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The Race Into Space GB, October 2018 - July 2019

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, July 15, 2019 10:39 PM

Gary, you have kept some really awesome stuff.

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, July 15, 2019 10:36 PM

Bakster
I am thinking a possible diorama on the Wisconsin build. What’s with me and dioramas!

Really Smile Water?

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, July 15, 2019 10:30 PM

GAF

Steve,

You know, I wonder if a Saturn V would fit under "Ships of the American Flag GB"?  I mean, it's a "ship" and it has an American flag...  Clown

Gary

 

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Posted by GAF on Monday, July 15, 2019 10:11 PM

Thanks, Bakster!  The good thing about the History Channel is they repeat things.  I'm not sure about the History Channel, but if you have PBS, the National Geographic Channel or the Science Channel they've been showing all sorts of Apollo related specials.

Let me check my DVR schedule for tomorrow night and I'll give you a list.  Stay tuned!

Gary

Okay, nothing on the History Channel tomorrow night, but here's a rundown of what's on.

PBS:

7:00pm Chasing the Moon: A Place Beyond the Sky (1st part of a 3 part series)

9:00pm Apollo's Daring Mission (Apollo 8 documentary).

TCM: (Has an evening of Sci-Fi and Space related films)

7:00pm Destination Moon

9:00pm For All Mankind (Apollo 11 film).

Plus Countdown, From the Earth to the Moon, and a few more.

I'll give you a rundown of Wednesday's line-up tomorrow.

 

 

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, July 15, 2019 10:05 PM

Gary, it is so cool that you have still have these cards. They are cool to see.

Hey, a ways back you mentioned the history channel was having an aniversery special. Did I miss it, or is it still coming up?

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Posted by GAF on Monday, July 15, 2019 9:48 PM

More "Man On the Moon" bubblegum cards.  This time it's the start of Apollo 11.

More tomorrow!

Gary

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Posted by mach71 on Monday, July 15, 2019 8:15 PM

I'm guessing you have something in your stash!

 

Me I'm restarting work on the MPC 1/24 Eagle. I'm also thinking about joining the Korean war GB that will be starting soon.

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, July 15, 2019 7:04 PM

modelcrazy
 

Well, the American Ships build starts in 19 days. you can clean the bench and get your Wisconsin out.

 

 Steve, you are right about that. I need to do a reset on my bench and my spray booth. Maybe, I will work on that tonight. Btw... my Wisconsin kit came in the mail last week. I had been so focused on finishing the X1 that I didn’t crack open the shipping carton yet. Maybe I will do that too.

I am thinking a possible diorama on the Wisconsin build. What’s with me and dioramas! 

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, July 15, 2019 6:56 PM

GAF
After all, what do you do after reaching for the stars?  (Go to DisneyWorld?) 

Lol, so true! The terrestrial seems mundane now. Surprise

That sounds cool about the modelers show and the museum. That will be a nice change of pace. One of these days I want to do some of that stuff.

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Posted by GAF on Monday, July 15, 2019 5:37 PM

Steve,

You know, I wonder if a Saturn V would fit under "Ships of the American Flag GB"?  I mean, it's a "ship" and it has an American flag...  Clown

Gary

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, July 15, 2019 5:29 PM

Bakster
Thanks Mach! Now that my project is done it's a feeling of what do I do now?  (Whistling and twiddling my fingers.)

Well, the American Ships build starts in 19 days. you can clean the bench and get your Wisconsin out.

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Monday, July 15, 2019 4:14 PM

Gamera>  That's looking pretty good to me!  Hope you can get him ready by the 20th (well, 21st really)  I guess I could extend the GB to the 24th (splashdown) if that would help.  Wink

Bakster> What to do?  I'm sure you'll think of something.  After all, what do you do after reaching for the stars?  (Go to DisneyWorld?)  Big Smile  I intend to attend the Huntsville Modelers Show this August.  I've been putting off visiting to Huntsville and the Space and Rocket Center, so this will be a good opportunity (God willing).

Update: I've got the support stand done for the Titan / Gemini, so that takes care of the base (except for some paint).  Next up, decals.  The Redstone should have "US ARMY" with white lettering, but I don't think I can get those done in time.  May have to settle for black on OD green.  Oh, well.

Gary

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, July 15, 2019 3:14 PM

mach71
Bakster, WOW! The XS-1/jeep look amazing! Great job!

