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The Race Into Space GB, October 2018 - July 2019

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  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, September 06, 2018 9:43 PM

Holy smoke, over 2 feet! Surprise

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

In Que

1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

GAF
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Thursday, September 06, 2018 9:59 PM

Yep!  It's big.  I've been following Lancair IV's build (in "Space") of the Mercury/Redstone using this model.  Quite an undertaking!

The only thing bigger is the old "G.I. Joe" space capsule!

http://www.vintage3djoes.com/official-space-capsule.html

Gary

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  • From: Boston
Posted by mach71 on Friday, September 07, 2018 8:18 AM

Yup, it's huge!

 

But most of the length is the escape tower. 

At a 1st look the engineering of this kit looks outstanding.

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GAF
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 2:09 AM

Okay, just over 3 weeks till launch.  I need people to check in with their builds.  Those who are already listed are fine, but need the rest to sign in.  Thanks!

Gary

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  • From: Casa Grande, Az.
Posted by DesertRat on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 8:53 PM

Heya GAF!

Not on the list yet. But for my first GB since coming back on, i’d Like to submit the only real space kit I have...

Think ya might be able to squeeze me in?

Warmest regards,

Roger

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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 9:49 PM

Oh cool Roger, that looks awsome! I'm sure Gary's got a little room left.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

In Que

1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 10:10 PM

DesertRat>  I think we'll be able to squeeze you in.  Big Smile

And that's a neat kit!  I look forward to seeing that one.

Gary

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  • From: Casa Grande, Az.
Posted by DesertRat on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 11:49 PM

Awesome!

Cool

Warmest regards,

Roger

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 7:42 AM

We choose to go to the moon...  September 12th, 1962.

Full speech at Rice University.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZyRbnpGyzQ

I also urge those who have not posted a model for their build to do so.  Thanks!

Gary

 

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  • From: Boston
Posted by mach71 on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:32 PM

That Voyager will be interesting to see going together.

A very nice selection.

 

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  • From: Casa Grande, Az.
Posted by DesertRat on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 5:39 PM

mach71

That Voyager will be interesting to see going together.

A very nice selection.

 

 

Thanks!

I can honestly say I've never done a real space kit before. I probably wouldn't have given it a thought before. But I have been watching the Science Channel alot the last few years, and I was fascinated with programming on the Voyager Probes and the Grand Tour. And since I am about 1 year older than the probes, it just felt like an obvious spur-of-the-moment addition while collecting kits the last year.

 

Added plus for me is that the few build reviews I've read/seen suggests that it's a pretty easy kit and pretty much comes together easily (provided it's OOB; the PE stuff is beyond my skill level, for now). I just wanted to do something fairly simple and easy to get my feet wet. Lord knows I have plenty of challenges ahead with some of the other kits in the stash. Clown

Warmest regards,

Roger

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:21 PM

Hey Gary just go ahead and mark me down with the Buran- I'll fit her in somehow.

 

And indeed, really nice selection of subjects here!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

WZ2
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    November, 2009
Posted by WZ2 on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 7:20 PM

Hi guys, never done a GB but I am working (slowly) on a personal air and space museum in my office.   Got this 1/24 Revell Gemini half completed I would like to enter in the GB.   I have the Real Space Models and LVM Studios detail kits I'm almost afraid to jump into this.  LOL Should be a source of inspiration this winter.

Chris

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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 8:37 PM

Well Chris according to the Mission Director's rules, any stage of completion is fine, so as the Flight Director I say Welcome Sign. Looking forward to it.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

In Que

1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

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  • From: Australia
Posted by taxtp on Thursday, September 13, 2018 12:04 AM

Hi Gary,

Could I enter an MPM 1/72 X-15A-2 please ? As I've just read on Wikipedia '13 flights by eight pilots met the Air Force spaceflight criterion by exceeding the altitude of 50 miles (80 km), thus qualifying these pilots as being astronauts."

Cheers

Tony

I'm just taking it one GB at a time.

