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25 February 2013

ISS [Finished!]

One and a half year after beginning this build, I finally can declare it finished. The ISS has been made in its configuration it had when Endeavour was docked for her last visit. As mentioned, I wanted to make it into a diorama of how Paolo Nespoli made his famous and beautiful shots of the shuttle docked to the ISS but it was too big to realise for the time being. Maybe I will when I have the space for it.
Here are some nice pictures of the finished ISS, with the Rassvet module finally added to the rest. Enjoy!
Nine more after the jump, as usual.


the Canadarm2 on the station. It has grapple hooks on both sides and therefore it is able to move a bit like a slinky, head over heels, and it has a lot of attachment points over the ISS. The occupants of the station use it to haul in spacecraft like Dragon, HTV or Cygnus.
Kibo, the Japanese part of the ISS. It has a little porch for vacuum experiments and its own little arm.

Parts of the Russian segment, from left to right you can see Rassvet (facing down) with a Soyuz attached, Zarya, Poisk (upward) and Pirs (downward) with a Progress supply ship attached, and part of Zvezda.

Over the starboard truss looking at the ISS modules. Close to the truss you can see Unity, facing towards the camera is Columbus, the European module.

Endeavour docked to the ISS, its Canadarm holds the long camera arm to inspect the shuttle's belly. The visible ISS modules are mainly the U.S. part, in the upper left corner you see the airlock called Quest, next to it is Destiny, the core unit of the US section, after which is Harmony, up front, with the PMA docking port on its most forward end. To its port side is Kibo, the Japanese module, to its starboard side you can see Columbus, the ESA module.

From above Zvezda you can see Poisk attached to its node, Zarya, with its solar panels retracted, PMA1, the docking port that connects the Russian part with the US part, Unity, on its starboard side is Quest, to its port side is Tranquillity, the node on which the Cupola is attached. This is the diamond-shaped glass structure where all the astronauts go in their spare time to look at the Earth.

The port side, with Tranquillity and Cupola closest to the camera. On top of Unity you can see the oldest truss segment, Z1.

Columbus, Harmony and Kibo up front, Destiny behind them, with the station's  big truss structure on top. to your right you can see the trolley for the Canadarm2, this part can ride up and down the truss.

And lastly, another overview.
Now I am working on the nose cones of the five Atlas V booster rockets. They are a struggle. I have had them enlarged from 1/144 to 1/96th and I cannot seem to get them fit tight and flush. I tinkered a little with the part's shape to try and get a better fit but up until now, it is not good. I want to try and avoid sanding, it should be possible with just the pieces of paper themselves. I guess I'll keep on struggling for a bit more.
That's all for now! 
-PK
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