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Kit to sew a scale model of the MESSENGER Mercury orbiter, in plastic canvas. Before the MESSENGER mission, only 45% of the surface of Mercury had been photographed by a spacecraft! Using its full suite of instruments, MESSENGER is now investigating the geologic history of Mercury in great detail,

The kit includes pattern, canvas, yarn, needle, stuffing, beads, and wire for the MESSENGER spacecraft at about 1:50 scale. The spacecraft is very detailed, including solar panels (which rotate freely), protective sunshade, orbit insertion engine, magnetometer boom, phased-array antennae, and several of the instruments, including the MDIS cameras, MASCS spectrometer, MLA laser altimeter, and neutron spectrometer.

I'd call this an Intermediate level plastic canvas kit. Assembly is pretty straightforward but some of the pieces are very small. To complete the kit you will need two pairs of pliers (one of them needlenose) to bend the included coat hanger wire used to support the solar panels and to make the magnetometer boom.

MESSENGER Spacecraft plastic canvas KIT & PATTERN (Free domestic shipping)


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