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The Race Into Space GB, October 2018 - July 2019 (Ended)

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GAF
  • Member since
    June, 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Saturday, June 08, 2019 4:55 PM

Bakster>  That is impressive!  The straws worked out really well and I think they look great.  Nice!  I do question your "several drops of vodka" however.  I think a tumbler would be more appropriate to wash down your throat...  unless you mean added to the wash for the model, which would be a waste of good vodka!  Wink

Look forward to seeing this progress.

Gary

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, June 08, 2019 7:36 PM

GAF

Bakster>    I think a tumbler would be more appropriate to wash down your throat...  unless you mean added to the wash for the model, which would be a waste of good vodka!  Wink

 

Lol. Hey Gary, I think you have figured out my type of humor. You have me rolling lately. Keep up the good work!

GAF
  • Member since
    June, 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Saturday, June 08, 2019 10:43 PM

Hey! Wasting good vodka is not funny!  We need that stuff for rocket fuel!  Cool

As for me, I've been detailing the Titan II booster with some striping and minor touch-ups.

Here's where the three boosters I've been working on stand at the moment.

The Atlas / Mercury needs some red trim and a window on the capsule.  I'm not sure about attempting decals for such a small capsule.  They'd be not much more than blobs, but we'll see.  I do need to do the "United States" decals for the sides of all three.

Meanwhile, I'm still looking for something to use to modify the instrument section on the Gemini capsule to better match the diameter of the Titan booster.  More scrounging!

Gary

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, June 09, 2019 1:13 AM

Bakster, wow, the hose came out great!

Gary, those are looking sweet. Nice job on the stripes.

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, June 09, 2019 8:12 AM

Hey Gary, your rockets looks great. I love how that Titan booster looks. I have always loved the paint scheme they used on that.

Well, it's cheap Vodka, so maybe not as big a loss. 

Surprise

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, June 09, 2019 8:18 AM

modelcrazy
Bakster, wow, the hose came out great!

Thanks Steve. You can imagine the smile on my face when I expanded the straw, the straw gives a good representation in scale.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 10, 2019 11:20 AM

Gary & Bakster: Those look good guys!!! 

 

BTW you guys might want save the cheap vodka to use as rocket fuel... 

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

 

GAF
  • Member since
    June, 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Monday, June 10, 2019 1:05 PM

Gamera

Gary & Bakster: Those look good guys!!! 

BTW you guys might want save the cheap vodka to use as rocket fuel... 

Well, at least it helps getting the Cosmonauts into the capsule!  Big Smile

Gary

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, June 10, 2019 4:10 PM

GAF
Well, at least it helps getting the Cosmonauts into the capsule! 

Lol...  

And/or it helps Bakster on his X-1 desert landscape journey. 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 7:51 AM

Hat's off to cheap vodka!!! 

 

За (ваше, твоё) здоровье!

Russian for cheers! I had to look it up... 

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

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 2:10 PM

I noticed that the guy in FSM had used silver foil and then airbrushed it gold for the landing legs of his LEM. 

Well, I decided to start out with gold foil and save myself a step.

 

Now what do I do with this yummy caramel candy...

Smile Burger

Two down, couple more to go...

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

 

GAF
  • Member since
    June, 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 2:59 PM

"We think Gamera may be over the weight limit for launch.  Too many Rolos."  Wink

Gary

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 3:28 PM

Dude, I love Rolos. Send em my way. 

That is a cool idea. That seems about the right color too. Good thinking. Straws, Rolos, vodka, what's next?

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 3:32 PM

GAF

"We think Gamera may be over the weight limit for launch.  Too many Rolos."  Wink

Gary

 

There is that sence of humor I like. Lol. Gary is on a roll, or is he on a Rolos? Ba dum ch.

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 3:43 PM

Gamera
Hat's off to cheap vodka!!! 

I'll toast to that. Toast

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 10:35 PM

No pics from me today, but an update none-the less. Decaling the Jeep and trailer has been my focus these last few days. As for the decals that came with the jeep, they are working, but they are a bit testing. They don’t loosen from the paper backing very well, nor do they stick too well. Solvaset helps with getting them down. In the end, they worked, and that is a good thing.

I have some odds and ends to paint, but I am closing in on being able to assemble things. I estimate in about 1 to 2 weeks the Jeep and trailer will be done. Then, I can move towards mounting things to the base. That will be a milestone with this project because it should be downhill from there. I see the light coming. That said, I still see this taking me into July for completion.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 11:19 AM

Bakster: Looking forward to more work on the Jeep. I might want to buy one to put with my aircraft. 

BTW I am eating the Rolo's slowly so hopefully I won't be too over the weight limit... 

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

 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 6:30 PM

Gamera

Bakster: Looking forward to more work on the Jeep. I might want to buy one to put with my aircraft. 

BTW I am eating the Rolo's slowly so hopefully I won't be too over the weight limit... 

