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    IN THE STASH (unbuilt)...

    1:32 SpecialHobby X-15A-2
    1:48 Revell Mercury & Gemini Capsules
    1:48 Fantastic Plastic Manned Orbiting Lab
    1:72 Monogram SR-71 Blackbird
    1:72 Monogram Space Shuttle
    1:72 Dragon Saturn V
    1:100 MPC Titan IIIC
    1:144 Airfix Saturn IB
    1:200 AMT Saturn V
    1:200 AMT Man In Space Rocket Collection
    1:200 Hasegawa Space Shuttle w/ Boosters
    1:200 Revell Space Shuttle

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  1. Freaking incredible detail and execution!
  2. Those added detail bits are really going to set this kit off! Great job taking the time and effort to get everything correct. Can't wait to see it all painted up!
  3. Great experimentation, Spaceman. I feel this is leading to a favorable result. If you still do not have a satisfactory texture after spraying the primer, might I suggest a second application of the spray adhesive + flour? I think you are getting close.
  4. Hotdog

    1:200 AMT Man In Space (on steroids!)

    DAYS 24-27 3.5 hours 40.5 hours total Build cost to date: $108.35 With the Jupiter rocket completed, it was time to move on to the Juno II. Like the Jupiter, this is another 3D model that I created, uploaded to Shapeways, and finished here. The 3D model was printed in what is now called White Processed Versatile Plastic which is very rough and doesn't allow for fine details. My plan was to simply wrap the body with a decal, and fabricate the antenna from scratch. In the pic above, you can see where I've made an antenna with a bit of plastic sheet and a wire from a stripped twist tie. I think I ended up making 2-3 of these because they kept falling out of my tweezers and getting eaten by the carpet monster. Tiny parts can be difficult to handle! Like the Jupiter, the rough plastic surface of this 3D printed rocket would have to be smoothed out before painting and finishing. In the above photo, I've sprayed the rocket with Rustoleum Gray Filler Primer and begun the sanding process. I think I ended up having to repeat the spray and sanding process 2-3 times before I finally got a satisfactory smooth surface. On the right, you see the model after a few coats of Rustoleum Painters Touch 2x Gloss White. Here is the model after applying my homemade decals. I still need to give it a final coat of Matte Clear to take the shine off and seal everything in.
  5. The RCS insert looks like it turned out great! Did you have any problems fitting it into the orbiter? In the above photo I see where the nose is split open where you have the masking tape.
  6. Yes! I can see the images again now. These are coming along very nicely!
  7. The pictures aren't showing up again. 😕
  8. Am I the only person not seeing the photo?
  9. Pete, The Estes Saturn V uses a single 29mm engine that goes up inside the aft end of the first stage. The F-1 's are part of a removable display piece that doesn't fly. I'll be using an Estes E-12-4 motor. Here's a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAP5iJGzRDM I'll have a few videos of the launch. I'm planning to attach a small camera to the side of the rocket for an aerial view of the flight, as well as a stationary camera under the launch platform, and I'll probably shoot what I can with my cell phone.
  10. DAYS 16-21 9 hours 40.5 hours total Build cost to date: $230.65 After carefully cleaning and wiping down the upper stages, I sprayed them with a few coats of Rustoleum 2x Ultra Cover Gloss White. It's enamel based, so it takes longer to dry and cure than a lacquer, but the finish is smoother and more reliable here in the humid South. After giving the white paint a week or so to cure, I masked the Service Module and gave it a coat or two of Rustoleum 2x Ultra Cover Aluminum. Here's how she looks after applying the various decals to the Service Module and BPC/LES. I'm still not finished detailing this portion of the rocket. I have a couple more decal wraps I'd like to add, and I still need to attach the RCS thrusters to the SM. I'll get to that in the next update.
  11. DAYS 12-15 5.5 hours 31.5 hours total Build cost to date: $203.21 A good bit of time was spent gluing on the wraps to the S-IVB, and adding all of the detail bits I made to the S-IVB and IU. I went ahead and used the kit balsa wood parts for the systems tunnels, but in hindsight I think making my own with styrene sheet would have been a better solution. I also filled in the seams of the S-IVB body tube, carefully masking around both sides of each seam with tape before applying putty. The assembly of the upper stages are now complete and ready for painting. Here's a test fit to show my progress. Pretty happy with how it's going so far.
