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  1. Thanks guys. Pete: I bought a set of David Weeks Apollo Spacecraft drawings from Glenn at RealSpace Models. They are drawn in 1/48 scale. This drawing set is not included in the Saturn V set. The spacecraft set has drawings for the LM, CSM (both Block I and Block II), and the SLA. There is a note on the drawings that the spacecraft Y and Z axis were diametrically opposed from the Saturn vehicle axis. So that -Z on the Saturn is +Z on the spacecraft and the same for the Y axis. The IU drawings came from the Saturn set so they are Saturn axis, but from the SLA and up everything is spacecraft axis. His drawings always show where the axis lines run on the vehicle. I found the easiest way to keep everything straight is to use the POS numbers. POS I runs vertically down the entire stack through the Command Module hatch window. The rest of the POS numbers then go counter clockwise around the vehicle. By the way, the Apollo Spacecraft drawing set is amazing. It has drawings for the BPC layout, a typical foil pattern around the Command Module, full set of LM detail drawings, drawings of the SIM bays for Apollo 15, 16 and 17, LES drawings, and more. I think I have all of the David Weeks drawings now except the Skylab drawings. They have been worth every penny.
  2. as205

    1/72 Three Stooges LLRV

    Nice build. I've never seen the blue stuff before, nice work. As far as jargon goes, I'm afraid I'm one of those. I just get caught up in the research and get lost learning about this part or that part. Like was said, don't worry about what is called, we can all figure it out.
  3. Here is another update. I tried a few times to scratch build an LES tower out of styrene rod, but each time ended in disgust. To do it properly I would need to build a jig. After thinking about it I gave the PE tower from Realspace Models a go. After the folding and gluing it looks pretty good. I think I'll go with that. I did add a ring of copper wire to the tower PE to finish it up. I saw that in another build thread (can't find it just now). It makes the tower look pretty good. The only problem with the PE tower is that it doesn't quite match up with the BPC attachment posts. I'll need to do a little filling and sanding to make them come out better. This is the RealSpace PE LES Tower. Looks pretty good, I just need to modify these two mounting points to line up better with the tower legs. Notice the copper wire ring added to the tower. Sanded and filled the posts to line up better. Primed the tower and now I should just need a bit more sanding to finish it. Here is a quick view of what has been eating up all my time the last two weeks. It is now all finished except for the RCS clusters that are being 3D printed and then I'll add those. The SLA details are all scratch built styrene shapes. The main lines are .010 strips that vary in width from .040 to .080 depending on which lines they represent. The antennas on the IU were a challenge to build. Some of them were very thin but needed a taper sanded in. Some of them were of a size that needed to be built up and then sanded. They aren't perfect but I'm pleased with how it all turned out. View from just to the right of the POS 1 (+Z) line . View to the right of Pos 4 (-Y) line. View to the right of the POS 3 (-Y) line. The hole in the side of the Service Module is for a sheer pin that will hold the Command Module in place until time to deploy the parachute. Close up of the Service Module near POS 2, showing the umbilical connection. Now that this is done, I hope to have more time to work on the Saturn V.
  4. Pete, Beautiful work! Can't wait to see more.
  5. Pete, Thanks for the kind words. Yes, the decals will be home made. I've got an old ALPS printer and some decal paper from Tango Papa Decals. I used a similar technique on my Saturn IB and it turned out looking pretty good. The 1/48 Saturn V SM details are all scratch. I used some .005 styrene sheet to back the radiators. They were attached with Plasti-Zap CA. The pipes are half round styrene rods attached with liquid weld. The access hatches are cut from .005 sheet and attached with liquid weld. The square/rectangle hatches are cut with square corners and then I sand the corners round. The rocket for the club will be recoverable. It will separate into three sections. The main tube consists of the S-IC and the S-II. The next part is the S-IVB and the final part is the spacecraft section. It has two altimeters on board to control the separations. The S-IC aft skirt is removable. We have a flight version with larger fins to make it stable in flight and a display version that has scale sized fins and the F-1 engines. Randy
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    Vostok/Soyuz Launch Vehicle