Thanks Mach! Now that my project is done it's a feeling of what do I do now? 

(Whistling and twiddling my fingers.) Confused

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, July 15, 2019 3:08 PM

Looks good, Gam. Can't wait to see it with washes and decals!

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Posted by mach71 on Monday, July 15, 2019 1:02 PM

Looking good Gamera and Gary. I'm thinking yoy will both be done on time.

 

Scottrc, When you do finish off the SV please post a launch photo!

 

Bakster, WOW! The XS-1/jeep look amazing! Great job!

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, July 15, 2019 9:14 AM

Anyway, this is what I've gotten done. It's amazing what some colour will do! Still lots of washes to add to the crevices of the suit. And it will probably take a couple of days to get the decals in place, otherwise I think I'd be able to hit the finish date. 

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

 

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Posted by GAF on Monday, July 15, 2019 2:26 AM

Bakster>  Ah, thanks!  And thanks for supporting the Group Build.  You've been stellar in keeping up the comments and advice for us all.  I appreciate it.  Smile

Gamera> Thank you, sir!  Been a hellova ride.  Glad to have you along, and good luck on finishing up the astronaut.  I am looking forward to seeing it finished.

Update:  I must admit I'm having a bit of trouble coming up with a support for the Titan / Gemini booster.  Built a support today, but it didn't work out.  Need to drop back to the drawing board and figure something else out.  Just 5 days left.

Today In Space History:

1975 July 15 - . 12:20 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-U.

  • Soyuz 19 (ASTP) - . Call Sign: Soyuz (Union ). Crew: Kubasov, Leonov. Backup Crew: Filipchenko, Rukavishnikov. Support Crew: Andreyev, Dzhanibekov, Ivanchenkov, Romanenko. Payload: Soyuz ASTP s/n 75 (EPSA). Mass: 6,790 kg (14,960 lb). Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Andreyev, Dzhanibekov, Filipchenko, Ivanchenkov, Kubasov, Leonov, Romanenko, Rukavishnikov. Agency: MOM. Program: ASTP. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Apollo (ASTP), Soyuz 19 (ASTP). Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz 7K-TM. Duration: 5.94 days. Decay Date: 1975-07-21 . USAF Sat Cat: 8030 . COSPAR: 1975-065A. Apogee: 220 km (130 mi). Perigee: 186 km (115 mi). Inclination: 51.80 deg. Period: 88.50 min.

    Soyuz 19 initial orbital parameters were 220.8 by 185.07 kilometres, at the desired inclination of 51.80 degrees, while the period of the first orbit was 88.6 minutes. On 17 July the two spacecraft docked. The crew members rotated between the two spacecraft and conducted various mainly ceremonial activities. Leonov was on the American side for 5 hours, 43 minutes, while Kubasov spent 4:57 in the command and docking modules.

    After being docked for nearly 44 hours, Apollo and Soyuz parted for the first time and were station-keeping at a range of 50 meters. The Apollo crew placed its craft between Soyuz and the sun so that the diameter of the service module formed a disk which blocked out the sun. After this experiment Apollo moved towards Soyuz for the second docking.

    Three hours later Apollo and Soyuz undocked for the second and final time. The spacecraft moved to a 40 m station-keeping distance so that an ultraviolet absorption experiment could be performed. With all the joint flight activities completed, the ships went on their separate ways.


1975 July 15 - . 19:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. Launch Platform: LUT1. LV Family: Saturn I. Launch Vehicle: Saturn IB.

  • Apollo (ASTP) - . Call Sign: Apollo. Crew: Brand, Slayton, Stafford. Backup Crew: Bean, Evans, Lousma. Payload: Apollo CSM 111. Mass: 14,768 kg (32,557 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bean, Brand, Evans, Lousma, Slayton, Stafford. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: ASTP. Class: Moon. Type: Manned lunar spacecraft. Flight: Apollo (ASTP), Soyuz 19 (ASTP). Spacecraft: Apollo CSM. Duration: 9.06 days. Decay Date: 1975-07-24 . USAF Sat Cat: 8032 . COSPAR: 1975-066A. Apogee: 166 km (103 mi). Perigee: 152 km (94 mi). Inclination: 51.70 deg. Period: 87.60 min.

