Mat Irvine: The previous post on this 1:144 scale WhiteKnightTwo-SpaceShipOne kit gave most of the details, but as I helped Revell out with some details, advice, and a check-though of test shots against instructions, here’s a bit of background.
The decal sheet has comprehensive Virgin Galactic markings. Note the centre ‘stripes’ are intended for the stand.
1 Assemble as much as you can, but leave the WK2 fuselage halves separate. Then paint, install windows, and finally join together.
2 Assemble the whole kit, with the windows installed, then cover these with a masking fluid from Humbrol or Revell, before applying the spray paint finish.
3 Omit the supplied ‘glass’ altogether, and finish the model without them. Then paint and add windows using Kristal Klear from Microscale Industries. This is a PVA-based substance that is applied as a white liquid which turns completely transparent when dry. Kristal Klear is limited as to the exact diameter of window it will fill, really no more than a few millimetres, but is ideal here, as the largest porthole in the WK2/SS2 duo is only about 3mm across.
The box (below) is a design in which you extract the components by opening either end; you don’t get a traditional separate lid and bottom.
Revell 1:144 scale Virgin Galactic SS2 and WK2.