As part of the Steffen Arndt Memorial Campaign, I am tackling the 1:48 Dragon Apollo 11 Lunar Approach kit.
First impressions of this kit are similar to many other Dragon kits I’ve built. The molding is solid and the detail is good. Also like several other Dragon kits I’ve built, the instructions are pretty terrible. I was very confused when I opened to box to find no painting or decal instructions whatsoever. After wasting more time than I care to admit looking into it, I realized the paint and decal instructions are printed on the underside of the box. Who does that?
But. time to get started. The first step is to build the CSM, which I am in the process of doing now. Building a cylinder with multiple pieces glued to a ring could have been much worse, but luckily all the pieces seem to align fairly well. I’ve got one small ridge I need to figure out how to sand down, but otherwise solid.
The reentry portion of the kit is one solid molded piece, so that makes it almost too easy.