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j-love

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  1. j-love

    Lunar Module airframe

    I had mentioned the PA-1 test article earlier ... found a really nice picture of it displayed at the X-prize Cup back in 2006. See here and here.
  2. Here's an update. Very slow progress ... plus, research takes a while. Wrapping up SLA exterior. I'll make these drawing available when I've worked out all the details. Anyone have any idea as to the purpose of these little guys. Here's the back-side. They have some kind of protruding bracket with a pin. Each seems to have a location marking as well. Perhaps for attaching service platforms?
  3. j-love

    Lunar Module airframe

    Looking great. I'm glad to see it coming back together.
  4. Porch re-work Wasn't really liking the Newware porch replacement for the kit, so I took a stab at it myself. The hand rails are from the kit, and are a little thick for the scale. I may make another and use wire instead.
  5. j-love

    1/72 Scout-D

    It came with the some decals ... but maybe something a little more accurate?
  6. j-love

    1/72 Scout-D

    I'm currently in the beginning stages of constructing a 1/72 Saturn V ... but I've already been thinking ahead to other 1/72 launch vehicles. After some searching I found and ordered this. I don't know much about it other than I think that it's originally from a Topping mold that's likely over 40 years old. Shape and scale wise it's pretty close, as far as I can tell, and has very few molding flaws that I can see. So here's the conundrum ... does this "kit" have any historic value? Should I consider just building it like a contractors model, and not "bastardize" it with details and such?
  7. Finally, after a long few weeks, I've had the chance to do a little work. (Life does get in the way sometimes.) Here's the leg parts compared to the drawing. The footpads for both the Dragon and Airfix kits seem pretty close to scale ... the Airfix legs are closer to scale that the Dragon's, which are a few mm too short. Also worked to correct the shape of the bottom of the Dragon ascent stage. Not perfect by any means ... but it's going to be tucked away, partially out-of-site ... and there are bigger fish to fry.
  8. j-love

    Lunar Module airframe

    What tha ... :blink:
  9. j-love

    Lunar Module airframe

    To satiate my curiosity ... I searched and found this: Integrated RCSlAPS PA-1 Test Program The PA-1 test rig was a flight-weight ascent-stage structure with only the RCS and APS installed. It was built principally for development testing of the APS, and the RCS was included primarily for evaluating the interconnect-propellant-feed mode. The configuration of the PA-1 RCS was similar to that of test rig HR-3P and flight vehicle LM-1 except that solenoid valves were installed between the propellant tanks and the helium module to prevent migration of propellant vapors into the regulators and check valves during extended downtimes. Also, additional feedline access ports were installed between the cluster isolation valves and the engines to aid in draining propellant. All testing was conducted at the NASA White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) during September and October 1966. A series of 11 runs was made under the altitude conditions (88 000 to 140 000 feet) attainable with the WSTF vacuum pumping system. Approximately 3000 firings and 515 seconds of firing time were accumulated on 12 engines; the four upfiring engines were disabled to prevent possible injector-manifold explosions, which could occur at the relatively high test-cell pressure. The high test-cell pressure was not a realistic simulation of space vacuum.
  10. j-love

    Lunar Module airframe

    Found this too ... while poking around on the AFGAS. PA-1/LTA-5D Neat stuff.
  11. j-love

    Lunar Module airframe

    Great pictures, very cool. I just realized something while looking at these ... about the round hatches. I've always wondered why there was a flat area on the docking tunnel hatch. It's not totally round. I was thinking it was maybe about clearances or something to that effect. But looking at the forward round egress hatch, the bottom is flat! Could that be why the docking hatch is that way too? I can see building the hatch to one specification as saving time ... what with the whole "getting to the moon before the decade is out." thing.
  12. Looked for a while an never really found a definitive answer, so I decided to scale down Vincent Meens drawings to 1/72 scale. (I'll compare the Airfix and Dragon parts, to the drawings, tonight.) You know, thinking about it ... I wonder how many LM models have been, are are currently under construction using Mr. Meens drawings. It's a real testament to the open-source sharing of information. We owe him a great deal of gratitude. Thanks Vincent! :D
  13. Very little actual progress this week. Been researching the S-II stage and how the heck I'm going to make the J-2s. Currently my thoughts are making a J-2 master and then casting the 6 that will be needed. (Hopefully that won't be too terribly daunting.) Luckily the SPS nozzle and the J-2 nozzles are relatively similar in size ... the J-2 seem a little smaller, but the general shape is close. So I'm planning to reshape the bell and shorten it with my "poor-man's" lathe, (i.e. the nozzle chucked into my hand drill.) Adding a trust chamber/injector/gimbal ... then have sub-assemblies for the turbo-pumps, start tanks and flight instrumentation packages. Simple, right? Started sanding off all the Dragon SPS bell surface details and the interior ridges. This method actually works better than one might think. Also been working on the LEM ... I've decided against using Dragon's folded leg parts. They just don't look right ... also, the legs seem way too short. (Does anyone know of, or have relatively accurate leg dimensions?) I'm going to take the "deployed" truss parts and fold them. Basically just cutting them in two, and assembling 'em folded. That way adding the blankets and pyromark will be simple. Here's the d-stage. I had to modify the Airfix parts so the truss parts will lay flat.
  14. j-love

    Lunar Module airframe

    Wow, very nice work.
  15. I mainly bought the kit for the LM parts an the nozzles ... so I'm still considering creating my own SM details. I do have two unbuilt Dragon CSMs, so I'll most likely build one with my details and the other with the New Ware. (Two, better than one.)
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