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kosmo
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posted 07-28-2014 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is a good question for the experienced modelers out there. I'm trying to figure out the color of the post flight outside hull of the Apollo command module, like you would see in the museums, after they are cleaned up for display.

Maybe someone knows what color the hull was before the mylar tape was applied.

I'm building a 1/32 scale Apollo CM to look like one of the Apollo CMs on display and it's driving me nuts trying to mix color. Is there an existing Testor's color that's close? I know the hull varies in shade, probably from the cleaning process, but I don't know if I'm good enough with the air brush to even attempt that look! Any ideas?

GrantV
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posted 07-28-2014 11:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GrantV   Click Here to Email GrantV     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm going from memory here, but the Apollo 14 CM at Kennedy Space Center was varied stages of beigish grey (I'd have to check my photos when I get home). By mixing various browns, tans, grey and white together, you might be able to get a close replication of the colour. Another possibility is after laying down a base colour, work the surface with oil paint to give a more subtle differentiation of the shading.

The surface also appeared rougher (almost pebbled), which you might want to consider through an application of something like Mr. Surfacer.

Let me know if you want me to post/ send the pictures I have.

Tom Dahl
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posted 07-28-2014 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom Dahl   Click Here to Email Tom Dahl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is an album of photographs I captured a couple of years ago of Apollo 12's Command Module as displayed in the Virginia Air and Space Center.

Some photos were taken with flash, other with available light during the day. Perhaps they will be useful for color-matching and blending experiments.

kosmo
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posted 07-28-2014 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That happens to be the Apollo CM I'm using as a model for mine. I'm going to add EVA handles and a CM hatch, but that's the CM that you can get pretty close to and get photos from top to bottom. Depending on light, the color goes from an almost rust to an amber color.

keymichael1855
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posted 07-28-2014 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know if it would be helpful to you or not, but I'm currently working on a 3D printed model of the parachute section of the CM in 1:96 and 1:32nd scale. I should have them finished later this week. Here is a screen shot of the progress so far:

It looks like Tom provided some great pictures of the Yankee Clipper, but I have some additional ones if you need them from my visit to the VASC.

Best of luck in your build!

kosmo
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posted 07-28-2014 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow that's going to be nice, I just might have to re-think what I have started and indulge myself in your 3D parachute section. A few photos of where I'm at with this:

Planetary
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posted 07-29-2014 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Planetary     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by keymichael1855:
I'm currently working on a 3D printed model of the parachute section of the CM in 1:96 and 1:32nd scale.
It would be nice to do the forward end of the CM in 1/72 scale as well for the Dragon kit(s).

keymichael1855
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posted 07-29-2014 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom (kosmo), that's actually some really nice scratch building so far — I'm impressed! The beauty of my part, though, is that it will show a lot of the smaller details that would be very difficult to scratch build without spending a LOT of time with VERY small parts. I'm always amazed at the amount of detail that I get from the Shapeways prints, so I expect this one to come out great as well.
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Originally posted by Planetary:
It would be nice to do the forward end of the CM in 1/72 scale as well for the Dragon kit(s).
It won't be any problem to scale the forward end up from 1:96 to 1:72 for the Dragon kits. I'll post links to all of them when I get it completed in a couple of days. Thanks!

keymichael1855
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posted 09-05-2014 08:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for keymichael1855   Click Here to Email keymichael1855     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sorry it has taken a few weeks, but I wanted to have an in-hand print of the CM parachute section before I posted again. I finished up the CAD model, and here is how it looked:

The model came in yesterday, and it looks fantastic! I'm always amazed that the printers at Shapeways can achieve such fine detail. Here are a few shots of it after a coat of gray primer:

Here is the model on Shapeways. If anyone has any questions, just let me know. Thanks!

mode1charlie
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posted 09-05-2014 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great stuff, Michael!

kosmo
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posted 09-25-2014 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, that looks great! Still working on mine, getting tired of handling it, this is what I have so far.

Also, does anyone know where I can get small decal letters and numbers in black and white about 1/32 scale?

MrSpace86
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posted 09-25-2014 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, I will start following this thread. Very nice, detailed stuff!!

kosmo
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posted 10-19-2014 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kosmo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just finished the 1/32 scale Apollo CM parachute compartment, thought it would be better to post photos here.

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