    This flight marked the culmination of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, a post-moon race 'goodwill' flight to test a common docking system for space rescue. 15 July 1975 began with the flawless launch of Soyuz 19. Apollo followed right on schedule. Despite a stowaway - a 'super Florida mosquito' - the crew accomplished a series of rendezvous manoeuvres over the next day resulting in rendezvous with Soyuz 19. At 11:10 on 17 July the two spacecraft docked. The crew members rotated between the two spacecraft and conducted various mainly ceremonial activities. Stafford spent 7 hours, 10 minutes aboard Soyuz, Brand 6:30, and Slayton 1:35. Leonov was on the American side for 5 hours, 43 minutes, while Kubasov spent 4:57 in the command and docking modules.

    After being docked for nearly 44 hours, Apollo and Soyuz parted for the first time and were station-keeping at a range of 50 meters. The Apollo crew placed its craft between Soyuz and the sun so that the diameter of the service module formed a disk which blocked out the sun. This artificial solar eclipse, as viewed from Soyuz, permitted photography of the solar corona. After this experiment Apollo moved towards Soyuz for the second docking.

    Three hours later Apollo and Soyuz undocked for the second and final time. The spacecraft moved to a 40 m station-keeping distance so that the ultraviolet absorption (UVA MA-059) experiment could be performed. This was an effort to more precisely determine the quantities of atomic oxygen and atomic nitrogen existing at such altitudes. Apollo, flying out of plane around Soyuz, projected monochromatic laser-like beams of light to retro-reflectors mounted on Soyuz. On the 150-meter phase of the experiment, light from a Soyuz port led to a misalignment of the spectrometer, but on the 500-meter pass excellent data were received; on the 1,000-meter pass satisfactory results were also obtained.

    With all the joint flight activities completed, the ships went on their separate ways. On 20 July the Apollo crew conducted earth observation, experiments in the multipurpose furnace (MA-010), extreme ultraviolet surveying (MA-083), crystal growth (MA-085), and helium glow (MA-088). On 21 July Soyuz 19 landed safely in Kazakhstan. Apollo continued in orbit on 22-23 July to conduct 23 independent experiments - including a doppler tracking experiment (MA-089) and geodynamics experiment (MA-128) designed to verify which of two techniques would be best suited for studying plate tectonics from earth orbit.

    After donning their space suits, the crew vented the command module tunnel and jettisoned the docking module. The docking module would continue on its way until it re-entered the earth's atmosphere and burned up in August 1975.

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:36 PM

And thanks Gam. I am glad that the gremlin didn’t get his way...

Surprise

 

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:34 PM

Ted4321

Bakster, 

Terrific.  Absolutely terrific!  I like the "vision in the sky" in the 2nd to last photo.  

Very well executed.  

T e d

 

Thanks Ted! I really appreciate your nice comments, and your following this GB. Thanks for sticking with us...

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:29 PM

GAF

Bakster>  Wow!  That turned out beautifully!  And your photography skills are just out of this world!  Big Smile  I think the crackle sizes turned out great.  And I love the flickering diodes.

Well done!

In recognition of this accomplishment, here's your "Senior Astronaut Modelers Badge".

Had a lot of ups and downs along the way, but you earned it!  Thanks for participating in the group build.  Learned a lot from you along the way.

Gary

PS> If you need help updating your signature, let me know. Smile

 

Thanks Gary for your nice comments and everything. This was a great Group Build! It is nearing 42,000 views in only 10 months, I would call that pretty successful. You should feel pretty good about that too. You guys did a great job on this and your commitment to keeping it fresh is top notch. I am honored to have been part of this.

I don’t want to trouble you about the badge, I should be able to do it.

Btw...regarding the photography. I had no plan in place and it sort of just evolved. I have an LED light fixture that hangs over my bench and it’s all that I used to create the nice illumination. I propped the dio on top of a box so that the dio was just inches below the light. I had purchased the cloud backdrop from a Michaels store and taped it to the shelving behind my bench. It was no frills, no elaborate system. 

Thanks again!

 

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Posted by Gamera on Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:03 PM

Bakster: Looks awesome!!! It all came together so well! Heart

Gary: Nice work!!

 

I got some done on the astronaut Sat but didn't get anything done today. Not sure if I'll make the finish date or not but I'm moving toward it.

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

 

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, July 14, 2019 8:59 PM

modelcrazy

Gary, the boosters look super. Yes

Bakster. That sir is fantastic and amazing. Bow Down 

 

Thanks Steve!

