johnlove_mk_II Posted November 30, 2020 Share Posted November 30, 2020 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 go to waste. I don’t plan to try to correct all the flaws, but I’m shooting for a “MSFC display model” level of accuracy. A nice model for the guest bedroom. Getting Started on the S-IC and S-II After sorting through and inventorying all the stuff I decided to replace the styrene wraps with tubing. The wraps I have seem to have become brittle over the last two decades. One had cracked and it really didn’t fit with my sensibilities to use those flimsy things anyway. Ordered some 4.25” and 2.75” Plastruct ABS tubing on a Thursday evening and had in my hands the following Tuesday. First step was to cut the tubes to length and reduced their diameter by removing a strip to bring them down to the exact diameter to fit the styrene skirt cylinders. This was reasonably tedious, but the results turned out very nicely. Cut the tube to length using masking tape as a guide. Measure the needed circumference and transfer to the tube, again using tape as guide. I also used multiple strips of tape lengthwise to the tube to act as an edge for my razor saw. Once the strip is removed the tube naturally closes in on itself. I then added two smaller rings to each tube end to act as a mounting flange for the Revell rings and to help circularize the tube. (With the material removed it doesn’t close up in a perfect circle, more like a big circular heart shape. The extra rings help to even out the curvature.) S-IVB Completely rebuilding this one from scratch. I had destroyed the forward and aft rings when I was attempting this build earlier. Construction was much the same as before, cut the tube to length and removed a strip to bring it down to the needed diameter. Added some internal rings and bulkheads for support. I’ll be attaching tank and thrust structure details to these. All the S-IVB parts All the stages. Here's everything all stacked. Even at 1/96th scale it’s still pretty impressive. Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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