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Vostok 1 - 1/144 Hobby Park - First completed build

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DMF
  • Member since
    March 2020
Vostok 1 - 1/144 Hobby Park - First completed build
Posted by DMF on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 3:52 AM

 

Hello all! This is my Vostok 8K72K rocket, in launch pose for the Vostok 1 mission; ready to take Yuri Gagarin (and humanity) into orbit for the first time!

Built as it comes out the box, painted in Humbrol sea grey (there’s a huge debate about whether it was green or grey, not helped by dodgy Soviet film stock of the era! From the photos I collected, I'm pretty convinced it's grey, so I went with grey) with some metalcote alum and a little bit of fire red. I used Tamiya Snow Stick on the boosters to represent icing from the cryogenic propellants in the tanks; I'm not super happy with how it looks, but it was an interesting eperiment. Finished with Tamiya semi-gloss clear coat.

This is the Hobby Park boxing of the oldschool Apex kit in 1:144. Same tool as the AER, Eastern Express & Parc Models kits. I picked it up on eBay pretty cheap from Eastern Europe. The kit was pretty decent but the plastic definitely felt past its best; some of it was extremely brittle. The fencing that connects the third stage to the rest of the rocket is super thin and really loved snapping as it bent into the circular shape.

This is my first completed model since I was a kid. There’s a lot that could be improved but I’m pretty happy overall. I'm planning two more rockets to sit alongside it to represent space flight through history: next up is the Airfix 1/144 Saturn V

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by PFJN on Friday, March 6, 2020 7:51 PM

Hi,

That looks great.  Your "icing" technique doesn't look bad at all. Smile

Pat

1st Group Build

DMF
  • Member since
    March 2020
Posted by DMF on Saturday, March 7, 2020 9:03 AM

Thanks very much for your kind comments Pat. I'm definitely growing on the look of the icing over time. It was quite a shock going from cleanly painted boosters to having them covered in white mess.

I've started working on the Airfix Saturn V in the same scale and it is enormous. Here's a photo of the completed Vostok side-by-side with a fit-check partial assembly of the Saturn (that's not even its full height!):

  • Member since
    January 2015
Posted by PFJN on Saturday, March 7, 2020 7:01 PM

Wow, that's an impressive comparison.

Pat

1st Group Build

GAF
  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Monday, March 9, 2020 11:05 AM

DMF> Nice work on the Vostok, Comrade!  I built the MPC 1:100 scale version early last year (you can find a build earlier in the "SPACE" thread if you're interested.)  That gray color is correct, though I used a color called "Euro 1 Gray" which was recommended.

The Saturn V Airfix model is nice I've heard.

Gary

 

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