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  1. Hello LEGO Fans, here is still a brief retrospect about the genesis of this great project of the two LEGO Freaks Felix Stiessen & Valérie Roche, (saabfan & whatsuptoday on the LEGO Ideas website), which Felix (Saabfan) described in this e-book. BTW, it is interesting to find in his approach that he first designed the Lunar Module as small as possible with the Lego Digital Designer (LDD), and then has built the rocket simply around it. Although the two LEGO fans have apparently never met personally, it must have been an awesome long-distance cooperation, which has finally led this project to success. And as one can see, much more details were planned, especially to the interior of the rocket (fuel tanks etc.), which unfortunately have not been realized by the LEGO designers Michael Psiaki & Carl Thomas Mirriam. Source: In addition, the LUT & Mobile Launcher (2902 parts) and Crawler (1373 parts) had also been designed already, which could possibly still come, if the Saturn V might successfully conquer the market ... Source: (saabfan2013) Let's wait and see ...
  2. Hello everybody, attention please for all parents and grandads who want to surprise their children and grandchildren. LEGO's countdown for its NASA Apollo Saturn V model set is running ... The most powerful rocket ever flown will go on sale on June 1st, the set is approx. 1:110 and costs 119.99 EUR. Based on a fan submission to LEGO Ideas by Felix Stiessen and Valérie Roche (saabfan and whatsuptoday on the Lego Ideas website) , the 1.969 piece moon rocket stands more than 3 feet tall when assembled and can be separated into its stages. The set also includes microfigures to scale with the Saturn V, a lunar surface and an ocean surface to display liftoff to landing to present. Source: The two LEGO freaks first proposed their Saturn V in 2014. The project received its 10.000th vote in November 2015, qualifying for it for a review by Lego's professional design team. Finally their set was given the "go" to launch as an official product seven months later. After it was approved, the LEGO design team, After it was approved, the LEGO design team, Michael Psiaki and Carl Thomas Mirriam, took over the project, in order to ensure it lived up to LEGO quality standards. Source: Source: Although recommended for kids from 14+, I think that my grandson Max with 12 will also create this awesome model, especially since the kit next to the 12 bulging bags also contains a superbly illustrated construction manual (182 pages), Source: otherwise the grandpa must help.
  3. Thanks Pete for your continued interest and your nice compliments. I have to take it as it comes. Not only Revell's Launch Tower Kit has a lot of bugs, but rather David Maier's Paper Kit is unfortunately also not quite perfect, which doesn't make things easier, but let's grin and bear it! BTW, as I've said, either I build my pad after the historical original, or let it be - To be, or not to be, that's here the question.
  4. Hello everybody, it went on with the Side 2, here is an intermediate step with the redecorated left half, and here the somewhat harmonized and now almost "new" side, which I like much better now. And on this image the details can be seen, which are now/again to be attached. These are beside the box, the pipes and supports, the three rain gutters with downspouts, whereby the angled, oblique tube at the end of the side (Bay 16-17) is not present in the paper kit. This is due to the wrong MLP-1 version of David Maier, which I will not go into, where this downspout does not exist. On the Side 2 of the MLP-2, there was this downspout from the beginning, how also in the STS-115 can be seen in the next image. In the Bay 17 are still the red ports for the purge lines of the Orbiter's Environmental Control System (ECS), on which the thick red hoses of the Mobile Portable Purge Unit (MPPU) are connected, which should be placed there as a connector. Source: NASA And beneath there are the four Instrumentation Interface Panels, which I will try to get a little bit sharper than the ones from the Paper Kit, Source: NASA whereby I'm favourably impressed by this cable jumble during the MLP cabling on the pad again and again. Source: NASA And now to the Side 4, on which there are also some things (marked in red) that should be corrected. First of all, there is the box on the frame in Bay 13, which is wrong there and is omitted, but for which the old box is mounted in Bay 10. And then I must unfortunately dismantle the two lower Pneumatic Vent Mufflers, because they did not exist yet during the STS-6, as I have only now noticed what one can see in this image of the STS-8, which was launched four months later. Source: Forum (Ares67) But either I build my pad after the historical original, or I let it be, and therefore they must be removed, whether I like it or not. At the beginning, I naturally confided in the correctness of the design in David Maier's Paper Kit and reproduced the details, especially since I had neither special detail knowledge nor useful reference photos of the STS-6. Today, however, I have a pretty good overview, and so I noticed when studying the fantastic threads of the early missions by Ares67 that the MLP numbers in the kit, especially on the Side 4 do not sit in the right places, but rather where I have drawn them (green). Almost, I wanted to take over these identifiers from the STS-8, but then I still have discovered an image of the STS-6, which shows, that the rear identifiers of the STS-6 looked differently. It was this image here, on which the front identifier is concealed, but for this the end of the page is to be seen, on which one would be able to recognize something perhaps with a corresponding zoom, I thought at least. Source: Forum (Ares67) And I was lucky, because that is indeed the case, as you can see on this image. There one can hardly see yet, that the rear identifier is not completely placed in the Bay 18 but in the Bay 18 (red circle). However, because there is little space, due to the the pipe support and the crossbars on which it sits, the 2 is above the lower strut, and the identifier Side 4 beneath it. At the same time, it can be seen that there were only the two upper Vent Mufflers (blue circle). And thus I can also consider and correct this disagreement. And finally, I've still tried, wether the Instrumentation Interface Panels can still be improved, wherefore I have copied them from the Street View shot of the MLP-1 and reduced it to 1:160. And that should be quite possible, I think.
