America’s first space station, SkyLab was launched in 1973 as part of the Apollo Applications Program. Using the third stage of the Saturn V rocket as a frame, the interior was fitted with living quarters and scientific equipment. A set of telescopes was mounted to the exterior to study the sun. Unfortunately the lab was damaged during liftoff and it lost one of it’s main solar arrays. The other was jammed into a partially open position. This required the crew to add sunshades and manually open the stuck array. With these repairs made, the station functioned well for three missions and a total of 171 days.

The kit includes the Apollo spacecraft and materials to depict the sunshades.

For modelers wanting to build SkyLab as it was intended to fly, with two main arrays, an “As Designed” version will be available in the near future.