|The following are reader's opinions of the Aries 1B made by Captain Cardboard/Atomic City.|
|Date Reviewed||Feb 7, 2001|
|Overall Rating||Well worth getting.|
|Comments|| I purchased my Aires lunar shuttle about 2 years ago when it first appeared in Starship modeler. It is the most detailed and well built kit I have seen of the subject yet (though Scott plans to issue a 30" version also).
The most critical part of construction is the spherical sections and should be done carefully. After that construction is relatively simple. Scott's plans are well done and informative for a garage kit. There are some inaccuracies in the kit, but unless you have a photo of the real thing they are hardly noticeable. The main thing is the crisp and sharp detail of the pieces.
The only thing I added was some details on the underside and scratchbuilt some landing gear walls to hide the interior. I turned my own RCS thruster nozzles on a battery Dremel using sprue,(not that hard), made the landing gear removable, and made it so the landing pads could move at the ends of the legs.
My model sits on a 12x12 piece of beveled mirror so the underside is visible and it looks quite impressive. The only shame is that Scott has discontinued this line to concentrate on other subjects. For further help on this kit go to Scott's site at EZboard.com and go to batomic city where people have posted coments on this and other models.
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