Soviet Space Program models
|By Pat Flannery|
At top right is the Mir space station in 1/144th scale. It was made by combining the Monogram Mir model with the photoetched parts from the Realspace models Mir kit. The Monogram Progress module was modified to correct it's shape.
Below the Mir is a scratchbuilt model of the Soviet "Luna Korabl" Moon lander in 1/48th scale, It is made from fishing bobbers and other odds and ends, and sits on brass tubing landing gear. The Cosmonaut figure is a modified Monogram "First Lunar Landing" figure. Close-up Side View
This photo shows a model of the Salyut 1 space station in 1/144th scale. It was made from the core module of the Realspace Models Mir space station. The solar arrays are made from Evergreen Sheet Styrene pre-cut into a "tile" pattern.The Soyuz docked to it is a combination of Airfix and Realspace Soyuz's. The model is 6 inches long.
This photo shows a model of the Salyut 3 space station (also known as a "Almaz" station.) It was difficult to find information on this station,as it was a military design and carried a Nudelman 30mm recoilless space cannon on the end opposite the docking port. My model was made from one of the refueling modules from the Monogram "Armageddon" station, and has a modified Soyuz from the same kit attached. It also is in 1/144th scale and is 5 inches in length.
This photo shows a 1/144th model of the Salyut 7/Cosmos 1443 assembly. The Salyut is made from the core module from the Monogram Mir station, and the Cosmos space tug from one of the subsidiary modules from that kit. Once again the solar arrays are Evergreen sheet.The model is 9 inches long.
Here is a modified model of the Revell 1/24 scale Vostok spacecraft: A new interior was built and antennas were added to the exterior. The retro module had radiator louvers made from sheet styrene added, and wiring and control jets were added to the equipment module.
This photo shows a Voskhod conversion of the Revell Vostok kit: the kit was "souped up" the way I did my Vostok model, and a airlock added to the exterior. There is a complete interior to the crew compartment, which on Voskhod was turned 90 degrees from that of Vostok.The space walking Cosmonaut is a modified figure of Johnny Quest with the head cut off (and you thought it would be Doctor Zin who would get him!) A new helmet was cast from the crew figure from the Vostok kit and attached to the suit.The points of articulation were filled with epoxy putty and a umbilical cord made from solder attached.
Finally, here is a 1/144 model of Skylab modified from the Monogram Saturn 5's third stage. (No, it's not Soviet). The solar panels are Evergreen "tile" sheet, and the solar shade "parasol" that was added by the astronauts is mylar sheet over a wire frame. The model is 9 1/2 inches in length.