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Old 07-31-2011, 11:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bandai Space Shuttle Endeavour Review Part 1

Alright, so here I am with the first part of a multiple edition review of the new Otona No Chogokin Bandai Space Shuttle Endeavour. Part 1 will cover the individual components of the shuttle from orbiter, to external fuel tank to solid rocket boosters. Part 2 will cover the features of the orbiter itself when up in orbit. Part 3 will cover re-entry preparations and landing. Please look forward to reading through all of these parts with plenty of pictures to go around. This set was a monster to pay for as it was for the actual Space Shuttle program which cost the U.S government billions upon billions of dollars to develop and run. It didn’t cost nearly as much to buy this beauty of a set, but as far as aircraft/aerospace models go, this thing cost a bundle. With taxes and shipping, this shuttle cost me just about $640 to acquire. I ordered this from Hobby Link Japan, a model kit and figure distributor located just a few hours outside of Tokyo. It would probably have been cheaper to get if I had ordered from another seller off Ebay, but i wanted to buy from a reputable seller that could get access to spare parts should any QC issues appear in my set that required an exchange or request for extra parts.

Anywho, I must say the design of the packaging for this set is extremely well thought out. Encased in a cardboard box with an exterior cardboard sleeve, the whole package is fairly large as seen in the comparison shot with the coke can.




Inside the box everything is packaged very well with both foam covers and casing as well as plastic for the smaller more delicate parts. The plastic stands for the whole shuttle and the orbiter even have separate boxes for their respective pieces. The attention to detail with just packaging alone is just pure awesome!




What follows are the components of the Shuttle set


The External fuel tank is by far the largest and heaviest component in the set. The top cone above the tank’s ring seems to contain solid metal inside. The rest appears to be plastic. Making the external fuel tank extremely top heavy. I have noticed that the surface of the tank is very sand paper like. I would assume this was done to replicate the texture of the insulation foam found on the real external fuel tank used in shuttle launches.





The Solid Rocket boosters are fairly light and mostly composed of plastic. Where it is metal is the rocket nozzle near the bottom. Details abound on the SRBs and for the most part they seem really faithful to their real-life counterparts. The insulation rings near the bottom and even extra nozzles are replicated faithfully.





Of course....the real highlight of this set is the Endeavour Orbiter. This set would not be complete without it. Bandai’s rendition of the Endeavour Orbiter truely is a masterpiece to behold. The mold on the shuttle is faithful in every way. Extendable and collapsing landing gear is an extra sweet touch. The molded plastic details with both the black and white re-entry tiles are just an awesome touch that almost no other model can boast about.

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The only thing I can complain about here is the overly white nature of this model. The real shuttle has patches of tiles on its exterior that have yellowed over time or greyed or blackened. A small nitpick and really an insignificant one, just like how a collector of military aircraft would occasionally complain about the lack of environmental wear on the fuselage of the jet. The nozzles on the engines attached to the back of the shuttle are all affixed to the model with a ball-joint and can be articulated, swivelled around as demonstrated in the pictures below.


When setting up the launch configuration for the shuttle, the whole ordeal is actually quite stress-free surprisingly. You would think that there would be issues with the boosters falling off the external fuel tank or worse the orbiter falling off the stack, but no such worries here. All the launch components fit together like a snug glove onto a hand.




The only issue I had was fitting the shuttle launch vehicle to the stand with the LED lights. Often, the plastic supports don’t match up with the SRBs and Orbiter. But once you place the whole shuttle on the LED stand, its solid as a rock. As long as you don’t move it too much or tip it upside down of course!
Speaking of the LED lights, these are a joy to play with. There are three LED lights built-in to the stand. One fixed under the shuttle stack (directly below the external fuel tank) and another pair directly facing the shuttle. The pair of LEDs on the left and right corner of the stand are affixed to rotating balljoints and allow for almost 360 degree articulation. Honestly adjusting the LEDs in the dark to shine on the shuttle at various angles is a joy.


