This is the construction of the 1/144 Revell ISS model. The model was built as an educative tool for secondary or junior high school students. This means the model is not 100% accurate and detailled, however the number and places of the modules are correct and represent the last Endeavour Shuttle mission (STS 134) in May 2011.
That means some modules were built straight out of the box while others required a bit of scratchtbuiding or relocation compare to the instruction sheet. Furthermore some modules present in the box were not used.
I started to use the decals in the box until I realized that they were quite far from the real markings on the ISS. A friend of mine provided me with decals he created for a 1/72 ISS, I just scaled them down and used them on this model. Note that each module has its own name marked on it, again the model is for educational purposes making it easier to recognize them. Decals are available here in A4 format and need to be printed on white decal paper.
For the space shuttle I used the cutting edge decals. I first applied the tiles on a white space shuttle realizing then that the tiles were too clear and too brilliant. I was fortunate to have scanned the decals as a precaution. I then removed the original decals, painted the corresponding surface in grey and applied the new decals with a satin-finish varnish. The following picture shows the difference between the original (forward part) and the new decals.
Once finished I tried to show the model against Earth pictures while deleting my space cat from the picture.
Vincent Meens, June 2012