GAF
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:32 AM

DesertRat> I suggest something simple (if not easy) for a Group Build, especially if you haven't done one before.  This Voyager model certainly looks interesting!

Gamera> I understand!  But you're a "steely-eyed, rocket man" and I expect you will not "screw the pooch". Big Smile

WZ2>  Welcome aboard!  We'll squeeze you in somewhere between the MGD (Main Guidance Computer) and the CBCB1 (Circuit Breaker Control Board 1)  Wink

Taxtp> Absolutely!  That X-15 is more than appropriate for this group build.  Any craft that had a Reaction Control System certainly qualifies.

Thanks for checking in, guys!

Gary

  • Member since
    February, 2018
  • From: Va, USA
Posted by JJFlyer on Thursday, September 13, 2018 10:05 AM

checking in with a 1/144 Revell Saturn V.

current projects:

1/48 Revell bf109 g10

 

on deck:

unknown scale Revell sr-71 blackbird

GAF
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Thursday, September 13, 2018 10:35 AM

JJFlyer

checking in with a 1/144 Revell Saturn V.

Thanks, JJ!  Proceed to the Crew Facilities for final briefing and pre-launch physical. Big Smile

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Posted by Bakster on Thursday, September 13, 2018 9:59 PM

Gary, The Right Stuff Theme you posted is awesome. i just watched that movie again a few weeks back. Your video makes me want to view it again! Just in case there are folks that have not seen it, October Sky is good too.

 

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Posted by Bakster on Thursday, September 13, 2018 10:11 PM

Real G

I’m not sure anyone suggested it already, but how about doing a “T-Minus-XX Days” to the GB “liftoff”?  Starting at T-Minus 10 Days.  At T-Minus Zero, declare “Liftoff, we have liftoff!”  Then post that famous shot looking downward from the launch gantry as the Saturn V blasts off.  Or that horizontal shot with the first stage moving upwards, revealing the “United States of America” lettering on the side?

Or is that too political in this PC age?  Nevertheless, I definitely remember being a proud four year old American back in July of 1969.  The space race and moon shot were such a huge thing even a little kid could feel it everywhere.

 

What would be cool too is go through the roster asking go or no go for launch. Just a thought. 

 

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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, September 13, 2018 11:22 PM

That would be cool if the members answered quickly enough. Some folks don't check in for a while.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

In Que

1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

GAF
  • Member since
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Thursday, September 13, 2018 11:36 PM

modelcrazy

That would be cool if the members answered quickly enough. Some folks don't check in for a while.

Well, it's next to impossible considering everyone lives in different time zones and Oct. 4 begins at midnight (at different zones).  What time zone do you use to say when to start?  I'll be happy if everyone on the list checks in on the thread with their build! Big Smile

Modelcrazy (Steve)>  Would you remove a couple of the GB badges (specifically the one with the "F-15 NASA aircraft" and the "Astronauts Wings".  If I can't decide on the most favorite, perhaps the "least" favorite would work.  Unless you disagree (I leave badge selection up to you).

Thanks!

Gary

 

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Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, September 13, 2018 11:45 PM

Bakster
Just in case there are folks that have not seen it, October Sky is good too.

Ditto Excelent movie.

 

Gary, can do.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/48 Tamiya Mk.1 Swordfish
1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

In Que

1/700 Tamiya King George V

 

GAF
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Thursday, September 13, 2018 11:57 PM

Steve> Thanks!  Feel free to pair them down as you wish (or add).  Best thing I can think of doing.

In that vein, we should start a list of best test pilot / real space movies.  Feel free to suggest, and I'll put them into the first post.

The Right Stuff (of course) - The Right Stuff is a 1983 American epic historical drama film. It was adapted from Tom Wolfe's best-selling 1979 book of the same name about the Navy, Marine and Air Force test pilots who were involved in aeronautical research at Edwards Air Force Base, California, as well as the Mercury Seven, the seven military pilots who were selected to be the astronauts for Project Mercury, the first manned spaceflight by the United States.

