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Hi Kirk,


it can't be due to the chamfer on the cutter blade, as I deliberately use a Chisel cutter (Martor) whose blade only has a chamfer on one side, and which can therefore be ideally placed at the ruler edge with its flat side when cutting. But even here it is important to guide the chisel cutter as vertically as possible, because the slightest skewing would result in a faulty cut again. cool.gif


But it's good that you reminded me of my Mitre Cutter (RP TOOLZ), which I actually only use for larger quantities, like back then for the felt like 1.000 pins of the Crawler chains ... :woot.gif:


But I have now tested this tool again for these 4 mm long frame struts by using a blade with only one chamfer. However, the difficulty also lies in the setting of the lateral stop to exactly 4 mm, which is why you have to test it before. But after I managed to do that, I was able to cut strips of exactly the same length. :whistle:


One cut at a time, which is a bit tedious ... :rolleyes:




or immediately several by fixing the strips with tape. up039822.gif




But one can also cut it through with the tape, up046118.gif




what's no problem. :whistle:




Nothing is impossible! up040577.gif

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Hello everybody,


a far trickier component is this pivoted Double angle holder onto which the Worm gear is mounted, which functions as the drive component of the Screw Jack which provides the vertical movement of the trapezoidal spindle. cool.gif


Source: NASA (STS-135)


Tricky therefore, because this double angle is very small, as one can imagine from its dimensions (1,7mm x 1,5mm x 1,0mm) in this image. undecided.gif


Source: NASA (STS-125)


Therefore it would be a clever solution if there was a suitable Styrene profile that would fall within this range. hmmm.gif


Due to the width of 1,5 mm, I've immediately thought of my smallest Evergreen U or H Profiles, which are just as wide and after which I've been looking in my stock immediately.




From the H Profile (left) I've removed the upper webs and filed the inside a little thinner, which I like better than the U Profile (right), especially since the H Profile with 0,96 mm is also a bit higher, which would fit better into the overall picture. up039822.gif


For the protective tube of the Screw Jack spindle I will use a rod (Ø 0,5 mm). And for the black Folding bellows I could use this matching insulating tube Ø 1,3 mm,




which I have put onto the rod, and which I've tried out with the rod in a holder made of U Profile, what looks quite passable. :whistle:


Most of all, with this solution I have something to touch, which will hopefully make it easier to glue the holder onto the fragile frame. huh.gif


Let's wait and see ... up040577.gif

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Hello everybody,


meanwhile I've been thinking about how I could scratch the tiny Worm Gear and the Folding Bellows as well as the encased Coupling Rod, sitting on top of it. idea1_2.gif


For clarity, this time I've left out the confusing scaling of dimensions and just given the final dimensions of the components, making it easier to see the details to scratch. cool.gif


Source: NASA (STS-132)


Then I looked around for suitable materials and found some in my inventory, including a suitable black insulating tube Ø 1,4 mm for the slightly thicker lower area of the bellows, which is directly sitting on the Worm Gear (Ø 1,0 mm x 1,0 mm) and then up to the coated Coupling Rod (Ø 0,5 mm x 1,3 mm) becomes slightly tapered (Ø 0,7 mm x 1,0 mm), which I at least want to indicate. :whistle:


The following image shows the individual parts, whereby I put a black broom bristle (Ø 0,7 mm) into the insulating tube for the thinner bellows area. Next to it are the prepared Protective Tubes (Ø 0,5 mm x 9,5 mm), which are mounted under the double-angle bracket of the worm gear.


To the right the parts for the gear unit are to see, these are the punched-out small cylinders for the worm gears, and behind it the Housing of the output shaft, for which I'll use an Evergreen Strip (0,5 mm x 0,5 mm x 1,5 mm)




However, as can be seen in this image, it has a prismatic design,


Source: NASA (STS-125)


in contrast to this cylindrical form shown earlier. 


Source: mechjacks.com


Then I thought of two more variants for the bellows, which can be seen here. 


In the variant above the cent coin, a rod (Ø 0,5 mm) is plugged into the insulating tube (Ø 1,4 mm x 1,5 mm) above the worm gear, of which I could paint the tapered part (1,0 mm) black, while the remaining end (1,3 mm) would represent the coupling rod.  hmmm.gif




In the variant above it, a thin black insulating tube (Ø 0,5 mm) is attached to a pin for the tapering part (Ø 0,7 mm x 1,0 mm), which could be replaced by the white round rod, which would represent the coupling rod. huh.gif


Let's see what I'll decide for, the variant with the broom bristle is eliminated anyway. up040577.gif

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Hello everybody,


well then let's get to the tricky Double-angle holders, on which the Worm Gears are mounted, which I've cut with the Chisel cutter from my prepared H Profile to 1,7 mm length. cool.gif




