With the launch of China's third
space flight in September of 2008, I thought I'd take the Trumpeter
1/72nd kit and do a small modification to make the Shenzhou 7 version
featuring the EVA. My goal was to do an "80%" job, where I could
finish the model over a couple of weekends. It didn't work out
that easy, but it was a quicker job than many I have done.
The main change was to modify
orbital module (OM) for the EVA mission. Unfortunately I did not
find accurate references until I was well into painting, but I got
close. The OM changes included leaving off the thruster quads,
opening the EVA hatch, adding some handrails, a camera, and the oxygen
tanks and subsatellite on the nose. Most everything else was out
of the box.
Here are some in process shots.
Some things that I didn't do
Here are the results. Click
on the small image to see a larger version.
- Solar array was not
changed. The kit version is not correct.
- I did not add the umbilical
wiring connecting the capsule to the rear equipment section. It
attaches to the place used for the stand, anyway.
- There are way more handrails
and I only added a couple.
- The gold box on top of the OM
is not gold but gray.
- I added some kit parts
(fiddly-bits) to the OM that are not on this version.
- I got some photos from Karl
Dodenhoff (who found them on the Chinese space program website) that
showed the OM and the capsule are very close to the same shade of
medium gray. This color is the same despite the capsule having a
bare surface and the OM having blankets. But I had already
painted the OM and added some details so it would have to do.
- There is another TV camera
somewhere on the equipment section. I added just one near the
- The aft surface of the
equipment section is white but I had already painted it flat aluminum.
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This page revised
Nov. 2, 2008