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6339-1: Shuttle Launch Pad
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The inventory is ~98% correct. In the Orbiter, I substituted the crane arm and reduced the wheelbase height slightly. In the Crawler-Transporter, I use different angle plates. (Also moved them one peg to ensure it's assemblable.) All minifigs are substituted, too.

=MISSING PARTS=
1. https://rebrickable.com/parts/2358pr0002/baseplate-32-x-32-with-7-stud-straight-with-runway-road-crosswalk/
2. https://rebrickable.com/parts/2422/bracket-2-x-2-1-x-4/
3. https://rebrickable.com/parts/6048a/arm-piece-with-pin-2-fingers/
4. https://rebrickable.com/parts/6217/arm-piece-with-pin-3-fingers/
5. https://rebrickable.com/parts/3613/arm-piece-with-towball-socket-3-fingers/
6. https://rebrickable.com/parts/6230/tyre-smooth-small-with-white-hollow-fixed-center/
7. https://rebrickable.com/parts/3870/plate-special-2-x-2-thin-with-dual-wheels-holder-solid-pins/

=MISSING DECALS=
1. (Sticker Sheet): https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=6339stk01
2. (Small Sticker Sheet): https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=6339stk02
3. https://rebrickable.com/parts/3626bpr0008/minifig-head-eyebrows-and-headset/
4. https://rebrickable.com/parts/3626bpr9975/minifig-head-round-glasses-moustache-print/
5. https://rebrickable.com/parts/973c27h27pr0113/torso-launch-command-logo-gray-equipment/
6. https://rebrickable.com/parts/973c28h01pr0112/torso-jacket-launch-command-logo-zipper/
7. https://rebrickable.com/parts/973c27h01pr0111/torso-jacket-with-launch-command-logo-blue-tie/

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=LEGO DESCRIPTION=
Source: https://images.brickset.com/library/view/?f=catalogues/c95sahHoliday&p=9

It's a big mission, but you can do it—launch the Shuttle into orbit then bring the crew home safely! The Shuttle is complete in every detail, including a satellite, tank and boosters. There's even a working cargo door for loading supplies and an arm that can be turned in all directions to fix the satellite. The Shuttle Launch Pad also has a working hanger, adjustable spotlights, jib arm, and tools. Get ready for blast-off!! 536 pieces. $66.00

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This iconic "Town" set no. 6339 'Shuttle Launch Pad' came out in 1995 as part of a newly-launched "Spaceport" subtheme (or "Launch Command" in North America).

Even though the "Spaceport" became LEGO's first dedicated civilian space program theme, several individual shuttle sets were released earlier:

❒ In 1990, a set no. 1682 'Space Shuttle' came out as part of the "Airport" theme in LEGOLAND Town System—available exclusively in North America, it featured real NASA logo and USA flags;

❒ In 1992, a 'Shuttle Launching Crew' (or 'Mercury II Shuttle Escort' outside NA) was part of the Town's "Flight" / "Airport" subtheme. This Shuttle didn't have any specific logos, just a red-n-blue livery alongside the fuselage.

The "Spaceport" theme, at last, presented a brand-new fictional LEGO space agency, with an original logo (a shuttle flanked by red and blue half-circles), exclusive minifigures, and an expanded line-up of service vehicles.

The 'Shuttle Launch Pad,' at over 530 parts, was the "Spaceport" headliner and the largest "Town" model released that year. It was quite a unique build: substantial and massive yet elegant, overwhelmingly complex and realistic from an engineering point of view—all in classic "golden era" LEGO System design aesthetics! Epic on all levels.

Fun trivia from Brickipedia—the 'Shuttle Launch Pad' briefly appeared in the cult sci-fi TV Series "Stargate SG-1" (episode "Cold Lazarus," first aired in Aug 1997), seen in Jack O'Neill's son's room. Moreso, it was LEGO's Shuttle second Hollywood cameo! The '92 'Shuttle Launching Crew' set (still in the box, curiously, not assembled as in Stargate) was seen in the penultimate scene of "The Firm" (1993) thriller, as Tom Cruise's character searched through the contents of his thrashed bookshelves at home.

