For this part there is really no alternative to
the resin kit from Realspace
Models. The kit is generally very good although the instructions are kept to
a minimum - with the amount of parts no more is needed. The kit includes
photoetched parts for the SM radiators and high gain antenna. The parts are
beautiful and easy to work with. There are almost no visible bubbles in the
resin and you only need to clean away a little flash on some of the more
delicate parts. Also included is a sheet of tiny little decals produced by
Rick Sternbach. With a mininum of excess carrier film the decals worked very
well with Microscale Set and Sol.
The main parts come
together quite easily. For the service module I used Model
Master's aluminum applied with a brush. After a couple of very thin layers
the result is to my satisfaction. Some of the panels have a slightly different
shade of aluminium just to break up the surface a bit.
I covered the CM with
strips of BareMetal chrome foil according to the scheme shown in the
instructions. This took som time but wasn't really that difficult. The windows
were made from pieces of transparent plastic painted with a dark metallic blue
colour and then glued to the inside of the CM.
fit between the SM and the CM could perhaps be better but lining the inside of
the SM with a strip of styrene closes some of the gaps.
SIM#6 is a very useful guide for completing the CSM. Among a lot of
other things it tells you the paint schemes of all the different CSM's. You may
note the large white panel on the service module in the pictures below. There is
no mention of this in the kit instructions.