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LM-12
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posted 12-26-2014 04:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When they painted the NASA "meatball" logo on the side of the Vehicle Assembly Building back in 1998, how was it done? How do you reproduce something like the NASA meatball design on such a huge scale in such a difficult location, and do it so accurately?
The worker on the lower left applies the red paint to the chevron while the worker on the right fills in the blue field to the NASA logo they are painting on the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). When finished, the logo, also known as the "meatball," will measure 110 feet by 132 feet, or about 12,300 square feet. Workers, suspended on platforms from the top of the 525-foot-high VAB, are using rollers and brushes to do the painting.

Jim Behling
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posted 12-26-2014 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This isn't a spaceflight unique task.

p51
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From: Olympia, WA, USA
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posted 12-26-2014 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jim Behling:
This isn't a spaceflight unique task.
True, painting large graphics on the sides of buildings is an ancient art form, one which was very common in cities in the 19th century and well into the 30s in the US. In most older towns, you can still see evidence to advertising slogans and company logos/names painted high on the sides of buildings in letters measured by the foot instead of point size.

Anyone with an old-school commerical art education can do that, it's just a matter of how you're gonna get up to the side of the building to pull it off.

Cozmosis22
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posted 12-26-2014 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by p51:
...it's just a matter of how you're gonna get up to the side of the building to pull it off.
Reach over with a big old paint brush and do it.

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