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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-07-2009 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Those who attended my talk at Spacefest last month saw and received paper model kits of Orion and Ares I that were produced by Lockheed Martin and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) respectively.

These kits, which are printed on card stock and (at least in the case of Orion) do not require anything other than a bit of patience to assemble, represent the first contractor models available to the public. (For example, Lockheed was reported to be giving out models this weekend at Science Museum Oklahoma with the arrival of the Orion launch abort system pathfinder.)

Lockheed has released at least two versions of the Orion kit, reflecting changes in the spacecraft's design. The newer version has been distributed by subcontractors, too, and I have heard that NASA has its own version.

I spent about 30 minutes tonight building the first edition of the Orion kit. When I build the newer version, as well as the ATK Ares I kit, I'll post pictures of those, too.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-08-2009 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The new Lockheed Martin Orion kit, seen here side by side with the original kit, has more parts and reflects the current configuration of the crew exploration vehicle.

E2M Lem Man
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posted 03-09-2009 07:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great job, Robert. My Orion capsule paper model that you gave to me was slightly misaligned in the cut and you can't hedge on that. My girlfriend's is okay though!

Tim Vigorito
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posted 03-13-2009 05:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tim Vigorito   Click Here to Email Tim Vigorito     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there any way to obtain the paper Orion models for school use? I teach a model rockery/space class and have used Ton Noteboom's terrific models with the kids.

Jay Chladek
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posted 03-16-2009 12:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If there is a Lockheed Martin branch near where you live, you could probably get in touch with their public affairs department and see if they can send some out for your class. I know that some of the Lockheed Martin offices tend to get these for giveaways at Space Week events and since we are coming up on Space Week very soon, they should have some available or know how to get them.

ATK is another possibility as at one event I attended, they were giving away a paper model of the Ares 1 Orion launcher and I managed to snag two of them. One I offered up at Robert's Spacefest talk. It's a nice model as well and I don't know how long these will be available since the Orion configuration on the Ares 1 represents a slightly earlier version and the LAS shroud has also changed a bit.

It will also be interesting to see if ATK perhaps does an Ares 1X version of this for the upcoming test launch (doubtful, but it would be neat if they did).

Mike Z
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posted 04-27-2009 08:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Z   Click Here to Email Mike Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been looking for the later Orion/CEV paper model for over two months now and have written to dozens of people at ATK, NASA centers and Lockheed. I have also tried the Paper Space Models Yahoo group. My printer doesn't print on heavy paper or cardboard. There has to be someone out there to contact.

Lunar rock nut
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posted 05-01-2009 06:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunar rock nut   Click Here to Email Lunar rock nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I provided Tim V. (post above) with an e-mail address for Scott Lusk at Lockheed Martin Bethesda Md. and apparently he had success in obtaining enough models for his class.

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posted 05-01-2009 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dwmzmm   Click Here to Email dwmzmm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, Robert, I never knew you were into model building!? Your results looks great!

Tim Vigorito
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posted 05-03-2009 05:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tim Vigorito   Click Here to Email Tim Vigorito     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Orion models were listed under resources for the "Space Day" link when I pursued the above address. They were the "older version" download models, pre-607 version shown on the left in your photos. I have not heard from Scott Lusk as of this posting. Ton Noteboom is my primary model source, he just completed an Orion water-test model in both 1/96 an 1/48 scale for me to use in class this week!

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posted 11-10-2009 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Roger Mason   Click Here to Email Roger Mason     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not sure of the remaining quantities, but I can provide a contact to inquire about obtaining Orion punch out models. I developed both versions.

Tim Vigorito
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posted 11-10-2009 11:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tim Vigorito   Click Here to Email Tim Vigorito     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That would be great Roger! The models are awesome and I am teaching another two groups of kids beginning in early January, and the kids love the punch-out models as well as Ton Noteboom's terrific models that we print!

Thanks for your effort!

Jay Chladek
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posted 11-10-2009 11:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These should still be available from Lockheed. Last week I was volunteering my time at the Strategic Space & Defense Symposium in downtown Omaha and one of my jobs involved helping put together some grab bags for the teenagers that would be visiting the next day to get encouragement about possible careers in aerospace and/or defense. Part of the grab bags included Orion paper models of the current configuration (same as the newer of the two that Rob has pictured). There was quite a pile of them and I was able to obtain an extra of one (after getting permission).

Also of note, Pratt & Whitney was also handing out new paper models of the Ares 1 rocket at the convention (they didn't last long). The models apparently aren't just being offered only by ATK now, but they have the ATK, Boeing and Pratt logos on the packaging and presumably are available from all three contractors. Essentially the configuation of the paper rocket is the same as the model I obtained last year, but the printed artwork changed a little to reflect minor changes to the design. So it has different colorings and features in some spots.

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posted 12-05-2009 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for azeno   Click Here to Email azeno     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there any update as to the availability of these paper models? Our school has 7th and 8th grade aerospace and engineering classes who could really benefit from these wonderful models.

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