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Space Shuttle Discovery 8480
A model of Discovery based on the 8480 set
About this creation
After building the 8480 set, visiting Kennedy Space Centre, and inspired by other MOC shuttles, I decided to build a proper shuttle of my own








Here is the satellite unfolded and neatly stored in the payload bay, it's based on the 7470 set in white instead of grey to match the Canadarm








Details of the engines with working FOS








The main problem I had with the 8480 set is that it has no proper wings, just a beam running the outside length of the shuttle. To create the Delta wings in the correct shape, I used 4x8 wings, and 8x8 corner plates. These are covered in several tiles



















I have also created larger payload bay doors that cover the Canadarm. I felt the original doors were too small. 56 white double bend beams are used mounted on 32L axles










Other modifications include larger flaps with correct shape, and changing a lot of the grey parts to white or black

















I didn't know how to build a tail that supports the orbiter in the vertical position and would use the correct colour scheme, so I used 1x15 beams. This leaves a big hole though, suggestion welcome on this!










Update September 2010

Detailed below is a new tail I built, it now looks a lot better, closer to the real thing




Comments

 I like it 
  March 28, 2008
This the first shuttle I've seen on MOC Pages. It is better then the real set in detail, but you lack a good-looking front and need a lot better window(thus the 4 stars instead of 5). Great, though!
 
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