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tegwilym
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posted 06-29-2012 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just wondering if anyone has heard any more news about when in July this may be released? Probably not, but just checking!

I have one of these on pre-order with Flying Mule.

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posted 06-30-2012 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for model maker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The place I got mine from "Diecast Airplane" said they would be restocking again by June, which has now passed. I got the very last one from them four months ago and almost did not receive it because they made a shipping error that finally got resolved after jumping through hoops. Because of their mistake I may never order from them again and I have made some very substantial purchases from them in the past and they know it (the owner).

I hope you can find one as they are OUTSTANDING and I am happy I bought one. They have a few minor cosmetic flaws that I can live with and are things no one else may not even notice. My wife doesn't see the flaws even after I pointed to them. Keep looking and don't give up.

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posted 06-30-2012 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Bert! I'll just hang on and see what happens. They said July, and it's not July yet. I did order one, but nothing has been charged on my card, so if it happens, it will, if not... oh well!

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posted 07-02-2012 12:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for model maker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What other places have you tried? If I hear of anything, I will let you know. I know the owner of Diecast Airplane, his site says restock in June, which has just past. I am going to email him and see if I can get some better info.

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posted 07-02-2012 06:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just saw a discount code earlier on this message thread for Flying Mule. The price looked good compared to others so I put my name on the list.

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posted 07-03-2012 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for model maker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When you see the thing is in stock, grab it up fast as they are almost sold out before the day is out. I wish you the best in getting your Saturn V, they are outstanding and display nicely.

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Tom, I found one for you if you hurry: The Space Store. Today is July 4 and they will start selling the four they have tomorrow, July 5. I knew somebody had to have one in stock somewhere so I posted this for you as soon as I found it.

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posted 07-04-2012 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Promo code today will get you 10% off. enter JULY4 for the code at checkout.

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posted 07-11-2012 02:42 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 tegwilym:
The price looked good compared to others so I put my name on the list.
It has arrived!

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posted 07-11-2012 02:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for model maker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great news! What does yours look like paint wise? You may notice some black overspray but it is not that bad and some seams on the second stage. These annoyed me at first however, you start to not notice them after awhile.

It is an outstanding Saturn V, though I am thinking about swapping out the top with the Apollo 10 display like some others have done. That way, you can see the lunar module inside.

On edit: I found a Saturn V in stock and ready to ship.

tegwilym
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posted 07-11-2012 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I emailed Flying Mule asking about my pre-order. It ships tomorrow. Yay!

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Woo Hoo! I just got e-mail notification that my Saturn V is shipping!

Thanks to everyone here who posted info about this. I'm looking forward to getting it.

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posted 07-11-2012 09:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad to see more collectors are now getting this model at original retail price, or close to it.

It has some very minor (and mostly correctable, if you're so inclined) flaws, but seriously, hands up: Who here ever thought they'd be able to put a finished 5-foot, 1:72 Saturn V/Apollo model on their floor for about US$250?

Yeah, didn't think so

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posted 07-12-2012 02:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for h00ktern     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Add me to the list on Flying Mule's "shipped today" list! Maybe I should have bought another.

I wish I had just one Bandai Saturn V.

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I also got notice from Flying Mule that mine was on the way. Can't wait to see it. I already have a 1:144 on my desk at work. Wait until they see this monster! Now I have to go to IKEA to pick up a Detolf display case.

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posted 07-13-2012 01:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am tempted beyond belief to get this model, but I am a person who likes to build them. I have just seen the Apollo 10 as a kit, so I am hoping we will get this as a kit as well. But still, a 1/72 Saturn V... so tempted!

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posted 07-13-2012 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would not wait my friend. The Saturn V will probably not be issued by Dragon as a kit because this information would have probably been released by now.

Pull the trigger and purchase this model if you really like it because Dragon may not re-release it and you will pay a premium on eBay if you purchase it too late.

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posted 07-13-2012 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Couldn't agree more. If you're "tempted beyond belief," pull the trigger. In cost/return terms alone, this model is one of the best space purchases I've ever made.

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I agree with the posts above. I ordered one the first time but cancelled after some initial negative reviews. I reconsidered and bought one and I am glad I did. That 5 ft tall Saturn is impressive in my home office! heck I am thinking about getting another just to get Apollo astronauts to sign at Spacefest and ASF shows.

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posted 07-16-2012 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Okuda   Click Here to Email Mike Okuda     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My 1/72 Saturn V arrived today. I love it!

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posted 07-16-2012 10:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Curious as to what parts are metal and what parts are plastic.

And did the shipped version come with white fairing fins and black F-1 engines? (I know, I'm picky.)

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There are no metal parts, the entire model is plastic (with the exception of the metal pin to stand the model on the base).

The fins are white, the F-1 engines are dark gray.

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I preordered from Flying Mule when I had not heard any recent news about the kit version release date, but I was sure that I had done it too late to get one. I was shocked to get a shipping confirmation e-mail!

Thanks Flying Mule!

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posted 07-17-2012 06:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I lost the string somewhere...

Is it possible to kitbash the Apollo 10 CSM/LES/LM/LSA to the BIG Saturn V so you a) get the LM and also can see it folded up inside the big model?

Seems kind of silly that they wouldn't feature this in a $200+ model.

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posted 07-17-2012 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I assume that the models in von Braun's office were also all 1/72 scale? So Dragon Models can still ahead.