 

Sounds good Gam. More updates to come.  

Dont worry about the weight. We can always, ”Rolo“ you into the space-croft.

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 8:22 PM

Hey wait, I thought you and Gary were getting into the capsule and I was sitting on my butt in the control bunker punching buttons and throwing switches! I don't need to worry about the weight limit!

No sure what Steve and Mach71 are doing, are you guys flying or sitting in the bunker with me? Stick out tongue

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

 

GAF
  • Member since
    June, 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 8:51 PM

We'll flip a coin on who gets in the capsule!  Since I'm Mission Director, I got a feeling I know how that result is going to turn out!  Big Smile

I have to admit that I've made no progress in the past few days.  Been doing some "spring" cleaning around here, and that's tired me out quite a bit.  One reason for the delay is that the paint I ordered for the Vostok is on back-order, even though the site said it was in stock.  Well, not much I can do about that.  I'll give them a week, then I'm going ahead with what I've got.  Crew is taking a well deserved holiday!

37 days to end of mission.  Don't be a pudknocker!  Wink

Gary

Today In Space History:

1963 June 12 - .

  • Webb rules out Mercury MA-10 shot - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Webb. Flight: Mercury MA-10. Spacecraft: Mercury, Mercury Mark I.

    Testifying before the Senate Space Committee, James E. Webb, the NASA Administrator, said: 'There will be no further Mercury shots . . .' He felt that the manned space flight energies and personnel should focus on the Gemini and Apollo programs. Thus, after a period of 4 years, 8 months, and 1 week, Project Mercury, America's first manned space flight program, came to a close.


1967 June 12 - . 02:39 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Molniya 8K78M.

  • Venera 4 - . Payload: 1V (V-67) s/n 310. Mass: 1,104 kg (2,433 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MOM. Program: Venera. Class: Venus. Type: Venus probe. Spacecraft Bus: 2MV. Spacecraft: Venera 1V. Decay Date: 1967-10-18 . USAF Sat Cat: 2840 . COSPAR: 1967-058A.

    Venera 4 was successfully launched towards the planet Venus with the announced mission of direct atmospheric studies. On October 18, 1967, the descent vehicle entered the Venusian atmosphere. Signals were returned by the spacecraft, which deployed a parachute after braking to subsonic velocity in the Venusian atmosphere, until it reached an altitude of 24.96 km.

 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 10:45 PM

Hey Gam, we need you to go because we need your Rolo weight. You know...just in case we don’t find enough moon rocks. We have to keep the ballast right. Hehe. 

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Boston
Posted by mach71 on Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:52 AM

Please sir, Can I fly?

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Boston
Posted by mach71 on Thursday, June 13, 2019 2:55 PM

I trimmed the sparkplug wires, added the boots, and wired the coil.

Then I mounted the alternator support.

 

 

 

 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, June 13, 2019 4:03 PM

Mach, your engine looks excellent. Paint work looks great and I love the wires and boots. The wires and boots didn't come with the kit did they?

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Boston
Posted by mach71 on Thursday, June 13, 2019 8:25 PM

Thanks!

 

No, it's aftermarket. I also have a turned aluminum air filter and some aftermarket hoses/wires.

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, June 13, 2019 9:07 PM

mach71

Thanks!

 

No, it's aftermarket. I also have a turned aluminum air filter and some aftermarket hoses/wires.

 

Well it sure dresses things up. Very nice, and nice work. 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, June 13, 2019 9:12 PM

Wheels are done and last of the decals are applied on the compressor.

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, June 14, 2019 7:49 AM

Mach71: That engine wiring looks terrific!!! Nice work! 

Bakster: Just saw a compressor on HLJ yesterday. It was 1/35th so I'd guess it too big for your use plus it came with a bunch of other stuff so think you made the correct call scatchbuilding it. 

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

 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Friday, June 14, 2019 8:51 AM

Gamera
Bakster: Just saw a compressor on HLJ yesterday. It was 1/35th so I'd guess it too big for your use plus it came with a bunch of other stuff so think you made the correct call scatchbuilding it. 

Probably so about the scale, Gam.

 

I should probably reiterate to those popping in on this GB. What I came up with is fiction, sprinkled with "some" potential fact. As discussed a few times, it's unclear what that hose was actually doing, but based on the type and size of it, I'd guess it was blowing in air to cool things or, provide fresh air to those working inside of it. It "could" actually be blowing cooled air from an A/C unit. Who knows, so when I say compressor, I use the term loosely. 

This has been a message from the Bakster Disclaimer Review Board. 

PS: I have a hankerin for some Rolos. 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, June 14, 2019 11:23 AM

Ah right Bakster, I keep thinking of the compressor I use for my air brush.

 

PS: I bought Rolo tube number three yesterday and am eating them over two days. I'll buy an extra package if you want to leave one on the moon. 

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

 

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