Closeup of Shuttle on base

I just got (finally) Space Shuttle (10231) and finished building it. It was a great build and I love it, but the way the Shuttle stands on the base scares the SH*T out of me. I cannot believe they designed this to just stand on four points (the two SRBs, and the base of the thrusters).

I can just imagine my cat hopping onto the bookcase (or someone bumping into the bookcase) and the shuttle falling to the floor in a 1,000 piece pile of bricks!

Has anyone done any modifications to try and lock this onto the base better?

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    Could you confirm if your set as well as instructions state 10213 or 10231 as set number? 10213 indeed had some stability issues.
    – Alex
    Sep 3, 2020 at 7:31

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According to Brickset there were indeed stability problems with set #10213, which was originally intended to be a strictly display piece for the 16+ age group.

As a response, the 10213 was retired, and a reinforced version (#10231) has been sold instead. If you are stuck with the first, unstable edition, you could try applying these alternative instructions.

You'll need these parts: enter image description here According to Brickset commenter Enosh_Kasra this service pack can be acquired through LEGO customer service (at least it could be in 2011).

And this is the disassembly and reassembly instruction sheet:

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This seems to strengthen the External Tank and its connection to the Shuttle, and does not address the four points of stability you mentioned, but I might be wrong. And the extra strength will definitely reduce the number of sub-assemblies after an Unplanned Rapid Disassembly event.

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    Yeah I have the modified version so the tank is solid, I am more referring to the instability of the shuttle on the stand Sep 3, 2020 at 13:41

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