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Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-10-2019 10:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SFX Models has produced a replica of the Grumman Lunar Module contractor's model with a walnut (£600; available now) or perspex (£550; coming soon) base.
Main body of the ascent and descent stages are separate moldings. The "white" colour is a perfect match to the originals when they were first manufactured. Ascent and descent stages are removable from the base.

Brass soldered components; Brass soldered legs and feet, Brass etched egress platform with brass handrail, Brass etched ladder detail with soldered rungs.

Accurately reproduced decals with clear backing film detail.

Soldered brass wire ariels and cast dishes. The radar and S-Band dishes look exactly the same as the originals but are strengthened to minimise breakages.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 07-11-2019 03:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow. Very impressive. Just enough difference to tell them from the originals... but not I suspect to the untrained eye. Tempting!

David C
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posted 07-11-2019 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can see a few differences, but I put most of them down to the aged condition of vintage examples.

Overall this appears to be excellent, I'm very tempted. Wish they also produced the original style perspex base.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 07-11-2019 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The perspex base in the images above appears to be a period/vintage base. Personally, I would prefer to see the models on the all new reproduction bases. This would give a better feel for the quality of the finish in my opinion.

sfxmodels
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posted 08-03-2019 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sfxmodels   Click Here to Email sfxmodels     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am working on the perspex base and it will be available as soon as I can get it exactly right! The one in the picture is my first attempt but there are a few issues to sort out before I'm completely happy (so I darkened the photo so the fault couldn't be seen!).

As well as the complete model, I can also make spares for the original models that need a bit of TLC. Take a look at my website for further info.

Philip
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posted 08-05-2019 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Superb job and welcome on the collectSPACE forum!

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 09-03-2019 07:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering whether any members had ordered models from SFX and if so, what they thought of the finished product?

For my part I ordered one of the VIP walnut bases and found the whole experience excellent. Communication with Robert was easy, quick and painless. So too was the packing and postal tracking.

The quality of the base and the attention to detail is superb and I plan on placing further orders in the near future.

My only gripe: the package took quite a bit of time to arrive but that was not of Robert's doing. It seemed to go awol for 7 days between leaving Italy and showing up in the UK.

Robert has some ecxciting plans for further LM variants so keep an eye on his website for updates.

David C
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posted 09-03-2019 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rick Mulheirn:
I was wondering whether any members had ordered models from SFX and if so, what they thought of the finished product?

I also went for the walnut base and have been very impressed with both the model and base.

My only gripe was the interior packaging. Although reasonably effective it all seemed a bit amateur, particularly the towels. Repacking was a bit messy.

I'm trying to find an elegant tranparent protective case, something cylindrical perhaps rather than just an acrylic cube. I really don't want to have to dust those aerials.

Rocketman!
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posted 09-03-2019 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocketman!   Click Here to Email Rocketman!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rick Mulheirn:
Just enough difference to tell them from the originals...

Can someone point out how to differentiate these excellent replica models from mint or restored authentic originals? The RSC thruster nozzles appear to have a slightly different shape than the vintage model on my shelf. Are there other distinctions?

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 09-03-2019 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have not ordered one of the LMs from SFX so am guided by the pictures only.

The RCS thruster shape is a tell tale sign. And the moulded rendezvous dish is not as detailed as the originals i.e. the supporting pin appears to go through the shaft of the dish while the originals have a moulded cross member though which the dish is fixed.

The bevel on the walnut base appears broader than the originals but even they vary slightly from one to the next. I'm guessing the vip walnut bases were not mass produced and finished by hand so variations are inevitable. The originals I believe also had small green felt pads on the underside while SFX have gone with a complete green felt underside.

The original walnut bases usually have a darker tan colour finish and appear a tad shinier too. But Robert has explained the reasons for not staining HIS bases and the resulting evident grain makes for a nice display.

The etched brass plaque on the SFX walnut bases is superb: I have an original and the two are almost indistinguishable.

The rendezvous window of Robert's model appears black while the originals are blue green. And the main windows on the SFX models are I think decals: the originals I believe were painted: I've never seen original "New Old Stock" Precise windows in decal form. The docking target on the SFX appears fractionally bigger and finer too.

These are subtle anomalies and for all I know, may have been intentional to differentiate the new models from the originals. When all is said and done, SFX is to be applauded for the job they have done.

Rocketman!
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posted 09-04-2019 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rocketman!   Click Here to Email Rocketman!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your keen-eyed descriptions, Rick.

My main motivation for asking is with regards to how collectors of period models can be certain that what they are buying is authentic vs. a spot-on replica. I think we would all like to see some clear mark or telltale that would make the replicas unmistakable as such. Same would apply for replacement parts.

Unfortunately, I don’t think we can rely upon the pure honesty of every seller. Even if we could, over time the provenance of replica models could be lost to time and perhaps innocently passed off as "believed to be" vintage.

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posted 09-11-2019 06:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sfxmodels   Click Here to Email sfxmodels     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just to keep you up to date...

Perspex bases are now available. Please take a look on sfxmodels.com.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-12-2019 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SFX Models has now made a replica of the 1962 Lunar Excursion Module (£460).
This model is based on the Lunar Excursion Module models displayed in various space museums in the United States and is in the style of other Contractors Models available during the 1960's.

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