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Retro Rocket
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From: Santa Paula, Ca,. USA
Registered: Dec 2007

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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From: arnhem netherlands
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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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From: Herne Bay, Kent, UK
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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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From: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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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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From: Albuquerque, NM
Registered: Nov 2000

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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From: salado, tx, usa
Registered: Jan 2011

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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From: Carrollton, GA USA
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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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From: Slatington, PA U.S.A.
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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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From: Santa Paula, Ca,. USA
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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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From: Egg Harbor Township, NJ USA
Registered: Aug 2009

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!

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