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  1. Very nice! Can't wait to see more. I bet the support structures where a sight to see.
  2. CSM/BPC - preliminary work Decided to use a piece of 1.25" PVC pipe to replicate the service module. The outer diameter is 1.66" which is a direct match. It will provide a smooth worry-free surface to apply all the exterior details. I'll be using the New Ware photo-etch obviously but I think I'm going to also print a new aft SMS heat shield and nozzle. Still working out those details. Revell/Heller CSM junkyard. I'm also going to try to create a vac-formed BPC that will fit directly over the Revell CM. I have plenty of spare CM parts on hand
  3. S-IVB - adding stringers Followed Rick Sternbach's lead again and used Evergreen corrugated sheet to replicate the stringers. I'm not sure if the counts are perfect, but it looks the part. The tank dome is from the original kit. It was removed from the ring, sanded smooth and styrene details added.
  4. Moved to a new state this year and now that I’m kinda settled in I’ve decided to take on a quick project to rekindle the MoJo. For the better part of the last three months I’ve been sorting through boxes and rediscovering old projects and items I’d long forgotten about. One of them was a box of parts from a Revell 1/96 Saturn V that I had started back in the late 90’s early 2000’s. It’s a perfect candidate. I hadn’t gotten too far along before it was shelved, but 99% of the parts are there, and at the time I had invested in a New Ware detail set, so it’d be a shame to let that all
  5. Google street view of the abandoned tank. It's pretty close to the road, so the detail is good. https://goo.gl/maps/8NqBYmWsPHWJVuQb9
  6. Work picked up and I had to take a break from this, but I had a little time this weekend to start adding some of the 3D details. Pretty reasonable improvement over the laser cut styrene details.
  7. Second round of printing went pretty well. No build plate separations but I did have one strangely formed part. Probably could have used an extra support there or something. So we now have a set of hold-downs and aft umbilicals for both Saturn Vs. Neat-o.
  8. First Print with the AnyCubic Photon Finally got the first print under my belt and it was a little bit of a success and a little bit of a failure. After leveling the build plate I set up 4 identical APS units and a set of aft skirt umbilicals for the S-IC and set off to printing. A couple of hours later the print finished and I was greeted with 2 APS units and the umbilicals. Two of the APS units were not there. After cleaning off the other parts I pulled the vat and poured the remaining resin back in the bottle. Found that the other two APSs had separated from the build plat
  9. Keep needing to remind myself that this is 144th scale. Amazing work Manfred.
  10. Finally found some isopropyl alcohol last night, so I might just get started with my initial prints this weekend. Still waiting on some parts for a UV curing station, but I guess I can use the Sun for curing the first few prints as they'll likely not be usable anyway. It will be nice to actually learn by doing rather than by theory. I won't be printing this engine bell but it is nice to know that a flat placement and larger supports will work. I was thinking cleaning supports from the inside of the bell would be far more difficult than the outside especially since I went bonkers
  11. That might actually be the better way. I think the reason most print at angles is to mitigate some of the vacuum created when the build plate is moving up and down in the resin. This article, though about wargaming, seems to be a pretty good reference to some of the ins and outs. I keep referring to it ... and this thread here in our very own form.
  12. A bottle of isopropyl alcohol! My kingdom for a bottle of isopropyl alcohol! I'm still collecting some of the sundry items needed to start printing and I've found that a simple bottle of alcohol is a very hard item to procure. That and extra gloves. Seems there may be a pandemic ongoing. Meanwhile I've been digging into the ChiTuBox slicing software. It seems to be a little more robust than the supplied AnyCubic software. I've just be messing around adding stl files and running through all the options. I'm sure when I actual start printing it will be somewhat of a
  13. Congrats on the Elegoo. I had the very same issue with the Treasury when I brought mine home too. Funny how universal that seems to be.
  14. This is precisely the reason I decided to just go ahead and bite the bullet and buy a printer. Relying on Shapeways' ever-changing production policies and pricing has always put me off. I know they're a business but it seems that if you make it increasingly more difficult for your customers to afford and utilize your product, you might be doing something incorrectly. Now that I can produce my own stuff all that stands in the way is consumable costs and time. It's very liberating.
  15. The Photon arrived yesterday. Really only had time to pull it out of the box and check out the contents. For the price, the build quality is amazing. For whatever reason I thought these came with a 500ml bottle of resin – this one didn't. Just ordered a bottle of grey from Amazon, so maybe by this weekend I can start messing around with this thing.
  16. I've been digging through every resource possible, taking copious notes. Hadn't heard of the FB group, I'll definitely check that out. I figure I'll start out with something rather simple and build on that. Probably these guys. S-IVB APS units
  17. The printer should be arriving this week, needless to say I'm starting to get very excited. The term "game changer" keeps popping into my head. Let's hope it's just that. Got the fins and the new tie down parts modeled. That just leaves the aft heat shield that I need to re-work for the new F-1 engines. There's a lot of stuff yet to do.
  18. I think I have these about where they’re going to be. A little simplified here and there for printing ease but I think they're looking ok. I'm sure there will be some fine tuning when it comes to printing. Working on fins next.
  19. Thanks Manfred, I am really anxious to for it to arrive. Being able to print my own parts will be super nice and I will surely go through tons of resin. I can't wait. 
 I've made a little progress modeling the fairings. Still need to address a few details and sort some inaccuracies, but we're coming along at a pretty fair clip.
  20. Back at this for a bit, bringing it back over from last year's 50th anniversary group build. Talk of a new Dragon 1/72 Saturn IB kit has sort of spurred me back into action on these things. I'd been meaning to get back to these earlier, but it didn't actually work out as planned. Given recent events, I've more time. Go figure. So bengalensis (Jörgen Stendahl), over at britmodeller.com, totally upended my original plan to just throw these together. His build turned out spectacularly. If you haven't already seen the thread you should check it out. It really inspired me to
  21. A little more. Confirms that the S-IVB is the same as the Saturn V kit.
  22. Found a few more renders. Looks like the segmentation might be some exaggerated weld lines. The rest of the first stage doesn't look too bad but it does seem a little rudimentary. Fins look ok ... aft heat shield looks ok ... the outboard H1s aren't canted ... stringer counts look suspect ... the whole S-IVB looks to be the same as before ... APS units are from the S-IVB 500 series ... don't see any sep motors on the S-IVB. Not horrible ... but you'll have a fair share of updating to do if you want it to be accurate.
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