NASA commissioned Gamla Model Makers to develop and produce a
1:144 scale model of the International Space Station. Smaller,
about 70% size of our standard 1:100 scale ISS model, this one
was suppose to become a more portable and mobile version of the
ISS presentation model.
Once again we re-worked the 1:100 scale 3D model, not only
scaling it down, but also modifying the elements in order to
compensate for smaller size and slightly lower scale resolution.
We also had to modify the model so it will be able to
accommodate all new set of magnets, internal reinforcement
elements and supports, non of which were simply proportionally
As a result we developed and produced a new model of ISS, which
is smaller in size, easier to handle, yet it has preserved all
the features of the 1:100 scale model. The model depicts the
latest 2015 configuration, including the newest elements, such
as replicas of the Dragon and Cygnus spaceships as well as the
BEAM - an inflatable habitat module. The model is comfortably
mounted on a smaller round (not elliptical) base with a new
nameplate. New, more portable transit case was developed for
this model. We see a way to modify the transit case even
further, to make it even more portable, possibly luggage type,
and currently working in this direction.
The 1:144 scale ISS model became a success - we received the
most positive feedback from our NASA customers. It was also
ordered by JAXA and several other aerospace companies.
We see a future for this model as it is more portable, easier to
handle and cost much less than the 1:100 scale model.