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Norman.King
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posted 09-23-2010 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Checkout RealSpace Models: Three great new models and for me the gem is the 1/144 Skylab.

X-Plane Fan
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posted 09-24-2010 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for X-Plane Fan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Finally, a decent Skylab kit. I know Glenn does great work. I'm really looking forward to this one.

RocketmanRob
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posted 08-21-2012 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RocketmanRob   Click Here to Email RocketmanRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
RealSpace Models' 1/144 Skylab is now available via their website. Nice addition to the recent release of some great space models.

Ronpur
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posted 08-21-2012 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have been waiting for this kit for a long time!! I am very happy it is ready! I will have to wait a bit to order it since I just bought 4 Apollo Dragon kits in the last few weeks!

divemaster
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posted 08-21-2012 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glenn sent me final photos of the Skylab model awhile ago and swore me to secrecy. I'm glad to see that he finally is ready to sell it. I think he's been working on this for close to 10 years. I just want to know how the solar panels attach - that has always been the hardest parts of Glenn's models.

I have two of Glenn's models on order right now. I will get to Skylab. However, I must warn anyone who has never worked with resin, NOT to start with this model as your first model. It is a very unforgiving medium and is not as simple as attaching part A to slot B. However, if you have experience, I'd jump all over this one. Can't wait to hear from people who get the first few.

backof
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posted 08-22-2012 07:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for backof   Click Here to Email backof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Received mine today. I've been waiting so long for this one I can't believe I'm holding it my hands. I also can't believe how fast Glenn shipped this one. All I can say is thanks Glenn!

arjuna
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posted 08-22-2012 10:07 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I dreamt of Skylab when I was 10, so I'm very happy to see this one represented.

I second the motion about working with resin. It's not for the casually inclined.

divemaster
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posted 08-26-2012 04:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by backof:
Received mine today.
Please keep us informed with a day by day blog of your impressions of the model.

rasorenson
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posted 08-27-2012 10:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rasorenson   Click Here to Email rasorenson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been waiting for a 1/144 Skylab for.... decades. I can hardly believe Glenn is sending them out. I have not had experience with resin models and have a few waiting for my attention. Your recent posts have me wondering what the secrets are for handling resin as opposed to pressed form plastics. Can anyone lend some advice?

divemaster
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posted 08-29-2012 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine is officially on order. Waiting a LONG time for this one, too.

divemaster
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posted 09-02-2012 02:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glenn mentions that parts are included to build the "Pete Conrad Sunshade fix" as well as the "Alan Bean Sunshad fix". The "missing" solar panal that was ripped off during launch will be available later on if you want to build it as originally designed.

divemaster
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posted 09-02-2012 02:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Setting up the original sun shade would be an interesting diorama if you could get astronaut figures in the correct scale and positions

apolloprojeckt
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posted 09-02-2012 02:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope to order soon that one from Glenn in Germany. I;m still busy with a 1/72 and 1/100 version cutaway with unfold solar panels. The 1/72, it must fit on the Saturn V and be covered with cone.

Norman.King
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posted 09-02-2012 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For all of you who are waiting for your kits to arrive here's a little taster of what's coming.

divemaster
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posted 09-03-2012 11:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hopefully mine will arrive this week and answer my question about how Glenn did the solar panels. It looks like they're solid brass...curious as to how they're going magically become solar panels. My experience, long ago, with building Mir's solar panels was an absolute disaster and I take 100% of the blame on that one. Attaching them to the model I'll blame on Glenn

divemaster
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posted 09-13-2012 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Skylab model arrived. Glenn has REALLY improved the solar panels (in comparison to the old ones were on his MIR model). I have two ideas on how to make them more realistic. It will be interesting to see which one, if either of them, actually work.

If you're a masochist, you could really have some fun masking and airbrushing. Those spaces between the solar cells are NARROW. I'd have to measure, but I think that even 1/16" masking tape would be too wide.

divemaster
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posted 09-19-2012 03:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been doing some dry fitting of parts on the Skylab model and my hat is off to Glenn for his design work.

Right now, I'm working on my strategy for how I want to display it. All of that PE is going to make if a very fragile model.

But I REALLY like it.

(And I hate to admit it - and Glenn would kill me, too - but it would be very cool in 1/72 scale with some more detail work like the EVA hatch and the airlocks. But I'm grateful for finally getting this one after all of these years.)

arjuna
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posted 09-20-2012 06:32 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by divemaster:
It would be very cool in 1/72 scale with some more detail work like the EVA hatch and the airlocks.

Sounds like a perfect opportunity for someone to do a PE upgrade set.

divemaster
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posted 10-10-2012 11:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Norman, have you decided how you're going to color the solar panels? After some trial and error, I think I'm going to use the MonoKote metallic sapphire film for each individual panel. Looks a lot more realistic than paint. Tedious work, but I think it will be well worth the trouble.

Norman.King
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posted 10-11-2012 04:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tracy, I lack the skills to build this kit to the standard I want so my friend Steve Nichols will be building it for me soon.

I know he used pearlescent paint on the MIR photo-etch panels and they look great but I don’t know what he has in mind for Skylab.

history in miniature
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posted 10-11-2012 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I might use metallic blue candy wrappers as I have done in the past.

divemaster
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posted 10-12-2012 05:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What would we do without candy wrappers?

divemaster
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posted 10-12-2012 05:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hobbylinc.com carries the MonoKote in 36" strips with an adhesive backing. Works like a charm. I just wish it was as thin as Bare Metal Foil. But the color is perfect.

history in miniature
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posted 10-12-2012 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Candyland Crafts sells extra thin confectioners foils that work perfectly with 3m spray adhesive applied to the back of the foil. It's just like using bare metal foil and these products are what Glenn includes with his kits when foil is needed and the gold foil provided in the Skylab kit is from this candy supply store.

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