In the spring I spent a lot of time building the ISS with Endeavour, which wasn't launched at that time. I wanted to depict the shuttle in the last manoeuvring moment with the station, when leaving, making a final loop around the station. In reality this didn't actually happen.
The shuttle left by just removing itself backward from the ISS and then after a couple of hours and hundreds of miles, it returned to test STORRM, a new rendez-vous system intended for NASA's new deep space capsule called Orion.
I decided to redo the display into what actually did happen an was quite a historic event, in my opinion. While the shuttle was docked to the front Pressurized Mating Adapter, a Soyuz was leaving. Soyuz TMA-20 took off with three crewmembers, including Paolo Nespoli, who made a couple of dozen impressive shots of Endeavour docked to the station.
All it took was building another Soyuz and to arrange it on a new frame. So that's what I did.
Today I made Soyuz TMA-20. After the giant scale of 1/48 with Juno it took some time to get used to this small scaled stuff again. But anyway, here is what I came up with today.
|Engine section and capsule in progress (or rather Soyuz - heh heh heh)|
|The biggest parts are together, now the eye-tiring minuscule parts.|
|Soyuz TMA-20 on its rod.|
|The docking probe is made out of the head of a pin.|
|Just one phalanx long and the smallest shape I intend to build. Ever. Not.|
|The display now. Backdrop, the Rassvet module and some pallets on the ISS still to come.|