This finishes Part 1 of this review. From what I can tell you so far, I am amazed and completely satisfied with my purchase so far. Bandai has truely outdone themselves with this Space Shuttle set. This set is a dream come true for all space shuttle fans and if you can afford it please pick it up. Part 2 of this review.....In orbit will be coming up soon. Part 2 of my long winded review will open up the shuttle’s cargo bay doors to examine the contents and the detailed accessories that come with the set. Stay tuned....
P.S. The stand that fits the shuttle can be powered by two methods. I was only aware of one method at first, namely using the power cord and plug-in into a wall outlet to work the LED lights. But apparently less publicized is the fact that if you unscrew the hatch on the bottom of the Shuttle launch stand, there are slots for AA batteries to power the LED spot lights.
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I honestly can't find words that accurately do justice to that model, nay, work of art. I would't mind betting that there will be certain NASA employees in the frame for one of these, if they don't have one already. Great review as well.
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Grewat model and great review. I am thinking of getting one now.
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I saw this model at EPCOT. Have been thinking about getting it ever since. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos.
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Can't wait for part 2!
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Bandai Space Shuttle Endeavour Review Part 2
Alright, its Part 2 of my comprehensive review of the Otona No Chogokin Bandai Space Shuttle Endeavour set. I have here a few last shots of the shuttle in launch mode at night with the LED lights shining. Truely a beauty to behold at night.


Shortly after launch the shuttle enters orbit after jettisoning the SRBS and external fuel tank. This review will cover what typically happens while the shuttle is in orbit and the features of the Bandai Endeavour orbiter model. To begin there is a great plastic translucent stand that comes with the set.


It fits onto the belly of the orbiter and locks into place when you push the orbiter backwards once the plastic arm is affixed to the model. Once locked in place you can pose the shuttle orbiter in almost any position without fear of the model tipping. 180 degrees, sideways. The plastic arm on this stand is really something.


On missions in orbit around earth, the orbiter always opens its payload bay doors. Thus, this model is able to as well. And the details inside definitely impress.



When it comes to the details, its all here. The shuttle’s remote manipulator system (Canadarm), Logistics module, Canadarm2 package, Orbiter Boom Sensor System. And of course the doors themselves with their reflective panel radiators. Furthermore all of these components are all individually able to be articulated or removed from the payload bay. Impressive stuff from Bandai indeed. Furthermore, the model has a special cutaway feature that allows the collector to remove certain panels or pieces to see into the interior under the Orbiter’s skin. The orbital maneuvering system seen in the orbiter’s two pods can be examined in greater detail by removing the pod covers to reveal the fuel tanks for the system.


As well the cockpit of the shuttle can be revealed by removing a portion of the exterior front fuselage. Even the onboard flight controls and computer screens can be seen inside the model. Again attention to detail is just amazing. Great stuff Bandai!!!

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Part 2 Review continued


Living quarters for the crew members down below the flight deck.


Now pictures of typical shuttle operations.

Canadarm deployed:


Delivering the Canadarm2 to the ISS:


Astronauts floating around the shuttle:

Moving about the onboard Logistics module:


Honestly just a dream to tinker around with all of these accessories. To support the weight of the logistics module you were probably wondering about the extra plastic support. Yes that is given to you in the set. As well the astronauts floating by black wires, also included in the set. If your wondering, the payload bay doors open and close just fine. Though on a few occasions the doors don’t close seamlessly. Its a small nitpick but the issue is there. Happy to fulfill any other inquiries. Going to take a small break between Part 2 and Part 3. Expect Part 3 (Preparations for re-entry and landing) posted sometime later this week. In the meantime, i’m happy to answer all outstanding questions you guys may have about this set.

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Glad to see that lots of people here are appreciative of the Part 1 review. Honestly this model is the definitive Space Shuttle model to add to one’s collection. Its a great educational piece that’s pretty much gotten everything right. Please look forward to Part 3 of my comprehensive review along with final verdict on this wonderful set.
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Stunning! I can't wait for part 3. In part 2, I've just seen the only thing that I'm not keen on....the display stand. IMO it would have been nice perhaps, to have had the stand finished in satin black, with perhaps a NASA logo. Anyhow, its just a little point, the model is just fantastic.
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Thanks alot for this review. I have made my mind up. I am buying one.

Personally I love the stand
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Bandai Space Shuttle Endeavour Review Part 3


Alright, its Part 3 of my comprehensive review of the Otona No Chogokin Bandai Space Shuttle Endeavour set. This portion of the review will cover the final preparations needed before the Orbiter begins the re-entry process and landing. Like the picture below missions usually consist of delivering cargo into orbit or just doing scientific experiments in space.



