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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-11-2011 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's an early look at Dragon Models' upcoming 1:72 scale Apollo 11 Lunar Module "Eagle."

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posted 05-11-2011 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

cspg
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posted 05-11-2011 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Define "upcoming"!?!

Have you seen this? Another model or are we talking about the same thing?

And there's one with astronauts on the moon:

Glint
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posted 05-11-2011 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will there be a forthcoming edition with the Apollo 11 lunar rover. Well, it is pictured in the ad with the astronauts, isn't it?

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posted 05-12-2011 01:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From their catalog, model #50381 contains the Apollo 11 CSM and the lunar rover. Aside the fact that there was no rover on Apollo 11 (I did email them about this...), why the CSM and rover and not the LM with the rover?

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posted 05-12-2011 07:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
On the posters shown above, the models are described as kits, not pre-finished display models. The item numbers also fall in the range of kit numbers, not the diecast series.

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posted 05-12-2011 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That was also true of earlier images (the Titan III) posted under this thread. See my Feb. 12, 2011 post.

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posted 05-12-2011 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The models are shown here:

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posted 05-13-2011 06:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The set shown above is official as Dragon Models #50375 Apollo 11 "Lunar Approach" CSM "Columbia" and LM "Eagle".

There's also model #50381 "Lunar Landing" CSM "Columbia" and LM "Eagle" and astronauts.

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posted 05-21-2011 01:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Obviousman   Click Here to Email Obviousman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So they are diecast, pre-painted kits? Or do I need to paint them? The Apollo 11 ones seem to be unpainted.

Could people give me opinions on the kits, availability, expected price, etc? I'm in Australia so will probably buy from US and have shipped over here.

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posted 05-21-2011 01:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Obviousman:
So they are diecast, pre-painted kits? Or do I need to paint them? The Apollo 11 ones seem to be unpainted.
No paint needed. Some of the pics above show what appears to be computer-generated images of the mold used-hence the lack of color. (my guess).
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Could people give me opinions on the kits, availability, expected price, etc? I'm in Australia so will probably buy from US and have shipped over here.
Try the Flying Mule.

Jay Chladek
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posted 05-21-2011 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are at least two Apollo 11 items coming out. Dragon is doing diecasts in their SPACE collection, but they are also doing model kits (the part numbers for the kits seem to fall in the blocks they use for plastic kits).

So, there will be diecasts for those that want them and kits for those of us that want to build them and have the skills to do so.

By the way, the astronauts seen in the SPACE collection picture look like they might be the 1/24 Can Do series figures photoshopped into the image as the poses and paint jobs look identical to what I have sitting on my PC.

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posted 05-23-2011 04:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are indeed 1/24 figures downsized to 1/72. By the way it is probably 1/72 for the ascent stage but not for the descent stage which looks a bit flattened. I made a rough calculation on the height of the cruciform, it is about 231 pixels on one of the image where it should be 271 pixels to be accurate. By the way the ascent stage keeps the scimitar antenna that was on Apollo IX (but not on XI) and the aluminium appearance of the ascent stage. Not a very accurate model I'm afraid.

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posted 05-23-2011 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Lunokhod 2:
Not a very accurate model I'm afraid.

You're being picky or is it just me?

dog320
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posted 05-23-2011 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dog320     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your enthusiasm is admirable cspg - but I think its just you.

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posted 05-23-2011 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by cspg:
You're being picky or is it just me?
Considering the pics are of a prototype, I think it's a bit early to pass final judgement.

The blue-ish SCA just released with Discovery should be evidence enough that who knows how the final product will ultimately turn out, good or bad.

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posted 05-23-2011 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by cycleroadie:
The blue-ish SCA just released with Discovery should be evidence enough that who knows how the final product will ultimately turn out, good or bad.
Damn!

I can tell when the color is wrong but not if the number of rungs of the LM's ladder is correct! (And I'm not sure I care!)

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posted 05-23-2011 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by cspg:
You're being picky or is it just me?
Since I have been working on a 1/24 LM model for the last 4 and a half years, I am a bit picky, you're right. Let's just hope that the defects will be corrected.

By the way the same kind of problem was with the Apollo 10 LM (descent stage not high enough).

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posted 05-27-2011 04:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Both the pre-finished CSM/LM and the unassembled model kit are listed here.
Dragon is proud to launch a completely new line of 1/72 scale model spacecraft...
The 1/6 scale Apollo Astronaut is also listed.

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posted 05-27-2011 04:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Obviousman   Click Here to Email Obviousman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you, Peter.

I notice the "stealth helicopter" is in there. LOL!

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posted 05-27-2011 11:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jake   Click Here to Email Jake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Continuing to be picky... the "Apollo 11" box uses the earth from the Apollo 8 earthrise photo.. Nice looking models, however...