  5. Hello everybody, before it goes on with the side walls, here still an appropriate image of the washing and cleaning crew during the Pad Washdown with the long hose from the hose reel to remove the traces after an ordinary start. Source: Forum (padrat) But this was always routine work for the pad guys.
  6. Hi Modeler7, and thanks for your nice compliments. I know you're doing it just for the hell of it, and fun must be! But joke aside! Meanwhile, I trust myself a lot, and have also scratched some crazy things, if they were interesting as well as technically relevant and typical for my project. Therefore, the trash can would not be a problem, but unfortunately such stuff don't belong to the standard equipment.
  7. Hello folks, I want only briefly tell you that I had a good nose with my guess regarding these boxes. As I have discovered in an isometric representation of the MLP-1, Fire Hose Reels were in these boxes. After dismanteling the old boxes, these hose reels were then mounted directly on the top deck, which were connected by a thin tube coming from the side wall (Bay 10), as can be seen in this image. Source: NASA And here is the matching panoramic shot of the later MLP-2. Source: NASA Bye for now.
  8. Hello everybody, after a little art break, it can now go on now, but therefor a little more detailed. Here is an image of the Side 2 after the recent modification of some bays with some "new wallpapers". Now the disturbing triple kink is eliminated, but as it has turned out, it is not done with it, because on closer inspection, I have also noticed other things that are exactly related to this triple kink and finally explain its strange constructive execution, which is completely mystery to me. The reason for my research was initially the fact that the Side 2 still did not really please me, especially since the two thinner pipes and this little red circled box on the frame in the Bay 13 seem sit too high. Moreover the marked supports on the right (Bay 3-8) have too big shadows, and as I wanted to scratch the supports anyway, they should then cast their own shadows. That's why I did still some ancestral research and have looked at my few old reference pictures from the Side 2 at times of the STS-6 and afterwards, but they don't show enough details because they are simply too fuzzy. And the awesome HiRes NASA or Street View panoramas from the past few years unfortunately do not help, but only clarify the dilemma with which I must necessarily live with during my Real Space Scratching of my models. Meanwhile, I'm a bit smarter and I know that I can also redecorate this box on the frame in the Bay 13, as there was no such equipment at the MLPs during the first shuttle years, but instead a different typical detail on another place. A first clue for this was the shot from Challenger's Rollout for the STS-8 (1983), which at first glance seems less exhilarating, because one can hardly see any details on the Side 2. Therefore, I would like to draw your attention directly to this encircled hutch, which later inter alia can explain the position and shape of the triple kink on Side 2 of the Paper Kit. In the linked HiRes resolution one can see this somewhat larger box in the Bay 10 more clearly, and the practiced eye can also recognize the double kink of the two pipes on the left even though only hazy. Source: And here is a shot of the STS-6 from the NSF Forum (Ares67), which shows on the left side of the picture that this box above the two thinner pipes at that time already had existed, actually logical, since both missions are only a few months apart. Source: (Ares67) In the course of these findings, I have recollected to images from the Side 4, on which I had noticed a similar box, which can be seen in the following image section from the Lift-off to the STS-6 and that it has oblique supports. After my overview so far, there were these boxes at the MLPs at least until the end of the 80s, as one can see on this picture from the Rollout of the Discovery on the MLP-2 for the STS-29 (1989). Source: Since these middle boxes are not available in the Bay 10 in the paper kit, I can now adjust myself to this and can omit these other boxes in the Bay 13 and the triple kink of the pipes (Bay 9-11) with clear conscience. But now still to the elucidation of the location of this triple-kink in the paper kit, which is indeed on the Side 2 of the MLP-1. The reason for this becomes clear very quickly from this image of the Rollout of the Columbia to the STS-1, although I had to evaluate lots of images. But from the STS-1, there are luckily most of the images you can find in the KSC-Media-Archiv. As can be seen in this picture, earlier this box was sitting there, around which the pipes were installed. I suspect that it could be a kind of Firex water tank, because you can see a red pipe on the right, which would speak for it. Source: NASA These boxes were later dismantled on the MLP-1 (red