LVM Studios Shuttle Launch Tower detail set 1


 In 1986 Revell released one of the most complex model kits ever. It is a real collectors kit and high prices (US$200 and up) are paid. 2 versions were available, with (4911) and without the full stack Space Shuttle (4910). The kit was released by Revell Germany and Revell USA. The 4911 kit had a limited reissue (600 pieces) by Revell GB in 1994. At this moment it is not known that Revell will reissue the kit, but hopes are high that it may be released late in 2012.  

The LC39 detail kits represent the shuttle launch tower (LC39A & B) in the beginning of the shuttle era. Through time numerous things have changed and/or have been added to the launch complexes, for example the weather protection system and the renovation of the elevator shafts.

Scale problems are known for this kit, actually 1/160 while the box indicates 1/144. LVM Studios could have designed a complete new Shuttle launch tower model due to the scale problem but we decide to design detail sets in which you can detail the Revell model kit. Once build with or without the detailing sets it is a really impressive model even with the scale problems.

LC39S1 provides your photo etch (PE) platforms, stairways and other small details for the LC39 Fixed Service Structure (FSS). Also included are some evergreen strips which are used to make small scale corrections to the kit and additional detailing. You need to supply 1 pack of Evergreen strip 1*2mm (No.144) to represent vertical cable trays at the back of the FSS.

As you can see from the images, you get two huge sheets of photo etch brass (each 8.5 x 11 inches) and a selection of shapes. Also included in the kit are full instructions on DVD that are in Adobe format, so you can simply use your Adobe Reader to go through and print out any pages you might require.

The photo etch is superbly done and the instructions are extremely detailed, showing precisely where each and every part fits. Though it looks daunting, the parts are fairly large and the areas to be folded are equally easy to see and handle. I would highly recommend a folding tool for the stairs as that will make things just that much easier. This is the main set with two others of smaller size being available and reviewed separately. In case you are wondering, this does not totally replace the kit, but enhances the core of it.

The price for this set is 85.50 Euros (which includes VAT so will be less expensive outside the EU). You can order your set from LVM Studios at You can also see images of the completed set on their site.

In all, an outstanding set that will really make this old kit stand out.

December 2011

My thanks to LVM Studios for the review set.

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