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I'll be rebuilding a Revell 1/48 Command Service Module, CSM, that I got off of eBay. The eBay find included a lot of broken up LMs and lotsa parts and I see this as a bit of fun!

As tempted as I am to buy Vincent's 1/48 LM from Shapeways, I have a Monogram LM in my stash which has to get built and I'll be using New Ware's Update sets on both the CSM and LM.

 

 

This is in pretty sad shape, but I'll be sanding off the all the surface details and rebuilding it all anyway ... I'll be building this to represent Apollo 16 and will create the SIM bay from scratch.

 

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The Windows need to be repositioned, the Umbilical connection needs to be removed and relocated, a New Hatch needs to be built, thrusters and Antenna need to be repositioned ...

 

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The SIM bay needs to be relocated too ...

 

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New Ware's Resin for the CSM. Tom has also included some nice looking, thin PE for the Service Module's surface detailing!

 

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Okay ... pitter patter, let's get at 'er!

Pete

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I really get my enjoyment out of doing something like this ... rebuilding an old model ... 

 

I started by cutting off the old thruster housings

 

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... removed the CM parts and pencilled in the new Window location. It has to be lowered by 2 or 3 mm

 

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... using a piece of Dymo tape as a guide, cut out a little styrene

 

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... started filing off surface details ... this is the SIM panel and the lower half hasn't been filed, the upper half has. The lower half will be cut off and removed. I've also cut out the old Umbilical connection and will relocate that too. In the background you can see the CM Umbilical connection has been removed as well

 

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... the SM's interior will need to be reworked because the SIM bay is narrower. New Shelves will be cut and this section of the Service Module will be modified.

My thumb is on the panel which will be removed and relocated 1/4" to the left.

 

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... cutting out new shelves for the SIM bay from .040" styrene using my 45 year old compass  :rolleyes:

 

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... New Ware PE looks quite nice and I didn't realize that this was designed for the Dragon kit, and this is the Revell version. I hope it all fits.

 

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Doing a little more research, the SIM bay will be even narrower than I first thought. The pencil lines show where I'll have to cut the kit's part.

And a ref photo is in the background.

 

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Till later

Pete

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Awesome Pete. Looking forward to following this. I am doing a similar build so likely will be robbing some ideas and techniques off of your build here. I may have to get that New Ware PE set, I've lost my Dragon kit's PE and this looks to be a better set anyway. Keep up the inspiring work!

 

Bill

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Don't feel like you're robbing my techniques, they're just the same ones we all use ...  :thumbsup:

 

 

Looking at a >20 year old FSM, Glenn Johnson's Apollo 13 build has him cutting off a bit of the nose to accurize the height of the CM ... so I did too.

 

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Then I mapped out the proportions and cut out the SIM Bay panel ...

 

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From Mike Mackowsi's book on the Apollo CSM, I enlarged a drawing of the Heat Shield and glued it onto a sheet of .040" styrene to build one from scratch.

This old ebay rescue didn't have one ...

 

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Gluing the nose cap onto the hull resulted in a few gaps. This is how I fill up the gaps using, in this case, .005" styrene, file it, sand it and then a little putty.

 

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I had to figure out a new mounting for the New Ware Resin SPS engine ... it's nice and snug!

 

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... and onto the SIM Bay. There are lotsa details on Ninfinger's site. I built the bay itself, which was some pretty time consuming, yet fun, work and then will do the internal cameras and such later on. 

 

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... and dry fit

 

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A new Hatch has to be built too ...

 

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I'm getting all the big stuff done and will work down the list to all the fine detail work as the build progresses.

Pete

 

 

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I've been creating the Heat Shield and still have a bit to do on it ...

 

I cut an allowance in .040" styrene for the kit's aft end ... this'll be the plate the heat shield sits on

 

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The underside of the Heat Shield has been built up with varied sizes of square rod.

 

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... edges filed down

 

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... the parts

 

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... a little filler

 

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... and getting there. The form of the Umbilical Housing has been started too.

 

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... I had glued the other cap on at an unacceptable angle, removed it, re-sanded the CM and reapplied another cap. The Docking Collar and Probe will be attached to this

 

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This assembly is coming along nicely!

Pete

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I'll say coming along nicely. Brilliant work so far. But of course that's typical for you there Pete. Keep up the great work.

 

Bill

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Wow.  I've never been brave enough to overhaul a built kit.  As my dad used to say "you're making a silk purse out of a sow's ear".  He used to be a pig farmer.  Fantastic job.  I can't wait to see how this turns out.

 

Randy

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Thanx Bill ... I'll give it a good try!

Randy, this is where I get all my enjoyment out of this hobby ... the problem solving, the carving of plastic and the build process. The ideas that come to me on how to replicate "X" or "Y" is the fun part. The finishing, the painting, is the struggle, but these initial stages ... I LOVE it!  :yahoo:

 

Pete

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Pete,

 

Exactly.  Building is most fun.  Finishing and painting is where I usually get bogged down too.  I've been known to have a build sit for weeks while I procrastinate over masking the model.

 

Randy

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I realized that I'd have to complete the SIM Bay components before I can close the Service Module's panel ... so I got started ...

 

Using these ...

 

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... I got these. The Panoramic camera on the left, the Mapping camera on the right

 

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I also cracked open my LM boxing and started on it too

 

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All I did was make the LRV Bay. This'll be Apollo 16 and I'll use Vincent's 3D LRV that I built last summer.

 

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As soon as New Ware's Update set comes in, I'll get to working on the LM too.

Pete

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Your scratch building Pete, amazes me. I bought the SIM bay for my Apollo 15, I would never have made it from scratch. I'll be keeping an eye on the LEM 😏

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Thanx Lads!

 

The SIM Bay has really been fun and time consuming ... but that's what this Hobby is all about for me!

 

I looked up the Real Space Models site thinking they had a 1/48 SIM Bay, but no. Glen's is 1/32. And these elements are tiny ... this is the foot restraint

 

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... and getting there ...

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... the components are dry fit in there. I've 'foiled' a couple of the film canisters and painted the frame Aluminum, but didn't like it. It was too dark so I painted on a coat of Light Grey and the Aluminum coat bled through. So, I applied some Easy -Off and put the frame in a Zip-lok bag to strip the paint and ... it didn't.

 

It's always worked in the past to strip enamel paint, so I'm at a loss to understand ... but,

 

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... this SIM Bay is just about done and ready to install ... then I can get to sanding the Service Module.

 

Later

Pete

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