circle), as can be seen in the image of the STS-79 (1996). And since then there is in the Bay 13 instead this box on the frame (green circle), which is existing in the paper kit on both sides, but for the MLP-2 they are absolutely wrong there. Source: NASA For the sake of completeness, it should be mentioned that the old boxes on the MLP-2 were also sometime dismanteled and replaced by the boxes on the frame, as shown in this picture of the STS-115 (2006), which was then also freshly painted. Source: NASA And now I come to the great photos of the MLP-2 from John Duncan from the year 1998, which I actually wanted to use as standard reference photos for the further detailing of the side walls. Since it is soon time to deal with the "roof"gutters, which are interrupted several times, I have numbered the Bays on the Side 2 for better orientation, since I do not always want to count them again for myself. I can still use these images well for scratching, since one can see the details of the pipes and the supports very beautifully. Source: (John Duncan) Source: (John Duncan) I just have to keep in mind that I have to omit the box with frame in Bay 13 and mount the old box in the Bay 10. And finally there are still some small things that I need to correct on this occasion on the Paper Kit side walls, of which more later. After seeing things a bit clearer and having penetrated through David Maier's MLP confusion, I feel immediately more comfortable again.
  9. Hello everybody, since now only are missing the cameras, as well as the railings and gutters, etc., which still can wait, I now want to take a closer look at the side walls, because there are also some nice details that should not be missing. Let's look at the Side 2, where there are some inconsistencies in David Maier's Paper Kit touching his CAD Design, that contains some details that do not fit to MLP-2 and therefore need to be corrected. Here first this picture of the Side 2 of my MLP. This side is admittedly numbered in the first and last Bay with Nr. 2 for MLP-2, which, on closer inspection, contradicts some details of the original. This red-rimmed three-fold kink of the two thin pipes above the LOX lines there is only on the MLP-1, which can be seen in the following picture. Therefore, David M. obviously must have confused the MLP numbers, whyever, because otherwise I can not explain. Source: (NasaPhotographer, STS-116) This typical route of the two pipes in the middle does not match the MLP-2, as can be seen in the next picture. Both on MLP-2 and MLP-3, these two pipes have only a double kink, which is not in the side center, but further to the left in the Bay 13, whereas the three-fold kink on the MLP-1 is clearly to the right of this interface (Bay 9-11). Source: NASA (STS-115) David M. also has some reference photos in his Paper Kit documentation. The curiosity about the thing is that the only reference photo of the Side 2 comes from the MLP-3, whereby the double kink here is unfortunately hidden by the service platform. Source: NASA Therefore it would have been better, if the master had used the MLP-3 as a template, especially since his LC39-Paper Kit is based on the STS-135, on which MLP-3 was used. Then his CAD design would have been self-consistent and Launch Pad and MLP would get well together. But be that as it may, one only needs to know and take into account for the construction, which is why I simply let this false triple kink disappear and will mount these two pipes with the double kink in the right place. Fortunately, I have made some copies of the side walls, and there are also some sheets with backup parts in the Paper kit, among others also with neutral gray bays, as one can see here, which I have used. Since some bays on the side because of the slight reddish color anyhow were not to my liking, these parts for the Bay Lifting come just right, since they fit quite well from the color to the remaining side. Now I have to cut off only suitable parts for the corresponding bays and thereby to redecorate, with which I have already begun here. And so I'm hopeful that I can give this side with a better outfit.
  10. Hello everybody, and so on with the equipment of the Stair Housing with some accessories, which has now also got a new door with a from red to green foldable warning sign, of which I have unfortunately shot no close-up. The two locking levers I have bent once more using 0.2 mm brass wire, which are in a brass tube (Ø 0.3 mm), here the longer lower lever, and here together with the smaller upper lever, both with a small glue ball. After both levers were painted gray, they could also be installed, and the red warning bell and the small box underneath are already attached, wherewith the Stair Housing is finished and looks good so far. And here are some pictures with the housing on the MLP top deck. Again only a small step, but at least a little progress ... Yeah, now one can hear the bell ringing ...
