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Old 07-07-2009, 06:08 PM   #1
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Default 1/72 Boeing 747 and Shuttle commission

Yes its HUGE. This is the transport wings 1/72 747 which will have the Revell 1/72 Shuttle on its back. So far the fuselage halves have been sanded and the center Keel part has been added for rigidity. Lots to do still. It is being built in the flight mode to be mounted on a tripod.
Heres the fuselage with a few clamps. Its photographed with the Airfix 1/72 nimrod for a size comparison.


And the wingspans. Shuttle Nimrod and 747
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Old 15-07-2009, 10:45 AM   #2
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Just saw this on the RPF. Very glad you're posting updates here. This is going to be good.
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Old 15-07-2009, 02:25 PM   #3
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Default 747 Shuttle Carrier is great model

I like the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier with the Space Shuttle Orbiter piggyback.

In 1977, NASA tested the Space Shuttle Orbiter Enterprise piggyback on the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier.

I think the first fictional movie appearance of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier with the Space Shuttle Orbiter piggyback was in James Bond movie 1979 Moonraker.
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Old 23-07-2009, 01:43 PM   #4
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OK more progress. Fuselage is joined and filled , it just needs a little more filling/sanding. Tailplane assembled and fitted and wings made ready to join. The shuttle itself should be complete by this evening too.


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Old 23-07-2009, 10:13 PM   #5
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Very nice and huge. Are you considering to have it in the "Moonraker" livery or "just" a Nasa configuration?
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Old 24-07-2009, 09:37 AM   #6
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Huge is an understatement. Looking good so far.
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Old 24-07-2009, 09:53 AM   #7
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Is the 747 really thast big compared to the Nomrod in real life? Its flipping enormous!!!
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Old 31-07-2009, 05:09 PM   #8
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Very nice and huge. Are you considering to have it in the "Moonraker" livery or "just" a Nasa configuration?
Just Nasa This time. I have done 2 Moonraker shuttles so far but this one will be standard.
Well the hardest part is nearly done. I had to scratchbuild the shuttle cradle. It took hours only for me to find that it sat a little too high , so it was pulled apart and redone.. Its not 100% acuurate but it is very strong. It still needs some work and another strut adding. Thought i would take a break and take some photos.




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Old 01-08-2009, 10:00 AM   #9
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Still can't get over how large this is.
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Old 01-08-2009, 02:37 PM   #10
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I'm curious about the choice of the Revell shuttle. I've built one of those and the Monogram version. The major differences with the Monogram version is no open cockpit top part and no raised tile detail all over the thing. Are you keeping the tile detail?

Looking great so far. That's going to be an eye catcher.
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Old 04-08-2009, 03:42 PM   #11
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I was given the shuttle to build. The tile detail is to be kept yes.

I built the wings today. I fitted them with brass tube wing spars. They are supprisingly strong when built. Its getting big now!




Heres a 2 litre coke bottle for scale
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Old 04-08-2009, 04:21 PM   #12
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Looking good!
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Old 29-08-2009, 03:49 AM   #13
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Holy crap! That is awesome!

Cheers, Chris
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Old 01-09-2009, 03:45 AM   #14
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Nice! I want to build one of these.
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Old 01-09-2009, 05:09 PM   #15
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That's looking very good!

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Old 01-09-2009, 11:00 PM   #16
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Unless the orbiter is being done as Enterprise, I would highly recommend removing the tile detail since it is not accurate at all to any of the flight orbiters and it tends to get in the way of the seam filling. It seems when Revell tooled up that kit in the late 1970s, they must have gotten ahold of the fake TPS pattern that was used on Enterprise since it seems to match almost exactly, based on what I saw of the old girl on my trip to Udvar Hazy back in late 2006.

Nice work on this big project BTW.
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:12 AM   #17
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Looking really great! Are you planning for a shuttle tailcone?
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Old 11-09-2009, 07:04 AM   #18
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OK chaps i have been instructed by the client to put the model up for sale. It will be finished first. The tile detail will stay and there will not be a tailcone added to the shuttle.
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:07 PM   #19
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Any updates on this model????
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