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  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Buran Shuttle
Posted by Real G on Friday, November 29, 2019 2:30 PM

In case anyone is interested, the Ark 1/144 Buran is available, now with more extensive tile decals:

https://hobbyterra.com/product/plastic-model-1-144-soviet-spacecraft-buran-ark-models-14402.html

The initial realease earlier this year included only minimal decals like the Anigrand kits.  And prices were crazy - in the $60 to $80 range, certainly not justifiable.

From what I have seen it is a simplistic kit.  I have no idea how accurate it is, but IIRC the real thing had smaller OMS fairings, no main engines, and the wing leading edges were less curved.

I have evil plans to convert one into the BTS-02 air breathing prototype.  It was basically a Buran with four turbojets scabbed on the rear end, to permit conventional take-offs for initial airworthiness trials.  I just need to source some 1/144 Tu-22 Blinder landing gear.

-ORRRRRRR-

I do have Revell's enormous An-225 Mriya.  Crud, I should have ordered two Buran!

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Sunday, December 1, 2019 3:13 PM

I have a kit winging its way from the Ukraine - will post photos when it arrives in about 2 weeks.

I need to look into what it would take to convert the RoG An-225 to the carrier aircraft.

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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Sunday, December 1, 2019 5:41 PM

Oh awesome! I picked up an old Soviet kit at our IPMS Christmas party years ago and was going to build it till I was tipped off it sold for over a hundred bucks US on Ebay!!! Guess I should have tried selling the thing but now I doubt it's worth much so I guess I should go ahead and build the darn thing...

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    May 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, December 23, 2019 11:34 AM

Definitely build it Gamera!

It took a little longer than expected (3 weeks vs 2), but the Ark Models Buran is expected to show up today.  Merry Christmas to myself, courtesy of the Ukranian Poshta and USPS (Ray is my man tor all my hobby deliveries).

Full product discloure to follow.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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