    I've only seen styrene kits in that scale from Apex and Airfix. Airfix re-released theirs a while back. You might be able to find some if you search. It was not the best kit of the R-7/Vostok/Soyuz. The boosters were undersized by quite a bit. The Apex kit has been out of production for a long time. You might find one pop up on E-bay once in a while. It only came in a Vostok or Sputnik version that I'm aware of. You would need to get a Soyuz conversion kit from Glenn Johnson at RealspaceModels.com. The Apex kit is not perfect either. The engine bells are very simplistic. When I built the Vostok (and the still in progress Voskhod), I used the engine bells from the Airfix kit. I also used the second stage separation motors from the Airfix kit on the Apex when I built the Vostok. With either one you will need to scratch some antennas since there are not enough in the kit. I hope that helps some. Randy
  7. Nice. I never did pick one of those up. Maybe I'll get one if they re-release it for the 50th anniversary. I'll be watching to see how this one comes out. Randy
  8. I've been busy with other things and haven't made a lot of progress on the Saturn V. I did put on a coat of primer. It highlighted a few areas that need to be cleaned up. A view of the S-IC from POS 1. The bottom is a bit out of focus. Here is POS 2. My scribing lines leave a bit to be desired. The tank seams might need a bit of work, at least on the LOX tank. I can still see a couple of dimples. This is POS 3. POS 4. The scribed lines look a little better on this side. The tank seams look better too. I decided to go ahead and add the resin LOX Feed Lines to the S-II stage. Since I will be adding the black stripes with decal, masking won't be a big deal. Here is POS 1. After primer I noticed an area on the upper insulation band that need some sanding. POS 2. The New-Ware details really make the S-II look good. POS 3. The interstage fit isn't perfect but it would really be a big task to get it there. This will have to do. POS 4. The seam line that you can just make out on the right side has really been a pain. It is almost where I can live with it. Maybe just a bit more work. The S-IVB is looking fine. The tank seams look good. It went together much better than the S-II. This is POS 1. All the details are added except the APS pods. They are silver in color and I think I'll wait until I put paint on the S-IVB before I attach them. POS 2. It's not looking too bad. Those tiny PE parts on the IU were tough to get in the right place before the CA set up. Lots of work under the magnifying lamp. POS 3. You can see here that the seams came out nicely. Not nearly as much sanding and filling as the S-II. Both are Monogram parts. POS 4. A little bit rough where I had to remove one of the molded on antennas. I might need to revisit that to see if I can smooth it out more. The Spacecraft section looks nice with all the New-Ware PE parts added. POS 1. There are a few tiny pinholes that I need to take care of. Also, I have not added the RCS clusters yet. I have not yet decided if I'm going to paint the SM or use BareMetal Foil. If I use the foil then I'll put the RCS clusters on after foiling. Otherwise I'll go ahead and add the RCS clusters and then paint. I used foil on my Saturn IB build and it turned out pretty good. I still haven't made up my mind yet for this build. POS 2. POS 3. POS 4. I'm still working on the LES tower. There is not much to show. All I've done is get the styrene that I think I'll need. Now I'm planning how to tackle it. By the way, one of the things that has kept me way from this build is a project that I'm working on for the rocketry club I belong to. We're building a flying 1/48 scale Saturn V. We hope to have it done in time to fly on July 20. One of my parts of the project is to detail the section from the IU up. Here are a few pictures of the progress. The lower section is primed. The bottom part is the shoulder that fits into the third stage. The service module is .015 styrene sheet wrapped around the phenolic body tube and attached with contact cement. At this point I have the panel lines scribed. This is where I'm at now. I have added the radiators, access ports and the hatches. Here is a closeup of the work so far. The CM and LES will be 3-D printed by another club member, then I'll add some finishing touches to that. The SLA still needs all its details added. This will be a bit bigger job than the 1/144 version since many more details are visible at 1/48 scale. Anyway, sorry for the detour. Thanks for looking and as always, more to come.
  9. Your detail work is fantastic. The bent styrene rods look great. What method do you use to bend them without breaking them? Also, how did you do the raised rivet pattern on the side of the avionics box? Can't wait to see more! Randy
  10. I love the scratch building on this kit. Very nice. Its giving me some inspiration for my next build. Randy
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    Apollo Dioramas

