This is not the first kit for building a reusable spacecraft, but it is the most detailed one.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the first launch of the space shuttle Discovery, the company Lego in collaboration with NASA, released a related thematic set. This historic event took place at Cape Canaveral on April 12, 1981. True, it should be noted that the first shuttle was Columbia. But Discovery launched the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, which is also included in the set.
The new set includes 2,354 parts, including three new ones needed for the windshield and the payload bay that holds the model telescope. In addition, this set will contain the largest number of silver details. And as you know, the very fact of the presence of unusual details can already draw attention to the set from real Lego fans.
Called "NASA Space Shuttle Discovery", this set is a big step up from previous Lego Space Shuttle sets like 10231 and 7470. And it's not just about the increase in the number of parts and their originality, but also the high level of detail. The assembled model is smoother and has more moving parts. There is access not only to the payload compartment, but also to the cockpit.
The assembled shuttle has a length of about 50 cm and a width of about 33 cm, that is, it is made in a scale of 1:70. The kit includes all the stands, you can install the ship itself and the telescope separately, or you can make an installation depicting the launch of the Hubble into orbit.
The NASA Space Shuttle Discovery will go on sale April 1st, priced at $200. A lot of rave reviews about him have already appeared on the Web from Lego fans, who said they would look forward to the appearance of new items on sale.