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Manufacturer: Rho Models
Name: Proton Mir
Scale: 1:144
Kit contents: 22 resin pieces
1 photoetched piece
0.3mm wire
instruction sheet
Comments: The parts have some pinholes that will have to be filled, otherwise the castings are very good with minimal flash and fine details. The instructions are clear, with text, drawings, detailed views, and a painting guide. They also point out a minor flaw in one of the second stage engine locating holes: a nice touch (the reminder, that is). They also provide hints on when to paint the various subassemblies. The wire included in the kit is to be formed into a bunch of tiny EVA handles to the exterior of the Mir core (a job that looks tedious, but is a nice detail). The wire is also to be used to represent the external tank hold-down straps and can be used to replace the molded fuel pipes on the first stage engine. My kit had some extra engine bells for both the first and second stages. The photoetched trusswork between the first and second stage make this an improvement over the earlier Rho Models Proton releases.
Reference price: $35.00

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