This is a model of Mir in the middle of it's life -
before the fires and explosions, before they drove a Progress
supply ship into it, and before the addition of the Priroda and
Spektr remote sensing modules. It is without a doubt the most
successful group of space missions ever, home to 64 astronauts over it's
fifteen year lifespan - one of these, Russian cosmonaut Dr. Valeri
Polyakov, has spent a total of 22 months in space; and holds the record
for the longest consecutive days in space (14 months - January 8, 1994 to
From left to right: Kristall, Kvant-2,
the Mir core module, and Kvant-1.
This link has
the full design spec.
The bigger solar panels were decaled, rather than
painted - it was fiddly to align such big transfers, especially on the
zigzag panels, but the effect is excellent and far better than anything I
could have achieved by painting.
The real thing, towards the end of it's life - and
right at the end, re-entering over the Pacific at 7:18am on Friday
March 23rd 2001.