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history in miniature
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posted 04-13-2009 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Completely scratchbuilt model of the Apollo 11 launch vehicle using PVC tubing for the tanks, new corrugated wraps for the interstages, and scratcbuilt blast protective cover (BPC). She now resides in a private collection in California, and was viewed by Mr. Armstrong.

ejectr
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posted 04-13-2009 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You sir, are a steely eyed missile man.

E2M Lem Man
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posted 04-13-2009 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seconded! Totally awesome!

That makes me cry. I always tried to get mine like that but never succeeded!

If you need a museum to put it into, I know of one, the Columbia Memorial Space Center and/or the Aerospace Legacy Foundation, here on the holy ground, where Apollo and the shuttles were built, in Downey!

Apollo Redux
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posted 04-13-2009 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo Redux   Click Here to Email Apollo Redux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well done!

WAWalsh
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posted 04-15-2009 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An incredibly impressive job.

KSCartist
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posted 04-15-2009 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OUTSTANDING! This kind of project separates those who can from those (like me) who wish they could.

My compliments.

Saturn V
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posted 04-15-2009 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Saturn V     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice! and I'll say it again for effect: VERY NICE!!!

From the pictures I can't see down into the individual stages. Did you go through the trouble of making the engines and top bulkheads for each one?

AstroAutos
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posted 04-15-2009 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroAutos   Click Here to Email AstroAutos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve, what can I say?

That is the best model I have seen you do so far... and I thought the others were simply unbeatable! What did Neil Armstrong say about it?

Keep up the brilliant work!

history in miniature
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posted 04-15-2009 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to all who have viewed, and, offered the kind words.

I forgot to mention, this wears Tomas's detail set, and SMS decals. The tank bulkheads are the kits, I didn't have Glenn's batted F-1's at the time, I produced my own batting but I have his now.

Prior to delivery I was instructed by the owner to pack it well, because both Neil and Buzz would both see it, I do not know of their reactions, I just hope they were sitting down, I would not have wanted them to fall from laughing to hard!

This was the first build a shakedown, working on a 48th scale version, F-1's are in the blueprint stage.

One last thought, These models I have posted photos of are no longer in my possession, but being able to share their images with those who appreciate them, makes those long nights, bearable.

Check the magazine Great Scale Modeling 08, by Fine Scale Modeler, page 60, a little article on my abilities. I've built for Tamiya, numerous Galleries in Manhattan, Philly, etc. Won numerous awards at the national IPMS level right down to the local levels, including various shows highlighting figure painting.

Space modeling is new to me, and to say it is exciting, is a downplay of words, I finally have the talent and resources to build these the way they should be built, to preserve the memory of the men and women who all made these vehicles what they stand for today.

Jay Chladek
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posted 04-15-2009 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful work there Steve. So this model in a sense was a scratchbuilt Saturn V using some elements from a 1/144 kit (or is it 1/96? I can't quite tell), but the vast majority being scratchbuilt right? Truely a work of art if I've ever seen one. The CSM alone is incredible just from the few images I see of it.

I know what you mean about making the nights bearable. I might not be at your level at being able to scratchbuild all that much (although in the Saturn V's case, scratchbuilding might be easier in some ways then accurizing a kit), but I can do a mean space model myself. I still sometimes have to glance at images of my 1/72 STS-117 shuttle stack at the Strategic Air and Space museum in Ashland, NE to help get over the fact it isn't in my possession currently. That and frequent "inspection" visits anyway.

history in miniature
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posted 04-16-2009 05:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jay, the tanks are PVC sewer pipe, the stringers are evergreen sheets over the existing interstages to recreate the correct patterns. The CSM was completely scratchbuilt using platiccard, I didn't have the money to buy the detail set, and, I used my Mattell vacuform for the BPC. It's 1/96 and there are a couple of areas, that I would have liked to have done differently, as I said she was my first.

Right now, I'm constructing a small diorama, in 1/144, SA-210 on the "milk stool".

Could we see some photos of your work? It's always nice to find someone that shares the same affliction.

martin00sr
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posted 04-16-2009 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for martin00sr   Click Here to Email martin00sr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations on a fantastic result. How did you do the F1-engines?

history in miniature
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posted 04-16-2009 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you, they are the kits, covered with bare metal foil. I now have a correctly batted set from RealSpace models, and North American engineering.

I agree, the Custom replicas kit is beautiful, and I patiently await their re-release.

By the way, your build looks pretty impressive, keep up the great work.

garymilgrom
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posted 04-16-2009 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another beauty Steve! Martin your models are great!

martin00sr
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posted 04-17-2009 05:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for martin00sr   Click Here to Email martin00sr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"was viewed by Mr. Armstrong"...! Fantastic, though it probably wouldn't sound like such a big deal to many people...

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