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Meademan
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posted 05-19-2013 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Meademan   Click Here to Email Meademan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think for the money it's a great model and I'm sure with some super detailing kits, can be made mighty impressive.

It's shear size alone seemingly makes up for its minor deficiencies as it is.

Meademan
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posted 05-19-2013 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Meademan   Click Here to Email Meademan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, here goes. Finally managed to get some pics uploaded...

I recently purchased a pre-built Saturn V from my local hobby shop, and I remembered seeing a post on cS a few months ago about how to display it along with the Detolf display case from Ikea. I also remembered seeing a display option with a printed LUT background and LED lighting from Ikea, so I contacted the member who originally produced it.

He is still producing it, so he had one printed and sent it to me. It is beautiful — I was absolutely blown away. The detail on the image is absolutely incredible! The image is perfectly to scale for the Saturn V, and the perspective showing it proceeding down the crawlerway at KSC really brings the rocket to life!

I was able to purchase some foam board from a local craft store, and using only a blade and some double-sided tape, I was able to get it installed very easily. The foam backing is a perfect fit behind the support bars of the Detolf. The LUT background is about 11" taller than the Detolf case because of the crane. To solve that, I took the crane and mounted it to a smaller piece of foam board and put it on top of the case. It really completes it!

He also produced an mobile launcher platform (MLP) for me as well. Since he designed the MLP around the Detolf dimensions, it fits perfectly! There is just enough space inside the case to have it fit snugly. He has even shaved off the back of the MLP to allow it to fit with the support bars. It might have fit anyway, but I didn't want to take any chances.

Lastly, the lighting was the last step. I purchased a couple of different lighting solutions from Ikea. The strip lighting was perfect for mounting to the top of the cabinet, and it lights up the SV beautifully, especially at night! The LED "spots" that I purchased fit perfectly inside the MLP to help illuminate the F1s that are otherwise partially hidden. The great thing is that all of these lights have the ability to change colors. So, I am able to show the F1s surrounded by orange light, like they have just been lit!

I am really glad that I purchased all of the above to compliment my Dragon SV. Although the faults of the model have been pointed out here, the overall scale of the rocket is what makes it an eye catcher. The Detolf, LED lighting, and LUT background really make this an impressive overall display. I would highly recommend anyone to do the same!

All I need to do now is swap out the top with the transparent SLA with the LEM inside and its done. Enjoy...

Meademan
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posted 05-20-2013 07:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Meademan   Click Here to Email Meademan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

apolloprojeckt
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posted 05-20-2013 07:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks great!!!!

alexbaja
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posted 05-20-2013 07:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It looks beautiful, it seems like you found the right spot for this display.

Norman.King
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posted 05-20-2013 07:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is a very impressive display piece.

Ronpur
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posted 05-20-2013 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is fantastic. Make we want to do a similar display for my super detailed 1/96 scale Saturn V.

keymichael1855
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posted 05-20-2013 11:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks everyone for the compliments!

And thanks to Mike for taking such great pics and for a thorough description on everything that you used to put the display together. I'm glad that my LUT background and MLP helped in making this to be the beautiful showpiece that it has become.

Ron, this can certainly be done in 1:96. The LUT background is very easy to scale down. I'm not sure, but I would guess that the entire LUT, including the crane, would fit inside the Detolf at 1:96. The MLP would need some adjusting to fit the smaller Saturn V, but that's fairly easy to do. Just let me know if you are interested. Thanks!

Meademan
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posted 05-22-2013 03:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Meademan   Click Here to Email Meademan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks everyone. I'm glad you like it.

This 1/72 rocket is impressive, from sheer size alone, but the LUT backdrop really brings it to life and it was all so straight forward to achieve.

Even my wife likes it which is a feat in itself keeping her happy with my models everywhere!

Seeing it lit up at night also... it looks special, it really does. Dollar for dollar, this whole set up is the biggest bang for buck anyone can achieve with a model and well worth it.

