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Manufacturer: Space Cadet Models
Name: Cassini
Scale: 1:24
Kit contents: 158 resin and 3D printed parts
3 resin and metal parts
2 vacuformed parts
89 photoetched parts
8 resin tools
acrylic rod
music wire
styrene sheet
parts list
data DVD
Comments: The parts in this kit come in two main boxes, with a couple of other boxes included in a main box. There are a lot of parts! The surface finish isn't terribly important for most of the parts since they'll be covered in crinkled foil. Any airholes that exist are for the most part on mating surfaces. For those parts not to be covered in foil, the surface finish is very good with crisply molded details. Parts are identified by numbers written on or molded into the part. For those parts still on the 3D printed runners, the part numbers are molded on the runners. There is some cleanup required on the parts and a couple of my 3D printed parts got broken, but they are easily repairable with a bit of CA. There are quite a few very delicate parts, many packed very carefully, so be gentle when handling them. The main antenna dish and Huygens backshell are vacuformed and will need to be cut from their backing sheet. Various holes will also need to be cut in the main dish. Along with the parts are resin tools to help with assembling items such as the RTGs. There are optional parts (such as the deployed or retracted engine cover), depending on how you want to depict the spacecraft, as it can be modeled to depict pretty much any portion of the mission. Plenty of black and gold foil is provided to cover everything. The data DVD contains a PDF file of assembly instructions and a boatload of reference photos. The assembly instructions are illustrated steps with detailed text describing what needs to be done, including foil/painting directions. Pay very careful attention to the details as this is a pretty complex kit. Also included is a description of the Alpha build by Space Cadet Modeler Karl Dodenhoff which provides a lot of tips and things to watch out for.
Order from: Space Cadet Models

email: spacey57@comcast.net
(as of 3/28/23)
$350 plus shipping

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