I recently went and saw the Space Shuttle Endeavour on display at the California ScienCenter in Los Angeles. To say I was awe-struck, would be an understatement. It also rekindled the love I had for the Space Shuttle program from when I was much younger. It was days away from my ninth birthday when Columbia first launched and I was hooked from that moment. The assistant director private elementary school I went to would allow me to watch the launches on the TV in the teacher’s lounge before class. And I remember sitting in my Eighth grade English class when the announcement was made about the loss of Challenger in 1986. I sadly lost interest in the program once I got in to high school.
As a kid I built several model kits of the Shuttle, mostly 1/144 versions of the Revell kit. The only remaining built kit I have is the Hasegawa Eggplane that I built a few years ago.
After the visit to see Endeavour, I started listen to an audio book on the development of the Space Shuttle. I ended up pulling out my eggplane shuttle and had an idea of building a complete set of the five operational orbiters (Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour), plus the test article Enterprise. To add to it, I have another Eggplane Shuttle that comes with an 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. If I was going to take this to a crazy level, I can also get the marking for the Soviet Shuttle Buran. Time to start scrounging up some EggShuttles.