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Posted by Ted4321 on Sunday, July 14, 2019 8:21 PM

Bakster, 

Terrific.  Absolutely terrific!  I like the "vision in the sky" in the 2nd to last photo.  

Very well executed.  

T e d

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Sunday, July 14, 2019 6:20 PM

Bakster>  Wow!  That turned out beautifully!  And your photography skills are just out of this world!  Big Smile  I think the crackle sizes turned out great.  And I love the flickering diodes.

Well done!

In recognition of this accomplishment, here's your "Senior Astronaut Modelers Badge".

Had a lot of ups and downs along the way, but you earned it!  Thanks for participating in the group build.  Learned a lot from you along the way.

Gary

PS> If you need help updating your signature, let me know. Smile

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Posted by modelcrazy on Sunday, July 14, 2019 6:14 PM

Gary, the boosters look super. Yes

Bakster. That sir is fantastic and amazing. Bow Down 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, July 14, 2019 5:00 PM

The X1 project is done. Threading the electrical wires via the hose though the compressor and down into the base was as I expected, nerve racking. The magnet wire I used is stiff and that creates pressure points within the assembly. Fortunately, nothing broke during the process. Things went smoothly after that, and so much so, that I finished the remainder of the project in one day.

Much of what has been done on this has already been documented, but here are a few notes I can add:

1. I applied a coat of Model Master British Gulf over the crackle; this is the base color.

2. I applied an oil wash of burnt umber artist paint to darken the cracks.

3. The oil wash made the surface a bit too dark for my taste, so I blended another coat of British Gulf to lighten things up.

Note: In an earlier post I has mentioned that the crackle size and patterns are directly proportional to the thickness of the paste. Just after that post I did another experiment resulting in a simple process that gave me the scale that I wanted. If anyone is interested in knowing that process, let me know. For now, I won't take the time to post it.

THE FLAME

I was not able to make a flame to my liking. The main issue is that the LEDs are too deep into the airframe to translate forward. After much trial and error I decided that the best course of action to take... is no action. Any attempt to add flames detracted from the lighting effect within the airframe. Sometimes... less is more.

And here is how it came out:

 

Gary--thanks for all the hard work you did on this group build. I thoroughly enjoyed all the space history that you posted. I also want to thank everyone for the advice, support, and for those that participated with their own builds. Cool stuff guys, and it's been fun.

If anyone has questions with anything, feel free to ask. Otherwise, I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

Bakster.

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, July 14, 2019 9:31 AM

GAF
Update:  As promised, here's where I stand on the 3 AMT Man In Space boosters and their base.  The base itself is a piece of poplar with a sheet of poster board glued to the top.  It was sprayed with "Flat Light Aircraft Gray" and then washed with Testors brown.  The stands are left over parts from the Vostok model that were supposed to go inside the boosters, though would have been totally invisible.  I think they were to provide some structural support for the flying version of the rocket.  Glued to the top of the structural supports are some square pieces of plastic card.

Hey Gary, you rockets look good on the poster board and good thinking using the leftover parts as stands. Good job sir! Cool stuff.

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Saturday, July 13, 2019 11:20 PM

Update:  As promised, here's where I stand on the 3 AMT Man In Space boosters and their base.  The base itself is a piece of poplar with a sheet of poster board glued to the top.  It was sprayed with "Flat Light Aircraft Gray" and then washed with Testors brown.  The stands are left over parts from the Vostok model that were supposed to go inside the boosters, though would have been totally invisible.  I think they were to provide some structural support for the flying version of the rocket.  Glued to the top of the structural supports are some square pieces of plastic card.

 A few pieces of one of the structural supports holds up the Atlas, while the Redstone rests on a rubber O-ring.  Still need to do some supports for the Titan.  Decals are being worked on.

That's where things stand so far.  6 days left till mission conclusion.

Gary

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Posted by GAF on Saturday, July 13, 2019 11:02 AM

Mach71> Should be pretty good once I get all the parts together.  Biggest hold-up now is waiting for parts to dry before I'm able to continue painting.  I should have something this evening to show.

Meanwhile, here's another item from my collection of space related junk.  This is the National Geographic "Sounds of the Space Age" vinyl record.  Luckily, I don't have to record it as someone else has already posted it to Youtube.

 

Hope you enjoy this bit of history.

Gary

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