Whatever the case, after the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003, it was decided that checking for damage on the shuttle’s re-entry heatshield would be done routinely. Usually, the remote manipulator system or Canadarm would be used to reach places that are usually out of the tethered astronaut’s reach. However, despite its length and generous amount of reach, the Canadarm is still too short to be used effectively to check the heatshield for damage before re-entry.

Canadarm too short to examine tiles under the shuttle:




To do this, the Canadian space agency, makers of the remote manipulator system or Canadarm, was commissioned by NASA to develop a system for checking for any damaged tiles on the belly of the shuttle. The result was the Orbiter Boom Sensor System.




Really a 50 ft extension of the Canadarm, primarily constructed from spare parts from the regular Canadarm, this boom system would allow for remote operation of the inspection procedure with cameras fastened to the end of the boom system. These details are all replicated very well in the Bandai model, and Im really impressed with the realistic articulation of both the arm and boom system when re-enacting the inspection of the re-entry tiles. This is just awesome!!!!





On an interesting note, the boom system on Endeavour was left behind on the International Space Station for research and inspection purposes. The only shuttle to do so, on its final mission to the station this past May 2011.

Once inspection is complete the shuttle closes its payload bay doors and prepares for re-entry, firing its mini rockets or orbital maneuvering systems.



During re-entry the shuttle will pitch its nose up allowing the nose cap and heat shield to take the full brunt of re-entry through the atmosphere.


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Part 3 Review continued

As the shuttle approaches the landing pad it adjusts its rudder and ailerons. The Bandai Endeavour orbiter has been graced with articulated rudder and ailerons, quite a feat really to design ones that can last that don’t break off easily.




On the final approach landing gear is placed down. The Bandai model is graced with extendable and retractable landing gear. Something of a rarity in airplane diecast models or space vehicles for that matter. Nice touch again Bandai!!




An extra comment about the landing gear. It is a bit hard to deploy it with just your finger nails, hence it is recommended you use a tooth pick to do it each time you pull out the landing gear.....


Landing:



To come to a stop speed brakes on the rudder are also deployed. It was a challenge to get the model’s speed brakes deployed. At first i thought i was going to snap the whole rudder off since its so thin.





Summary:

Ok so here are all my final thoughts on this whole set:

Positives:
-Excellent sculpt work and attention to detail
-Comprehensive variety of accessories
-Well designed stands and action features
-Excellent packaging and extra pamphlets
-No large QC issues (nearly absent)

Negatives:
-Payload bay doors can be a bit flimsy
-Long term durability of plastic frame and accessories in question
-loose landing gear (rear landing gear)
-Suggested Retail price is overkill (Expensive item all around)


While there are negatives these are just my own concerns that I have listed as someone who pays attention to the details. Its actually not all that bad. The positives definitely outweigh the negatives, negatives probably being just personal nitpicks from a very picky collector. Really in the end this set is the best possible Space Shuttle model available currently on the market. I do worry a bit about the long-term durability of the plastic, especially where the payload bay doors and remote manipulator arms are concerned. Some of the plastic pegs can become fragile over time. I would hate to see them snap off one day while im tinkering with this model. Despite that, the quality control on this model set is really high and you would expect that since your paying at least 300 bucks for a copy of this set. Even at the high price of over 600 bucks for what I paid, I am immensely satisfied with this set. Very satisfied. If you can get it cheap, all the more power to you. If you can’t don’t worry, its still worth it.


Final Verdict: Highly Recommended!!!


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Quick question: What are the two small hatches behind the main landing gear for?

Great review, great pictures and excellent model!! I would buy it myself if it wasnt like $500.
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Wow -- impressive review, details & photos. Great job!
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That is pretty awesome. The price does not surprise me but it surely makes it a very exclusive piece to own.
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Holy crap ! Thats nice ...........
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Are there two different Endeavor models being offered? There's a review at 400SH that includes a crew bus and 7 crew members in orange jumpsuits. Also, my main beef with the model is that for the price, they should have included the launch crawler. But it's undeniably a wonderful model, and I hope it's an object of enjoyment for you for many years.
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Hi
Just joined the forum after reading your fantastic review of the bandai space shuttle.
I will be getting mine next month and was wondering if you could possibly post a couple of photos showing how the shuttle fits onto the plastic base as from the photos it looks like it clips on to the models engine nozzles.
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