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GACspaceguy
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posted 08-14-2016 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mode1charlie:
...there was no kapton foil on the Apollo 1 capsule, correct? If not, why not?
If I remember correctly the Kapton was for improved visibility for the LM crew. Also, if all communication was lost between the ground and spacecraft, the Kapton provided a better reflective surface to "ping" off of.

Neither of those would be needed for the Block I that would only be used in LEO.

By the way, Michael paid a visit to the Karst-onian to drop off a couple of additions to the Kollection. One of which was this model.

Stunning model. I will have some pics on the Karst-onian thread as soon as I figure out the final display location for both models he brought.

mode1charlie
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posted 08-14-2016 04:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by GACspaceguy:
Neither of those would be needed for the Block I that would only be used in LEO.
Thanks. Didn't think about either of those two, which seem quite plausible. I always thought the kapton was for thermal control.

I realize this is a tangent to the topic, so maybe this question should go into its own thread.

keymichael1855
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posted 08-15-2016 08:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the nice words Jeff, Steve, and Ron! Burke, I got my reference material from Mike Mackowski's book, SIM #6 (Apollo CSM), which contained a drawing from David Weeks. These were test areas for the tape that would later be used on the Block II vehicles. For more info, you might take a look at this thread.

According to this, it was used for thermal qualities in addition to the increased visibility.

keymichael1855
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posted 10-08-2016 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In a collaboration with Ron Shinkle (moonguyron here on cS), we have produced the most realistic reproduction of the Lunar Module instrument panels nos. 1 and 2 to date. By using 3D CAD models of the instrument panels, we have replicated all of the switches, knobs, etc. as close to the real thing as possible. We have set the mission and event timers to represent the exact time where Neil and Buzz first made contact with the lunar surface.

See this topic to purchase. Comments are welcome!

apolloprojeckt
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posted 10-09-2016 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice done!!!

history in miniature
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posted 10-13-2016 07:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Michael looks great and a brilliant idea.

Michael ApolloJack
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posted 10-17-2016 06:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael ApolloJack   Click Here to Email Michael ApolloJack     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These look great, but I could not stop at just the cardboard. I'd have to go an buy switches, screws and Velcro, make dials, then mount it all on a Perspex board with all the gauges cut out and placed behind.

Fantastic work, very tempted.

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posted 10-17-2016 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FlyAndFight   Click Here to Email FlyAndFight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the same thoughts, Michael. Does anyone know where to purchase any of those older style toggles, switches and knobs?

If no longer available, perhaps Michael Key, you could offer some 3D printed options? Would really make that display pop. Thanks.

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posted 10-17-2016 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Smithsonian has put the 3D data for printing the rotary switches on their site associated with the 3D scans of Columbia CM. I think there may be a few other components on there as well.

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posted 10-17-2016 02:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by FlyAndFight:
If no longer available, perhaps Michael Key, you could offer some 3D printed options [for those older style toggles, switches and knobs]?
I second that motion. And yes, very cool display Michael - great work as usual!

keymichael1855
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posted 10-17-2016 10:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the nice words everyone! I must thank Ron for the suggestion and for the tireless research and effort that he put into helping me produce these.

As far as taking these panels a step further with actual 3D printed components, that is certainly doable. I actually created all of these components to give the printed panel as much realism as possible. Here is a shot of the CAD Model:

I would just have to isolate out all of the knobs and switches and make them available on Shapeways. I would also need to modify the background panel image, taking away the knobs, switches, etc. in the print so that you could replace them with the printed parts. If there is enough interest, I can move forward with this process.

mode1charlie
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posted 10-17-2016 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would definitely be in, but — to express a preference — I'd much rather have switches and knobs that worked (assuming reasonable facsimiles can still be had) that can be inserted and mounted manually into the 3-D printed panel...

keymichael1855
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posted 05-03-2019 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Building upon the Apollo hand controllers and the FDAI replicas that I have built in the past, I wanted to try a DSKY.

I know that there are several "functioning" versions out there, but I wanted to take a different approach. I wanted to create one that looked like it actually flew 50 years ago, mimicking the weathering and the effects that Father Time would've had on it.

It doesn't have actual working displays, but I have simulated them with LEDs and lighting masks to simulate the effect. Let me know what you think!

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posted 05-03-2019 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can personally vouch for the exceptional work that Michael does. It is nothing short of magic!!

GACspaceguy
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posted 05-03-2019 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another wish list item, wonderful replica!!!!

Daugherty54
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I have also had business dealings with Michael Keys and I have 110% trust in anything he does or says! He helped me take a mediocre 1/72 wood Saturn IB into a fantastic model with a 3D printed SLA.

keymichael1855
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posted 05-06-2019 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the nice words Dave, Fred, and Dwight. Always a pleasure to build for you guys!!!

history in miniature
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posted 05-16-2019 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Michael I haven't been here in quite awhile and it's nice to see one of your builds and I must say absolutely beautiful!

keymichael1855
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posted 05-31-2019 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve, thanks for the nice words! I don't crank out nearly as many projects as I used to, so it's been a while since I've posted here as well. Good to hear from you!

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posted 06-05-2019 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocket Chris   Click Here to Email Rocket Chris     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow... Where to get such a framed FDAI?!?! Wanna have one!

keymichael1855
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posted 06-05-2019 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chris, the FDAI was a 3D printed project that I produced from scratch with parts I designed. I'd be glad to build one for you if you like. Just send me an email and we can discuss. Thanks!


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