  11. Hello everybody, the break was really long enough, but after the SSWS stress it has benefited me. To the warm-up I have first done some small things, which I have kicked so far down the road again and again. There were initially still to do the openings for the Rainbirds, what were now finally made. Since the openings in the paper kit were somewhat too small, they had to be corrected anyway. In addition, I had deepened them too far already, since they should only be about 0.5 mm deep. And so the MLP deck looks now from above. After that, I went to the Stair Housing once more, with which I was not completely satisfied, especially since it was built in an early stage, in which I was still not as exacting and crazy for details as today. Since the housing from the Paper Kit especially at the back with the door looked relatively pale, I had it at that time a bit weathered, which then but became a bit too dark. In addition, I had now found some detail photos, which have naturally animated me for scratching. In this picture one can see some details that seemed to me feasible, especially this red warning bell in the upper left corner. Source: Here is a similar picture from that time from the other side. Source: (John Duncan) This is why I built the housing once again, and now I find that the coloring, except for the too bright door, it fits better into the picture than the old one, which in turn is pure taste. And now to the required small parts, e.g. this bell. At first, I had thought of small red discs, which I had punched out of the cap of a thumbtack, which should be about 1.4 mm in diameter. Then, of course, there are also pin needles with correspondingly small, flat head, which I dipped briefly in red color, which looks almost even better. For the red box underneath the bell, I used the holder of an interdental brush, from which I have cut off one of these side pins, which correspond to the required size with 1 mm x 1 mm. As one can see in the pictures, the bell sits on a small support or socket, which I still need to color. Then I tried the lower longer locking lever made of 0.3 mm steel wire, which is inserted in a brass pipe (0.4 mm) and could be rotated thereby. The ball handle is a glue drop, but it is still a bit too big. Since the lever seems to be too long and too thick on the housing, I have tried the whole thing again a little smaller and shorter, with brass wire 0.2 mm in a 0.3 mm brass tube, but still without a ball handle. This could already look better and should be tried on today.
  12. Hi Greenghost, and Welcome here in ARC, which is a good choise. For the Launch Pad there is only the old and legendary Revell Kit 04911, which I use for my project, together with the Detail Kits by LVM Studios. You can read everything about it, starting on the first page of my Thread, all about the kits, as well as about the problems ... and
  13. Thanks Mike for your congrats, I also find that the result after several starts is rather impressive and I'm also fully satisfied and enthusiastic. The SSWS in its entirety was a hard nut and took lots of effort and was, above all, very time consuming, but so I had always imagined it, wherefore all the effort was really worth it. After this milestone has now been reached, I can sit back for a moment and so my tired eyes can relaxe a little bit ...
  14. Hello everybody, now there is only one last assembly step to complete the difficult SSWS chapter, which I want to do today. Now there are only 12 supports left, and after the position of the ring line was stabilized, I have begun with the gluing of the first six supports under the ring line, and so it went on to No. 6. Next came the six triangular supports under the outlets, First on the Blast Shield at the inside of the shaft, and then on the outside. And after the small support under the 16'' rejuvenation was glued still, the deed is actually done and the SSWS thus finally completed, or is there still something missing? You are right, of course, since the two slim Supports are still missing under the 9'' transitions, which I quickly added. And to the celebration of the day the Rainbirds are also coming along in order to finally round out the picture. And here with a little better light, further panorama perspectives of the SSWS Status Quo. But this should be enough now, and so I will now look in on the paint shop, whether the guys eventually have time and desire. But before Easter nothing will happen anyway, and so I just want to wish you all
  15. Hello everybody, today to the gluing of the Pipe Supports under the ring line behind the LH2-TSM. First, I have glued the three supports on the SRB Blast Shield, because this determines the clear height of the ring line over the MLP deck, under which the rest of the supports must find place. How remeasurements of the height of the supports have shown, the latter fluctuates by 0.1 - 0.2 mm, which is why I initially placed them only provisionally under the ring line, so as to be able to compensate for minor differences by replacing the supports. Afterwards, I then glued the front, middle and rear support, so as to get a uniform alignment in the longitudinal direction. After that, I have removed the ring line again and went back to the bracket holder in the mini vise, which offers more degrees of freedom for the gluing of the supports. After this strand was completely equipped, it went on behind the front bow. For gluing of the six supports on the inside of the line and the six triangular supports under the outlets I then have inserted the ring line again into the shaft. So far again for today.