Soon after the Christmas holiday I received a box in the mail from Dr. Zooch. I had all but forgotten our conversation about beta testing his upcoming Lifting Body Shuttle kit, but alas, here it was. At first, I thought it might be a kit from my Secret Santa but upon further inspection I realized exactly what it was. Dr. Zooch has worked tirelessly for quite a while(as long as I've known him) on perfecting his Lifting Body design. In fact, to hear him tell it, this has been in the works since childhood. I've witnessed more lack luster glides than successes during the last couple years of the development process, but Zooch assured me he knew what he was doing. Testing for this or that, then back to the drawing board he'd go. At some of the more recent MDRA launches it seemed as though he had nailed down the perfect shape for this oddball looking spacecraft. It was looking like this LB idea would indeed work. We know the LB concept works but sometimes theory wins out over substantiality. Not this time. The thing actually glides! It's not going to catch a thermal and fly over the nearest tree line or anything, but it's fun to watch it defy gravity. The LB Booster is reminiscent of the real space shuttle booster with a central ET flanked by two SRB's. It is a longer, slimmer, profile the than previous shuttle kit, which translates to less weight and better performance. A B6-4 will turn in some real nice flights. I believe he's begun shipping kits as of today, maybe he'll confirm? *note* the NASA and American flag stickers on the LB shuttle do not convey as part of the kit. I downloaded and resized the images and printed on a regular 2x4 inch shipping label. Trimmed them down to size and stuck 'em on. I didn't feeling like messing with waterslides this time (neither did Zooch). If anyone wants the print file feel free to PM me.