Dimensions: 30.5 in long, 23 in wide
Weight: about 16 lbs (probably due to the 24 batteries contained within it)
What it Does:
The trasparent cockpit windows allow the signal from the remote control to get through to the RCX, unfortunately, I only have the beginners' model with 2 ports instead of three. One of these ports controls the flaps on the wings, and the other drives the shuttle forward and activates the fiber optics in the back. (the fiber optics also work with the wheels retracted) The RCX itself is turned on with a button built into the top/front of the cockpit. The tail rudder is controlled with a button on the side, which, if a switch is thrown inside, also controls the rotation of the satellite arm. (because you obviously would not need those systems to function at the same time) More buttons on the side control the landing gear flaps and the landing gear itself, or alternatively the extension of the satellite arms. There is a springloaded button just after the cockpit that opens the cargo bay; the latch prevents the bay doors from flying open during "flight." I would have used another motor to open the cargo bay, but I ran out. The pump and switch to raise and lower the pneumatic satellite arm are both in the cargo bay itself.
This view shows pneumatics thet raise and lower the satellite, and you can see the worm gear that controls the rear landing gear. The system of gears in front either swivels the satellite around or controls the tail rudder when the cargo bay is shut depending on what the switch is set to. You can also see the electronic switch in back that controls the satellite arms and the landing gear doors.
The tail was perhaps the hardest part because the rudder on the real space shuttle is at an angle, so mine needed to be as well. Attaching the tail at an angle not only allowed me to run an axle through it for the rudder, it also made the connection significantly stronger.
The fact that this doesn't have the five simley rating is absolutley the most retarded thing I've ever seen. This beats anything lego could accomplish in a set. Working parts, fiber optics, perfect color scheme. Breath taking model. 10 smileys.