit includes the launch platform, umbilical arms and swingarm tulips. If you want to display a launch vehicle on the pad, the recommended kit (not included) is either the New Ware R-7 Sputnik or the APEX/Eastern Express Sputnik. The launch platform itself is composed of resin and precut styrene sheet parts. The umbilical, tulip and service tower structures are composed primarily of photoetched parts, so get ready to do some folding. Be careful when handling the photoetched sheets: they can easily get tangled and bent. (I store the sheets taped to separate pieces of paper.) Resin parts provide details, cable drums, electrical boxes, etc. Styrene rod and strip and metal wire is to be cut to size as needed. The resin parts are solid with crisply molded details. The top and sides of the launch platform parts have a slightly rough texture, but the other resin parts have a smooth finish. All resin parts are still on their pour plugs and some have some flash that will need cleaning up. The instructions are in a PDF file on the CD-ROM. Pay careful attention to the steps, as the instructions are common across the R-7 launch pad kits. Each variant (Sputnik/Vostok/Soyuz) has its own sections in addition to the common instructions. Resin parts are organized by labeled bags and called out by shape in the instructions, so you'll need to do some careful matching of parts to their shapes. Unfortunately, the shapes in the instructions are not in scale with each other. Photoetched parts are called out by the number next to the part on each lettered sheet, so identification is a little easier. The kit is built by subassemblies: Base, Lower Umbilical Arms, Tulips, Second Stage Umbilical Arm and Service Towers. Each subassembly is then broken up into multi-step graphical sections with detailed inserts. A five view drawing of the complete assembly shows where everything is supposed to go on the launch base. No painting guide is included. The CD-ROM has no photos of the Sputnik launch pad, but does have photos of Soyuz pads.
Reference Price:
€ 215.00 (VAT included)

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