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Bandai Otona no chogokin models 1/144 Endeavour Apollo 11

UNREAD_POSTby Elefant » Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:56 pm

Good evening gents,

I would like to share with you my new toys, I received them few days ago and I am still amazed by the quality of these models.
Bandai produced in early 2010 their first Otona No Chogokin model, the Saturn V with Apollo 11 in 1/144th scale. It was followed by the space shuttle in late 2010, the Endeavour with ET and SRB, in 144th scale too.

Built in metal and plastic, they are certainly the best "RTR" models I've ever seen. The details are incredible, for example, all the stages of the Saturn V can be separated to show internal details like the tanks. All the motors (F1 or J2) pipes are visible, the LEM can be stored in the spacecraft-LM adapter...
On the shuttle, everything can be moved, from the rudder/airbrakes to the gears and their doors. Even the umbilicals doors can open to be connected to the ET.

Here are few photos of these beauties, I made them this noon before going to work.

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Re: Bandai Otona no chogokin models 1/144 Endeavour Apollo 1

UNREAD_POSTby desktopsimmer » Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:12 pm

I've got a 1:144 scale orbiter and stack. 1:72 orbiter and the top of my collection a rare Gillow's balsa wood orbiter, box and part in good condition :)
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Re: Bandai Otona no chogokin models 1/144 Endeavour Apollo 1

UNREAD_POSTby Elefant » Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:03 pm

To pay tribute to our favourite sim, I decided to change the configuration of the orbiter... :D

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Re: Bandai Otona no chogokin models 1/144 Endeavour Apollo 1

UNREAD_POSTby desktopsimmer » Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:30 pm

I was just looking them up and saw the price of them, :shock: However, they do look really great. 8-)
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Re: Bandai Otona no chogokin models 1/144 Endeavour Apollo 1

UNREAD_POSTby Elefant » Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:24 pm

desktopsimmer wrote:I was just looking them up and saw the price of them, :shock:


Objectively, you are right, these "toys" are wayyyy too expensive and to be honest, the first time I saw their prices, I thought just like you. But I found photos and reviews on the net and I just thought : I must have them 8-) ! The day I received the boxes and saw them for real I was even more impressed, the Bandai guys made a fantastic job, in modelling of course but in packaging too...typical japanese way. I just love that.

A childhood dream just became reality. (I guess I was not the only child to have ever dreamed of these models ?)
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Re: Bandai Otona no chogokin models 1/144 Endeavour Apollo 1

UNREAD_POSTby Sascha » Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:55 pm

I was just looking them up and saw the price of them...

Holy shmoly! :shock:
The do look great though!
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Re: Bandai Otona no chogokin models 1/144 Endeavour Apollo 1

UNREAD_POSTby Elefant » Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:57 am

Endeavour, on its way to deliver its payload. ;)


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Re: Bandai Otona no chogokin models 1/144 Endeavour Apollo 1

UNREAD_POSTby Walle2815 » Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:16 pm

Amazing pictures, Elefant! ;)
One thing: from the "still-developing model" photos that were taken before the release in December,the Bandai guys had apparently mistaken the OBSS for a second Canadarm which doesn't exist, while having the station's Canadarm 2 in launch configuration on the payload pallet. Did they correct this on your model?
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Re: Bandai Otona no chogokin models 1/144 Endeavour Apollo 1

UNREAD_POSTby Elefant » Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:38 pm

Hi Walle,

I am afraid I have not understood the Bandai mistake. As you well noticed you can see the Space Station Canadarm 2 in the payload. Should the OBSS be not present ? If it is the case ( it should be as the Canadarm2 was launched in 2001 and the OBSS used in post-Columbia accident missions), apparently Bandaï didnt correct the mistake.
Mistake that is not really one for me as it is always possible not to install the OBSS when the Canadarm2 is in the Orbiter.

Merci de m'en dire plus, ;)
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Re: Bandai Otona no chogokin models 1/144 Endeavour Apollo 1

UNREAD_POSTby Walle2815 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:09 pm

Right, I mean, I could see on some pre-release pictures that Bandai had mounted TWO working robotic arms, located on each side of the payload bay as you can see on the second picture here, PLUS the Canadarm 2 folded for launch on the payload pallet in the middle of the bay.
The problem is that I don't think there's any means to mount a robotic arm base on the RIGHT side of the bay, since this is the place for the OBSS berthing system.

En clair, ils ont monté 2 bras sur leur maquette alors qu'il n'y en a qu'un seul dans la réalité, et qui ne peut être monté que sur le côté gauche de la soute à hauteur du sas d'arrimage. Je voulais juste savoir si tu avais un OBSS monté sur le côté droit de ta soute (ou même rien du tout s'ils ont pris le modèle d'Endeavour d'avant l'accident de Columbia) ;)
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