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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. You might start with the David Weeks drawings available from the Realspace Models website. Also look online for the Mercury Familiarization Manual and Mercury Maintenance Manual.
  2. I'm just happy to see the struts below the fins, accurate stringer patterns on the boat tail, and what appears to be visually accurate dimensions. It's workable.
  3. What happened to my body flap decal, did you put it on the opposite side? I could send you a replacement that would look better than the cartoonish Cutting Edge decal. Your build looks marvelous by the way. And no, that's not my window decal that Dutycat used as his template. His windows are a bit smaller I believe. This is going to be one outstanding shuttle!
  4. Not right now, I'm in the process of moving, so everything is being boxed up at the moment. May be awhile.
  5. I've been using that Rustoleum 2x like you have in the center photo for the past year almost exclusively. It goes on smoother than Tamiya cans (at least for me, here in the humid south US) and like you say it's a much better bargain for the amount you get in the can. The only down side is the cure time (1 week vs. 1-2 days for the Tamiya).
  6. This is gonna be awesome! Loving the detail the photo etch adds. I'll be getting this kit for myself once some extra money comes in.
  7. Well if I had the ARK kit in my stash, I could make the template for you. But since I don't have the plastic here to trace, I need someone to supply it for me. Will look for your PM.
  8. I have the art for the Buran belly, so all I would need to make a belly tile decal would be an accurate tracing of the belly of your kit. So if you feel like making this for me and scanning it in, I can make you a decal. Let me know if you're interested.
  9. Do you still have the 1/72 tile detail set available for the Monogram shuttle?

  10. You should def seal it in a bag, and I'd be sure to only leave it in there as long as necessary to cool it. In other words, don't forget about it and leave it in there overnight.
  11. Yes thank you so much for doing this, even if my build didn't go as planned! I enjoyed seeing everyones work.
  12. 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.
  13. 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! 🤧🤧🤧
  14. 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.
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