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- Jan 18, 2009
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Okay, so today, Christmas Day, I actually started building this thing.... it's not a shuttle that I'm building, but that's as much as I'll say. Except this: It's also not any of the DIRECT variants.
Here's what it is:
It's a 1/200 scale model of the Shuttle Derived Heavy Lift Vehicle that was presented to the Augustine Commission on the future of U.S. manned space flight this summer.
It's based on BT-60 tubes for the External Tank and for the cargo carrier, and on BT-20 tubes for the Solid Rocket Boosters.
I used NASA documents that I found online, as well as George Gassaway's FAI shuttle drawing that he posted a link to in the other thread, for dimensional information. Based on actual ET and SRB diameters, the body tubes are between 1/203 and 1/198 scale, so 1/200 is a good choice for lengths, etc.
The nose cones for the ET, SRB's, and cargo carrier, plus the aft SRB skirts and nozzles and the aft dome of the ET, are all balsa parts, which I bought from sandman. The quality of the balsa parts is good, and they are the most expensive parts of the model, since the rest of it is just tubes, motor mount, parachute, etc.