Asteroid Mapping/Sampling Satellite

This is Aoshima's 1/32 model of the Hayabusa asteroid mapping/sampling satellite launched  by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in May of 2003. It returned to Earth in June of 2010 with samples it had collected from the Itokawa asteroid that it had landed on during its journey.

The entire model was cast in dark grey plastic. I used a combination of Alclad Chrome, Tamiya, Gunze Mr. Color, and games workshop paints for detailing. I then wrapped the center body in gold leaf foil to match the original satellite. The supports for the dish were replaced with 1/32 brass tube. The base is an aftermarket Kotobukiya base that was washed with various Games Workshop paints and oil pastel.


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