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Manufacturer: RealSpace Models
Name: Shenzhou V
Scale: 1:48
Kit contents: 56 resin pieces
4 photoetched parts
1/2 round styrene rod
diffraction paper
instruction sheet
Comments: The resin parts are crisply molded with thermal blanket detail molded in place on the service and orbital modules and aft section. The service/re-entry module and orbital module parts are solid chunks o'resin, while the aft section and engine nozzles are hollowed out. Most parts will need to be removed from their pour plugs. There is also some thin flash around the smaller nozzle parts, but I couldn't find any visible air holes on any parts. The solar arrays are built up using the photoetched brass, half-round rod and diffraction paper to represent the solar cells. The instruction sheet consists of exploded assembly drawings with colors called out for each part. It also contains a template for cutting out the diffraction paper. A color photo of an assembled and painted kit on the box cover also helps out as a guide.
Order from: RealSpace Models
813 Watt Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32303

email: realspace@nettally.com
web: http://www.realspacemodels.com/
(as of 9/20/05)

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