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Charlie16
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posted 04-11-2012 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am proud to announce that a replica of the Apollo 16 command module "Casper" was opened by Charlie Duke on March 31, 2012.

The command module has an operating AGC. On my website you can view video and images.

history in miniature
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posted 04-11-2012 08:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WOW, now that is beautiful.

SpaceAholic
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posted 04-11-2012 10:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations Luigi - I look forward to seeing your remarkable contribution to preserving the memory of Project Apollo and meeting you in person some day - Bravo!

alexbaja
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posted 04-12-2012 12:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for alexbaja   Click Here to Email alexbaja     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastico Luigi, I am sure you brought Charlie Duke down memory lane with this reenactment. I am also sure that your sentiment was come on let's start the countdown.

A fantastic 1:1 scale capsule, I wish you all the luck.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 04-12-2012 01:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic Luigi!! First the Apollo suit, then a very real rover, and now an Apollo capsule. And what will be your next project?

Norman.King
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posted 04-12-2012 02:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's amazing, and what a wonderful day you must have had with Charlie Duke.

If I ever win the lottery I'll commission you to build me one.

garymilgrom
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posted 04-12-2012 06:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Complimenti Luigi! A superbly beautiful piece. Well done.

Charlie16
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posted 04-12-2012 08:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What about... your enthusiasm gives me the strength to continue my work in in Italy and Europe. I have other big projects...

Charlie16
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posted 04-12-2012 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In addition to Casper, in honor of Charlie, I built an A7LB space suit and one seat for display.

Gilbert
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posted 04-12-2012 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Incredible! Great job.

David Carey
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posted 04-12-2012 09:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh. My.

Really excellent work and what an event to go with it, Luigi - congratulations!

Charlie16
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posted 04-12-2012 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys, I am moved...

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-12-2012 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome Luigi! And Charlie let you be Commander too. As I suspected all along Charlie is a real gentleman.

Jay Chladek
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posted 04-12-2012 05:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It will be a little difficult to truck this one to a model contest I would think.

Wow! Most impressive piece of work I have ever seen when it comes to 1 to 1 replicas (with a great interior no less). Congratulations.

p51
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posted 04-12-2012 10:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have seen a lot of airplane mockups over the years, and flown my share of military and contractor simulators (I don't mean computer games, I mean full cockpit immersion simulators that the real pilots fly).

I have NEVER seen anything this impressive in my life that wasn't built by the government or a military contractor. You must have impressed Charlie Duke when he got a good look. "I made it for you," wow. I can't imagine how I'd feel if I were him to see that and hear the builder tell me that.

You have every reason to be proud of what you created.

Apollo Redux
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posted 04-13-2012 12:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo Redux   Click Here to Email Apollo Redux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A true labour of love - Well done!

Seeing Mr and Mrs. Duke in the capsule together must have been as thrilling to you as it was fun for us to see.

Norman.King
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posted 04-13-2012 04:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Luigi, did you record (photograph or video) the build-up of this spectacular replica?
I'd love to see how it was made and what materials you made it from.

space1
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posted 04-13-2012 10:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You have made a remarkably good mockup. Congratulations!

Charlie16
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posted 04-13-2012 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Norman.King:
I'd love to see how it was made and what materials you made it from.
We use: wood, iron, steel, alluminio.

Powder coatings for the interior, water-based paints for exteriors.

I have pictures and movies, but I work on a book and a film about the building and I can not disclose.

Apolloman
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posted 04-14-2012 04:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apolloman   Click Here to Email Apolloman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic, wonderful, wonderful, a thousand congratulations Louis, for you and your technical team!

I hope to see this beauty (I like to see 6-7 hours drive from Varese). A question: But what you will become at the end of exposure?

Can rent or lend to another association to represent the other? (In France, for example.)

Charlie16
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posted 04-14-2012 07:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Paul!

The command module will be exposed in Varese (Italy) until April 29, 2012. After this date will be available for rental and will tour Italy, Europe and I hope we get in the U.S. (there is an ongoing project).

SpaceAholic
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posted 04-14-2012 08:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If it comes to the US, I hope you have an opportunity to display it at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center next to the actual Casper.

Charlie16
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posted 04-14-2012 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I already talked about this with Charlie... he likes the idea, but we have to work because this could happen. We need sponsors! I believe it.

Charlie16
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posted 04-14-2012 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some videos with Charlie Duke and Casper.

divemaster
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posted 04-16-2012 12:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which further goes to prove my statements of decades, that scale modelers ain't quite right upstairs.

An incredible job well done.

Charlie16
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posted 04-21-2012 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by space1:
You have made a remarkably good mockup. Congratulations!
Congratulations to you for your research and work for the hatch! It would be nice to rebuild it together to expose it with Casper.

space1
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posted 04-21-2012 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They would definitely look good together. We will see what the future brings.

Charlie16
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posted 06-06-2012 01:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Charlie and me are inaugurating Casper Varese (Italy) 31 March 2012

David C
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posted 07-14-2012 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb Luigi.

Was there a thread running where you were asking if people would be interested in replica DSKYs/ AGCs, or did I dream that?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-14-2012 08:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See: FS: Apollo command module DSKY replica

Charlie16
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posted 07-19-2012 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Charlie16
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posted 10-11-2012 05:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The replica of the command module "Casper" was exhibited in Martigny (Switzerland) and I had the opportunity to enter wearing a space suit of Buzz Aldrin (Replica). the effect was amazing, very realistic and exciting. In my website you will find images of the exhibition.

Norman.King
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posted 10-11-2012 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome!!! I'm dead jealous.

Charlie16
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posted 02-27-2014 02:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Information for all enthusiasts: Apollo 16 Command Module Replica "Casper" will be permanently displayed at the Museum of Volandia.

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