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Hasegawa Voyager Probe

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  • Member since
    April 2015
Hasegawa Voyager Probe
Posted by Mark Lookabaugh on Friday, April 3, 2020 4:16 PM

I've been itching to try this kit since I saw the build in the magazine.  Finally got around to it.

The kit itself is extremely detailed and well formed, although how some of the pieces fit together is a bit odd.  In some cases trial and error was necessary since the instructions weren't clear.  One example of that is the supporting framework for the magnonometer (the extremely long bit) which was a bit confusing until I played with the parts for a while to figure it out.

The size of the smaller pieces made it difficult to mask the connection points.  I ended up painting on the sprue for many of them and touching up later, or sticking them into putty using the connector so it wouldn't get any paint.  That led to some finicky tight fits for some items later on, and more than a few colorful adjectives along the way.  Even without the photo-etch set, this kit is FRAGILE.  It was a bit of work to keep it supported safely during the build process, and especially at the end when all the instrument booms are in place.

My favorite part of the kit was the planet.  As with the magazine build, I represented Nepture rather than trying to paint an inverse image of the Earth.  It took quite a few differnt shades of ModelAir before I was happy with the blue, and then I dabbed on some high clouds with a brush and faded them a bit.

This is the first time I've attempted photo-etch, and I suspect that I picked one of the more challenging sets to start with.  Even with a large photo etch bending tool, it was pretty nerve racking to get things into shape.  It's mainly luck that it came out in any shape at all.  :)

It was pretty cool that while I was finishing this up the other day, I saw an article about how scientists were going through old data, and found evidence from Voyager 2 that Uranus is spilling atmosphere into space.   I feel pretty lucky that during my lifetime we've taken close up photos of all the planets of our solar system.

This kit was near the edge of my skill level, and it turned out as you might expect with that being the case.  But it was a fun build.

Thanks for looking!

[ Moved from the Science Fiction forum where I was informed that they don't put up with this kind of off topic nonsense.  ;-) ]



  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, April 4, 2020 12:08 AM

Humanity’s most successful machines! Which have now exited our solar system and travelled into interstellar space. Beautiful build!


F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton



  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, April 4, 2020 1:23 AM

Right on dude!  That kit has been calling my name for a while - it's on the wish list.  You did a great job.  Those PE trusses look fantastic.  Very cool



  • Member since
    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Saturday, April 4, 2020 3:56 PM

Great work, Mark!  That's a great display.

[Yeah, those Science Fiction people have no sense of humor!]  Wink


  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, April 12, 2020 1:01 PM

Wow! V'Ger!!

 Nice Job my modeling friend! Totally beautiful ! !

  • Member since
    December 2010
Posted by danburnsart on Saturday, November 14, 2020 6:49 AM
yes excellent build! This is on my wishlist too! I wish there were more kits of robotic missions out there

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