Stardust 1/26 Scale Model
This is a detailed scale model of the Stardust Spacecraft, which is flying its mission to sample and return matter from a comet. Assembly is a project which is probably not appropriate for people younger than about ten years of age, depending on skill and motivation. The image above shows a completed scale model.
The Parts Sheets are available to download from the same web site offering these instructions:
A. YOU'LL NEED THE FOLLOWING:
B. BEFORE BEGINNING ASSEMBLY:
- Go to the Introduction Page to download and print the Parts Sheets onto white card stock. You might also wish to print these instructions, if it isn't convenient to refer to your computer during assembly.
- Examine all the parts, and read their names.
- Read all of these instructions. Compare model parts with the illustrations.
- Have a look at some information about the Stardust Spacecraft and its mission.
C. IN GENERAL:
- What to cut out? Each part is drawn against a shaded background. This shading appears grey when printed on a black & white printer. Each part should be completely cut away from its shaded background. Some parts have areas within them of shaded grey. These areas should be cut out of the part. Spacecraft details are printed on most of the parts. Don't confuse these with background shading. If there's any question, look at it on a color computer monitor: all the background shading appears blue: if it isn't blue, don't cut it away.
- When you finish cutting out a part, flatten it.
- Any folds will be made in the direction away from the printed side, leaving the printed side facing out.
- Score for folding, where directed. Scoring will help make a neat model, with straight, clean folds. To score a part, place a metal straight edge along the line on the part as instructed, then lightly scratch along the line with an art knife, guided by the straight edge. Be careful not to cut through the paper, but just break the surface. You almost don't have to press down at all with the sharp art knife. After scoring, the fold will be in the direction away from the scored side.
D. TO ASSEMBLE YOUR MODEL:
Click on each step below for illustrated step-by-step instructions. Sections marked with a * may be accomplished at the same time if two or more people are working on assembly, or if you wish to work on one section while glue dries on another.
E. YOU'VE FINISHED YOUR STARDUST MODEL.
Now that you're familiar with the names of all of the spacecraft's major structures, and its instruments, be sure to thoroughly use the Stardust web site to learn more about the spacecraft and its mission.
F. ABOUT YOUR STARDUST MODEL:
Your model's scale is approximately 1/26. The model's Solar Panels cannot support themselves in Earth's gravity, while the spacecraft's can. Therefore, your model has stiffeners underneath the panels.
Please feel free to copy this scale model, and disseminate it widely.
Have you built the 1/37 Scale Cassini model? There's also the very realistic 1/45 scale Galileo model. Many others are available, too. Just use a search engine, and look for various spacecraft models on the web.
Model design by Dave Doody
An afterhours project. No tax dollars were harmed in the making of this model :-)
8 August, 1999
Sections marked with a * may be accomplished at the same time if two or more people are working on assembly, or if you wish to work on one section while glue dries on another.
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Last Updated: November 26, 2003