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keymichael1855
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posted 06-26-2013 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've provided a lot of 3D printed models for several members here on cS, but I also do a little building myself. I've always admired the work of everyone here on the forum, and have been waiting for the right model project of my own to take the plunge and post pictures. So, here it is! It is a 1:24 Scale Apollo CSM/BPC/LES/SLA display in launch configuration.

It is made from a combination of materials. I started with my own 3D printed models, and added in some scratch built components out of more traditional materials as well. I was able to traditionally print a 2D map of the SM skin onto a metallic plastic to achieve the realistic metal finish. I could type 3 or 4 pages explaining the build from concept to completion, but I think I'll just let the pictures do the talking. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

I want to give a special thanks to Steve Nichols for the beautiful Bare Metal Foil job. It really finished off the project beautifully, and that was way beyond my capabilities!

If you would like to see more pictures, you can see them here.

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posted 06-26-2013 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutely beautiful, wonderful detail - superb!

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posted 06-26-2013 04:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyforce1   Click Here to Email Skyforce1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WOW!!

apolloprojeckt
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posted 06-26-2013 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks great!!!

Retro Rocket
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posted 06-26-2013 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks fantastic!! 3D is really the way to go. Were these printed by Shapeways? What material? I'm waiting for my first parts from them, I tried one in stainless steel.

mode1charlie
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posted 06-26-2013 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nicely done!

Retro Rocket
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posted 06-26-2013 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's the big question. Will you do a LEM?

How much to have all that printed? It's really a great model, do you think producing a few of these would be possible?

history in miniature
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posted 06-26-2013 06:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Michael she looks great, thanks for allowing me to be a part of the build. — Steve

keymichael1855
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posted 06-27-2013 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the kind words everyone — it is truly impressive in person and I am very proud of her! And Steve thank you for the finishing touch on the CM BMF — at this scale it would've looked incomplete without it!

RR, you are correct in guessing that the printed parts came from Shapeways. I have been 100% satisfied by the quality of the 3D prints as well as the customer service — I highly recommend them!

As for printed materials, I used a little bit of each. The large components (structural shell, CM, and LES portions are all White, Strong, and Flexible (their 2nd cheapest material). Some of the other medium sized pars (engine, radiator panels) are the WSF polished. This is my favorite material because of the price and the ease of smoothing it for painting. Some of the other smaller parts (Umbilical, RCS engines, fins, HGA components, docking mechanism) are in either Frosted Detail or Frosted Ultra Detail. The bulkhead is actually printed in their cheapest material, Full Color Sandstone using a color image that I created in Photoshop. I've never tried their stainless material. At this scale, the only thing that would be affordable in that material are the handles!

The cost of the materials for this build isn't for the squeamish — it was about $1K. 3D printing cost is all about volume, and these models are big! RR, absolutely, producing more of these is definitely possible. Everything for the build is available. Or, if you would like one fully built, just let me know and I can make that happen too.

Lastly, regarding a LM... I won't rule it out, but the LM is a difficult model to produce because of all of the crazy shapes and angles of the ascent stage. Something to keep on the backburner though. Thanks!

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posted 07-02-2013 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FlyAndFight   Click Here to Email FlyAndFight     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello Michael! What a beautiful work of art!

mode1charlie
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posted 07-03-2013 06:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very impressive!

spacerace776
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posted 07-03-2013 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacerace776   Click Here to Email spacerace776     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outstanding work, well done Steve. Keep the great work up.

garymilgrom
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posted 07-03-2013 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The cutaway BPC is a superb idea. The entire model is wonderful. Kudos!

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posted 07-03-2013 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow that's big! Awesome model of the Apollo spacecraft.

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posted 07-08-2013 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Meademan   Click Here to Email Meademan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I knew Michael had this going as a project some time ago, and hats off to him on this one. It's a fantastic model and I'm lucky enough to say that I'm now the proud owner of it.

An Apollo Service Module worthy enough to complement the same scale Command Module, BPC and LES tower assembly Michael already offers through his Shapeways shop.

I have followed the build of this closely and Michael has been really good at keeping me informed on what he was thinking and how he was going to achieve it, and I have to say the final result he has created is nothing
short of incredible. He's overcome some really difficult technical challenges to make this as good as it is. The SM skinning is a work of art in itself, duplicating the exterior detailing and reflective qualities found on the real thing perfectly. It's fantastic. It looks like it really has been assembled in the same plant as the real moon going vehicles, just scaled down.