Jay Chladek
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posted 05-22-2013 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who is the one doing this? (You can email me the information if you want to keep it private). I may or may not go this route, but I have to admit, this is a VERY tempting display idea and it looks FANTASTIC!

keymichael1855
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posted 05-22-2013 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Jay, sorry for all of the confusion with all of the Michaels and Mikes! I am the one producing the LUT background and the MLP kit. If you would like one, please send me a message. Thanks!

model maker
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posted 06-17-2013 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for model maker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice!

mode1charlie
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posted 06-17-2013 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
VERY nicely done!

FlyAndFight
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posted 06-18-2013 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FlyAndFight   Click Here to Email FlyAndFight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is simply an amazing way of displaying the 1/72 scaled Saturn V. I had already planned on using a Detolf but the the background and MLP, along with the lights, are just mind-blowing. Email sent to Michael!

cspg
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posted 06-19-2013 03:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
And another three more months, moved to September according to the Flying Mule.
Moved to December according to the Flying Mule (but it may be sooner; the U-2R was also slated for December but is now available).

FlyAndFight
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posted 07-02-2013 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FlyAndFight   Click Here to Email FlyAndFight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This weekend I received the LUT and MLP from Michael and was simply blown away by the crisp detailing found on display photo. I don't know how he did it but it is super clear and sharp. I also received the MLP set as well, which came with the modified shadow box (modified by Michael) and that looks fantastic, too. It will fit perfectly in the Ikea Detolf display case that I will be using.

Thanks again, Michael!

ilbasso
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posted 07-02-2013 11:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I second that! I received my LUT backdrop and Mobile Launcher box from Michael over the weekend. I appreciate his willingness to pre-configure the shadow box that serves as the "skeleton" of the Mobile Launcher. I don't have any woodworking tools (or skills), so it was a real blessing that Michael provided the box and did the woodworking for me at an insanely reasonable price.

I completed the ML this morning. I misread the instructions, and the cardboard I used for the ML top platform was too thick. I used some of the cardboard box from the Detolf display case - that was about twice as thick as it needed to be. (Michael subsequently told me that he uses diaper boxes.) As a result, there was an uncovered gap along the bottom of the ML sides. I covered this up with strips of black electrical tape, and it's not noticeable if you aren't looking for it.

Thanks, Michael, for making this available! Can't wait to finish working on the LUT backdrop this week!

EDIT: Oh Lordy, this thing is sweeeeet! I can't take my eyes off it. It looks so much more stunning in person than in the photos. It's one of the nicest display pieces I've seen...practically museum-quality.

cspg
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posted 07-17-2013 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Re-release is now August (one month earlier). Bad news: price is now $250.

Daugherty54
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posted 08-06-2013 11:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've attached a 1/72 cutaway shuttle to my full stack and display the Saturn V with it. It gives a nice comparison of scale.

apollolem
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posted 08-07-2013 01:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apollolem   Click Here to Email apollolem     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently purchased the kit version of the Saturn V from Tower Hobbies... couldn't be more pleased with it.

I will soon purchase two of the Ikea showcases, one to display the completed model and the other, to display other memorabilia including the book "Return To Earth" autographed by Buzz Aldrin in 1976.

And I will also display a beautifully built 1/72 space shuttle stack that I recently purchased at a toy/model show for the mere price of $20.

Behind the showcases I plan to hang an "Apollo 13" movie poster that I had professionally matted and framed years ago.

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posted 08-07-2013 07:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacerace776   Click Here to Email spacerace776     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where do I get the background art for my display case so I may have my Saturn V 1/72 set up like this? Thanks.

keymichael1855
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posted 08-07-2013 08:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am the one who provides the background art for the Dragon Saturn V. Just send me an email and I'd be glad to get one into production for you. Thanks!

LVM Studios
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posted 08-29-2013 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LVM Studios   Click Here to Email LVM Studios     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LVM Studios has released a batted F1 engines detail kit for the Dragon Saturn V 1/72.

