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Retro Rocket
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posted 03-07-2012 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm almost done with a 1/15th scale X-15A-2 . It's built using molds I made using the wind tunnel model at Edwards. I've built several in the white World Speed Record config. This is the first one in black.

About one week to go. Next model will have a cockpit, landing gear and maybe a XLR-99 on the side.







Jerry Brouillette
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posted 03-07-2012 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jerry Brouillette   Click Here to Email Jerry Brouillette     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic work! The skin and wing details are something else. Thanks for the pics.

history in miniature
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posted 03-07-2012 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful work.

bobslittlebro
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posted 03-07-2012 06:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bobslittlebro   Click Here to Email bobslittlebro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm not a modeler, but it looks great!

apolloprojeckt
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posted 03-08-2012 01:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a great model and huge!

Norman.King
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posted 03-08-2012 01:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's absolutely superb.

alexbaja
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posted 03-08-2012 01:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is a beautiful model with lots of detail, well done.

Is this scratch build?

apolloprojeckt
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posted 03-08-2012 03:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw one on eBay (260968749265), also 1/15.

alexbaja
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posted 03-08-2012 03:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So I suppose it is not scratch build but Retro Rocket's finishing is great.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 03-08-2012 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice.

Gilbert
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posted 03-08-2012 12:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome!

Retro Rocket
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posted 03-08-2012 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a pic showing the first X-15 I built from the molds and the A-2 model it was molded off in the display case.

dog320
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posted 03-08-2012 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dog320     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow RR. Have you ever considered doing X-15 number 3?

Retro Rocket
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posted 03-09-2012 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you refering to a delta winged X-15A-3, or vehicle number 66672?

dog320
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posted 03-09-2012 05:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dog320     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
56-6672 configured and marked for either General White's or Mr. Walker's peak altitude flights.

Retro Rocket
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posted 03-12-2012 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I might do the third X-15 at some point but before that I'd do the rollout X-15 with the XLR-11's and the nose boom. I'd like to do the delta wing A3 but that would be a pretty big model. I have built hundreds of desktop models but I like doing the larger scale/size because it's less work than doing a production run and you can get more money for them. The drawbacks are that a model that size has a very small market.

I have a question for everyone: Would there be any interest in a 1/25th X-15A-3? It would be about 32" long.

moonguyron
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posted 03-13-2012 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonguyron   Click Here to Email moonguyron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would be interested in either a 1/25th or 1/15th scale X-15. Not the A-2. Could you furnish a ballpark estimated price for each?

Retro Rocket
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posted 03-15-2012 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My goal with my models is to make them as much as works of art as they are accurate models. Each one gets better and I can incorporate more detail after each build.

moonguyron
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posted 03-15-2012 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonguyron   Click Here to Email moonguyron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bid more than he's selling the molds for in a recent eBay listing for the 1/15th X-15. I lost out to a higher bidder.

Is the A-3 the proposed delta wing X-15?

Retro Rocket
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posted 03-15-2012 11:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't understand your post, are you saying he was selling the X-15 molds? I see he has a buy it now cost of $535, like I said, so you wouldn't be bidding on that.

The A3 is the X-15 delta wing design. It was never built but there were a few wind tunnel models built and tested.

Retro Rocket
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posted 04-07-2012 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Finished! Here's a pic of the finished model, I won't go into all the details, but it has removable drop tanks and ventral fin, the stand is aluminum, just a temporary stand because the client is going to have one built in stainless steel. Check out the Photobucket album for more including the white WSR model.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 04-07-2012 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great work!!!!! My compliments...

alexbaja
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posted 04-08-2012 01:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Job well done.

Philip
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posted 04-08-2012 03:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Probably the best X-15 scale model I've ever seen!

Retro Rocket
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posted 04-08-2012 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks everyone! This is the first X-15A2 in black that I've done so this is essentially the "prototype" model. I developed a few new techniques for decals and finishing and used the CAD model I built to make the correct parts and markings. I'm hoping to improve each successive model and include more detail.

My end goal is a full cutaway model at a larger scale that I can donate to the National Air and Space Museum. By the way, I started a X-15 model a while ago (not the A2) and I'm going to finish it, this might be the only regular X-15.

onesmallstep
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posted 04-08-2012 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Retro Rocket:
My end goal is a full cutaway model at a larger scale that I can donate to the National Air and Space Museum.
Great model and building techniques! Just make sure they display your model at Udvar-Hazy since the downtown DC site already has a 1/1 scale one!

Retro Rocket
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posted 04-08-2012 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm hoping that a large cutaway, maybe 1/8th scale, could be displayed nearby so people could get an idea of what's inside. It'd have to be big so rigging the control cables won't be a huge hassle.

Retro Rocket
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posted 06-24-2013 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My second A-2 in 15th scale is almost done, I haven't put my pics in Photobucket but I did put a few on eBay.

I like this one, I did a realistic finish to the surface and I've counted each rivet and made large 2d layouts in CAD that I printed then applied to the model, it helped a lot because instead of lots and lots and lots of time spent applying individual rivet strips, I can do the large ones and blend them in seamlessly to the next and the model.

Retro Rocket
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posted 07-08-2013 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm happier with this model, the finish is realistic, it has all the details I could find applied like all the drains and vent tubes, the hardware that connects the A2 to the Launch Mount.

I also created large 2D decals that cover about 80% of the model. They allow all the rivets and panel lines to be shown and aligned properly, the first one I had to apply them individually and that was a lot of work!

Next up is a cockpit and landing gear and the regular X-15 offered as a kit for around $1,500 or built for $2,500. The A2 will still be expensive but I intend to included the cockpit and landing gear.

Also I had Shapeways print one of the parts in stainless steel and I can tell you, that's a game changer for modelers. For example, I'll be able to make the speed brakes move the landing gear retract!

Spacecraft are the perfect subject for the small steel parts. You could have a Mercury Escape Tower that would never break! A LEM with movable antennae and folding legs! Working Apollo docking mechanisms!

The surprising thing is the steel parts are not any more expensive than plastic because of the small size and that Shapeways only charges for the parts volume, not a minimum set up fee.

I posted pics of the A2 in my Photobucket album, please take a look. I don't know if I'll be doing another black A2, I'm pretty busy with the regular X-15, a 1/40th XB-70, a 1/40th YB-49 molded off the wind tunnel model, a 1/8th X-37B and the 1/32nd NB-52 with the X-43A/Pegasus stack.

I'm also working on the masters for the 1/72nd X-33 and LM model for Fantastic Plastic. This model uses the accurate CAD data, I want this kit to be really good.

Philip
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posted 07-20-2013 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb piece of aerospace history!!!

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