October Sky - October Sky is a 1999 American biographical drama film directed by Joe Johnston, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, Chris Owen, and Laura Dern. It is based on the true story of Homer H. Hickam, Jr., a coal miner's son who was inspired by the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957 to take up rocketry against his father's wishes and eventually became a NASA engineer. "October Sky" is based on the lives of four young men who grew up in Coalwood, West Virginia.

I Aim At the Stars - 1960 The life story of the famed rocket scientist Dr. Werner von Braun, one of the most brilliant and controversial figures of the space age. Dr. von Braun helped pioneer man's adventure into space through his rocket experiments; his was the brain behind the V-2 rockets which blasted London in World War II; his was also the brain which led America into the development and the launching of space satellites.

Toward the Unknown - 1956 USAF Major Lincoln Bond is captured, tortured and released from a POW camp in Korea. After the war he returns to the US where he is re-assigned as a test pilot at the Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base. The Air Force is testing the new experimental aircraft Gilbert XF-120 fighter. The acceptance of the new aircraft by the Air Force is dependent on successful tests designed to prove the aircraft's reliability and safety. However, when Major Bond flies the prototype he encounters a problem that points out a dangerous structural flaw. This could threaten the aircraft's acceptance by the Air Force and derail the whole project. Major Bond's commanding officer and some of his colleagues start to suspect that Major Bond is imagining things because of his mental condition dating back to his imprisonment and torture in the Korean POW camp. (NOTE: Watch when Holden walks into the officer's club and looks at the hand prints on the wall of the pilots who have been there.)

Gary

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Posted by modelcrazy on Friday, September 14, 2018 1:48 AM

Apollo 13

Steve

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1/350 Tamiya Prince of Wales

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Posted by Bakster on Friday, September 14, 2018 8:13 AM

modelcrazy

That would be cool if the members answered quickly enough. Some folks don't check in for a while.

 

Good point. It could take days.

 

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, September 14, 2018 11:28 AM

Oh gee, 'The Right Stuff' is one of my favorite movies. The novel ain't half bad either! 

I feel kinda bad though, 'Apollo 13' is the only other movie I've seen...

 

BTW: Right in time a new model of the Buran! I think I'll try getting my teeny one built though before I considering dropping $71.57 US into another... Surprise

https://hlj.com/product/AKMAK14402/Rsc

 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Friday, September 14, 2018 2:44 PM

Gamera, I choked when I saw the price for the Ark Models Buran on HLJ.  I am hoping it will be a LOT cheaper elsewhere.  I'll keep the hi-gain antenna pointed towards Russia and the Ukraine to detect lower prices.  I will transmit any findings your way.

OK all you brave Rocket Men, I'd like to join in on the adventure!  Please sign me up for a M2F1.

https://flic.kr/p/2aZ688b] [/url]M2F1-01 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

Proof that it is not started:

https://flic.kr/p/Mire8i] [/url]M2F1-02 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

But for me, failure has always been an option for GBs.  Maybe this time.  Embarrassed

 

GAF
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  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Friday, September 14, 2018 4:04 PM

Steve> "Apollo 13" is considered (at least by Jack Lousma, Apollo astronaut) to be the most accurate space film.  It's not EXACTLY how things happened, but fairly faithful to events.

Much was filmed in weightless condition aboard the "vomit comet" KC-135A.  (If I had a KC-135A model, I would consider building it for this GB.)

Gamera>  I would wait on the new Buran model, at least until prices come down.

Real G> Welcome aboard, and THAT is a great subject!  I sure hope you finish it.  Adding you and the MF21 to the list.

Personally, I'd go ahead and get started on it (as long as you don't finish it by Oct. 4th, you're good) cleaning off all that flash!  I have nothing against people prepping things for launch, as there's a lot you can do to make things easier to put a kit together.  De-flashing, washing parts, making sure fit is A-OK, cleaning off the monkey-poo... Big Smile

Gary

 

 

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Posted by Bakster on Friday, September 14, 2018 4:10 PM

Gamera
The novel ain't half bad either! 

I might have to check that out. I am currently reading Yeager. The guy is a hoot.

 

 

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