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Manufacturer: RealSpace Models
Name: Apollo Command/Service Module
Scale: 1:48
Kit contents: 73 resin parts (some are extra)
2 resin tool pieces (used to form the antenna dishes)
29 photoetched part
brass rod
half-round styrene strip
clear acetate
Comments: This is the long awaited 1/48 scale Block II Apollo CSM kit! And it's a beauty. The resin parts are beautifully cast, with crisply molded details. The Service Module is a hollow cylinder with resin endcaps, so you enterprising scratchbuilders can add a SIM bay (not included). The detail on the SM exterior is really well done: the radiator panels are large photoetched parts. Two resin pieces provide a forming tool to bend the photoetched antenna dishes into the correct shape. The Command Module is also hollow and includes a complete interior with astronaut figures. The brass rod and styrene strip provide the supports for the couches. Delicate parts are provided to display the docking probe in either extended or retracted positions. A separate hatch is included in case you wanted to display the model with the hatch open. The molded-in hatch is thinner than the surrounding resin on the command module shell and can be easily cut out. The instructions consist of several exploded assembly drawings, each including painting and decaling details. Wraparound guides for alignment and detailing are also part of the instructions. A full set of Space Model Systems decals is included with the kit. The photo on the box also serves as a painting guide.
Order from: RealSpace Models
813 Watt Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32303

email: realspace@nettally.com
web: http://www.realspacemodels.com/
(as of 11/21/04)

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