Brickhead and modelmaker. Mostly space related stuff.

Mini-ISS SpaceUp Edition

ISS Mini SpaceUp Signets

This model showcases the international space station as it is supposed to look like by the end of 2015. It is my personal creation and no official set by the LEGO™ Group.

The model spans 22 cm wide, 17 cm high and 15 cm deep and is made of 175 bricks. Although that is quite small it incorporates a high level of details including radiators, ELCs, AMS and the one and only Canadarm. It comes with three Soyuz capsules and one ATV docked. On the display stand there are three „parking studs“ to accommodate those capsules and modules you decide to not being currently docked. You can turn the solar panels as you like them and rearrange the modules according to future plans of the real ISS.

The white tiles of the stand are supposed to carry signets of NASA, Roscosmos, ESA, CSA and JAXA and the ISS itself. Apply them if you have them!

This model is very rare: Currently only 120 sets exist worldwide as all participants of this year’s SpaceUpCologne got this little cutie as a freebee. Everyone else fear not as here comes a solution for you to get your own one:

1. Download the building instructions. Please do not share this pdf-file. Share the link to my page instead.

2. Order your bricks. You’ll find the parts list on the building instructions. I recommend buying them directly from LEGO (approx. EUR 25.-) using their bricks & pieces service. I purposely designed the model using bricks that are currently available. However you can of course buy them at Bricklink or Brickowl (or any other place) as well or just pick them from your own personal storage. You even might want to enhance the fun and add some more modules to your personal version. Here some suggestions:

ISS Mini SpaceUp Mk2 vehicles

  • HTV: 1x golden round brick (6060800) + 1x white round plate (614101)
  • Cygnus Orb: 2x med stone grey round plate (4211525) + 1x silver metallic round flat tile (4655241)
  • Dragon X: 1x white inverted cone (currently not available in white, sorry! If you want to go for black: 4655241) + 1x white round flat tile (4646844)

3. Make a donation. Seriously, please consider making a donation. I spend a considerable amount of time (and bricks) developing this model. And you seem to like it that much that you were willing to pay for the bricks already. Choose yourself the amount that is worth you.

4. You are now Go for build!

5. Vote for it at LEGO Ideas. It might become an official set then!

LEGO Ideas: International Space Station

In „Gravity“ you have seen it being smashed into pieces.
Question is: Would you like to rebuild it?
It is reality up there – it can be reality down here as well! Vote for it!!

– Turn the solar panels to always catch the best sun!
– Turn the radiator elements to best shade the habited modules and get rid of their heat
– Reconfigure the ELC racks to your needs
– Grab spare parts from the ESP racks
– Control the famous Canadarm to manoeuvre equipment and support the astronouts
– Attatch the OBSS to the Canadarm to do inspections of the stations hull
– Attatch the Dextre to help the Canadarm doing it’s work
– Upgrade the station along with the upgrades of the real one
– Play the building of the station – that was quite some re-arranging to do!
– Soyuz/Progress capsules can now be departed into the three components of these vessels. Play return to earth with them!

– Featured model size: XL slightly more than 1000 pieces (stand not included. would be feasible, but ugly. probably best, to hang it from the ceiling)
– Alternative sizes: S and M (see below)

POSSIBLE EXTENTIONS (for illustration):
– A Space Shuttle based on the deceased model 3367 (but heavily modified) could be attached to the PMA-Docking port (like the real one used to do)
– The Hubble space telescope is possible in the same scale (fits in the Shuttle’s cargo bay)
– As it turns out, the rocket of set 3368 can be used to lift the Soyuz capsules to the ISS
– MIR and the upcoming Chineese Space Station may be included in the manual. There are enough bricks to build them alternatively!
– expect more to come!

Watch out for media coverage of the latest ISS mission:
Expedition 39 is on it’s way!
You know someone at NASA, ROSCOSMOS, ESA, CSA or JAXA?
Feel free to drop them a line.
Would be a great set for their promotion and education as well!

Astronaut at work supported by the Canadarm2
The Canadarm2 is here fixed to the „Mobile Base System“ witch is slidable all along the main structure of the station!

View from ahead

Sideview with the (good old) Shuttle attached for illustrating the extention possiblities!

Canadarm2 supported by Dextre handling equipment at the ELC-1 rack.
Here it is fixed to the Destiny module. Like the real one the robotic arm in this model can walk the station inchworm-like!On the left you see the Unity module with the Tranquility, famous for the Cupola (the big window to the Earth). In the back the heat radiators cooling the station.

– Current configuration (without Nauka – will be subject to upgrades soon!)
– Modular concept: You can freely reconfigurate the station to your own ideas (might come with additional pieces to cover upcoming upgrades of the original station)
– Comes with 2 Soyuz and 2 Progress capsules
– Including astronauts and cosmonauts minifigures