Too Tall

Space Shuttle Columbia-The Cargo Bay


As mentioned previously the cargo bay will be very visible in this model. The Real Space cargo bay set is excellent but does present some problems. The major on is that it is designed for the Monogram kit which is apparently different in some dimensions and it requires some manipulation and cutting to get it to fit.

The first problem was the depth of the cargo bay compared to the resin parts. Simply there isn’t enough space for them to drop neatly into the space available. As you can from the picture they project quite a bit over the top.

Too Tall
Too Tall

My solution to this problem was to cut the floor out of the kit parts which would allow the parts to sit lower. I marked up the cuts by looking through the open end where the engines will go.

Floor marked up
Floor marked up

This areas was then cut out with a cutting blade in my Dremel-a-like drill.

Floor Removed
Floor Removed

And as you can see the parts now sit down far enough.

Aligned
Aligned

The second different between the Revell and Monogram kits is that the cargobay of the Monogram version must be about 5mm longer, because the resin parts are too long. It’s fortunate it is this way round as it’s much easier to remove a bit than try to build it up. So working extremely carefully I cut the required amount off the front end of the cargobay. And as you can see it now fits fine.

In Place
In Place
In Place
In Place

And with a couple of coats of white primer. There are still some areas which need to be filled between the bay bottom and the end walls.

Primed
Primed
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