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  1. Actually Photoshop is not ideal for decals. It's a raster graphics program (pixels) so you lose quality when scaling your decal art to different sizes and scales (which you will often find yourself doing when people see your decals and go "Hey can you print me some of those in X/Y scale for me?"). For my decals I use Adobe Illustrator, which is a vector graphics program (geometric mathematical shapes, not pixels). Vector allows you to change the size of the graphics you create without losing any image quality. The tools and functionality are very similar to Photoshop, so I can't say it's any less complicated. You might try a free vector program like Vectr.
  2. DAYS 34-36 4.5 hours 74.5 hours total Build cost to date: $299.64 Written June 16, 2019: I've reached crunch time on the Estes Saturn V. If I'm going to have her ready for the July 16th Guinness world record launch, all body work has to be finished this week so that I can lay down the first coats of paint next weekend. Any slips in this schedule and I'll likely miss the date. Before I lay down the final stringer wrap that goes around the bottom of the first stage, I first cut slots for the 3D printed F-1 engine fairings I bought off of Shapeways. These will save a lot of time and headaches, and look nicer than the vacuformed fairings that come with the kit. With the aft stringer wrap in place, I super glued the fairings onto the body. I'd love to remove the air scoops from the wrap, but there's just not time. And then, disaster struck. Can you tell me what's wrong with the above photo? Yes, anyone with any familiarity at all with the anatomy of the Saturn V will almost surely spot that I have glued the S-IC intertank in the wrong spot! In my mad rush to get this thing done in a time crunch, I somehow managed to glue the intertank wrap FORWARD of the guideline I had made and not to the AFT! At this point, the glue had been dried for over a week, and I had spent hours cutting, gluing and filling in the dowel rod feed lines that intersect it. What a bonehead mistake!!! In a desperate attempt to correct this unforgivable error, I took my Exacto and putty knives and humbly scraped away the intertank wrap from the cardboard body tube. What was revealed was a mix of dried-up Elmer's white glue and super glue that could not be removed. Even the grittiest sandpaper and toughest sanding block would not remove the glue from the surface. Out of options and time, I am now forced to declare this build "dead". 💀 Even if I could somehow get the glue off, repairing the surface area would take the rest of the week at minimum, putting me behind schedule and likely missing the launch date. So 36 days, 75 hours of build time, and $300 invested, all to meet this disappointing end. I'm in shock! 🤧🤧🤧
  3. DAYS 25-34 19 hours 70 hours total Build cost to date: $230.65 Written on June 2, 2019: At T-minus 43 days until launch, I'm starting to feel the heat on finishing my Estes Saturn V. I'm just now getting started on the enormous body tube represent the first and second stages of the rocket. I started by masking around the seams of the tube with Tamiya tape so I could fill in the tube seams. I used Squadron white putty straight out of the tube to fill the seams. once dry, I peeled off the tape and sanded them with foam sanding blocks until smooth. It took four and a half hours to do all of this start to finish. Since the S-II portion of the Estes Saturn V is a bit bare, I decided to add the helium purge channels. I would use .015 x 0.30 styrene strip for this. I used the David Weeks drawings to make the template seen here for gluing on the strips. I also added a 25mm band just below the forward skirt using 100# cardstock. Before I could start applying the strips, I had to first apply the vacuform wraps that represent the stringers to the aft of the S-II, the interstage, and the S-IC forward section. It was a tedious and time consuming task getting the wraps in place to a level of satisfaction, and filling and sanding all of the gaps between the various fairings and feed lines. The photo above should illustrate the hours of fun I was having! Here's a shot of the S-II with the strips representing the helium purge channels in place. It took longer than expected to apply these, and by now, I'm really under the gun to get this thing ready to fly.
  4. It's beautiful! Love all the splendid details. It really turned out nice!
  5. This is a thing of beauty! It's shaping up to be one of the overall best 1/144 Sat V's I've ever seen. Keep going, you're reaching the finish line!
  6. You guys should move the launch date up to July 16 so you can participate in the worldwide Guiness book of world records attempt to launch the most rockets ever at once. That's when I'll be launching the Saturn V that I'm currently building. You guys can sign up to participate here https://www.rocketcenter.com/apollo50/GlobalLaunch
  7. You guys are nailing it! Those David Weeks drawings are like gold when it comes time to add all the details. Can't wait to see this thing all painted up!
  8. The aft pics are in there, you just have to dig/click on everything. The navigation is not so great, but there's a treasure trove of stuff to be found if you can swim through it all.
  9. Forgot to include these helpful links to all of the Buran reference images you'll ever need: https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&sp=nmt4&tl=en&u=http://www.buran.ru/htm/mtkkmain.htm&xid=17259,15700021,15700186,15700190,15700256,15700259&usg=ALkJrhjEcIjGKl8MnHax8t9YqUm_Mc68hQ https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&sp=nmt4&tl=en&u=http://www.buran.ru/htm/foto19.htm&xid=17259,15700021,15700186,15700190,15700256,15700259&usg=ALkJrhhWWSnMopN0yKq8YeI-uEJMH3M8uQ https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&sp=nmt4&tl=en&u=http://www.buran.ru/htm/foto51.htm&xid=17259,15700021,15700186,15700190,15700256,15700259&usg=ALkJrhjXF1LJq8LPFdtD_cCRAYcW0T_BkA https://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&sp=nmt4&tl=en&u=http://www.buran.ru/htm/3d.htm&xid=17259,15700021,15700186,15700190,15700256,15700259&usg=ALkJrhgveI_RWo78GH5sV-uLsYa_5D-9lQ
  10. According to the ARK models Facebook page, they are updating the kit in December. It will include a very nice tile decal sheet that looks like this: 🤗 🤗 🤗
  11. Work on this build is on hold while I race to finish the Estes Saturn V. So updates won't likely happen here until August.
  12. DAYS 22-24 10.5 hours 51 hours total Build cost to date: $230.65 It apologize for the long hiatus on this build. The cold, rainy weather of January-March factored into delaying the painting of the roll patterns, and when I did manage to spray some paint on it, a chemical reaction did a number to take the wind out of my sails for a bit. It took some time to get motivated again after that. More on that in a minute. So here I have the S-IVB all masked up and ready for the spraying of the roll pattern. It took me over 3 and a half hours to get it all masked up. As always, I seal it with some clear coat first. After spraying with Rustoleum 2x Ultra Cover Flat Black and removing the mask, here is the finished result. Turned out great, yes? Well, not quite. Here is one little spot on the IU where the paint had some kind of chemical reaction. This should not happen, as I am using only the Rustoleum 2x Painter's Touch for both the white and black areas. I later came to the conclusion that the Rustoleum Clear Gloss that I used to seal the mask had to be the culprit. I plan to use Clear Flat from now on with these masks. To fix this, I just sanded the affected area smooth again, and repainted with Flat Black. Next I added some detail to the Service Module by adding a homemade decal wrap. The application was made more tedious by having to cut the decal out in sections to make it fit around the radiator panels, but it turned out very nice. Now it was time to give the SLA it's own decal wrap. I had issues with getting such a large decal to lay flat without bubbling, so I printed it on glossy paper and applied it with a spray adhesive instead and got a much better finish. Although this looks better than the bare kit paper SLA, I'm still not 100% happy with it. I think after I fly this thing, I will replace it with the injection-molded SLA from the new Estes Saturn V kit. Finally, I painted and attached the RCS quads to the Service Module, and applied the remaining decals to the upper stages. With just over two months until launch day, I am only halfway finished with the build. I'd better get moving if I'm going to get this done in time!
  13. Freaking incredible detail and execution!
  14. 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!
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