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  1. Pete, It's looking real good. Nice work on the aft heat shield. By the way, your pics came through on the email that I got from ARC forums, but when I log into the site all I see is the jpg name. At least that's what I'm seeing. Anybody have a clue what might be happening? Randy
  2. Nice work and a very good way to display the set. As for images, I use Imgur to store my photos and then use the "Insert other media" button when I post. Randy
  3. Pete, We got to 1943 feet. That's not too high for a K motor, but the rocket did weigh about 32 pounds, that kind of keeps the altitude down. The main chutes were in the S-IC/S-II section. Then there was a second chute in the S-IVB section. The third chute was in the spacecraft section, that one didn't quite get all the way out of the tube so it had a hard landing. That is what broke the capsule and damaged the shoulder that fits into the S-IVB. I'd have to look at the burnout time and the speed it was traveling to get the G's. I don't have that data, but if I can get it, I'll post it. Thanks everyone this was a fun project. Randy
  4. Well, we flew it on July 20th! It picked up only minor damage. The parachute on the top section failed to deploy but the damage is not extensive. The capsule received the most damage. It will be reprinted and re-finished. The RCS nozzles mostly all snapped off (fully expected), new ones will be printed. The styrene strip on the top of the S-II came loose on one side upon landing, but it can easily be reattached. The three of the F-1 engine bells on the S-IC snapped off on landing and a couple were singed slightly, both of which were expected. The damage will be repaired before it goes on display at our booth at the local Maker's Fair. We actually got a couple of the local TV stations to come out and cover the launch. Surprisingly both broadcast short stories of the launch on their 6pm and 10pm newscasts. Here are a couple of links to YouTube videos of the launch made by one of our club members. Video of complete launch from the flight line. Short video of the launch close up. Thanks for looking. Randy
  5. That diorama is fantastic. I love you're water effects! Randy
  6. I completely agree with you about the real life thing. It's been crazy here too lately. I used to think that with being retired I'd have all the time in the world, go figure. The build is looking good. Keep after it and bit by bit it will get there. Randy
  7. habu2, You are correct on that. That is why the fins on our flight skirt are much bigger than scale. Our display skirt will have scale fins. We hope to have that all done by the time we go to the local Maker's Fair. You are right about the fragility too. It is the landing that is far harder to survive than the flight. Randy
  8. Pete, Thanks. Actually I make the rocket look even bigger, I'm only 5' 4", but it is a big rocket. 😁 You are correct that most scale model rockets are simplified, sometimes to prevent damage but many times just to make the building easier and concentrate on the flying part. We would try for the 16th, but the sod farm is working that day, and we want to stay on the good side of the land owner. Randy
  9. Thanks guys. The next step is getting the parachutes sized right and then getting them to fit inside. After our shakeout flight in December (before we put on the details and paint) we realized that we needed larger parachutes (had to repair some damage). So that is what we will be doing between now and July 20. Hopefully we get it right and it remains in one piece on landing. We will post a video of the flight on YouTube soon after the flight. I'll be sure to post a link here. Randy
  10. Final paint is done and the decals have started to be applied. The interstage is masked and is ready for paint. This was the one of the more difficult areas to mask. The curved lines over the corrugations required a bit of help from the drawings. We made a copy of the interstage area of the David Weeks drawings and cut out the checkerboard section and used that to create some fine lines to the curve required. That worked out very well. Kudos to club member Chris for the idea! Here painting is in progress. You can make out under the plastic masking on the right end that the forward skirt of the S-IVB has already been painted. At the same time, a few blocks away, the decals were being applied. For the first flight, we are only putting on the largest decals. The details will wait until later. We are using a set of 1/48 decals from Space Model Systems. I'm not sure they are available anymore. The last time I looked at CultTVMan's website they were not listed anymore. Here is an example of how the decals were lined up. The proper distances were measured and then some tape applied where the decal borders needed to be. Once the decal was applied the tape was removed. That avoided any pencil marks that might have been difficult to remove later. One note of caution that I should mention here is that I had a bit of a problem with the clear coat over the decals. Apparently Future Floor Finish does not like Rustoleum with high gloss, because about a day or so after applying the clear coat the paint under it started to yellow. With some research, I found out that Future Floor Finish reacts with some oils that are used to create the high shine, especially peanut oil. I personally have used Future over many types of paints from enamels to acrylics and have never had this happen before. I removed the Future with some Windex and ammonia and the paint is still a bit yellowish where the Future was. From a distance you can't see the yellow and in bright sunlight it is even more difficult to see. We don't have enough time to fix this before the first flight so we will tackle the problem later. All stacked and ready for the final preparations for flight. To the right is the raw Sonotube that was used for the S-IC and S-II stages. It takes a bit of sanding and filling to smooth out. For a sense of scale here I am standing next to the rocket. Now we need to add the parachutes, shock cords, altimeters and altimeter sleds and then re-balance the beast to make sure it will still fly stably. That will pretty much take up our time until the launch on July 20th. We will hope for good weather at the sod farm for the launch. More updates to come. Thanks for looking
  11. More painting has been done. Here the aft skirt has been masked for the silver on the fairings and fins. Silver has been painted and this section of the rocket is done with paint. Some detail painting is still to be done, but that will have to wait until after the flight. The Service Module is now masked for the silver paint. Silver is on with one minor oops. The scimitar antennas were missed during masking. This will be corrected later. Here is the other side of the SM. Just a bit more painting to finish. More to come...
  12. I'm back with an update of this build. The paint started going on about June 15. The paint is a high gloss Rustoleum that was sprayed on. The gloss should help the decals lay down nicely. Here are a few pics of the white coat. The main body, the S-IC and S-II. The S-IVB and part of the SLA. The forward part of the S-IC. The high gloss should make the decals less liable to silver. The BPC and LES. The BPC will be detailed more after the flight. Note the core running inside the LES tower. It is providing some strength to hopefully survive the landing. Here is the flight version of the aft skirt all masked for the black bands. The aft end of the S-IC is all painted with black and will get its silver color later. The display aft skirt will not extend all the way to the end of the engine fairings. The flight versions is this way to prevent some damage on landing. From the flight line you won't be able to see much difference. More to come...
  13. Well it's not like Corel hasn't tried to kill it. Some of the last few releases have had a few bugs that they didn't fix, but, guess what, they are fixed in the next release that you can pay the upgrade fee so you can get the fixes. 🙄 I had to drop back to X9 for a while because 2018 was so crappy. It looks like 2019 is better, I haven't found any killer bugs yet.
  14. I've been using the vector graphics capability in Paint Shop Pro. It's a bit cheaper than Illustrator, but using vector graphics will be a learning curve no matter what software you end up using. But will be worth it when you can resize your decals without loss of detail. Good luck and keep your eye on the prize.
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