Book Review
Space In Miniature #3 - Space Shuttle
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by: Jim Lewis [ GUNTRUCK ]


The third part of his Space In Miniature (SIM) series, this volume is dedicated to the US Space Shuttle – from both a modeler’s and engineer in the aerospace industry’s perspective. It does not delve into the history and gestation of the Space Shuttle and systems. It gets right to the heart of the matter – accurately modeling the Orbiter Vehicles.

The booklet is a compilation of updated and corrected articles originally appearing in a publication put out by IPMS Gateway called Crazed Plastic from 1979 through 1988. More information from the Author’s columns in the old IPMS/USA Quarterly and Journal round out the chapters, along with material from features he included in The Scale Spacecraft Newsletter from 1984 through 1988. The booklet I purchased for this review is the Third Printing (2000) of the 1991 original.

Reasons for the Ratings

Subject Coverage

The booklet is focused on providing hard data for modelers aspiring to render accurate Space Shuttles, and doesn’t stray far from this goal. Reviews of model kits available at the time of printing are included, and helpful for efforts in making the miniature more accurate. The subtle external differences in TPS (Thermal Protection System) tiles and blankets is particularly noteworthy for modelers as the Space Shuttle has a certain “texture” to it that is easily missed in scale modeling. If you ever seriously wanted to produce an accurate miniature, you will get the finishing information you need here in this booklet. The booklet is concluded with a brief section on common payloads developed for the Space Shuttles up to the time of printing. The Author is both an engineer in the aerospace industry and a scale modeler, and this blend of passions comes out shining in this booklet - pointing out the finest of details and differences between complicated Orbiter Vehicles in a clear and concise manner.

Illustration Style

The booklet provides detailed and easy-to-understand line drawings, charts and photos to illustrate fittings and differences for the Orbiter Vehicles – wonderful aids for the scale modeler. There are drawings of the Payload Bay Interior walls and fittings a well. There are no color photos included in this booklet.


The booklet is 38 pages long, softbound, with all black & white photo (50 photos and/or drawings) coverage and line drawings/charts on matt paper. It is standard 8.5 x 11 inch format and staple-bound. Text is clear and easy to read. All photos and drawings are sharply printed.


Mike Mackowski’s reference booklet covering the Space Shuttle is pure modeler’s delight. It gets right down to the point for equipping, painting and finishing scale models of the Space Shuttle. It is quite affordable, making it a prime choice as a reference to keep on your workbench when modeling this subject matter. The booklet, and others in the series is available directly from the Author/Publisher via the website link posted above.
An inexpensive but highly useful reference booklet geared towards scale modelers wanting to accurately render the US Space Shuttle in miniature.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: SIM 3
  Suggested Retail: $7.50 USD
  Related Link: Space In Miniature Website
  PUBLISHED: Aug 01, 2006
  NATIONALITY: United States

About Jim Lewis (GunTruck)

I love American AFV's from all eras and researching Vietnam-era Gun Trucks and US Army Pentomic and Atomic Battlefield Ordnance from the 1950's through the 1960's. Avid Sci-Fi fan and modeler as well - Star Wars, Space:1999, and Star Trek are favorites. Owner/Master Miniaturist - GunTruck Studios....

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