I could write a lot about what I know Michael put into this model to make it happen but here are a few items that stand out for me...

The cutaway BPC was a great idea and still allows the launch configuration to be shown with the LES tower whilst allowing the beautifully Mylar skinned CM by Steve Nichols, (thank you Steve), to still be visible.

The photo detailed bulkhead that sits below the CM heat-shield is a really nice touch, as is the cutaway window in the SLA, allowing the engine bell to be viewed along with the HGA in its launch configuration, something I don't think anyone will have ever seen before either modelled or for real?!

Michael also had the idea to put a photo etched mirror inside the base of the SLA depicting the top down view of the LEM housed inside the top of the S-IVB. How clever is that?

This is an exceptional model by anyone's standards. It's the only 1/24 model of the Saturn V available and look what you get for the money. Essentially the top third of the S-IVB upwards. The entire elegant and purposeful end of the Apollo Saturn V stack built to a scale which is imposing and detailed to perfection. When I first saw it I even suggested he call the Director of NASA because this model really should be on his office desk, its that good!

Michael worked tirelessly on this design from all of his own CAD work, thinking problems through, a bit of trial and error, having all the parts manufactured and finally finding a way to assemble it so that anyone can now
build one of these with basic modelling skills. The parts are available on a piece by piece basis so the kit can be built up and assembled as funds permit, and what a great model you'll have by the end of it. I already know
a number of people who have made a start on theirs and so before long I'd expect to see more pics of these popping up on here.

Once I get it in place in my collection I will add some more pics.

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posted 07-08-2013 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bdipaolo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can someone explain how the "print a 2D map of the SM skin onto a metallic plastic" works? It is really fantastic.

keymichael1855
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posted 07-09-2013 08:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, thanks for the nice write up on the CSM. I hope that it arrives safely, and please do post some pics of it in your collection. It surely has come a long way since this:

When I first sent Mike pictures of the printed parts after they arrived, he warned me to keep it out of the kitchen so that my wife wouldn't think the structural shell was a wine chiller — hence the wine bottle pic!

Barrett, as for the metal skin printing, here is a crash course. The printer that the skin is printed on is large flatbed printer that is capable of printing on just about any surface. As with most printers, it doesn't print white. So, when a black and white image is printed on a surface, the blacks and grays print normally, but the whites are seen by the printer as transparent and allow the metal to show. So, the image of the SM that I created has all of the panel lines and details in black, and the rest is white. This is a small portion of the image:

When it is printed on the metal surface, here is how it looks:

Hopefully that makes sense. If you have any questions, please let me know.

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posted 07-10-2013 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bdipaolo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Simply amazing.

keymichael1855
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posted 08-07-2013 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many of you have ordered my LUT background and MLP kit for the Dragon 1:72 Saturn V seen here:

Hopefully you are all enjoying them! I've had several people ask if I had anything similar in 1:144 scale for the Bandai SV. The LUT printed background is a definite yes, so just let me know if you would like one. I have an MLP solution as well. Here it is:

While this is much more expensive than the 72 scale "kit," this 3D printed concept has been designed to fit perfectly within the existing Bandai stand. As you will see, the MLP has pegs that fit into the Bandai mirror base. In addition, the clear acrylic supports all fit into the MLP, allowing the structural integrity to be maintained as Bandai intended. There is no assembly required. Just take it out of the box, insert the clear supports, insert your SV, and display!

If anyone is interested, please let me know. Thanks!

keymichael1855
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posted 09-15-2013 09:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know that Pascal has done several versions of the RCS using some of my 3D printed models, but I wanted to show you my interpretation. Pascal produced a 1:2 full quad, but this one is slightly smaller at 1:3 scale. The overall size of the display is about 15" X 23".

The housing and engines are 3D printed models, and the background is the same metallic skin that I used for the 1:24 CSM. I created the image for it in a photo program and it was traditionally printed onto the surface.

Let me know what you think.

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posted 09-16-2013 12:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice Michael!!!!

mode1charlie
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posted 09-16-2013 03:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, nicely done!

GACspaceguy
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posted 09-16-2013 04:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic work!

SpaceAholic
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posted 09-16-2013 05:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Color looks spot on Michael... here's an attempted reference test shot against the real thing with Fed Standard color deck:

history in miniature
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posted 09-16-2013 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautifully done Michael.

