This is the
second in a series of short versions of the Space In Miniature
series called ďTech ReportsĒ.
I have been fascinated by the Soviet Unionís space program since the Space Race of the 1960s. Prior to glasnost and the fall of the old Soviet Union, it was very difficult to get good information on their spacecraft designs, yet folks like myself wanted to build models. In fact, one of my early scratchbuild projects was a 1/96th scale Apollo-Soyuz with a scratchbuilt Soyuz. Now you can get almost any Russian manned spacecraft in very nice resin (or even injection molded) kits of various scales.
Mir is one of those kits. Vista Replicas and RealSpace Models issued rather simple resin kits of Mir, but in 1998 Revell- Monogram released a snap-together kit of Mir. Itís actually a decent kit, and when Tom Kladiva of NewWare came out with a six sheet photo-etch detail set, it was a project I had to do.
This Tech Report
is a 34-page chronicle of my effort to build that
model, using the Revell-Monogram kit, some parts from
RealSpace, and the NewWare photo-etch set. Even if
readers donít intend to repeat this elaborate project,
I hope the contents offer some tips on scratchbuilding
and detailing historical spacecraft models. The
download price is $8.00.
Reports will only be available via electronic download
and payment via Paypal. It allows the use of
color illustrations, and simplifies my life by
eliminating the need to fill orders, store boxes of
books, run to the post office, etc. The reports can
also be updated as needed. In most cases, Paypal
will take you to the download site when you place your
order, otherwise I will send you an e-mail with a link
to the pdf file. It is about 174MB
file and contains over 100 photos of the model build
To order just
the Mir book, click the Buy Now button below:
This volume was
released in September 2013. In November 2013 version
2.1 was issued. It corrects some typos, cleans up some
info in the table on page 5 and clarifies the solar
array discussion on page 9.