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Space Shuttle Challenger  

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Kit: Revell No. 4544

Scale: 1:144

Contributor: Robert Parkin

Craft:  Space shuttle challenger obiter with main fuel tank and solid rocket boosters and tracked transporter launching platform

History: On January 26, 1986 the Challenger shuttle tragically exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. The Challenger seven were: Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe. This site is dedicated to them.

Instructions- The kit comes with detailed instructions having a good sequence and color chart. Assemble the liquid fuel tank first, which is two easy pieces and some terminals to hold the orbiter to it. Paint this separately.

Then assemble the two rocket boosters with engines on the bottom. Make sure to position these right and you do not need glue to mount into the rocket; they pop in.

Then begin work on the shuttle; assembling the wings, view screen, doors and engines. I painted the engines before gluing to shuttle and masked the view-screen with liquid mask-it. You have the option to include cargo in the cargo area and have the doors open up, but this will leave a big seam for the doors. I glued the doors shut because I want it to look nice and will not 'play' with this model.

You have to mask allot of the shuttle and rockets for the seam lines and outer black trim. The model was painted with Model Masters acyliclics and airbrushed. The rockets insert to the booster without glue, but you need to glue the orbiter to the booster.

Decals: The original decals were used and worked perfectly. The kit includes markings for all five shuttle orbiters contracted by NASA.


Nineteen years ago, almost to the day, we lost three astronauts in a terrible
accident on the ground. But, we've never lost an astronaut in flight; we've
never had a tragedy like this. And perhaps we've forgotten the courage it took
for the crew of the shuttle; but they, the Challenger Seven, were aware of the
dangers, but overcame them and did their jobs brilliantly. We mourn seven
heroes: Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison
Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa McAuliffe. We mourn their loss as a nation

For the families of the seven, we cannot bear, as you do, the full impact of
this tragedy. But we feel the loss, and we're thinking about you so very much.
Your loved ones were daring and brave, and they had that special grace, that
special spirit that says, 'Give me a challenge and I'll meet it with joy.' They
had a hunger to explore the universe and discover its truths. They wished to
serve, and they did. They served all of us.

We've grown used to wonders in this century. It's hard to dazzle us. But for
twenty-five years the United States space program has been doing just that.
We've grown used to the idea of space, and perhaps we forget that we've only
just begun. We're still pioneers. They, the members of the Challenger crew,
were pioneers.

And I want to say something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching
the live coverage of the shuttle's takeoff. I know it is hard to understand,
but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of the process of
exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's
horizons. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the
brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue
to follow them.

There's a coincidence today. On this day 390 years ago, the great explorer Sir
Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama. In his lifetime the
great frontiers were the oceans, and a historian later said, 'He lived by the
sea, died on it, and was buried in it.' Well, today we can say of the
Challenger crew: Their dedication was, like Drake's, complete.

The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which
they lived their lives.

We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they
prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of
earth' to 'touch the face of God.'

Ronald Reagan -- The White House, January 28, 1986


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Last Updated: 10/21/01

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