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This is a wonderful display piece and something I've been hankering after for some time and its turned out better than I could ever have imagined it would.

When Michael designed and made the skinning for his 1:24 CSM model which looks incredibly realistic, the natural progression of the idea was to scale it up and have a go at making what would look like a real cut out section of the spacecraft to hang on your office wall... and just look how it turned out. It's great.

The 1:3 scale is just about perfect. It's large enough to have some presence whilst not being so huge it doesn't look ridiculous hanging on the wall of your office. In fact, I'd hazard a guess that most people who see it, wouldn't even think it a smaller scale to the original spacecraft itself, which clearly it isn't being smaller, but even so, it has that unique 'wow' factor all the same.

The skinning making up the background looks real enough with the 3D rendered panel lines, rivets as well as the satin reflective qualities of the metal finish itself. On top of all that, the RCS engine bells have a real nice hot metal effect, true to the real life bells themselves which turn this colour after a few firings. They look perfectly used.

Also, what's unique about this piece is that its both a model and a picture of sorts which makes it a perfect compliment to anyone's model display collection because it looks like a real piece of Apollo hardware hanging on your wall.

I love it. It looks great and has already drawn plenty of admiring comments from everyone who's seen it... even the wife! So it must be good.

Another commendation for Michael's design ideas and hard work... I can't wait to see the other models he's got in pipeline. They afford us all the opportunity to own a real slice of the Apollo programme.

mode1charlie
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posted 09-17-2013 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the 1:3 RCS display available for sale, and if so where? Thanks.

keymichael1855
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posted 09-20-2013 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the kind words everybody! Mike, I'm so glad that you are happy with it. This display was a great little project!

I did a lot of testing on the bells before I got the color just where I wanted them. I used a combination of Alclad Chrome and Brass for the base color, and lightly misted on Hotmetal Blue, Red, and Violet to give a little color variation. I also sprayed a layer of Holomatic Chrome as well. The camera doesn't pick it up like your eye does, but when the light hits them the right way, it has a rainbow effect that is spectacular. I'll post a video from YouTube — it's still subtle, but maybe it will come through.

More projects coming very soon... Thanks!

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posted 10-04-2013 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for c11esh   Click Here to Email c11esh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently purchased a MLP and LUT for my Bandai Saturn V. I had seen the results on the Dragon 1:72 which unfortunately I didn't have the room for, but was hoping for similar results on the Bandai. I have not been disappointed and am very happy with the results

Michael was a pleasure to deal with and very helpful. Thanks Michael.

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posted 10-04-2013 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice result!!!

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posted 10-04-2013 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That looks really cool. I wonder if I have space to squeeze in one of those Ikea cabinets?

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You cannot go wrong with them and some 5mm wire grips to adjust the shelves

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posted 10-06-2013 08:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice. I'm sure I wouldn't put the shuttle model in that case. I probably would try to find another Apollo piece to fit in there. That's why my collection is out of hand!

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posted 10-06-2013 04:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Earle, you are welcome and many thanks for the kind words! I was more than happy to produce the items for you, and I think the display items really add to the beauty of the Bandai Saturn V. I am so glad that you are happy with it, and thanks for posting pictures of your great collection.

Looks like I need to look into a similar MLP concept for the Bandai shuttle that you have there.

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posted 10-17-2013 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been wanting to build up one of my 1:1 3D printed RCS engines for a while now, but I knew that I didn't quite have all of the skills to produce it. So, I enlisted the help of Steve Nichols, and we did a joint collaboration on the build.

I built the base, prepped and sprayed the bell, and did the multi-colored/red wiring. Steve painted and detailed the rest of the engine. I asked him to pay special attention to the top of the engine, and spray it with several different shades of Alclad metal shades to represent the real thing as closely as possible. He used a combination of Chrome, Polished Aluminum, and Silver. The paint was perfect, the decals were perfectly straight, and the safety wiring was very realistic. He did a beautiful job, and I couldn't have been happier with his work. Thanks for your help Steve! This will be a new addition to a fellow cS member's collection. Comments are welcome. Thanks! --Michael

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posted 10-17-2013 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for datkatz   Click Here to Email datkatz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful work, Steve. As always.

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posted 10-17-2013 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazing coloring on the thrust chamber. Wonderful work!

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posted 10-18-2013 02:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outstanding.

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Thank you everyone for the kind words and thank you Michael for the chance to work with such a talented designer and builder.

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Incredible work as usual Steve!


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