However, since the shape of the sides of the angle is not an isosceles triangle, as can be seen in this image,


Source: NASA (STS-125)


I first had to attach these unequal slants to both sides of the tiny one, which was quite difficult because one can hardly fix the angle for it, but I managed to do this to some extent with the cutter and careful sanding. huh.gif Then the Screw Jack protective tube (Ø 0,5 mm x 9,5 mm) could be glued at the underside of the angle, aligned and set aside to dry, 




which did complete the bottom half of the first Screw Jack. http://www.raumfahrer.net/forum/yabbfiles/Attachments/up035091.gif




And so to the Folding Bellows sitting on the top of the angle, which I had been racking my brains about for some time. hmmm.gif


After careful consideration, I have now decided on the variant with insulating tubes of different thicknesses, with the lower part (Ø 1,4 mm x 1,5 mm and the part above (Ø 0,6 mm x 1,0 mm). up046118.gif




While pushing the thicker part onto the round rod (Ø 0,5 mm) did not cause any problems, I've first widened the thinner part with a pin (Ø 0,5 mm), although pushing it onto only succeeded  under hot water. rolleyes.gif




And this bellows with the coupling rod now still had to be glued to the tiny Worm Gear (Ø 1,0 mm x 1,0 mm), to which I before still had to attach the Shaft Housing ( 0,5 mm x 0,5 mm x 1,5 mm)




This gear unit was then still glued to a small base plate (0,13 mm x 1,4 mm x 1,5 mm)




which shows that it is meanwhile about tenths of a millimeter. up037312.gif




Before gluing both parts together, I still wanted to determine the exact position of the Screw Jack on the still to be built frame platform,  




since the position of the Shaft Housing must match that of the Bevel Gearbox of the door drive, between which the tubes of the Output Shaft are running, like one can see in this photo. huh.gif


Source: NASA (STS-135)


For this purpose, I placed the gear unit with the bellows on the finished door drive in such a way that the center line of the Worm Gear and the Shaft Housing are matching, what was resulting in a distance from the wall of the canister of 2,7 mm, which I have to take into account when gluing the screw jack onto the frame pedestal so that both tubes are running aligned later. up046118.gif






Then I started scratching the upper frame by gluing the prepared struts (0,25 mm x 0,5 mm) together, what resulted to a frame  2 mm x 4 mm.




As one can see, the width of the screw jack base plate matches the width of the frame well.






Here is an image to illustrate the size of the parts from the normal viewer perspective of approx. 30 cm. yikes.gif




Next, however, the upper frame must first be completed with the remaining struts, because only then the complete Screw Jack can be glued onto it. up040577.gif

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Hello friends,


so let's continue with the remaining struts on the frame for the Screw Jack. cool.gif




After all four top frames were done,




the vertical struts were glued, for which the frame had to be fixed again in order not to be able to slip, which can otherwise happen very quickly, up037312.gif 




whereby had to be rechucked again and again. huh.gif






The test fitting on the sketch fits quite well so far,




and the frame so far looks stable too. up046118.gif






So it could now continue with the gluing of the diagonal struts, which were cut on this sketch. 






While the first strut could still be glued in relatively well after the appropriate fixation, 




gluing the other strut was a bit more difficult, which is why the framework had to be fixed differently in order to have reasonably free access without the frame being able to slip. But I found a solution for that too. up039822.gif




Now only the slightly longer struts had to be glued onto both long sides of the frame. 




For this I have adjusted the stop on the ruler in such a way that there is an overhang of 1 mm at the top, :whistle:




behind which I then glued the framework.




Then the strut was glued on the other side. 




This was followed by a fitting on the Payload Canister, which was okay so far. up046118.gif




For gluing the Worm gear on the Folding bellows I first have tested the clamping option of  the Protective tube with the Double angle holder and tested the seat of the gear. 




However, since I was not able to check the alignment of the protective tube with the upper spindle with this clamping and correct it if necessary, I decided to clamp into the scissor tweezers, which was clamped firmly on the table top.


And thanks to my steady hand, the gluing of both parts worked right away,




and the fit of both parts was also perfect.  cool.gif




However, trying on the Screw Jack on the frame turned out to be a blatant number, since the clear opening of the frame and the width of the double angle holder with 1,5 mm are identical, rolleyes.gif causing the part kept slipping through. up037312.gif


But on the 10th attempt it worked and stayed stable for a photo, which made up for the effort. :banana:




And that's exactly why the two small lateral holders must now also be attached to the double angle, but which are only 0,13 mm x 0,4 mm x 0,5 mm in size. up046885.gif


Source: NASA (STS-135)


But I'm still trying to make it, :bandhead2: for which I have already found a suitable thin strip in my hodgepodge. :whistle:




Let's wait and see. up040577.gif

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5 hours ago, Slartibartfast said:

I’ve noted my awe at your modeling skills over the years but I don’t believe I complimented your ability to get clear photos.  I hope you have someone compiling a book using your photos.


