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Spacecraft Tournament R3: 'New Horizons' probe
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Category: Build a current NASA probe at least 16 studs wide (including solar arrays)
About this creation
This is an entry in the Spacecraft Tournament, where I am up against the excellent Parrington Levens' entry!

I must confess that the idea of building a current NASA spacecraft didn't grab me at first - real world spaceships tending to be a lot uglier than fantasy ones. However, the child who wanted to be an astronaut in me was intrigued when I came across the New Horizons probe, which will be the first spaceship ever to study Pluto when it flies past in July 2015. Sure, Pluto has been downgraded from 'planet' to 'great big asteroid' since New Horizons was launched in 2006, but it still has to be worth a look, right?



Solar panels aren't much use in the outer solar system, so New Horizons relies on a Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator powered by Plutonium-238 - that's the black thing on the back. You may not need to take coal to Newcastle, but it turns out you should take Plutonium to Pluto!



Most of the other greebles are scientific instruments with cute acronym names like Pepssi, Lorri & Ralph. Here are some reference photos.



Thanks for reading!



Comments

  June 10, 2015
Congrats Stuart!
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  June 10, 2015
Very cool and very relevant build. I do love it. :)
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  June 7, 2015
Fascinating MOC! Crazy shaping work here mate, with absolutely lovely colors. A+
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  June 7, 2015
Spot on details! Just scary brilliant.
Stuart Lucas
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Keith Goldman
  June 6, 2015
Nice work Stuart, you nailed it down to the fine details.
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  June 6, 2015
I vote for this one.
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  June 6, 2015
Oh wow Stu, a work exactly to my taste. Beautifully elaborated details.
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  June 6, 2015
Awesome work Stuart, I have been following the progress of the New Horizons probe for the last few months now....really looking forward to seeing some clear images of Pluto. :D
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  June 6, 2015
Beautiful ship, Stuart! I'm always fascinated with the chemical analytical instrumentation on these! Good luck! And, Tim, if you read this, I actually was involved in a group working with an aspect of space satellites years ago when I lived in.... Dayton! :)
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  June 6, 2015
Well, here it is. Top notch Stuart; this is my favorite probe and actually the one I hoped to see when I suggested the category. The dish looks dandy and I can vouch for the realism as I know the look quite well. Spot-on interpretation. I will post an official judge's comment here if I am needed.
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  June 6, 2015
You get my vote because of all the details! Also puns are appreciated.
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  June 5, 2015
Very nice model of the New Horizons probe. Awesome details!
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  June 5, 2015
I see what you were talking about with that parabolic dish, and I must say, your solution looks great. Great build all around, and very faithful to the original. It will be a tough call b/t you and Parrington for sure. Still...no microscale TARDIS though.
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  June 5, 2015
Huh huh...Probe... Cool build, Chief! And quite accurate from the stuff I've been reading. Good luck!
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  June 5, 2015
Wow, awesome build! You have a real knack for angles, and it shows here.
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  June 5, 2015
NIce entry champ. This should be interesting :)
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  June 5, 2015
You replicated this perfectly! I love how you made the dish. brilliant idea going with a vehicle without large panels thus freeing you up to make a fairly large vehicle. Well played!
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  June 5, 2015
A very realistic looking model of a real spacecraft. I like the contrast between the yellow/gold and the white dish antenna. The dish is nicely built too.
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  June 5, 2015
Sharp! Beautifully executed Stu!
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  June 5, 2015
This is an extraordinarily awesome creation! I think that you have perfectly captured the shape (which can be very hard to do), but you have still been able to make it look really good. Nice work!
 
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