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Author Topic:   Karst-onian Kollection: "A Place for Space"
Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-22-2015 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by GACspaceguy:
Also added are the era vehicles to show the scale, which is about 1/24.
The addition of the cars really puts the entire model into scale and brings it to life.

Fred, any temptation to scratch build the rest of the Saturn IB?

GACspaceguy
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posted 03-22-2015 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thought about building the rest of the Saturn, but felt cutting the hole in the roof was beyond my skills.

I think the rest could be done though, as the real hard part, the boat tail, is already there.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-22-2015 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You needn't cut a hole in roof... if you just dig a hole in the floor.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 03-23-2015 12:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the entry of the house not higher where the stairs are?

GACspaceguy
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posted 03-23-2015 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, so now I am thinking "maybe I could do the rest of the vehicle up to the point that it would hit the ceiling." Hmmmmm.

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posted 03-23-2015 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Build the upper part, just hang it from the ceiling! "This is where they originally intended the S1 to be hinged..."

GACspaceguy
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posted 03-26-2015 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The latest addition to the Kollection is a frangible nut from STS-108. The nut was used to secure the solid rocket booster to the mobile launch platform and there was a total of eight per flight — this one is marked six.

It was another eBay find and the seller is a former space shuttle employee. He was in the program for 32 years and retired at the end of the program as the production manager for the SRBs.

The artifact is doubly special to me as not only was it a piece of critical equipment for a shuttle launch, it was for STS-108. That particular flight was the first launch my wife Cheryl and I had ever attended together. We saw the launch from the causeway after seeing it scrub from Titusville.

For those who may not connect the dots or are new to cS, Cheryl and I had been married for 20 years and with a sad heart I must tell that she passed away in December of 2007 in an accident while riding a horse. Yes, I have been blessed with two wives that have embraced the passion for collecting space Cheryl for 20 years and now Jackie for seven. Now the grandchildren are catching the fever with drawings of rockets and games that include space shuttles.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 03-26-2015 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great piece, Fred! I saw it and follow this nice piece. I still want have one.

GACspaceguy
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posted 03-26-2015 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Pascal, the mission number makes it extra special for me.

the clocks running
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posted 03-26-2015 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It appears that this relic from STS-108 was meant to be in your possession.

Please enjoy it in good health.

pupnik
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posted 03-26-2015 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pupnik     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got that exact same table.

Now I'll have to find a frangible nut to put on it.

GACspaceguy
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posted 03-29-2015 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some time back I bought a collection of used models for parts. It was cheap, about $20 and when it arrived within the many old parts was a topping Mercury spacecraft. There was no base or tower.

Well, in steps Michael Key (again) and once I sent some basic dimensions back came a beautiful 3D model of a tower. I produced the base from a scrapped piece of wood round stock cut in half lengthwise. Added the Mercury 7 medallion from a purchase from a cS member who sold them here in cS world some time back and below are the results.

Turned out great and another big shout out to Michael (who is working on some parts for a Viking model and a Saturn I even now for us, more to come)!

apolloprojeckt
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posted 03-29-2015 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great to see this

Gilbert
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posted 03-29-2015 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome.

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posted 03-29-2015 10:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capoetc   Click Here to Email capoetc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice, Fred!

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 03-30-2015 07:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nicely done Fred, as usual.

I saw that frangible nut on eBay and thought it was a very cool artifact.

joe bruce
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posted 03-30-2015 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for joe bruce   Click Here to Email joe bruce     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great display. Do you know which flight your front shuttle tire is from? My front Shuttle tire was mounted and prepared for flight but never flew.

GACspaceguy
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posted 03-30-2015 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Based on what I have found it appears this tire is not flown.

Joel Katzowitz
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posted 03-31-2015 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joel Katzowitz   Click Here to Email Joel Katzowitz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It may not be flown but Fred is going to mount it to his truck so at least it'll be driven.

press4meco
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posted 03-31-2015 08:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for press4meco   Click Here to Email press4meco     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This certainly solves the lingering question as to who outbid me on that STS-108 frangible nut. At least it went to a very worthy collection, and more so that it has especially personal meaning for you!

GACspaceguy
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posted 04-01-2015 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry we were bidding against each other. Glad you quit when you did.

And yes, it is a special part of the Kollection.

GACspaceguy
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posted 04-04-2015 04:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Earlier in this thread I posted pictures and information on the LC-37 Launch complex and Saturn IB with strap-ons. In the box of parts that came with it was this "panel" that looked like it should be part of that assembly. We never could figure out where it went so we picked up the model but said to ourselves that we would figure it out when we got home.

