aRRa 1/144 Voskhod 2
By Don Joy
Voskhod 2 (Russian: Восход-2) was a Soviet manned space mission in March 1965. Vostok-based Voskhod 3KD spacecraft with two crew members on board, Pavel Belyayev and Alexey Leonov, was equipped with an inflatable airlock. It established another milestone in space exploration when Alexey Leonov became the first person to leave the spacecraft in a specialized spacesuit to conduct a 12 minute "spacewalk".
Wikipedia entry for the Voskhod spacecraft
InstructionsVostok review. This kit does come in a box instead of a ziplock bag like the Vostok.
Instructions are a single page exploded drawing of the kit. These are accompanied by a multi-view color drawing showing the paint scheme. It also includes a side drawing of the completed model.
The resin pieces look good and the capsule is identical to the piece in the Vostok kit. There are no sprues, so all pieces are contained in zip lock bags. Casting looks better than the Vostok and there are no obvious bubbles or short shots. All parts look true and dry fit well. The exception is the equipment module and the retro pack. The equipment pack is the same piece used in the Vostok, which is made to fit into the 3rd stage. Since the retro pack is included, the pieces will have to be cut and sanded to mate cleanly. Nothing horrible, but some care will be needed to not over-cut or over-sand the parts.
There is a nose cone part and a cylindrical airlock. The airlock was an inflatable "bag" with pleated sides. The part looks like aRRa has included the pleats in the casting. We will see how it paints up.
The wire antennae are all nicely shaped and will look much better than the molded plastic used in the Airfix kit. The nylon "whiskers" comprise the remainder of the antennae suit and are pre-cut to length. There is a bendable white wire to connect the cosmonaut to the ship.
There will be some clean-up work needed, but nothing out of the ordinary. I estimate this to be a 10-15 hour project. All in all, I expect it to display nicely next to my Apex Vostok launcher and the Vostok when completed.
(One side note: Sunday, 6/16, is the 50th anniversary of the Vostok 6 flight with the first woman cosmonaut.)
My thanks to aRRa for the review kit.