Sunday, May 17, 2009


The fourth servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is the top astronautics story of the week, so it’s nice to see that the scale model community hasn’t been forgotten.

The HST internet site has a choice of three models to build - a children’s version, a more detailed paper project, and a highly detailed expert model with interior detail. To build, you download the drawings as a pdf, then print out on your home printer.

The kids version may well be ‘easier’ (and will certainly be tougher) but it does require a trip to your hardware store to buy various bits of PVC pipe, then on to a craft shop for dowel, beads and other supplies. Me? I’ll probably stick to paper.

The picture shows the more detailed version. It’s to 1:48 scale, but you could make it smaller or larger by changing the output size on your printer.

Visit here to see the three choices of model, and here to go straight to the downloads page.

Picture courtesy
Model based on a design by Ton Noteboom