Well, we figured it out alright, as included at the bottom of the box of parts was an ascent stage of a lunar module concept. The model measures out at around 1/24 scale. Jackie cleaned it up using walnut blasting to remove all the paint that was falling off the model. I had it checked out and behold the model is made out of pure inconel. It was then when I decided that I would leave it in its raw state and figure out some sort of display.

Here is the end result shown below. I fashioned the lower section of the SLA and used that as the base for a display. Then, while moving a box of "parts" around my home office I realized I could a build a 1/48 scale flight version of the same display using a leftover ascent stage from a Danbury Mint model and a Revell kit for the SLA. Shown is the latest addition to the Kollection.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 04-04-2015 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is a great surprise this bug model, and neat renovation Fred and Jackie.

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posted 04-21-2015 11:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocketman!   Click Here to Email Rocketman!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a fantastic find!

I wonder what it was created for, being that it is pure Inconel. Perhaps for some kind of engineering tests?

Also, wondering if a descent stage was made ... and where it is now.

GACspaceguy
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posted 04-22-2015 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Rocketman!:
Also, wondering if a descent stage was made ... and where it is now.
Me too! If anyone has it let me know.

GACspaceguy
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posted 05-16-2015 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I spent a little time this week finally getting some shuttle flown flags flying again, but not nearly as high.

The first is from the STS-75 tether flight. I work with a fellow who was on the program and he gifted it to me so I had to display it with a few of our favorites in the entrance foyer to the house. It is beside Crippen's signature above me with Gemini XII at the Cosmosphere during restoration and then signed by Lovell and Aldrin, and next to our copy of Kim Poor's "Howdy," which is signed by most of the astronauts we have meet.

The second flag display is a Kollection of flags flown on the Approach and Landing Test and then one from each of the first four flights of the shuttle, the "test flight" series. I put them in the stair well with the flown Atlantis cargo bay liner removed for testing of the Mir reaction control contamination, an engine horse collar and an SRB skirt panel. Not the best photos but with limited access I think you can see the results.

GACspaceguy
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posted 09-06-2015 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We picked up a 1/48 scale Delta II on eBay, looks to be a Nick Proach. We added it to the shelf that holds the Delta IV model and realized we had generations of Deltas, Thor, Augmented, II and IV.

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posted 09-06-2015 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonguyron   Click Here to Email moonguyron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fred, your collection has to be one of the most complete and unique in private hands. I would like you to do a walk around and show us some close-ups of all you have hanging on your walls. You seem to have a lot of one of a kind items.

GACspaceguy
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posted 09-06-2015 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you so much. I just sent you an e-mail with a pdf version of a house tour.

GACspaceguy
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posted 09-08-2015 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have had a Gemini Titan Topping model for some years. It was not in bad shape except it was missing the Gemini spacecraft. I had hoped to come across one but it has never happened. Well thanks to the skills of Michael Key and his ability to model in 3-D and finish the results we now had a complete model.

Talking to Michael he said it would not be to difficult to do the complete model if any one was interested. I know there have been discussions about putting after market models out there that look like original Topping but with a few markings on the base. I think that can be addressed.

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posted 09-10-2015 10:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fred, that Gemini Titan model looks great!!! I was glad to help out on this project. I love these old contractor models, and I was glad to provide the missing link to complete it. Hopefully one day you will find an original, but in the meantime my capsule can be a good "placeholder" until you do.

I would be curious to see if anyone would be interested in replicas of these old and rare pieces. It would be fairly easy to produce, but no sense pursuing it if there isn't any interest. Would like to hear any thoughts...Thanks!!!

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posted 09-11-2015 02:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice done!!!!

GACspaceguy
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posted 09-24-2015 08:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Picked up a 1/72 scale MOL model on eBay. Turns out it is from one of our fellow cSers. Added it to the related shelf on MOL, Dyna Soar and NERVA.

GACspaceguy
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posted 10-24-2015 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We had Michael Key build up one of his amazing SLA/CSM/BPC/LES model in 1/24 scale. Michael used the delivery as reason to come down and visit the Karst-onian as well. The detail and finishing are fantastic. It has joined the modified Saturn IB display as they are the same scale.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 10-24-2015 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful!

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Nice!!!

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posted 10-25-2015 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fred, it was a true pleasure to deliver the model to you this weekend — thanks for the nice words! You and Jackie were extremely generous hosts, and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Karstonian.

The pics here on cS really don't do your Kollection justice — it is IMPRESSIVE!!!

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posted 10-26-2015 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Karstonian just keeps getting better and better.

GACspaceguy
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posted 10-27-2015 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Gilbert:
The Karstonian just keeps getting better and better.
Come on down for a tour update.

Joel Katzowitz
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Come on Gilbert, let's saddle up and head down there...


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