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Old 12-18-2010, 11:18 PM
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So i've had this kit for quite sometime now,infact since early 2000 but because of a crap job trying to assemble the big ET back then,it got boxed not long after and has sat ever since.It's hard to believe it was that long ago really.

The problem i had was the seams on the ET couldn't really be puttied and then sanded back because the tank came pre textured already.Well least someone with my ability shouldn't have attempted it anyway.To make matters worse the tank was a pretty bloosy average fit as well.So i tried to putty an area of the seam back then and it looked pretty damn terrible on the bit i did.I then just left the rest and painted the tank up instead but because of the area i tried doing it really ruined the whole thing,so it was boxed!

Well some ten n a bit years down the track it's time to blow a crap load of dust off this thing and have another go.I started out breaking it all down again to try and get a betta fit to start with this time.Might have got it a little betta this time but it still took some putty.That though is not a problem this time as i went and sanded all the texture off the tank.The idea is to just try and spray a rough texture back on now and hopefully it look about right for the scale.To me the pre texture was way over done anyway along with a few other things but,it could still be a killer kit none the less.Or hopefully will be.

I originally wanted to build this up as a flight that had a meatball logo shuttle on it but the tank would require a bit of work to make it look like the super lightweight tanks and even as a lightweight tank that it looks to be based on it's still not exact to how it should be.Still it's pretty close and i think i'll just go for a flight that used a lightweight tank over the super lightweight and build it pretty much OOB.

So the flight will be STS-89 and will be the look i'm going for marking's wise.Why STS-89?Well that was the flight i was lucky enough to view back in January 98 so i think it'll make a cool subject to do.

Anyone got any good links to reference of this mission,i found some shots in KSC images but thats been about it?

So the pictures below show the texture that was on the tank that i removed and the tank now back together again and seamless.
To give an idea of size (the SRB's are just dumied up),that ain't no minature door and the Saturn V is 1/70 scale.

We'll see how we go this time with it all?
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Old 12-19-2010, 02:14 AM
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I have one of these kits too but have not been willing to take the plunge. What you have done so far look great!
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Friend Wombat!
Tried out the KSC image gallery like you did:
http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm

Where ya got the search box, in the keyword thing, put STS-89.
Click the 'Images' thing at the top of the search box, click the 'Phrase' button below where ya put in STS-89, then click the 'GO' button.

Got 167 results on images when I tried it just now, no idea if you have already trudged through it completely but best I can come up with in a hurry for ya.

Fill thine boots fella!

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I have one of these kits too but have not been willing to take the plunge. What you have done so far look great!

Cheers and it's a second start that so far is looking betta than the first attempt.You know,you have a few cool builds to get around to at some stage.Think you should just rip into one of em,it's not like we are gonna be here forever.I'm sure you'll do just fine!


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Friend Wombat!
Tried out the KSC image gallery like you did:
http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm

Where ya got the search box, in the keyword thing, put STS-89.
Click the 'Images' thing at the top of the search box, click the 'Phrase' button below where ya put in STS-89, then click the 'GO' button.

Got 167 results on images when I tried it just now, no idea if you have already trudged through it completely but best I can come up with in a hurry for ya.

Fill thine boots fella!

Go easy.
Thanks Ian!

Yeah that was the only site i've had any luck finding some good pictures of the stack from that launch.Theres not a real lot and they even used a few tv caps there for a few of em.Then some of the shuttle shots at the end are of Atlantis not Endeavor.Oh well,it's never gonna be spot on anyway but i should be able to get things looking pretty much the part(markings wise),sorta.
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Another idea for the ET finish: you know that suede-look interior paint? Might be good as an undercoat, it's acrylic and MIGHT go through the airbrush....

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Old 12-27-2010, 03:56 AM
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Well i just went with the dry blow it on that DD suggested and it worked out not too bad.Could have been betta if i could get some consistency with it but like always it sorta worked out in the end.The picture i've posted where the camera had an orange attack sorta shows it if you look closely at it.Warning,Do not View..to people that can't stand orange!!LOL

So here is a small update on what would be ET-90 used for the launch of STS-89.
It's almost got all it's markings on it now,just a couple of things i can think of that still need doing.But it's pretty close to having the plumbing and bit's added.Some of those pieces are very over scale but since this is basically an OOB build they'll just have ta do.

So anyway,heres the tank as of now,it's based around an early pad arrival time by the way it is coloured.Especially the section on the intertank on the SRB sides.Those darkened off while sitting at the pad but where quite yellowish on pad arrival.Anyway,thats the time frame i'm working with as reference rather than launch time where things had darkened off somewhat.

So i guess it's now actually further along than what it was before and with no shit fit or seams showing.
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Oh that looks great!!! I live near the KSC and have seen these tanks in person many times. You really nailed the look.

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Thanks!!

You don't know how long it's taken me to get this look with it but i'm reasonably happy with it,even if not entirely still.

Oh,half ya luck living close ta KSC,bet thats really cool!!
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Didn't quite get the ET finished tonight but if all things go to plan it'll be all done sometime tomorrow.Just a few things left and it'll be all done then onto the next pieces.At this rate this will be like all my other builds a bloody long one.This should be the easiest bit of the build i'm thinking yet it's still taken me weeks to get it to where it's nearly done.

Yep,a long build it'll be!

Anyway,just for glipse of how it's looking thus far,heres a small picture ta give ya's an idea how it's scrubbing up.

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This build continues to deliver!
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It's not delivering much,but thanks,John!

So,here it is,i'd like to say it's finished but there is one thing i need to touch up again,could leave it but it bugs me.Then i still need to look at the front bipod mount and see if i use the holes that are in the tank already or if i can get away with moving it into it's correct position.Need to see how it will sit with the orbiter on it to see which position i'll go for.

So bar those couple of things this tank is pretty much now done.It's far from spot on by any means but looks pretty much how ET-90 did,sorta,and compared to how it was before it's vast improvement.
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OK,so i went ahead and made new holes for the bipod mount and have puttied up and repainted the old ones on the tank.So now that i will have the bipod more close to where it should be i decided i needed to make up the lil bipod ramps that were still present on tanks back then.
Nothing that flash,just a lil bit more detail for the tank.
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Nice work so far there, young Phil. I know you've wanted to build this for a long time, so don't stop until it's FINISHED!*

I can't wait until we pack those boosters full of gunpowder and magnesium shavings and take some FX pics.

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That friend Wombat, is a damn sharp piece of work thusfar sah!

The look of it is on the nail to my peepers so that would be more than good enough for me. Cleanly done job on what can be a pisser of monumental proportions.
Always glad to know i'm not the only 'silk purse from sows ear' merchant about the place so it's all good
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Thanks gentleman!!

Yeah,this ones been sitting for a decade Mike and i know you know how long that actually is.Still,the bit that put me off in the first place is almost done and i can really live with it this time.So now i gotta get onto the rest,hopefully the solids will go together pretty well.The seam on the inside wont be seen i dont think because they sit so close to the ET.Perhaps something that wont need putty?

Ian,yeah this one had problems from the start.It's a shame as it's such an impressive kit to start with.But having a pre textured tank and a less than average fit ain't good for people who dont like big ugly seams.Still,a bit of elbow grease and it's starting to polish up more like how it should be.

Thanks again guy's and small update,everything is now painted and ready to glue on.I'll save that bit till when i get up later but that'll be it for ET-90 finally.
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