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Originally posted by divemaster:
Is it possible to kitbash the Apollo 10 CSM/LES/LM/LSA to the BIG Saturn V so you a) get the LM and also can see it folded up inside the big model?
On page 3 of this thread you can see Pascal's Apollo 10/Saturn V modification. If you continue, kit bashing is discussed further.

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When connecting the Apollo 10 to the Saturn V, what kind of "lip" or edge is there to firmly connect the two together? I want to know this before I break the joint of my SLA section of my Saturn V. How do the two connect to each other?

There wasn't any pictures showing the bottom section of the Apollo 10 where it would attach to the Saturn V.

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posted 07-18-2012 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TheBillhelm   Click Here to Email TheBillhelm     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been lurking this thread for months. Thanks to everyone for the detailed and informative posts. You sold me. Mine just arrived from Pilot Wear, and was waiting for me when I got home from work last night. I am absolutely thrilled with it. The Detolf is a perfect fit. I did a little custom lighting (cut wood blocks and the Ikea Dioder), and I also added a wall decal from Wall Monkeys.

I may end up trying to cram all of the manned space programs from Mercury through Apollo into this case. My current plan is to cut circular holes in the provided glass shelves and let the Saturn V rise through them. Dragon makes a 1/72 Redstone, and Real Space Models makes a 1/72 Atlas and Titan II.

Does anyone know of a 1/72 Saturn 1B? I've Googled it quite a bit and haven't had any leads other than paper models.

Here's my setup as of last night.

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posted 07-18-2012 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cycleroadie   Click Here to Email cycleroadie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Let me know how cutting the holes works for you, I thought of doing the same thing as it does waste some of my limited space for displaying thing. But I worry about losing strength in the shelves. I'd like to put some of the other Apollo 1/72 items from dragon that I have in the case with it, but was not sure how the shelves would react to the cutting.

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There wasn't any pictures showing the bottom section of the Apollo 10 where it would attach to the Saturn V.
What is your e-mail address, I can send photos.

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posted 07-18-2012 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for model maker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent you an email with my email address, thank you for sending photos.

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Originally posted by TheBillhelm:
Here's my setup as of last night.
I like your setup, very nice. I got mime from Pilot Wear as well, fast delivery.

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posted 07-18-2012 09:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by TheBillhelm:
Does anyone know of a 1/72 Saturn 1B? I've Googled it quite a bit and haven't had any leads other than paper models.

Other than the 1/70 Saturn 1B by Apogee, that's going to be next to impossible to find. Yes, it's cardboard, but it's well built and very accurate. The base of the first stage is so complex, that it's all but impossible to scratch build from plastic tubing unless you're very handy with a lathe. Believe me, I've done the research.

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After reading everyone's posts, I've broken down and ordered the Saturn V and the Apollo 10 models from Dragon. I think, in the long run, I won't regret buying either...and I will do my best not to kit bash other than adding the LM portion to the Saturn V. If you're going to do something, do it right. I'm sure I'm going to go crazy over figuring out how to correct the fin and F1 engine colors. If I can stay away from the umbilical attachments, it will be a big plus on my end.

But thank you to all of you for your input. It has all been invaluable.

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posted 07-19-2012 12:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for model maker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For the fins, someone here used the matte clear masking tape around the fin letter, spray painted silver, removed the tape and had a correct silver fins. I am doing the same.

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I just used clear scotch tape, trimmed it close with my exacto knife, and the carefully pulled the tape after, did the trick and you could see to get it cut close.

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I suff sanded the fins, painted them and then created a decal to put the letters back.

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Originally posted by the clocks running:
I would not wait my friend. The Saturn V will probably not be issued by Dragon as a kit because this information would have probably been released by now.
Just because Dragon hasn't said anything yet doesn't mean they won't. I've heard a few rumblings from my contacts that a kit version of the Saturn V will be released eventually (not "if" but rather "when").

My gut feeling is saying probably sometime in 2013 since at that point they will have done all the other kit issues of the 1/72 Apollo CSM (the J Mission set and ASTP will likely be their last kits and they are coming out pretty soon).

I've inspected one of the pre-builts up close and can see how its parts are laid out. It is all plastic, so it isn't like some metal parts have to be replaced with plastic ones. I've been kind of tempted to get a pre-build to totally disassemble and rebuild from the ground up, fixing issues as I go. But that adds work. Everything I've seen and heard suggests a kit will come eventually, so I prefer to wait (I am a patient man).

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quote:
Originally posted by cycleroadie:
I just used clear scotch tape, trimmed it close with my exacto knife, and the carefully pulled the tape after, did the trick and you could see to get it cut close.
Depending on how everything looks, I'll probably do the fins in Bare Metal Foil. The F-1's are another story. Are they removable?

Supposedly, mine was shipped today. Should be interesting.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jay Chladek:
Just because Dragon hasn't said anything yet doesn't mean they won't. I've heard a few rumblings from my contacts that a kit version of the Saturn V will be released eventually (not "if" but rather "when").
I understand what you are stating Jay. I just prefer to buy a model when it is released because once it goes you may not have an opportunity to buy it at the original price and forced to pay a premium. The Bandai Apollo 11 Saturn V is a prime example of this.

We will cross our fingers and hope for a 1/72 Saturn V kit.


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