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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. 1/72 shuttle decals

    Glad you like them and that they arrived safely! You are first to try out the set of markings for the orbiters. Looking forward to seeing how they turn out.
  2. Tamiya 1/100 Shuttle

    The kit engines turn out pretty good, just use some wire to add more accurate tubing to the nozzles.
  3. Tamiya 1/100 Shuttle

    I plan to (someday!) get another Tamiya shuttle kit and redo the windows. My idea for that involves filling in the entire window area with either styrene or putty, smoothing it all out, and then drilling and sanding out each window frame to shape. Then I'd use pieces of clear styrene sheet for the window glass. As for the engines, you might ask niart17 if he will scale down his 3D-printed 1/72 SSME's to 1/100 scale.
  4. Question about Gold Foil (Survival Blanket)

    Here are some notes I had saved from one of the LM modeler experts (I can't remember where I got this): https://www.candylandcrafts.com/Extra_Thin_Confectioners_Foils.htm Gold matches 0.5 mil Kapton Orange matches 2 mil Kapton Burgundy matches 5 mil Kapton Silver matches the nickel foils. Black matches the Pyromark (though it will need a flat coat to knock down the shine).
  5. Yes, the tile sheet I made for the belly of the Monogram orbiter was a success. The next step is to draw out the tiles for the rest of the surfaces to fit the model (I have them all drawn out, I just need to make them fit). Lighting up the ceiling panels will be interesting. You'll need to paint the inside plastic of the kit Flat Black to keep the bright LED lights from shining through to the exterior. You may need to give it 2-3 coats! As always, test it out before gluing anything in. If LED's are too bright, you can put some super glue on the bulbs to dim them.
  6. This is pretty amazing work, Homer! I have long wanted to make a 3D-printed beanie cap, but I lack the 3D CAD skills to produce one. Looking forward to seeing your progress on this! Any particular reason you chose the tile pattern for Columbia? It was unique in that it accommodated for the ejection seat panels above the crew seats. I think more modelers would prefer the more standard patterns used on Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour. Also, since Columbia had tiles that covered the entirety of the nose, the rest of your beanie cap would need to be covered in tiles as well. Here's a drawing to illustrate what I mean: Also, here is a model created from a 3D scan of the Discovery orbiter that may be of some use in your project: https://grabcad.com/library/nasa-space-shuttle-2 Keep up the good work!!
  7. 1/72 shuttle decals

    Which kit? Revell or Monogram? I have belly decals for the Monogram, and most of the markings. Better than what you would get from what is commercially available. I can also scale up my 1:144 decals, but to use at your own risk (since they might not fit exactly).
  8. PHOTOBUCKET? What do you all use?

    F Photobucket they can go to H-E-double-hockey sticks! Am I supposed to go back through all of my threads and re-link my posted images to a Flickr or some other account now? I sure as heck ain't giving them $400. I hope they crash and burn over this. I was sick of them anyway, their site had become so script-heavy and ad-intrusive.
  9. Excellent! I was doing the same thing, but was trying to heat them with a heat gun and not getting good results. I'll give the boiling water a try. I was dreading having to 3D print them!
  10. Challenger deploys LDEF in 1/100

    Pete, Were you able to get your printer issue resolved? If not, I can print them for you on my laser printer if you want. Let me know.
  11. 1:144 Apollo 7 Saturn IB

    Thank you for the nice comments! That's the part I got stuck at. I was really dreading tackling those seams (they seem impossible to me, as seams are my kryptonite), so I bought a RealSpace Saturn IB kit on eBay. My plan was to attempt to build the first stage from that kit instead and see if I could get a better result. I then got distracted by other projects. I'm hoping to get back to this build later in the year. I think the RealSpace kit is available again if you want to give it a shot. http://www.realspacemodels.com/shop-galapagos/1144-saturn-1b Good luck and be sure to post pics of your build!
  12. Yep, just be advised that those fairing and fin hoists are removed before flight :)
  13. LF Apollo CSM blueprints

    Or, you can save yourself the time of re-inventing the wheel and buy the marvelous 3D-printed 1:144 scale parts by Michael Key https://www.shapeways.com/shops/aerospaceplace?section=1%3A144+Scale+Apollo+CSM+Parts&s=0
  14. LF Apollo CSM blueprints

    The SIM books are awesome, but you'll want the David Weeks drawings if you're going to try and CAD them up. They can be purchased here: http://www.realspacemodels.com/drawing-sets/148-apollo-spacecraft-set
  15. 1:144 Apollo 7 Saturn IB

    The New Ware detail set will get you most of what you need: http://mek.kosmo.cz/newware/nw133.htm The 3D printed parts were purchased before the New Ware detail set was available. You may decide that the New Ware parts are sufficient enough for your build. If not, you can go crazy like I did and purchase all the 3D printed parts below. APOLLO SPACECRAFT Command Module https://www.shapeways.com/product/WYMUV9DHJ/apollo-cm-1-144 Boost Protective Cover https://www.shapeways.com/product/VU5KEJ9Q4/apollo-bpc-1-144 Launch Escape System https://www.shapeways.com/product/Y4UU785XQ/apollo-les-1-144 CM-SM Umbilical Connector https://www.shapeways.com/product/YMKRA4NAS/apollo-sm-cm-umb-conn-1-144 Service Module Aft Heat Shield & Engine https://www.shapeways.com/product/HZFEQPEJN/apollo-serv-mod-aft-shield-engine-1-144 SECOND STAGE S-IVB Thrust Structure https://www.shapeways.com/product/C3Q59G647/saturn-v-s-ivb-500-thrust-structure-1-144-scale SLA/IU https://www.shapeways.com/product/7Z6MK95KN/apollo-1-144-sla-iu-airfix J-2 Engine https://www.shapeways.com/product/8K8U5NKL9/j-2-engine-1-144-for-saturn-ib-or-v FIRST STAGE Hold Down Struts (x2) https://www.shapeways.com/product/NGNY24G6J/hold-down-struts-airfix-1-144-4-pack H-1 Engines https://www.shapeways.com/product/9XF49JSTR/saturn-i-h-1-engines-1-144-scale