    That LM is looking nice. Some of those parts look like resin. Did you cast them yourself? Great work! Randy
  12. Thanks guys. I'm having fun adding the extra details. I'm leaning towards using some custom decals for the black stripes. I did that with my Saturn IB build and it worked out very well. If I do that, then I'll probably go ahead and put the other S-II details on and then decal.
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    Man in Space Saturn V

    Your build is coming along nicely. I will concur with Habu2. It looks like the fifth LH2 line. Back when I built that model the first time (back in high school), I was just glad to have a Saturn V model. I didn't know about all the details that we have references for now. I remember hanging it vertically from the ceiling in the corner of my bedroom with four threads attached to a thumbtack. Thinking back, I'm surprised that it never fell down. Looking forward to seeing more.
  14. I just have to add to the others comments. Your work is amazing. I can't wait to see more.
  15. Time for another update. I've been busy on the Apollo spacecraft section. The Realspace part needed a few updates. The first one I tackled were the panel lines on the Spacecraft Lunar Adapter (SLA). Glen had engraved the lines, but my sources indicated that they were raised lines. They were part of the separation mechanism. The New-Ware update set had some PE parts that could work to update it, but when I checked, I couldn't be sure that they would fit properly. They would fit better on the Airfix part but that presented its own problems. If I used the Airfix SLA then I'd have to cut off the Command/Service Module (CSM) from the Realspace resin part. I could keep the Airfix Service Module (SM) but then I'd be in a pickle for the Command Module (CM). Both the Airfix and Monogram CMs were wildly undersized, even with the kit Boost Protective Cover (BPC). So, I decided to add my own panel line strips to the resin SLA. I also had to add the semi-circular parts that were between the hinge details. I found that a 1/8 inch hole punch made a circle of styrene sheet that I could modify and make look good enough. I think the added details will look fine. I then got ready to add the PE parts to the spacecraft section. My drawings show that after Apollo 14 there was an extra window in the BPC above the commander's docking window. I took a small drill and made an appropriate sized hole. I'll paint both the windows black when it comes time to paint. I started adding PE with the CM attitude control thruster covers. After adding the first one under the crew hatch, I went to add the next cover and noticed that where the other two covers needed to go was a reinforcing ridge. I could have just moved the thruster covers over to avoid the detail, but that would have put them obviously offset from the +Y and -Y positions where they were supposed to go. I removed the offending details and used some .4mm strip to place them where they were supposed to be. I finished adding my detail and then put the thruster covers where they were supposed to go. The raised detail has been wrapped down the lip of the BPC. Now the covers are where they are supposed to be. Next was to start adding the PE to the SLA. The PE pieces were relatively large so I used a dowel to add a gentle curve to the parts so they would conform to the curve of the resin. One thing I fortunately noticed before I started adding the PE parts was that New-Ware labeled the placement drawing with Pos III in the wrong place. I was comparing to my source material and noticed that things were not going to line up. It took me a while to realized that the fix was as simple as just re-labeling the instructions to show Pos I where they had Pos III. Things went smoothly after that. PE parts viewed from Pos I. This is the view from Pos III. I'll be adding the SM attitude control thrusters after it is painted. Now all the major sections are ready for their first coat of primer. Then I'll be able to tell what areas need further attention. I still have to finish the Escape Tower. I'm trying to decide if I want to use the Realspace PE parts or if I want to scratch build one. The escape rocket from Realspace is fine, I won't need to mess with that. I guess I'll play with some styrene rods and see how difficult it might be to scratch one. Here are the main assemblies. The resin bits that still need to be attached are next to the sections that need them. I think it is looking pretty good. I couldn't help myself. I had to stack them to see how they will look. More to come...
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