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  1. Hello everybody, and these Mounts were glued today. At it the most difficult step was pushing the Handrail feet into the tiny mounts, which is why I "sharpened" them slightly. Then the gluing followed with MEK by carefully wetting the mounts with the finest red sable brush (10/0). This also finished the third Handrail pair, and could be placed on the template for fitting. It was finally the turn of the last couple, whereby the whole set is f
  2. Hello everybody, today the Mounts were glued to the other three-legged handrail, wherewith the row at the bottom of the canister is complete. Then it was the turn of the two vertically arranged handrails above it, which have two mounts and were done more quickly. And so the image slowly completes, whereby I also still hinted the Personnel door through which one can arrive the Canister Payload Bay. Now only the mounts on the four upper railings are missin
  3. Hello everybody, and with it to the Final Cutdown. This was the chosen arrangement for the second half of the brackets for cutting off the U-profiles (1 mm) that I had previously scratched and marked with a pencil, here after careful cutting with a razor blade under sharp eagle eyes. And that's my valuable yield of 20 mounts (2 reserve) with approximately the same size. I had imagined the gluing of the mounts onto the handrails to be a little easier, but firstly it turns out differently, and
  4. I've been saving started posts (text & jpgs) in MS Word for a long time, better you have, than you would have.
  5. Hello everybody, let's go on with the production of the tiny Handrail brackets, which are held up the progress quite a bit, since you always have to let the glue dry before you can handle them any further. In the meantime I have arranged the steel block the other way around when cutting off the end strip, as this way I can better control the cut with the razor blade. The tricky separation of the U-profile can also be done in different ways, which is why I tried out a few things and switched to a larger sheet of steel as a base, whi
  6. Hi Al, that looks good already, keep it up and don't give up, even if it gets tricky anytime.
  7. Hi Mike, you are one of my most loyal companions all time and I know you've been in there from the start, which is why I looked back. That was 11 years before almost to the day (03/15/2012), what a long and memorable time to look back on fondly. And you were the second interested modeler after Bill (niart17) to reply that time. You also recognized early on the difficulties of the scale dilemma and raised concerns about the size of the SRB Blast chambers and TSMs that I only later realized after the Shuttle stack was test set up on the MLP. And that then led to the fir
  8. Thanks Mike for your staying interest in the background. I can understand you, what should you keep writing again and again too about such a long time ...
  9. Thanks Mike for looking in on me again after a longer time.
  10. Hello everybody, is there anybody in there? And thus to this new variant for the production of the Handrail brackets that I have been thinking about. The idea behind it is actually simple and based on the production of such a U profile with a greater length, from which I then carefully cut off small 1 mm long pieces and close on one side. Thought and done, gluing the side strips (0,13 mm x 0,75 mm) to the base strip (0,25 mm x 0,5 mm) took place again in the proven manner by fixing between the rulers. Such a Steel ruler is also
  11. Hello everybody, originally I had immediately thought of my narrowest Evergreen profiles, but both the H profiles and the U profiles are 1,5 mm wide, which would not match to the filigree handrails. Then I've compared a Channel profile (1,3 mm) with my planned four-part variant (right), which, when using strips (0,2 mm x 0,75 mm) for the sides, is approx. 0,9 mm wide, which looks more pleasing in combination with the round rod (Ø 0,45 mm) of the handrail struts. And if I would cut a Styrene strip (0,13mm x 0,75mm) for the sides, it should loo
  12. No problem Kirk, 1:160 is a little bit smaller, if you want so from the Underworld. The dimensions determined from the NASA drawing are decisive, whereby the blue dimension (diameter of the handrails) is my reference dimension. BTW, please ignore the blue 12, it comes only from copy and paste.
  13. Hi Kirk, thanks for your tip and that you have ruminated about it and want help me. I've immediately thought of my narrowest Evergreen profiles too, but both the H and U shapes are 1,5 mm wide, which doesn't match the delicate Handrails. Then I took a Channel profile which is 1,3 mm wide and compared it with my version (right) which is 0,9 mm wide, using 0,2 mm thick strips for the sides, which looks like this. I think if I would cut a strip (0,13 mm x 0,75 mm) for the sides it should look still a little bit better, still closer
  14. Hello everybody, well, the smaller the details to be scratched, the closer you have to look to see their shape and being able to determine the needed dimensions. As you can see in this image section, the Holder sockets are in the form of small U-profiles in which the handrails are articulated. Source: forum.nasaspaceflight.com (STS-9, Ares67) Since this photo shows the canister used during STS-9 (11/1983), it can be assumed that these Handrails and Ladders already existed at the time of STS-6 (04/1983), but unfortunately I don't have any dir
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