aRRa 1/144 Vostok
By Don Joy
A total of 8 Vostok 3KA spacecraft were flown, 6 of them with a human crew.
Wikipedia entry for the Vostok spacecraft
BuildingFirst Look, a string of beads is provided for the spherical tanks at the top of the service module. They seem irregularly shaped to me and all have seams, so they were candidates for replacement. I found straight push pins with round heads the right size – or so I thought. It turns out there was variation between the heads of the different pins, so I had to select carefully to make sure all the "tanks" were the same size. That turned into a plus as the last "tank" is slightly smaller than the rest and I was able to find a pin head the right size to show that. With the crew module at the top of the model, the first tank goes to the right of the umbilical.
Painting & Final Construction
When the paint was all dry, I attached all the various antennae using super glue gel. Seven wire antennae are provided, pre-shaped. My piece #12 that I thought was missing re-appeared, so I did not have to make a replacement. The nylon "whiskers" comprise the remainder of the antennae suit and are pre-cut to length, so make sure the short ones go on the front. Again, you will have to check references for the alignment of all of these.
This was a nice little build and the length of time it took me for completion was my fault, not the kit's. My biggest complaint is that the alignment of the three parts of the spacecraft and all the various antennae is critical.More detail in the instructions would have been useful. I don't blame aRRa for not wanting to cast the little tanks and providing the beads is an understandable solution. I was able to find seamless pieces to replace them which made that part of construction easier.
There are some construction challenges posed by the small size of the kit, but it is quite buildable and provides a very nice finished product. Total build time was probably 20-25 hours, not counting bead searching. I certainly recommend the kit to anyone with an interest in the subject in this scale.
My thanks to aRRa for the review kit.