=SPACE SHUTTLE SYSTEM=
The build follows the actual NASA Space Shuttle program's vehicle structure (https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/vehicle/index.html) almost precisely. The complete assembly, or "Space Shuttle System," consists of two Solid Rocket Boosters (supplying 80% of launch thrust), an enormous External Tank, and "the shuttle" itself—which, as it turned out, is called Orbiter! The spacecraft has a cargo bay (loaded with a tiny satellite) and an extendable crane arm to operate it.

=CRAWLER-TRANSPORTER=
This vehicle, in a way, "suffered" most from downscaling to LEGO System proportions. The Launch Tower, the Shuttle's SRBs, the External Tank all look and feel gigantic. But the Crawler-Transporter became almost a "road-size" vehicle, on standard small wheels; it's not even large enough to fit any cabin or a steering wheel.

In reality, the NASA Crawler-Transporter is a truly colossal, monstrous megastructure comparable to bucket-wheel excavators (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawler-transporter#/media/File:STS-114_rollout.jpg). Obviously, it moves on caterpillar tracks as no wheelbase could withstand Shuttle's crushing weight—just the External Tank alone, when fully loaded, is over 750 tons at lift-off!

(Notably, in the '99 "Space Port" sequel theme, LEGO designers addressed this aspect, so the new Crawler came with elastic tracks and had a driver's seat).

=LAUNCH PAD=
The build's most advanced section is the Launchpad, mounted on two baseplates. Curiously, the 32x32 road baseplate with a runway crosswalk reappeared from one of Town's "Racing" '92 sets (and had only been used in three sets).

A massive tower has six Technic 1x16 links (Part #2637) to add structural rigidity (and style, if you ask me). I appreciate how the entire mechanism, with a Shuttle mounting bracket below and a crane arm on top, relies on the simplest of "free-moving" LEGO connections: bricks with groove (Part #2653) and "door rail" plates (Part #4510). So elegant and efficient!

Next to the launch tower is a small control center, equipped with a rotating chair, desktop computer, and HUD interface on the roof windows (those stickers, unfortunately, are missing on Mecabricks).

An elaborate launch procedure took the whole ten steps in the instructions booklet. First, the crane positions the ET with SRBs on a special bracket that retracts inside the launch tower. Then, the Crawler-Transporter moves the Orbiter to attach the SRBs before pushing the complete Space Shuttle System assembly back to the actual pad; there are even four clamps to secure the Crawler for the lift-off. Fascinating!

=MINIFIGURES=
The 'Shuttle Launch Pad' presented most of the new "Spaceport" cast, except the firefighter:

▷ Astronaut
The main character has a custom torso (spacesuit with a couple of belt devices and the Spaceport logo). An iconic chrome gold Large Visor (Part #23318, which appeared in numerous sets) made its' debut in the "Spaceport" theme.

Curiously, the LEGO Mania Magazine presented the "Spaceport" astronaut as a woman, Becky Blastinoff from Evergreen, Alabama. For the mid-90s, it seems like a fairly progressive move, except LEGO designers never really committed—the minifig came with a gender-neutral headpiece (with eyebrows and headset added to a "standard grin"), same as ground technicians.

In the '99 "Space Port" theme, LEGO also introduced a woman astronaut, Eena Orbit (or Hallie Comet) but gave her an explicitly female headpiece (with brown hair, red lips, and a headset mic).

▷ Scientist
Presumably, he's a space agency director. The Scientist wears a lab coat with the Spaceport logo, ID badge, and blue tie underneath. He has round glasses and a mustache; the minifig only appeared in the 'Shuttle Launch Pad' set.

▷ Technicians
They both had a custom torso (blue zipped jacket with the ID badge and Spaceport logo) and the same headpiece as the astronaut.

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=SEE ALSO=

1682: Space Shuttle Launch (1990)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/mkjA14WpjZG
by @Sebsan21

6614: Spaceport > Launch Evac 1 (1995)
One of my all-time favorite LEGO sets
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/qxov7Ywl20D
by @Classic.Lego.Sets

=SPACE PORT=
The LEGO's sequel space agency 1999 theme, including the renewed version of the Shuttle's Launchpad:

6456: Mission Control (1999)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/1w2r54kpa8W

6454: Countdown Corner ('99)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/GejeNARovKX

6455: Space Simulation Station ('99)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/Jk2ExlXNa9A

6459: Fuel Truck ('99)
https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/WRaZQV0LvpZ

6465: Space Port Jet ('99) https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/eDvVX8m82BR

6461: Surveillance Chopper ('99) https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/r121kJP1vlB
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