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Kevmac
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posted 01-20-2012 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevmac   Click Here to Email Kevmac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dang. I guess I gotta go buy Apollo 10 to mount on top of my Saturn V now. I hadn't planned to but the LM looks pretty cool thru the transparent panel. And even though mine won't be messed around with much, it would be nice to pull off the BPC and see the CM. Many thanks to you all for posting pictures!

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posted 01-20-2012 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ironman One   Click Here to Email Ironman One     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm going to do the same thing. I'll buy my Apollo 10 tomorrow. Thanks for the pictures.

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Thanks to those pictures I've jumped on the Apollo 10 bandwagon as well.

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posted 01-21-2012 05:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Apollo 10 refit looks and sounds great.

If you look closely at the original Dragon display that showed the proposed Saturn V several months back, you will see that they had a similar idea by using I believe the Apollo 10 portion.

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Whilst we're on the subject of improving this model, (I'm sure many of you have noticed, but just for the sake of completeness) - the APS modules on the SIVB need re-painting. These should be a steel/ chrome silver (whilst the fins are more a gunmetal silver shade).

Ironman One
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posted 01-22-2012 10:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ironman One   Click Here to Email Ironman One     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about installing the new released Dragon Apollo 10 model kit (not diecast) on top of the 1/72 scale Saturn?

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Originally posted by Dennis Beatty:
I also wish to express my thanks for saving me from spending my $$ on what now appears to be a disappointing model.
Dennis, I just got my model today, and it's anything but disappointing. Yes, there are a few rough spots, and some niggling discrepancies (color of fins and F1 engines are most apparent), but overall it's a very nice model. I plan to make a wood base, a la MSFC, and do the Apollo 10 mod, but that's just me. This model is impressive right out of the box, and well worth its $200 price tag.

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posted 01-25-2012 02:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seconded. I'm more than happy with mine, especially for US$220 delivered.

I also plan to have the local award/trophy shop fashion a wood base for it, probably with a metal nameplate.

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I'm also thrilled with mine. I have it in an Ikea Detolf showcase. It wouldn't fit with the provided stand so I bought a wood one from Michael's art supply and painted it black. I repainted a few details on it.

Dragon 1/72 Saturn V

Kevmac
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posted 01-25-2012 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevmac   Click Here to Email Kevmac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, that's a beautiful display case. You just gave many of us ideas on how to show off this beauty. Would you mind sharing some the details you repainted? I see the silver fins and S-IVB rockets. Anything else and any particular colors. Would appreciate hearing from any others that are also doing some modifications. Hope mine gets here soon. Thanks for sharing the picture!

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That's the only two details painted as of yet. The case is a perfect fit for the Saturn V. It runs about $65 from Ikea. They have removable glass shelves in them. I plan on putting in an LED light strip in the top front to show off the model better.

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posted 01-25-2012 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is a sweet looking display. I can't wait for mine to arrive.

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posted 01-25-2012 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I picked up a Detolf for mine too, the model comes tomorrow.

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The base I used is about 3/4" thick. After painting, I drilled a hole for the aluminum tube that comes with the kit and used 5 minute epoxy to glue it to the base to make sure it is secure. Using that thickness of base, there is about a 1/4" space from the tip of the model to the inside of the case.

As far as painting the fins, I used Scotch tape (the one with a matte finish) and put it over the letters on the fins. I used an Exacto knife, trimmed around the letters and peeled away the tape from the letters. I used Testors metallic silver in a spray can, sprayed the fins then peeled the tape off the letters. It worked out great with nice sharp edges where it was masked off.

I used a brush and gun metal silver for the S-IVB rockets.

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posted 01-25-2012 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Man I LOVE that display case. It's got all the right stuff... NHRA Dragsters (1320 diecasts?), Funnycars, Battlestar Galactica, an Anikan Skywalker lightsaber, some Apollo stuff and a Saturn V.

I love things that go fast and get crappy gas mileage.

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posted 01-26-2012 12:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Oldbru   Click Here to Email Oldbru     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jay, you are right on all counts! I have enough to fill a few more cases... just not enough room in my apartment!

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posted 01-26-2012 08:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Jay Chladek:
I love things that go fast and get crappy gas mileage.
Then you would love my 1969 Dodge Charger and 1968 Olds Cutlass (Hurst/Olds Clone) which is an additional collection in regards to my space collecting. The great thing about my Olds is that they called their V-8s the "Rocket" engines... nice.

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Just arrived [my mailman sure puts up with some weird deliveries].

As others have said, perhaps some modelers can share what 'needs' to be painted to get things a bit more accurate.

Great display case above.

They already have the largest done with this, a 1/72 collection of the major rockets a la the famous Von Braun picture would make for a great display.

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Originally posted by Kevmac:
Mike, that's a beautiful display case.

That is a great display.

If I can make a suggestion, replace the incandescent light with an LED (if you can find an LED that will work).

What I found was the incandescent light produces a lot of heat that heats up the air at the top of the case. That heated air then finds a way out of the case and cooler air is drawn in, this recycling of air also brings with it airborne dust (not implying anything about the cleanliness of your house). That dust then settles out and you have to clean inside the case.

With a LED light the temperature is reduced greatly, the circulation is reduced greatly and the dust accumulation is reduced greatly. Just words of experience that I wanted to pass along. The only issue is finding a LED replacement that fits your needs.

