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Lunokhod 2

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  1. Thanks for your words Pete, don't worry I am building the CSM as well. So far the page si only for the LM I designed but the CSM will be added later. It will be the Realspace CSM that I bought years ago. The LM is not as detailled as the 1/32 simply because there are limitations with printers but these limitations are less stringent than injection molds so it will be more detailled I hope that any other 1/48 LM. Anyway all the details present on the 1/32 are also present on the 1/48. I was asked on Facebook recently whether I knew there were 1/48 LM kits. Of course I do but I replied that this kit does not require any augmentation part to make it accurate. I expect it to look about the same as my 1/32. So far it has worked that way. Herebelow is the current state of the model (1/48 with the MESA and 1/32 without the MESA). You can note the LM-SLA umbilical connector is thinner in the 1/32 version. I am also counting the number of parts on this model, one specific blanket being one part. At this stage the model has 134 parts and I expect at least a 100 more before I complete the descent stage. I also counted recently for a potential client the number of parts for the ascent stage without interior. It will be about 340.
  2. Last details before working on the landing gears The propellant drains and the descent engine are fixed on the underside of the descent stage. The landing radar and its heat shield are fixed on the descent stage underside The helium vents are fixed onto the main body of the descent stage. They can be replaced by 0.75 mm styrene rods and are about 1.5 mm long (don't forget to add an extra 1 mm to fit into the main body holes) The landing gear uplocks are now fixed onto the descent stage The complete build is available here : http://spacemodels.nuxit.net/1-48-LM/index.html
  3. I just bought the famemaster 4D vision model that I plan to build after my 1/48 LM-CSM along with an LUT . My goal is to create augmentation details either available on Shapeways or Thingiverse but this will be for the near future I hope, not today.
  4. No I haven't but I thing it is in the order of 0.1 mm.
  5. For the thermal blanket I use patterns that I created and available on my website : http://spacemodels.nuxit.net/1-48-LM/outrigger.pdf. These patterns are just a bit larger than the model. I apply them onto the foil paper with scotch tape which allow me to cut the exact foil panel. I just fixed the panel either with a 1mm wide double sided adhesive tape on the outside of the panel and maybe one small one on the middle and apply it onto the model or superglue (a few drops on the outside of the panel and one or two on the middle). Since the panel is too big for the model it will automatically wrinkle if I want it to occupy the model surface but no more. Instructions for the 1/48 LM : http://spacemodels.nuxit.net/1-48-LM/index.html
  6. Hi Manfred, The material for the heat shield is adhesive aluminium paper that you find in DIY shops such as this one : https://www.amazon.fr/daluminium-cachetage-Résistance-réparation-températures/dp/B07DQRBV66 To cut exactly at the right size I use the pattern available on my web site 1/48 LM : http://spacemodels.nuxit.net/1-48-LM/index.html Heat shield pattern : http://spacemodels.nuxit.net/1-48-LM/Descent stage underside.pdf
  7. The next steps with the application of kapton and the heat shield around the descent engine.
  8. If you find one of the rocket you are looking for on Shapeways, you can simply ask the designer to rescale his model. I have done it many times for my LM, CSM and Soyuz.
  9. The descent stage top is now completely covered with the various kapton blankets. Links: - Construction page of the lunar module - Parts available on Shapeways
  10. The descent stage top is now completely covered with the various kapton blankets. Links: - Construction page of the lunar module - Parts available on Shapeways
  11. I completed quadrants 2, 3 and 4
  12. I completed quadrants 2, 3 and 4
  13. Sometimes things go wrong but you can learn from it. As I was covering quadrant 1 of my 1/48 LM I realized I did a big mistake. For this model I want to show LM-6 and I assumed the pattern for the descent stage was identical to LM-5. Well it is almost identical except... quadrant 1 of course. There are very few photos of Quadrant 1 for LM-6 and the only pictures of LM-6 right after separation from the CSM only show ... the landing pads. I realized quadrant 1 is identical to the one of LM-7 (Apollo 13) and this was confirmed to me by Paul Fjeld (better known as Mr LM). So here it is, as LM-5 this morning and as LM-6 this afternoon LM-5 quadrant 1 and now LM-6 quadrant 1
  14. Sometimes things go wrong but you can learn from it. As I was covering quadrant 1 of my 1/48 LM I realized I did a big mistake. For this model I want to show LM-6 and I assumed the pattern for the descent stage was identical to LM-5. Well it is almost identical except... quadrant 1 of course. There are very few photos of Quadrant 1 for LM-6 and the only pictures of LM-6 right after separation from the CSM only show ... the landing pads. I realized quadrant 1 is identical to the one of LM-7 (Apollo 13) and this was confirmed to me by Paul Fjeld (better known as Mr LM). So here it is, as LM-5 this morning and as LM-6 this afternoon. LM-5 quadrant 1 and now LM-6 quadrant 1
  15. I could print that myself since I put the files on Thingiverse but this one was printed by Shapeways (I wanted to see whether everything was correct and then soldable)
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