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Lunokhod 2
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posted 12-13-2010 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The LM-5 has reached a milestone this weekend as I completed the landing gears. I started building them in April this year. In all I started the construction of this model in December 2006 so that's exactly four years ago.

Details and photos: Descent stage

A couple of months ago LM-5 met the 1/24 Soviet LK built by a friend of mine here in Toulouse. Here are a couple of pictures of both models taken a couple of months ago. — Vincent Meens

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posted 12-13-2010 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow!!!

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posted 12-13-2010 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful work!

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posted 12-13-2010 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocket Chris   Click Here to Email Rocket Chris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...gee... that's sick! I've never seen such a detailed LM model! especially the fine kapton strip tapes! I would like to have this kind of model too. Respect! YOU are the real modeller!

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posted 12-13-2010 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes they are master builders... and a incredible patience have these builders.

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posted 12-13-2010 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic models!

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posted 12-13-2010 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for manilajim   Click Here to Email manilajim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is absolutely fantastic. Truly beautiful work!

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posted 12-14-2010 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jerry Brouillette   Click Here to Email Jerry Brouillette     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome work!

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posted 12-14-2010 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Truly drool-inducing. Must have!

In my copious spare time, I would love to build a 1:12 model of the LM. Aww heck, why not dream big and build a 1:6 model so that I can use my Dragon Buzz figures? Following Fred Karst's suggestion several years ago (and with his generous help), I did build a 1:6 replica of the lower leg, ladder, and footpad.

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posted 12-14-2010 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nicely done!!

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posted 12-14-2010 02:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Been following Vincent's updates for several months. Jaw-dropping. Kudos!

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posted 12-17-2010 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Obviousman   Click Here to Email Obviousman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stop it! I feel so inadequate as a scale modeller now!

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posted 12-22-2010 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
New step with the DPS engine bell.

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posted 12-22-2010 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks great Vincent...

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posted 12-22-2010 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazing!!!

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posted 01-28-2011 03:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The small details like landing gear chock mounts and uplock mechanism, propellant drains, helium vent tubes and deploying the MESA are now complete. Two more things to do prior to complete the model itself, the porch and the plume deflectors.

I will stop for a while, I have to build a 1/24 Vostok for the local museum April 12th event.

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posted 01-28-2011 01:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is just insane! I wish I had the skills, patience and room to make something like that. I was planning to make a 1/6 scale ascent stage myself for my Dragon figure but quickly realised it was a pipe dream!

Kudos to you Vincent.

Just wondering if you have any plans to open up Quad 2 like you have with the MESA? I'd love to see your building skills on the EASEP.

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posted 02-03-2011 02:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No plan to open Quad 2. When finished the model will represent Neil photographing Buzz descending the ladder. At that stage the MESA is open but not unfoiled yet and the EASEP is not open at all.

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posted 02-03-2011 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While its a shame we won't ever see your skills employed on Quad 2, I salute your quest for accuracy!

Looking forward to seeing more updates.

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posted 02-19-2011 06:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Teklits   Click Here to Email Rick Teklits     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic job on the LM... incredible detail. always a pleasure to look at a master modeller's work!

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posted 02-19-2011 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo Redux   Click Here to Email Apollo Redux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
CCRaaaaaaaaaaazy!

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posted 04-25-2011 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The astronauts are now able to get out of the ascent stage as I completed the egress platform. See it here.

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It keeps getting better and better!

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posted 06-15-2011 08:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To let you know that after 4.5 years of work I completed the descent stage of my 1/24 LM-5 model and thus completed the lunar module itself. Thanks for your support along these years. The model itself is not finished since I still have to make the lunar surface but it has never been closer to the end.

On the Descent stage page you will find the latest news on the completion of this part.

I also have added a slideshow on the completed model page comparing John Ortmann's LM and mine since John's LM was my first inspiration to create that real model.

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posted 06-15-2011 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is become a amazing model, a long time, but a extra beautiful end result.

I saw just the extra details as the jettison bag very nice... how big will be the lunar surface? 50 cm by 50 cm?

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posted 06-15-2011 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stunning. Beautiful. Gorgeous. I am running out of superlatives. Well done Vincent!

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quote:
Originally posted by apolloprojeckt:
how big will be the lunar surface? 50 cm by 50 cm?
The inside part of the base (the lunar soil) will be 50x70 cm. I will use an IKEA frame. It is the same frame as the one used for the 1/24 LK that my colleague Serge Gracieux just completed.

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posted 06-15-2011 10:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Really, just unbelievable!

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posted 06-16-2011 02:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just put the LM atop its lunar frame. In the end the LM will be correctly tilted and Armstrong stand exactly where he was when he took pictures A11-40-5867 and 5868. Along the lunar base I still need to model the two astronauts.

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posted 06-16-2011 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't think we can do a better job, congratulations!

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posted 06-16-2011 04:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An amazing model, and great thread only spoiled by your unjustified use of the terrible four letter word most dreaded by englishmen dragged out shopping by their other halves.

Can't you make the frame for the base!?!?

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Yes I could do the frame by myself. It is just that the 1/24 LK uses that frame. Since the idea is to put both models together in the same museum (we still don't know which one) that was nice to use the same frame.

By the way I was looking for the kind of four letter word you had in mind until I realize your second sentence was related to that word. That is the reason why I went there alone and only stayed the time needed to buy the frame.

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The LM-5 is now finished as I completed the lunar base this weekend. The completed model can be see there. Enjoy.

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Absolutely stunning!

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Very great! A museum piece...

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posted 07-19-2011 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A work of art!!!!

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I'll take two! Is Paypal okay?

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Vincent - that looks like the real thing; you really should quit your day job and do this full time!!!

Incredibly awesome and that still doesn't express how it excellent your work is!!

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There is a project here in Italy that is at a very early stage, with my friend Luigi. The key idea is to build a CSM/LM block, in 1/6 scale, which depict a still-to-be-chosen flight.

I was looking at Vincent Meens' 1/24 drawings to be enlarged and used for the construction. But here comes my big doubt: I printed one of the pdf files at 100% zoom, so the scale should have been 1/24, as the drawing report. There are several measurements on the drawings, indicating the length, in inches and centimeters, of the line close to where they are and, if you take a ruler and try to verify those measurements it turns out that the drawings are not in 1/24 scale, they are a little bigger, by a factor of 1/13, respect to the measurements indicated on the drawings.

At this point I checked the diameter of the footpad as it is on the Descent Stage pdf with measurements from NASA documents and from Mike Mackowski lunar module book, and again it appears that the drawings are too big.

Can someone verify this apparent discrepancy? Maybe I am wrong, but I need a double check to verify this thing. Thank you very much!

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I would urge caution and suggest you take your printer settings as an approximation only as the scaling 'accuracy' seems to vary from printer to printer. Perhaps the best solution would be to take a known dimension e.g. the separation of the ascent stage decks at 61 inches if I recall correctly, and work from there.

Do also be careful of actual NASA material as I know to my cost on my LM airframe build (3/8" scale). It was Vincent that put me right and was a great help. (The discrepancy in the NASA material still bugs me to this day.) You may find it useful to wander through our discussion over on the ARC Real Space Modelling forum... Lunar Module airframe.

Vincent's LM is quite extraordinary isn't it, and Pete Malaguti has made some superb LMs as well (four at the last count I think!).


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