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Manufacturer: RealSpace Models
Name: Ares 1-X
Scale: 1:144
Kit contents: 16 resin pieces
Comments: The resin parts are solidly molded with crisp details and the occasional airhole. The upper stage adapter and dummy fifth segment parts have some really nice rivet detail. The lower three segments and the booster skirt parts are hollow so that a rod can be inserted to keep the model from falling over while on display. It'll be quite tall and more than a little top heavy. The first stage segments are keyed top to bottom so they fit together quite easily with a little cleanup. The top of the upper stage and the bottom of the spacecraft parts are the only parts that would have pour plugs, but on my sample only a slight sanding will be needed. The escape tower nozzles are nicely hollowed out. A couple of parts in my sample have some molding gunges that will need some work. The instruction sheet has several exploded view assembly steps, along with a painting and decal guide. Decals are included for the upper stage and USA first stage markings.
Order from: RealSpace Models
813 Watt Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32303

email: realspace@nettally.com
web: http://www.realspacemodels.com/
(as of 11/16/09)
$75.00 plus shipping

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