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space1
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posted 10-18-2018 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have started a project to fabricate a full scale static model of the Apollo Docking Probe and docking ring. This project is for Stafford Air & Space Museum.

Much of the model will be built from a digital model using 3D printing. Parts will be finished to replicate the shiny metal finish of the actual parts.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 10-18-2018 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cool! Keep us posted.

David Carey
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posted 10-18-2018 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good stuff, John. One of my favorite pieces of Apollo equipment — very complex design and amazing machining/fabrication.

As of January 2012 the Stafford Air & Space Museum had an Apollo probe assembly on display. The image I captured during my visit doesn't show any note to confirm, but I assume the probe was probably National Air and Space Museum property on loan.

Did they have to return the original or is your project intended to supplement?

space1
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posted 10-18-2018 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This probe and docking ring will be mounted on the nose of the Apollo CSM replica currently on display. I presume they will still keep the actual artifact.

space1
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posted 01-08-2019 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lots of progress on many parts, but this docking probe head sub-assembly is a good visual indication of how things are going.

In all of my exhibit and reproduction work I have never felt more like I was handling an actual artifact than when working on this sub-assembly.

SkyMan1958
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posted 01-08-2019 07:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
EXCELLENT looking item(s)!!!

Tom Dahl
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posted 01-09-2019 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom Dahl   Click Here to Email Tom Dahl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, that looks fabulous! Really nice job.

space1
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posted 02-22-2019 06:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All of the Apollo docking probe crew handles and controls are blue. Here are three.

And two more shiny parts.

space1
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posted 04-12-2019 06:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are most of the parts, ready for assembly.

Tom Dahl
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posted 04-12-2019 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom Dahl   Click Here to Email Tom Dahl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Golly, that looks good. I can just imagine the huge effort to get this far - nice!

space1
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posted 04-26-2019 08:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the completed Apollo Docking Probe model.


dsenechal
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posted 04-26-2019 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Absolutely amazing, John!!!

mf451
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posted 04-26-2019 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mf451   Click Here to Email mf451     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, this is very impressive! Would you mind sharing how you create the realistic metal finish? It looks amazing!

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 04-26-2019 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Stunning!

GACspaceguy
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posted 04-26-2019 11:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Incredible!!!!

mode1charlie
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posted 04-26-2019 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mode1charlie   Click Here to Email mode1charlie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very impressive!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-26-2019 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This is more than a work of art; it's a work of engineering! Fantastic!

Jurg Bolli
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posted 04-26-2019 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations, this is great!

Gilbert
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posted 04-26-2019 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow!

Kite
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posted 04-26-2019 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Brilliant.

Larry McGlynn
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posted 04-26-2019 04:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazing.

space1
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posted 04-27-2019 05:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for all the compliments. I do a double take every time I see it.

Regarding finishing technique, I will say it was a paint process. But I would prefer not to go into details.

oly
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posted 04-27-2019 07:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for oly   Click Here to Email oly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think that this is some amazing work, and worthy of all the compliments so far. Your work helps keep alive some of the amazing details from a milestone event of engineering and aerospace history.

Steve DeGaetano
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posted 04-28-2019 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve DeGaetano   Click Here to Email Steve DeGaetano     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazing work!

So I've often had these questions, and maybe you guys can help me out: What was done with the docking probe once docked? Was it pulled back in to the CM and stowed someplace, so that the "tunnel" would be unobstructed? Is that what the handles are for?

space1
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posted 04-28-2019 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The docking probe was designed to fold so that it could be removed from the tunnel. Once it and the mating funnel-shaped drogue attached to the lunar module were removed, the astronauts could move through the tunnel between the command module and the lunar module. Handles allowed the probe to be folded from either side.

Steve DeGaetano
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posted 04-29-2019 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve DeGaetano   Click Here to Email Steve DeGaetano     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you! Is your model also able to fold?

space1
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posted 04-29-2019 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The parts can move slightly. Actually in this case the objective was to not allow them to move, so I did not make much of an effort to have moving parts.

Steve DeGaetano
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posted 04-29-2019 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve DeGaetano   Click Here to Email Steve DeGaetano     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks. Even so, I am still amazed at what you've re-created. I'm stunned by the look of the blue "anodizing."

Norman.King
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posted 04-29-2019 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Norman.King   Click Here to Email Norman.King     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is amazing.

David Carey
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posted 04-29-2019 07:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know how I missed this!

Absolutely mind-blowing execution on form and finish. Just beautiful, and congratulations.

space1
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posted 05-13-2019 04:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In addition to the Apollo Docking Probe, Stafford Air & Space Museum needed a docking ring. Here is the completed docking ring model. (In flight the docking ring would be covered by fiberglass insulation. But revealing the intricate machining of the aluminum ring is more interesting and educational.) The ring is about 36 inches (1 meter) in diameter.

Here are the docking probe and docking ring models joined together. The probe model weighs about 15 pounds, and the ring model about 20 pounds.

And finally a proud papa with the assembly installed on the Command Service Module mockup at the museum.

oly
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posted 05-13-2019 05:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for oly   Click Here to Email oly     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The detail evident within these images is astounding, you have a true gift. Well done.

With skills like this, there may be a position available for you within the aerospace industry to make real docking systems. (Real as in ones that do not suit the model and toy forum.)

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 05-13-2019 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At the risk of repeating myself: STUNNING!

space1
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posted 05-14-2019 07:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the kind comments. It was a thrilling project. And the Stafford Air & Space Museum folks were wonderful.

Larry McGlynn
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posted 05-14-2019 08:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will plan to see it in person this weekend at the museum.

Charlie16
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posted 05-15-2019 09:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Charlie16   Click Here to Email Charlie16     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John, amazing, job!

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