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posted 01-26-2012 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just received mine. It has some foul spots in the painting, but I'm still please with my purchase. This would of cost around $1500 I'm guessing to have some professional model builder to construct out of wood with half the detail.

I would probably suggest using a thicker gauge of plastic in the Saturn's first and second stages for longevity. This plastic does seem like it will become brittle over time.

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posted 01-26-2012 04:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How hard would it be to construct a Skylab faring for the top of the S-IVB section?

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Here is a pic showing the newly added LED lighting. Looks a lot better! (Thanks GACspaceguy!) I used the "Dioder" from Ikea. It has four LED strips which you can arrange in a square and comes with two-sided tape to mount them. I also put in a backdrop of black foam core board to make the model stand out more.

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posted 01-26-2012 04:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SWEET

Kevmac
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posted 01-26-2012 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevmac   Click Here to Email Kevmac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ditto!!

Just got mine today, too. I hate to be a copycat, but someday I want it to look like that too. Thanks again for raising the bar for the rest to us to aspire to.

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posted 01-26-2012 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garyd2831   Click Here to Email garyd2831     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just solved NASA SLS's problem with my new and improved Saturn V. I quickly threw together the main part of the Saturn V and placed some 1/72 scale shuttle boosters I had laying around and set them up along side the mighty rocket.

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Originally posted by garyd2831:
I just solved NASA SLS's problem with my new and improved Saturn V.
SWEET!!!!

I got a chance to look at one of these up close tonight. Indeed I find it tempting, but I still want to wait for the kit. But, once I get that kit, I figure I will clear all my projects off and get it done as soon as possible the way I want it. Only thing is I doubt my 1/72 shuttle stacks could fit in that slim Ikea case. The Saturn is skinny like a basketball star, but shuttle isn't.

By the way, those strip lights are a nice idea. I can also see putting a set or two down low near the base to light it up kind of like the xenon flood lights on the night before a launch. Still, the display idea is MOST cool.

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While waiting for my Saturn V and Apollo 10 to arrive, I've been designing a LEGO Launch Umbilical Tower. Here's how it looks with the basic structure completed.

I'll never really build it though, since I could never afford all the bricks. Even with just the basic structure, it has nearly 4,000 pieces!

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posted 01-27-2012 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How long does assembly take? Mine was just delivered, and I want to get started but I have a home project involving paint and stain that will take most of the weekend.

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It didn't take long to assemble, maybe under a 1/2 hour. I did glue the first stage engines on to make sure it was stable.

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I ordered mine today and I will try to make it like Oldbru with the IKEA showcase. I guess my office partner will be thrilled when that big pack will arrive! Nice idea! Great!!!

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posted 01-28-2012 05:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got mine in on Friday. Took about ten minutes to assemble. It is in the study and the ancient sacrificial offerings will begin at the base of this monster at Midnight.

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Got mine in on Friday. Took about ten minutes to assemble. It is in the study and the ancient sacrificial offerings will begin at the base of this monster at Midnight.
Well, I hope you are following the checklist as there is the pre-requisite "Are you a turtle" Q&A, the consumption of rocket fuel (juice can be substituted if you don't drink), the igniting of a candle or two to act as a gaseous hydrogen burn stack (make sure to place them somewhere so they don't tip over, safety first), and the illumination with appropriate simulated spotlight lighting before you get to the sacrifice part.

What would be good to sacrifice though? Hmmm... Titleist golfball? Buzz Aldrin's 101 greatest Polka hits? A copy of "The Right Stuff" movie?

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For those who haven't received yours, this is a very easy assembly. I used a hobby knife to shave a bit of the opening for the fins and engines to fit on the first stage. I also used a touch of glue for the engines on the second stage to hold them in. My SLA and csm is a bit loose so it would literally be a 5 minute job to replace with the Apollo 10. Like others there are a few paint issues but nothing that I can't live with. This is a massive display model, even though the detail is definitely weak. I don't regret the cost at all.

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Mine should arrive tomorrow.

I'd purchased the Apollo 8 and the Apollo 11 rendezvous before I even heard about the 1/72 Saturn. Didn't much care for the Apollo 10 descent stage, so my intent was to detach the ascent stage and mate it to CSM to make a lunar-liftoff Apo 11 rendezvous, then use the Apollo 11 LM with folded legs inside the Apollo 8 model.

But now I think I'll just mate this to the Saturn when it arrives.

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And another upcoming weird look on my mailman...
No weird look as I had to go to the post office to pick it up (it snowed about 20cm overnight and today). That's one hell of a package!

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I know what you're thinking... the 1/48 Dragon LM is little more than an up-scaled 1/72 LM. Or vice-versa. Pretty much. But like the 1/72 Saturn, you could improve the LM if you wanted, just takes time and motivation.

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Question to modelers: can you think of any reason why Dragon decided to paint the tanks orange? It's not as if you were going to display this model like Bandai's model. So why the trouble?

It's a pity the Launch Escape System and LM adapter are glued...

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posted 02-01-2012 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's mine beside the 1/72 Monogram Shuttle stack. This is a beautiful Saturn V, in glorious scale at a great price.

Saturn and Shuttle 400

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posted 02-01-2012 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dragon could produce a shuttle at 1:72 then!

Although they still have two (or more?) orbiters at 1:200 plus their cutaway model at 1:144 to produce...

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posted 02-01-2012 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice pair of models, Gary.


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