10 Best Space Shuttle Model Kits in 2020 (My Personal Picks)

Best Space Shuttle Model Kits

In this post, I consolidated some of the best space shuttle model kits on the market into one list:


1. Revell Space Shuttle Discovery Model Kit

Top Pick (Best Overall Value)
  • Scale: 1/144
  • 97 parts
  • Incredibly detailed model 
  • Comes with booster rockets
  • The model kit contains an opening cargo bay door, decals, display stand, launch pad, and movable launch arm


2. Revell Germany Space Shuttle Atlantis Model Kit

Revell Germany Space Shuttle Atlantis Model Kit
  • Scale: 1/144 
  • 64 parts 
  • Comes with good looking stickers that you can put on 3 separate parts of the Atlantis Space Shuttle model. 
  • This Revell model also comes with a stand, and it looks great on display


3. Tamiya Space Shuttle Atlantis Model Kit

Tamiya Space Shuttle Atlantis Model Kit
  • Scale: 1/100
  • This space shuttle model was made by Tamiya, which is the golden standard in terms of model building kits. As per typical Tamiya fashion, this kit was incredibly detailed, the instructions were straightforward, and almost all customers had positive things to say about their experience.


4. Dragon Models NASA Space Shuttle "Discovery" with 747-100 SCA

  • Scale: 1/144 
  • Be sure to buy paint and glue separately, since it’s not included with the kit


5. Fascinations Metal Earth - Space Shuttle Discovery 3D Metal Rocket Kit

Fascinations Metal Earth - Space Shuttle Discovery 3D Metal Rocket Kit​
  • Scale: 1/355 
  • Several customers complained about the difficulty level, so this space model kit is meant for experienced modelers. Beginners beware!


6. Minicraft NASA Shuttle Building Kit

Minicraft NASA Shuttle Building Kit
  • Scale: 1/144
  • This model kit includes opening cargo bay doors and interior, cockpit, satellite payload, and more.
  • It’s worth noting that several customers complained about the parts not fitting together well.


7. Smithsonian Airfix Space Shuttle Columbia Plastic Model Kit

Smithsonian Airfix Space Shuttle Columbia Plastic Model Kit
  • Scale: 1/144
  • Comes with main booster and a solid rocket booster


8. Ark Models Buran Soviet Space Shuttle Model Building Kit With Decal

Ark Models Buran Soviet Space Shuttle Model Building Kit With Decal
  • Scale: 1/144
  • New release that improves on the original Ark kit. Comes with a much improved decal sheet
  • One customer said that the tile decals this kit comes with are very impressive


9. Monogram Revell NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Orbiter Plastic Model Kit NOS

Monogram Revell NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Orbiter Plastic Model Kit NOS
  • Scale: 1/72


10. Bandai Otona no Chogokin Space Shuttle Endeavour Scale Model

Bandai Otona no Chogokin Space Shuttle Endeavour Scale Model
  • Made out of thin aluminum
  • Some folks say it’s best space shuttle model that has ever been released 
  • This model is extremely expensive, but there’s a good reason for it. 

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