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Old 01-09-2007, 09:00 PM   #1
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Been working on the MiM Moonbus these last few weeks. Most of the internal detail will not be seen once I attach the top, which is just as well, as even by my painting standards it's a bit of a mess.

Although the instructions have a template for the side windows, no template is provided for the forward wndows as "the studio model did not have windows for optical reasons", which as we know is complete baloney. Even if it were true, who would be building it as the studio model and not as the "real" thing? That will probably be the biggest problem making these.

There are some largish gaps between the top and bottom as they are not a good fit which will require a fair amount of filling.











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Old 01-09-2007, 09:29 PM   #2
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The interior looks good to me, straight out of the scene.
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:23 PM   #3
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That interior is great - far better than I would have the patience to manage...
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:21 AM   #4
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Very nice work.
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:34 AM   #5
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Looks great!

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Old 02-09-2007, 11:30 AM   #6
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Thanks guys.

By the way, I'm not receiving any e-mail notifications on subjects I''ve an interest in. I went into the options and ticked "instant e-mail notification". Anything else I have to do?

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Old 02-09-2007, 11:33 AM   #7
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Hope not. Love the avatar BTW
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:42 PM   #8
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Mmmm so that is what it looks like built and out of the box, I have to build one for a friend, and I really need to make a start on it shortly, although I am looking foward to doing the interior truth be told.

Great job Keith.
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:59 PM   #9
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A couple of points to note when you start yours. Check how flat and level the roof is. Mine had as distinct droop in the middle (your eyes will notice but if you put a ruler against it you you see how much it drops in the rear third). I tried heating and bending it but it gradually reverted to its original shape. You would really have to cut out the windows, bend it to shape and then reinstall the windows. I didn't and tried sanding the top so it was level and to a certain extent that worked.

The instructions say to keep the passenger seats on their pedestal, but the figures legs dangle in thin air so I removed the pedastals so that the figures' feet reached the deck. Unfortunately that makes the figures a bit too low when viewed through the windows so I had to raise the height of the seats again. This won't matter to me as you will not see the crew's feet, but if you were to build it with a removeable roof it might look odd. I think the figures are perhaps too small for the kit (then we run into scale problems of course).

I made my own crew patch decals, so if you need the artwork (properly sized so you won't have to do anything), let me know.

The instructions say to use bent wire for the detail on the engines. I used Rexel Bambi No. 25 staples which are the perfect length and size and just drilled out the appropriate holes. I will also be using larger staples for the handrails either side of the forward windows.

By the way, have you noticed that there is a handrail at the rear, but only on the side facing the camera?

Also just noticed that the antenna is wrong. It should have more "thingies" on the "pointy" bit, more in keeping with the Aurora one actually. And in fact I might canabalise part of the Aurora one as it is overscale for that kit and probably closer to 1/32!!

Glad you liked the avatar. It's just one of my model photos and as the site was getting spruced up thought it appropriate to get round to doing something about it!

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Edited to make the paragraph about the antenna more sensible!

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Old 02-09-2007, 01:10 PM   #10
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The MIM one is based on the Aurora kit I believe.
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:25 PM   #11
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Yes, but there are plenty of differences. The Aurora figures sit so high up that their heads are higher than the window frame, but their feet still touch the ground, so relative to the rest of the kit, they are far bigger.

The antennae bear only a passing resemblance to each other. I think by mixing and matching between the two I will get a more accurate one all round.

The MiM windows are more rectagular in shape than those of the Aurora's (i.e. longer on the long side).

And has been commented on before the underside detail is different on both kits (I happen to prefer the MiM detail).

And of course the MiM kit has detail in the RCS thrusters and not just large holes!

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Old 02-09-2007, 02:15 PM   #12
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I'm sure I mentioned this thread before but it's well worth investigating:

http://www.hobbytalk.com/bbs1/showthread.php?t=119101
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Old 02-09-2007, 10:45 PM   #13
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Yes you did thanks, Chris. Not sure if I've read all the posts but certainly a fair percentage I think. Very useful material.

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Old 06-09-2007, 02:25 PM   #14
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Is this kit still available from MIM, or anyone else?

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Old 06-09-2007, 06:45 PM   #15
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Comet Miniatures found a few in Japan and is still listed on their site (279.50).

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Old 06-09-2007, 07:14 PM   #16
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Is this kit still available from MIM, or anyone else?

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The MiM appears out of production at the moment --even if it was still on catalogue it would best getting it direct from MiM.

That said I suggest you would be better getting the good Captains, Atomic City 1/24 Moonbus which is due October, not only is only cheaper at $275. It will be somewhat more accurate.

http://p197.ezboard.com/The-MOONBUS-...tomiccityfrm92

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Old 07-09-2007, 01:11 AM   #17
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I'd love to buy Scott's.... (Capt. Cardboard). It's September, and it'd 'due' next month? Are the patterns even finished yet?

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Old 08-09-2007, 07:48 AM   #18
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Utimately I don't know, allbeit Scott does have a reputation for extended delivery periods.

From Scott's website the masters for the Moonbus were completed some while back, as the kit dates back from when it was originally intended as injection kit. But after the 1/12 Mercury kit Scott is not going to produce any more injection kits so it was shelved at that point in time. He has given an undertaking to deliver this one on time. I'M personally not fussed, as I have bought extensively from Atomic City and never been let down and if I get an accurate Moonbus in the fullness of time, its alright by me :-)

I have two unmade MiM Moonbus kits, one I was going to build as a lit model the other I was going to build as a standard model. With the hopefully immanent arrival of the Atomic City 1/24 model. I may consider selling one if any one is interested please PM me.

Cheers

Marty...

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Old 08-09-2007, 09:12 PM   #19
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You wait ages for a Moonbus and two turn up at once (sorry, couldn't resist)

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