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Manufacturer: LVM Studios
Name: R-7 Vostok Launch Pad
Scale: 1:144
Kit contents: 150 resin parts
408 photoetched parts
5 precut styrene parts
styrene strip and rod
brass rod
Comments: This kit includes the launch platform, umbilical arms, swingarm tulips, and service towers. If you want to display a launch vehicle on the pad, the recommended kit (not included) is either the New Ware R-7 Vostok or the APEX/Eastern Express Vostok. The launch platform itself is composed of resin and precut styrene sheet parts. The umbilical, tulip and service tower structures are composed primarily with photoetched parts, so get ready to do some folding. Be careful when handling the photoetched sheets: they can easily get tangled up 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 bag number and called out by shape, 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, Third 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 nor are any photos of the Vostok pad, but there are photos of Soyuz launch pads on the CD-ROM.
Reference Price:
€ 235.00 (VAT included)

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