Thanks Bruce for staying tuned over the years and for appreciating my photos, that's remarkable. :worship:


I'm attaching great importance on this indeed, although it takes a lot of time, especially to photograph these tiny things well and sharply, which is not easy every time. cool.gif Especially white plastic parts have too little contrast, and shadows in artificial light during my midnight sessions are also very annoying. :hmmm:


Then I also like to use my little Euro Cent friend, smiley_emoticons_my2cents.gif but it mustn't be too close to the object, otherwise the auto-focus of my digicam will focus on it and the object will then be blurred, so it's all a little science in itself. :whistle:


At the end that's how it is with the photos as with the small details, I'm only satisfied when I like the result myself. up040577.gif

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1 hour ago, CaptKirk said:

It's looking excellent as always Manfred.


Thanks Kirk for your nice compliment, you are such a loyal soul too, still following me ... up046068.gif

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4 hours ago, spaceman said:


still following me ... 

 Er - I think it is you who shows a steely determination to relentlessly progress this masterpiece.

I can still remember (just!) when I first saw your work on one of the pad's many ladders and then watched in awe as the sound suppression system's pipework came together.

I am not sure what I will do with myself if it is ever complete; Stop learning what is possible to model at such a tiny scale, I suppose!! 😁


I hope you stay motivated throughout 2023 and beyond...

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Thanks Kirk for your nice compliments, :worship:


I sometimes marvel at myself what crazy things I keep coming up with ... :whistle:


As long as you guys like them:popcorn: and don't make bored, it's all okay and I can keep going on the long and winding road ... up040577.gif 



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Hello everybody,


an exact re-measurement of the small angle holder on the double bracket of the Screw Jack resulted dimensions of 0,4 mm x 0,5 mm, which is why I did not use the initially selected 0,5 mm wide strip, as I would have had to cut 0,4 mm long strips from it, which is almost impossible to do it reproducibly. blink.gif


So I've cut a new strip out of Evergreen Sheet Styrene (0,13 mm x 0,4 mm), although it was difficult to get the width (0,4 mm), which took me several attempts. up037312.gif 


This gave me the advantage that I could set the length (0,5 mm) on the ruler and only had to cut off the pieces. up046118.gif




And now please buckle up! :woot.gif: These angle holders are by far the tiniest bits I've ever had in front of me to scratch, up037692.gif which I now somehow had to glue onto both sides of the double angle, which is why I was curious whether I would be able to do that at all. hmmm.gif




Here one can see that the snippet just about fits on the tip of the tweezers, but then really grabbing it, holding it and sticking it to the angle is almost impossible. up046885.gif




If at all, this only works with one of my patented Tape tweezers, up046118.gif which have often helped me in similar cases, hopefully this time too. huh.gif 


Here I have already tapped and picked up the snippet with the tip of a new tape tweezers, and the acupuncture needle lays already in place to dab a tiny droplet of Revell Contacta-Professional onto the underside of the double angle.




And here the first snippet is already glued, but you can hardly see it because these white plastic particles offer too little contrast, which is a well-known phenomenon with such macro shots. rolleyes.gif




Maybe one can see it a little better on this shot, although it always depends on the incidence of light. 




That's why I chose a lateral position here, where one can now see the midget relatively well. up039822.gif




Then the angle holder was also glued to the other side, which resulted in a width of the double angle with these holders of 1,8 mm, which is actually enough to stand on the frame, which has a clear opening of 1,5 mm.




And after drying, the Screw jack was put to the test on the frame, what can be seen in this image,




which has completely convinced me and so I could go to bed last night full of satisfaction ... up040577.gif

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Dear friends,


on this memorable day in 1986 with the Challenger Mission STS-51-L took place the first launch from the just finished Launch Pad 39-B,


Source: wikimedia.org


which ended in a disaster 73 seconds after lift-off, in which the seven-person Challenger Crew lost their lives.


Front: Michael Smith, Francis Scobee, Ronald McNair; Back: Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik 
Source: wikimedia.org


Let us take pause in silence and keeping their legacy alive forever. 

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1 hour ago, crowe-t said:

I still remember that day like it was yesterday.  It was a terrible tragedy.  I'll never forget.


I can also still clearly remember the horrified faces of President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy ...

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Hello everybody,


for the remaining three Screw Jacks I came up with a different solution. up047090.gif 


In order not to have to glue the tiny Angle holders to the sides of the Double angle holder last, which was a pretty tricky affair, I have this step this time brought forward. cool.gif 


That's why I first drilled the holes for the Spindle protective tubes in the brackets, first with Ø 0,3 mm pre-drilled, and then with Ø 0,5 mm re-drilled. 