  12. DAYS 4-11 16.5 hours 26 hours total Build cost to date: $167.48 Here are the upper stages stacked together and having the paper shrouds applied to form the SLA and S-IVB transition. I made copies of the kit shrouds and printed them on my own cardstock just in case I messed up. I'm glad I did this, because the first SLA shroud I made didn't line up just right. The BPC/LES you see is not the kit part, but a better 3D printed piece I found on Shapeways. It will be much sturdier and and more suitable for flight than the fragile parts that come with the Estes kit. While waiting for the Elmers glue to dry on those shrouds, I decided to go ahead and assemble the F-1 engine nozzle halves and paint them. As generic as these are, I chose not to add any missing details or bat them with foil at this point. I can do all that later after the rocket flies and returns successfully. These are only for display anyway and are not attached when launching the Estes rocket. Once again, I've used my Silhouette cutter to create some detail parts to add to the seemingly bare Estes Saturn V. In the top pic is the S-IC style flame shield I made that the F-1 engine nozzles will attach to (again, for display only). On the bottom are the various umbilicals, antennas and radiator panels that go on the outside of the rocket and spacecraft. I've even made a wrap for the IU. In the above pics are the F-1 engines, painted and complete (for now), and attached to the S-IC flame shield and mounting tube. The exterior of the F-1s were sprayed with Rustoleum 2x Ultra Cover aluminum and the interiors brushed with Testors Burnt Metal metalizer. I printed a paper wrap to go around the Apollo Service Module as a guide for adding the details I made. Not only does it show me where to place the radiator panels, but also where to drill the holes for the RCS thrusters. Here you see the radiator panels already glued in place. Filling and sanding seams are a different challenge when working with paper shrouds such as the seam you see here on the SLA. You mask around the seam and fill with putty like you normally would, but after sanding, the paper has a fuzzy, rough finish. So you have to go over it with a brush or cotton swab dipped in glue, and use your finger to wipe away any excess. This makes the fuzzy paper smooth again. Here you can also see where I've began adding the IU wrap and detail bits to the S-IVB. One idea I've been toying with is launching this rocket with an altimeter inside. Here I've built a payload bay that fits inside the SLA to accomodate the altimeter. After further study, I learned that in order for this to work, I'd have to drill breathing holes for the altimeter into the SLA. So I'm going to hold off on this idea for now. But here you see me doing a dry fit to see how the payload bay would fit inside the SLA. Also visible here is the BPC/LES after being sprayed with Rustoleum 2x Ultra Cover Gloss White.
  13. DAYS 1-3 9.5 hours Starting build cost: $144.99 I began by marking up the inner tube that holds the engine. The various lines tell you where to glue things, like mounting discs, retainer tubes and the engine hook. In the bottom pic, you see the completed assembly, ready to be glued inside the body tube that will represent the first and second stages of the Saturn V. Here's another shot of some of the numerous tubes and parts I'm working with here in the early part of the build. The tubes for the first, second and third stages of the Saturn V have been marked for lining up the various wraps and details to be applied later on. Careful consideration has to be given at this point so that everything lines up correctly when it's all put together. After gluing the engine mount tube inside the first stage, it was time to start assembling the second and third stages. I'm making an effort to build this rocket from the top down without skipping around too much. In the above photo on the left is the tube assembly that will make up the SLA and Apollo Service Module. On the right is what will become the S-IVB or third stage. You can see where I've marked the lines for the styrene stringer wraps that will go around the tube. The wire you see on the end attaches to the parachutes, to be installed at the end of the build.
  14. Thank you K2Pete for organizing this group build! Glad we were able to get approval for this. Here's a project I started a few months ago in preparation for the Apollo 11 anniversary. I started building the Estes 1:100 scale Saturn V in August after learning that there will be an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for most rockets launched on July 16, 2019, the 50th Anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 (find out more about the World Record attempt here https://www.huntsville.org/event/apollo-11-50th-anniversary-guinness-book-of-world-records-rocket-launch/36072/ ). So I found this old kit on eBay and decided I'd better get started on it right away, seeing as how it takes me so long to finish a build. I know a lot of work goes into building one of these, and I'm hoping I still have the balls to risk firing this thing into the sky when the time comes! Here's a look at most of the kit parts. It's a lot of paper and cardboard! It's been 20 years since I last built a flying model rocket, and never one this large or complex! As usual, I've made up my own decal sheet of markings for this kit. It's a bit more accurate, and a lot more complete than the sheet that comes with the kit. Without further ado, let's get started!
  15. Hotdog

    1/24 GEMINI 9A part 2

    Amazing work, as always!