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Earlier this year I started designing a 1/32 lunar module in 3D using Rhinoceros 3D. The parts are sold on shapeways (https://www.shapeways.com/shops/spacemodels ) and the instuctions are on my web site (http://spacemodels.nuxit.net/1-32%20LM/index.htm'>http://spacemodels.nuxit.net/1-32%20LM/index.htm ).

The picture below shows the final realization of the descent stage in comparison with an old 1/48 Revell model.

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Once I finished the descent stage I received several requests for a J version (Apollo 15, 16 and 17) with the lunar rover. Work is almost done, I still need to complete the placement of the LRV on Quad 1 and the building instructions. Here are some rendering. The astronaut is the work od a Swiss artist called Max Grueter, we are in contact to design several astronaut figures to go with the model

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Quad 3 with LRV equipment and supplementary batteries

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Extended stay MESA + Grueter astronaut

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LRV deployment from Quad 1, the current wheels are a simplified version compare to the 3D printed version.

A bientôt

Vincent

http://spacemodels.nuxit.net

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niart17   

Great job. Very nice looking modeling. I guess I'm going to have to break down and try to learn Rhino, I've seen some great things come out of it. Keep up the great work! :thumbsup:

Bill

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Whaaaah! I'm hyperventilating! :woot.gif:

Vincent, you make a dream come true, a J-Mission LEM! That J-Mission stuff already looks fantastic, very promising. Also the fact you collaborate with Max Grueter is supercool. I knew his 3d work on Apollo astronauts, but now you both joined - how about that, great!

Keep us posted!

THANK YOU!

Greetings from Germany,

Rafael

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Some news from the front,

The ascent stage is progressing well, all details for the aft section are available Shapeways and I just finished its construction for LM-5. I will now work on remaining parts for the mid-section. In the mean time the forward section structure is also available on Shapeways.

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Construction of the aft section : http://spacemodels.nuxit.net/1-32%20LM%20AS/Ascent%20stage.htm

1/32 available parts : https://www.shapeways.com/shops/spacemodels?section=1%2F32+LM+ascent+stage&s=0

Vincent

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Hi Vincent! I'm building the J mission LM at present using your parts from Shape ways. Thanks for making them available to us all.

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niart17   

Incredible work there Vincent. Both in the real world and the 3D modeling world. Would love to sit down with ya sometime and pick your brain and compare notes on 3d processes you go through.

Bill

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And Bill you won't believe this. Vincent's been at it for only a year. Just a couple months after starting on Rhino he was already turning out complex parts. The guy is just amazing.

Edited by crackerjazz

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I was silent for a while because I was designing the interior of the ascent stage mid-section. It is now done for LM-5 and I orderded the parts yesterday. I will now move from the virtual to the real world. I still have to modify some parts for subsequent LMs and make sure they all fit together. Then I will put them for sale on Shapeways. Here are some renderings for the LM-5 mid-section.

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niart17   

WOW! :jaw-dropping: Great job. It inspires me but at the same time makes me wonder if it's too late for me to change my hobby to needlepoint or something. Keep it up!

Bill

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I just started building the interior of the mid-section ascent stage. I am quite satisfied with the way 3D parts came out. Here are a couple of pictures :

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johnbuck   

Gosh Vincent...this is most impressive. The way you and crackerjazz work with your CAD programmes...marvellous .....

The resolution of the prints look pretty good indeed... what DPI ? is it ? Are we nearing the limits of the process ?

Do you think this is the way the 'garage' kit maker will go in the future rather than making a master and casting. Presumably production and hence costs, must be less once the CAD programme has been mastered.

I look forward very much to following this build.

Cheers

JohnB

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Hello to all, Here are two new pictures of the interior construction for the mid-section of the ascent stage, in particular showing the Environmental Control System.

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spaceman   

Hi Vincent,

it would be nice if you could answer to my question, what material are the printed parts, FUD, WSF? :dontknow:

:wave:

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Hi Vincent,

it would be nice if you could answer to my question, what material are the printed parts, FUD, WSF? :dontknow:/>/>

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The big parts are made out of Strong & flexible pastic : https://www.shapeways.com/materials/strong-and-flexible-plastic?li=nav

The small parts are made out of frosted detail palstic : https://www.shapeways.com/materials/frosted-detail-plastic

I don't know what FUD or WSF is.

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spaceman   

The big parts are made out of Strong & flexible pastic : https://www.shapeways.com/materials/strong-and-flexible-plastic?li=nav

The small parts are made out of frosted detail palstic : https://www.shapeways.com/materials/frosted-detail-plastic

I don't know what FUD or WSF is.

Thanks Vincent,

FUD stands for Frosted Ultra Detail, and WSF for White Strong & Flexible. :coolio:

:wave:

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