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history in miniature
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posted 04-11-2012 07:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This just in, Allen B. Ury of Fantastic Plastic in Jan. 2013 will be releasing a kit of the soviet moon lander.
The LK ("Lunny Korabl" or "Moon Ship") was the Soviet space program's counterpart to NASA's Lunar Module (LM). Originally designed to carry a single cosmonaut to the lunar surface (Later designs could carry two), the LK was significantly smaller than America's moon lander and had a slightly different mission profile as well. For example, the LK had no docking tunnel; the cosmonaut would have been required to space walk from his mother ship to the lander while in lunar orbit. Also, the LK used the same engine for ascent from the lunar surface as it used to land, whereas the LM had a separate ascent engine.

The LK was tested successfully three times in Earth orbit in the early 1970s. However, the repeated failure of the Soviets' N-1 moon rocket resulted in the USSR scuttling its lunar landing program, and the LK along with it.

Norman.King
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posted 04-11-2012 07:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My names already on the waiting list.

alexbaja
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posted 04-11-2012 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So is mine, looks a very promising model.

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posted 04-11-2012 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is great!!!

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posted 04-11-2012 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had no idea that the LK was tested in Earth orbit in the 1970's! Where was I?

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posted 10-02-2013 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
Here are some initial pictures of the new LK lander from Fantastic Plastic. Scale is 1/48th and it is a multi-media kit. I have also added a thermal blanket, thanks David!

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posted 10-02-2013 08:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like a great model. I've ordered one but it has yet to arrive. A few questions:

I don't see a thermal blanket - what am I missing?

Does the model allow you to separate the stages after it's finished?

Do you know of any photo references for the LK that would assist in the model build-up?

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posted 10-02-2013 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In this scale, the thermal blanket on the ascent module has a wrinkled appearance with the texture being minimal, however if you look closely you can see it.

I can provide additional links for the reference pictures.

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posted 10-02-2013 09:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks (and thanks in advance for any links). A quick search did provide this one, which has some nice close-up photos of various parts of the actual hardware (now in storage).

Note that I added my second of three questions evidently while you were already replying - just so it's clear to others that you weren't not answering my question.

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posted 10-02-2013 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You are welcome and here is another great link for reference photographs.

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posted 10-02-2013 09:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you.

It seems the ascent module structure in these pictures is just the pressure vessel, and they would have put a thermal blanket on top as in the Soyuz vehicle. Is this correct, or is the structure we're seeing somehow double-hulled? Was their thinking that that blanket would have been sufficient to stop micrometeorids?

If so, with the caveat that I am no engineer, that seems like it would have been rather risky. Ed Mitchell (among other moonwalkers) reported hearing lots of micrometeorid strikes on the LM. I asked him earlier this year about just how frequent, and he said "oh, every 2 or 3 minutes."

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posted 10-03-2013 02:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah, looks nice Steve, must wait two weeks for I get it.

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posted 10-07-2013 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A friend of mine did a 1/24 model of the LK. Good reference can be found here.

The 22 pages are in French but I believe the photos are self explanatory.

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posted 10-07-2013 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, nice one that 1/24, I have here still a 1/32 resin version, still not ready.

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posted 10-10-2013 05:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All that is left is for Leonov to be placed on the lunar surface, he is drying.

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posted 10-10-2013 05:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very, very nice Steve!!! And color you use what is this?

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posted 10-10-2013 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for datkatz   Click Here to Email datkatz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic!

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posted 10-10-2013 07:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outstanding work!

(Also curious about what paint you used for the blue-green fabric...)

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posted 10-10-2013 07:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys, the paint is the Testors acryl brand and is a mixture of gloss green, teal and a touch of silver.

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posted 10-11-2013 01:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Simply the best model of the LK I've seen so far - superb.

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posted 10-11-2013 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DougS   Click Here to Email DougS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WOW! That is beautiful work!! Outstanding!

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posted 10-11-2013 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome work Steve!

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posted 10-13-2013 06:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet1983   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet1983     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AWESOME job!

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