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Retro Rocket
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posted 03-17-2014 05:06 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 my 1:15 scale X-15. This is the first model of the X-15 that I've built that's not the A2 or A3. This one will be finished as it appears hanging at the National Air and Space Museum in DC. At this point there's still the application of the silvering to make the model look just like steel. And the last thing I do is put on the fragile details like the pitot tubes and tail pipes.

With each model I build I add more 3D printed/mastered parts. The next A2 that I'm currently working on will have a full cockpit and landing gear, I'm also working on a stand alone XLR-99 stripped of all the tiny tubes and wires so you can actually see the major components.

Two things are helping make this possible. I signed an agreement with Xtremeprototypes to use their CAD models created for their amazing X-15 flight sim. You can fly an entire mission and all the switches/systems are simmed.

I also got a copy of the XLR-99 engine manual and that has drawings and illustrations never seen befeore and I'm using that for the engine model.

I've created a 2D decal layout that covers about 80% of the model including the nose. I'm using a "trompe l'oeil" process for the textured chines. Once I have this really worked out I'll be able to offer the layout in 1:32 scale. You'll still need to put on a few rows of rivets, but not the entire model.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 03-17-2014 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice!! A top piece.

Norman.King
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posted 03-18-2014 03:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Beautiful.

AussiePete
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posted 03-18-2014 06:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AussiePete   Click Here to Email AussiePete     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That looks great.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 03-18-2014 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great plane, great model!

moonguyron
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posted 03-18-2014 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonguyron   Click Here to Email moonguyron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It keeps getting better, if that's possible. We have talked before. Is this model for sale?

Gilbert
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posted 03-18-2014 03:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great model!

history in miniature
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posted 03-18-2014 04:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for history in miniature   Click Here to Email history in miniature     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is simply stunning, photoshop it and I'd swear it was real!!

Retro Rocket
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posted 03-18-2014 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you! I try to improve each model thru the details and the processes. My goal is to have the most accurate CAD and 3D X-15 model available.

If everything works out I'll be able to do a book similar to Sullivan's "Virtual Apollo/LEM" on the X-15. Michelle Evans is a good friend and she's already gotten me some great connections to do this. I can get the story on how many of the X-15's systems were designed and built! I also want it to be a definitive resource for model builders.

On the 3D side, the CAD would be used to do a large scale complete cutaway model I'd like to donate to NASM and have displayed on the second level right near 66670.

These are for sale but they take a good part of a year to build, mainly because I'm disabled and slooowww. The A2 I'm building for one of the collector's here will have the cockpit and landing gear along with the XLR-99. I don't know if I'll be building another white A2 or an X-15 without the cockpit, etc..

Skyforce1
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posted 03-19-2014 11:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyforce1   Click Here to Email Skyforce1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WOW! Absolutely outstanding! That's a work of art that should be in a museum. Breathtaking!

Retro Rocket
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posted 09-01-2014 09:02 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 I just need to add a few details like the pitots and tail pipes. I save those for last because they are the most fragile. Also the tip pods need to be added.

The look I'm after for this model is something that looks like the real vehicle and the model itself looks like it's been around for a while.

Although it doesn't look much different than it did six months ago, more work went into it in that time than it did to build to that point. I developed a few new 2D layouts and getting those to fit on a compound surface like the nose cose is difficult, I think I've applied the nose decals at least three times before I was satisfied.

The metallic finish is something that doesn't come thru in the pics at all, but it looks good up close.

I'm working on an A2 with a detailed coclpit and landing gear. It's a lot of CAD work but once it's done the printed parts should make a pretty neat model. The printed parts are small and fragile so molding and casting would be harder than just printing each one. Also molds only make sense if I do more than five of something.

What I'd like to do is make a 1/18th scale model that would be finished. A 1/12th scale master could be made to be used as a pantograph master. I know that's old school but it still works well. Then I could make the 1/12th scale model that I want to donate to the National Air and Space Museum in time for the new gallery.

Norman.King
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posted 09-03-2014 01:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's a stunningly detailed and beautiful model. Are you sure you didn't use a ray gun and shrink the real thing

rjurek349
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posted 09-03-2014 04:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutely stunning. I am a big x-15 fan, and that model is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

albatron
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posted 09-03-2014 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow. Simply WOW! Congrats, a fine job!

onesmallstep
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posted 09-03-2014 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great looking model showing skill and attention to detail! The ultimate 'finishing touch' would be to get Gen. Engle to sign the base, as he flew that particular X-15 seven times.

Retro Rocket
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posted 09-03-2014 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks everyone! Some of you know my situation and that's one factor in why these take sooo long to build.

I need to contact Gen. Engle and see if he'd sign a few models. I'll have a 1/50 shuttle that's available as a full stack or on the SCA, and the 1/15th X-15. I could also do just the shuttle with the X-15 in 1/50, that might make a nice set.

I'm going this week to talk about making the 1/18th model as a finished model like the Blue Box and 21st Century models. I know sometimes they can be toy like, but I'd make sure this one would be as accurate as possible.

Lou Chinal
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posted 09-03-2014 03:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just as a side note; there was on display an X-15 model at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair. It was pretty big, 1/2 scale I think. Armstrong had signed it in white paint. I often wonder what happened to it?

Retro Rocket
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posted 09-19-2014 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Done!

Jurg Bolli
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posted 09-19-2014 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am speechless!

SpaceAholic
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posted 09-19-2014 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agreed; magnificent.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 09-20-2014 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great work!!

Retro Rocket
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posted 10-16-2014 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Delivered! Now it's at it's new home with the three smaller siblings I built a few years ago.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 10-17-2014 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome!

keymichael1855
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posted 10-17-2014 10:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
JP, that is gorgeous- very well done!!! What is the length of the finished model? The other ones look like miniatures compared to the 1:15 scale version!

Retro Rocket
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posted 10-20-2014 12:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Retro Rocket   Click Here to Email Retro Rocket     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The model is about 42" long if you measured it from the tip of nose to the end of the tail pipes.

Thanks to all for the compliment. I asked for an appraisal, when I find out I'll let you know.

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