Then the sides were beveled,




wherefore this time I fixed the holders between four rulers and then cut off the slants on both sides one after the other with a razor blade. up039822.gif


And in this position I also glued the tiny angle holders onto the front side.




To glue the angle holders to the back, however, they had to be carefully re-clamped and precisely aimed with the tiny one on the Tape tweezers. huh.gif




But now the Double angle holders are finished,




and I can glue in the protective tubes and then move on to the Worm gears and Folding bellows. up040577.gif

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Hello everybody,


and thus to the Folding bellows, their assembly sequence I've quickly recapitulated in my former post (Posted January 21). cool.gif 


First, I glued the Lifting spindle protective tubes into the holes in the Double-angle holders. In order not to break off the already glued tiny Angle holders on the sides, this time I clamped the holders at the front and back between the rulers,




as well as aligned their seat in scissor tweezers and let dry. :whistle:




This was followed by the well-known tricky threading of the black rubber sleeves of the bellows onto the sharpened spindle rod (Ø 0,5 mm). up037312.gif 


After the tricky insertion of the tip into the 1,0 mm long thinner upper sleeve (Øo 0,6 mm), it was  pushed up to 1,5 mm in front of the rod end. 




Then the 1,5 mm long lower sleeve (Øo 1,4 mm) was pushed on, which was much easier.




After gluing, the round rod was cut off flush, with which the 2nd Folding bellows was finished. up046118.gif




In the same way the two remaining bellows followed. Once you know how it's done, it's only half as bad. up039822.gif




Then I've still scratched the three Worm gears in the known way. http://www.raumfahrer.net/forum/yabbfiles/Attachments/up035091.gif




As next step the assembly of the Screw jacks can follow now, 




and following this the gluing of the missing frame struts. up040577.gif

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I reckon at 1:72 scale, you could have a fully working Space Shuttle system. It might only get 1:72 of the way to orbit (or less unless you can provide a 1:72 atmosphere) but it's a start.😉


Forgive me if you have mentioned before:- are you making TDRS-A too?

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Hello everybody,

I can be honest, it is a new challenge every day to sit down at my craft table because I know what is waiting there again for me ... up046885.gif

A little fun on the side. :rofl:


In our German forum, a friend was astonished at that my components are narrower than the protruding edge of the 1 Cent coin. shocked.gif


And if he really means the width of the protruding edge of my constant companion, then according to the current measurement it is 0,46 mm wide, which shows, that some of my parts are meanwhile smaller indeed. up037692.gif 




Today I was satisfied with gluing the vertical struts to the frame, :whistle:




what was also the same stressful business as last time up037312.gif 




especially since immediately the first strut dropped out of the tweezers when dipping into the glue blob and was therefore scrap. up043952.gif


The squirrel laboriously feeds itself and is hopping from strut to strut... up052127.gif

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3 hours ago, CaptKirk said:

I reckon at 1:72 scale, you could have a fully working Space Shuttle system. It might only get 1:72 of the way to orbit (or less unless you can provide a 1:72 atmosphere) but it's a start.😉


Forgive me if you have mentioned before:- are you making TDRS-A too?


Sorry Kirk, but I don't understand your jokes ... :dontknow:

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Hello everybody,


this was followed by gluing the lower small cross struts (0,25 mm x 0,5 mm x 1,5 mm) at the end of the vertical frame struts. cool.gif




For the gluing of the Diagonal struts I had to scroll back and look at the special arrangement of the steel rulers for fixing. :whistle:




Due to the modest artificial light conditions, I've set up my improvised Object lighting with a Headband LED,




which, together with my Headset magnifying glass, gave me the perfect view. :clap2:






For the gluing of the opposing diagonal struts, the frames had to be fixed non-slip as usual using the super magnets. up046118.gif




And then the frames were finally done. up039822.gif




Next, the Worm gears and Folding bellows can be glued to the Double angle holders. Always nice one thing at a time. up040577.gif

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23 hours ago, spaceman said:


Sorry Kirk, but I don't understand your jokes ... :dontknow:

Apologies Manfred - I sometimes forget that English is not your 1st language, and write in a complicated way.


I was only saying that if you made these parts any larger, they would probably be fully functional. This was a joke, as styrene/paper rockets would melt and catch fire.


Also, STS-6's payload was a satellite called "TDRS-A". I just wondered if you were going to make this too?



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Thanks Kirk, :worship:


no problem, your joke regarding the fully working Space Shuttle system I've understood especially since it's tantamount to a compliment. :whistle:


The only thing I haven't immediately understood was the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-A) in Challenger's payload bay. :doh:



Source: retrospaceimages.com (STS-6)


But since I'm only building the closed payload canister, I didn't have to deal with TDRS-A. So all you have to do is imagine that he's in my canister, if you want so. up040577.gif

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