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Lunokhod 2
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posted 07-24-2014 04:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have decided to go to 3D printing. My first model is a 1/32 Apollo lunar module. I just completed the descent stage for LM-5. Parts are offered on Shapeways.

For the time being I am working on J missions modifications for the descent stage and then will start the ascent stage.

Construction page | Shapeways shop

mode1charlie
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posted 07-24-2014 10:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow. Thanks, and I will be investigating further.

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posted 07-25-2014 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very Cool!

It gets a "little" pricey by the time you get all of the parts.

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posted 07-28-2014 03:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is true but you have also the possibility to buy parts along the construction project (which can be quite long with covering most of the parts individually). It is a way to spread the cost over time.

Daugherty54
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posted 07-29-2014 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone figured the cost of a finished model?

I am still hoping for a large scale lunar rover...

Lunokhod 2
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posted 07-30-2014 04:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you do not want to do any scratch, a 1/32 descent stage would cost about 285 € for all parts in the case of LM-6 or 7 with the ALSEP fuel cask and a detailed MESA. If you plan to do a bit of scratch on the descent stage (build the cruciform using styrene) and do LM-5 with no fuel cask and a simple MESA the cost drops down to 206 € for the parts.

In the case of a 1/24 model the cost is roughly multiplied between 1.8 and 2, the reason is that the price is partly proportional to the volume of plastic and in this case the volume for a 1/24 model is about 1.8 as much as in the case of a 1/32 model (32/24 = 1.33 and 1.33*1.33 = 1.77)

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posted 07-30-2014 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lunokhod 2:
(32/24 = 1.33 and 1.33*1.33 = 1.77)
Shouldn't that be 1.33^3, or 2.35 times as much, since volume is a cubic measure?

Lunokhod 2
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posted 08-17-2014 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're right I went too fast on this and actually found bizarre it was less than 2.

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posted 03-21-2015 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The first 1/32, 1/24 and 1/16 plastic model of the Lunar Module is now fully available for those who do not want to model the interior. I just completed the coating pattern at 1/32 and 1/24 and uploaded the last 1/16 parts today.

Instructions here.

apolloprojeckt
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posted 03-21-2015 07:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great! Vincent, I wait on the interior.

the clocks running
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posted 03-21-2015 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for the clocks running   Click Here to Email the clocks running     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds great!

I am working on the 1/48 Revell kit and converting it to a J-Mission LM. 1/32 scale may be my next effort.

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posted 03-21-2015 02:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic. Now where can we get 1/32 scale LM decals?

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posted 07-10-2015 05:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just started building the interior of the mid-section ascent stage. I am quite satisfied with the way 3D parts came out. Here are a couple of pictures:

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posted 07-10-2015 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great and nice colors paint work.

mode1charlie
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posted 07-11-2015 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fantastic work.

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posted 07-13-2015 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The interior looks superb... will this model become widely available?

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posted 07-13-2015 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The model is already available. The instruction page is here. The parts are sold on Shapeways.

All parts for the exterior are available. For the interior I still need to design the parts for the ascent stage forward section.

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posted 08-01-2015 11:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are some new pictures for the mid-section interior.

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posted 08-17-2015 02:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Today is a milestone in the construction of the first available plastic model of the 1/32 Lunar Module. I completed the construction of the ascent stage mid-section interior.

To be honest when I started this project I didn't know much about 3D modelling and I was not certain the level of precision was compatible with 3D printing. I was successful in modelling the entire LM as far as the outside parts are concerned. For the interior the tiny knobs and switches are really at the limit of what a 3D printer can do today.

The mid-section looks very nice at this scale and I am confident that I will manage to design the interior for the forward section. I really expect to complete the design job before the end of the year.

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posted 08-17-2015 07:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This blows my mind!

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posted 08-17-2015 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazing!!

Norman.King
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posted 08-17-2015 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb work Vincent.

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posted 08-17-2015 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Incredible work! I hope I can afford one of these when it is finished!

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posted 08-31-2015 04:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thermal covering for the mid-section ascent stage is now complete. It will be time to build the external details like antennas and rendezvous target before going back to 3D modeling and complete the interior of the forward section.

In the meantime I also rearrange my website for the descent stage section; instead of enumerating the parts needed for the construction of the model I insertEd a picture of the part. See G mission descent stage and J mission descent stage.

Here are a few pictures of the thermal panels covering on the ascent stage:

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posted 09-01-2015 02:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ironman   Click Here to Email Ironman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb craftsmanship!

Daugherty54
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posted 09-01-2015 01:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daugherty54   Click Here to Email Daugherty54     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a work of art! I sure wish I could afford a completed one!

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posted 09-10-2015 06:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First set of details around the ascent stage mid-section with the S-band antenna. The orientation was set for LM-5 on the Moon.

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posted 09-10-2015 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very, very nice!

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posted 09-12-2015 05:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space Cadet Carl   Click Here to Email Space Cadet Carl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow. That's arguably the most realistic looking LM model I've seen in my life. Great work!

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Incredible model! I'm in the process of putting together all the info I'll need to start building this model. Where do you you get the decals for the signage.

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posted 09-17-2015 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is a link in one of the slides when you build the interior but I also mentioned it in the material list for step 2B.

I still need to work on the document to indicate for each LM where the signs go.

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posted 09-17-2015 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A-mazing.

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posted 10-09-2015 03:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just completed the ascent stage mid-section. Now I will concentrate my efforts on the design of the forward section interior. The following pictures show you the work in progress, the forward wall with panels 5 and 6 is well advanced and I expect to complete all parts before the end of this year.

The full construction of the mid-section is available here.

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This is fantastic! It shows so clearly the power of 3D modeling. This is the future--no more molds! I can't wait until you finish the whole thing.

The one thing I know I could never do is cut all those paper panels so precisely! It looks amazing.

How about a Vostok with interior next?! Super interesting cabin as well as exterior.

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posted 12-11-2015 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just completed all parts for my 1/32 Lunar Module in 3D. All parts are now available on Shapeways and I uploaded today the first instructions on my website for the forward section interior. It has been a long way since I started in February 2014 almost two years ago. I still have a few things to do like the control panel decals but this will be done along the final assembly of the model.

I will now try to design a lunar base for LM-5 with the correct roll, pitch and yaw plus a pole to support the 1/32 CSM and I would like to add some parts to the LRV to have a fully functional one and not just the one at the moment of LRV extraction as it is now. Most of the parts are more or less already done since there are parts of the LRV pallets or the MESA but they need to be adapted somehow (rear pallets are already available).

Note the LM is also available in the 1/24 and 1/16 scales.

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posted 12-11-2015 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks awesome!!!

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posted 12-15-2015 11:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bdipaolo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astounding.

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posted 02-23-2016 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Assembly of the forward section interior.
Left lateral panels

Right lateral panels

The floor

The left storage bags, the armrests are folded

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posted 02-23-2016 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The right storage bags, the armrests are unfolded

The open hatch

Parts that will be in contact with the mid-section are covered with gold aluminized paper

What remains now is the exterior of the forward section.


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