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Newport Way Air Museum (OK, it's just my home)

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posted 05-28-2011 02:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The windows on the LM look a bit small and squinty. Otherwise, looks pretty good.

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The Dragon Wings 1:72 scale Apollo 11 lunar landing, Command and Lunar Module Diorama is available for pre-order from Flying Mule for July 2011.

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posted 06-17-2011 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Strangely enough the accompanying model, Lunar Approach (#50375), announced at the same time, is listed as to be released in December.

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posted 06-18-2011 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dragon shows the Lunar Approach as a June release and the Lunar Landing as a July release, though their dates have been slipping as of late.

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posted 07-10-2011 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo 11 Lunar Approach model hit the shores Friday. Expect websites to show it in stock soon.

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posted 07-21-2011 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Dragon Models prebuilt models of the Lunar Approach and the Lunar Landing both hit the shores today, expect to see them on the flyingmule, timewalkertoys, and others as in stock soon.

EDIT -- The Lunar Landing is the you build model, the Lunar Approach is the prebuilt model (the you build version of the Lunar Approach came out about a week ago or so)

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posted 07-27-2011 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henk Boshuijer   Click Here to Email Henk Boshuijer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today I picked up the "Apollo 11 Lunar Approach"- model at Aviation Megastore. The model looks pretty good.

The only problem I have is that I got two left forward reaction control thruster units and not a right rc-thruster. That frustrates me a little.

Is there someone we can contact to get a replacement part?

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posted 07-27-2011 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Henk Boshuijer:
Today I picked up the "Apollo 11 Lunar Approach"- model at Aviation Megastore. The model looks pretty good.

Does that mean that the descent stage isn't under sized after all, as discussed in conversations above that were based on preliminary product imagery?

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posted 07-31-2011 09:21 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 Henk Boshuijer:
The only problem I have is that I got two left forward reaction control thruster units and not a right rc-thruster. That frustrates me a little.
I received the set on Friday and mine had two right forward thrusters but no left. Maybe our two packages got crossed.

I'm letting my Dragon contact know but maybe we can trade in the interim? E-mail me.

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posted 08-21-2011 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Lunar Landing set hit the coast Friday, should shipping soon from your preferred supplier.

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posted 08-22-2011 01:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the regular updates!

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posted 08-22-2011 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjknap   Click Here to Email jjknap     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My Apollo 11 Lunar Landing set is in the mail and should be here tomorrow. I picked-it up from EZ Toys in California.

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posted 08-24-2011 01:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine is the mail too but won't be there for at least a week.

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posted 08-25-2011 10:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My "Apollo 11 Lunar Approach" and "Lunar Landing Diorama" (as well as the X-15 #1) should arrive Monday.

I'll post my impressions of quality, finish, packaging, etc. but I'm not nearly expert enough to speak to accuracy of detail like others here.

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posted 08-31-2011 12:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SuperKungFu   Click Here to Email SuperKungFu     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
if anyone want to see my review of the lunar landing, look here.

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Well back in April I was pretty negative about Dragon's 1/72 LM - but I still ordered it, and mine arrived today (50381-03 Apollo 11 "Lunar Landing" set).

Firstly, the overall impression. The CSM is as per previous releases. The LM does look like a LM, its well painted and has some nice details. It has lots of delicate bits to attach, some are a little tricky without causing damage. You cannot "dock" the two spacecraft without the aid of glue.

Now the nitty gritty. The descent stage proportion looks much better "in the flesh", it may be slightly "squashed", but not by much. TCA nozzles incorrectly orientated. No landing RADAR protective shield. No EVA handrail. No EVA antenna. Docking target missing a bar. The "UNITED STATES" markings are still mis-aligned, how hard would that be to fix? Several minor insulation pattern defects.

As to the size of the main windows - you be the judge. However, the LMP's window should not have LPD markings and I still think that all three windows should have been transparent.

It clearly states die-cast on the box - well the LM certainly isn't, but I don't think its any the worse for that.

Overall, not bad. Worth buying, and not just because no-one else has produced one in this scale. Enjoy.

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posted 09-06-2011 07:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dragon today announced a new 1:48 Apollo 11 "Eagle" lunar module:

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posted 09-06-2011 09:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's my understanding that you know people working for Dragon. Could you ask them if they're planning to update their catalog because nowhere does it list 1:48 scale models. It's frustrating and slightly irritating. Just a thought!

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posted 10-14-2011 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jutrased   Click Here to Email jutrased     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just received my Lunar Approach and found that I also received two right forward thrusters (right side as you look at it, left from the 'pilot's' view). Any word yet on how to handle this problem?


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