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posted 10-30-2013 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for model maker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OUTSTANDING!!!!

apollolem
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posted 11-04-2013 12:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apollolem   Click Here to Email apollolem     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is perfect, I intend to order a set.

Madon_space
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posted 11-15-2013 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Madon_space   Click Here to Email Madon_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have now finally followed suit and placed my Saturn V into a Detolf cabinet and I have to say I am pleased with the result.

For anyone else thinking of doing the same with the Ikea Detolf cabinet then I urge you to be quick as I have been informed from Ikea that they're are discontinuing production of this cabinet which I think is a shame.

cspg
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posted 11-20-2013 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In stock at the Space Store but for $325.

the clocks running
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posted 11-21-2013 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LVM Studios Batted F1 Engines look AMAZING!

I have got to order those soon.

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posted 12-07-2013 05:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In stock at the Flying Mule for $249.99.

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posted 12-20-2013 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jutrased   Click Here to Email jutrased     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Madon_space:
For anyone else thinking of doing the same with the Ikea Detolf cabinet then I urge you to be quick as I have been informed from Ikea that they're are discontinuing production of this cabinet which I think is a shame.
For anyone in the Boston, MA area, IKEA in Stoughton has received a shipment of Detolf cabinet. I just picked up two last night.

Kal-El
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posted 01-03-2014 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kal-El     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received mine from Amazon today. They had it for $224.99 with free shipping. I couldn't pass this up at that price. Now if I can still find a Detolf at Ikea.

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posted 01-06-2014 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yamato   Click Here to Email Yamato     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
RealSpace Models now has a batted F-1 engine set for the 1:72 Saturn V. The cost is about half of what the LVM set costs. Unfortunately, they don't have any photos of the parts out of the box and I do not know of any reviews. Does anybody have any experience with RSM?

jutrased
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posted 01-09-2014 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jutrased   Click Here to Email jutrased     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just looked at the listing for the Dragon 1/72 Saturn V at The Space Store and noted this in the description:
While the model makes use of the Command/Service Module (CSM) and Launch Escape System produced earlier, the rest of this monstrous 1/72 scale rocket comes from brand new toolings.
Has anyone seem this "new tooling"? I'm curious as to what changes were made (and if suggestions from cS members were included).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-09-2014 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe that description was from the original release — it was referring to the then-new model using new tooling for the Saturn V stages, while including the spacecraft from the previous Apollo CSM sets.

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posted 01-09-2014 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Concur with Robert, that is when it was originally released. They were referring to the CSM / SM having been done earlier for the Apollo 7,8,9,10,11 models, and the rest of the model was new. No changes are made in this edition that I am aware of.

Planetary
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posted 01-09-2014 10:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Planetary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Kal-El:
Now if I can still find a Detolf at Ikea.
The Detolf glass cabinets have been discontinued at Ikea as of Jan. 1 and almost all stores are now permanently out of stock on it.

Planetary
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posted 01-09-2014 10:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Planetary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Yamato:
Does anybody have any experience with RSM?
I've ordered kits from Realspace models in the past and have been happy with the service and quality of their kits. I have the smaller 1/96 batted F1s for the Revell Saturn V and the accuracy and detail is good and the castings I'd rate at about a 8/10 - there are some small air voids that need filling and some mold line clean-up required.

I too am looking at both kits for an option of having batted F1s and would love to see a side-by-side comparison before I make the choice.

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posted 01-11-2014 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sev8n     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Planetary:
The Detolf glass cabinets have been discontinued at Ikea as of Jan. 1 and almost all stores are now permanently out of stock on it.
I just returned from the Dallas Ikea store, I bought the last Detolf they had in stock.

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posted 01-13-2014 11:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apollolem   Click Here to Email apollolem     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Of course, I waited too long to purchase the Detolf....anyone with a suggestion for a similar style glass case?

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posted 01-14-2014 06:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sam Que   Click Here to Email Sam Que     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found a similar display at Amazon, although twice the price.

I too waited too long to make it over to IKEA.


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