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Lunokhod 2
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posted 02-26-2018 04:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After a few months redesigning the interior of the Monogram 1/32 Apollo Command and Service Module (CSM), I finally started the build. I should be ready by July 2019. Further information is available on my website.

Philip
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posted 02-26-2018 04:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb astronaut figurine!

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posted 02-26-2018 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outstanding! Thank you for your work on this, and making it available. Will you be adding a main console as well?

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posted 02-27-2018 07:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes the main display will be added later in the construction process.

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posted 03-06-2018 07:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Carrying on with the 1/32 Monogram CM by adding the astronaut couches (see: here).

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posted 03-06-2018 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow!

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posted 03-06-2018 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutely unbelievable. I wish I had your skill and patience!

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posted 03-07-2018 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Panther494   Click Here to Email Panther494     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stunning stuff.

Lunokhod 2
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posted 03-12-2018 01:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The back wall, intermediate bays, equipment bays, the forward cabinets, panels 4, 5 and 6, astronaut couches and stowage compartments are now fixed to the bottom part of the pressurized section of my 1/32 CSM. WIP here.

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posted 03-13-2018 05:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for apolloprojeckt   Click Here to Email apolloprojeckt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice process!!

moonguyron
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posted 03-18-2018 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonguyron   Click Here to Email moonguyron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow. That is amazing. I don't know how you do your research but your work always includes details that I was not aware of. The pictures of the couches are an example. As a fan that has studied Apollo for five decades I can say you always manage to include authentic detail that brings the model to life and educates even an informed fan like me.

Can't wait for the finished product.

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posted 03-22-2018 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Photos of the CM main display, the display width is 6.5 mm which is quite smaller than on the picture (16 cm on my 19" 4/3 screen) which explains defaults you can see but are barely visible in reality.

Mike Collins is now in the Command Module.

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posted 03-22-2018 11:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This gets better and better with every photo you post!

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posted 03-22-2018 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Holy moly!

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posted 03-22-2018 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chuckster01   Click Here to Email Chuckster01     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Museum quality is an understatement.

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posted 03-24-2018 05:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Incredible detail. To my eyes though Mike seems a bit over scale. Perhaps it's just an optical illusion.

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posted 03-30-2018 07:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I added the parachute compartment and the main display to the rest of the model and finished by adding the struts sustaining the couches.

All explanations can be found here.

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posted 03-30-2018 09:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazing!! I'm envious of your skill and talent.

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posted 03-30-2018 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutely amazing work.

Vincent, have you thought of possibly putting a small LED (or LED-to-fiber optic light) inside the cabin so that all that detail would be easier to see once it's all closed up?

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posted 05-08-2018 04:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The pressurized compartment of the command module is now fixed onto the heat shield. The aft compartment in the Monogram model was a very vague representation of the real thing so I decided to recreate it in 3D and print it on Shapeways. My main concern was to make sure the support frame would fit with the lower cone ribs, which it did (many thanks to my caliper).

Construction of the Command Module:

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posted 05-08-2018 04:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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posted 05-08-2018 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alanh_7   Click Here to Email alanh_7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is some impressive work.

Philip
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posted 05-09-2018 03:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb details!!!

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posted 05-09-2018 04:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your model is amazing. It also gives me even more respect for the men who flew in them. The amount of room for three people even accounting for being weightless was tiny.

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posted 05-09-2018 06:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superbe!

Philip
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posted 05-09-2018 10:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is the Apollo astronaut figurine available as a separate item?

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posted 05-11-2018 06:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, if you go to my web page about this model built there is a link to the astronaut that was designed and is sold on Shapeways by Max Grueter from Switzerland.

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posted 05-22-2018 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonguyron   Click Here to Email moonguyron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Vincent, you must have access to original blueprints to so faithfully recreate such amazing detail. I can't imagine what you are working from but just seeing your modeling is itself an education on how the original was constructed. A beauty to behold and historically accurate.

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posted 05-22-2018 05:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It'll be a shame to cover up that detail.

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posted 06-12-2018 07:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lunokhod 2   Click Here to Email Lunokhod 2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Progress for the Command Module, the interior is now complete and I finished applying the mylar-like material before closing the capsule.

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I just completed my 1/32 Apollo command module and will start soon the service module. I think I should be ready for July 2019. More information on the built is available on my website.

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posted 06-28-2018 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Panther494   Click Here to Email Panther494     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazing, beautiful work. Very impressed.

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posted 06-28-2018 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Awesome!

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posted 07-04-2018 11:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moonguyron   Click Here to Email moonguyron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is simply the most elaborate, most accurately detailed, and authentically reproduced model of the CSM I have ever seen anywhere. It is so detailed it could have been used to teach CSM systems to NASA flight directors and astronauts. Very imaginative presentation and done with the highest quality. Vincent sets a new and unbeatable standard with this one.

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