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

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 3:08 PM

Gary, your Vostok looks great! Nice job, and congrats!

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 12:00 PM

Gary: Hey there, great job!!! Looks awesome! Only nitpick is she does seem to be leaning in some of the pictures but not sure if it's the photo not the model. 

Mach71: Whoa, great photos! As I said I was there a few years ago but it's great to get to see your photos. It's pretty amazing how that you can walk the distance of the first four flights in only a few moments. 

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

 

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Posted by mach71 on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 9:03 AM

Great job Gary!

The peoples rocket looks perfect! The Chief Designer would be proud!

 

 

No work on the Vette, Still in NC, but I made my pilgrimage to thw Wright Bros. memorial yesterday.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by GAF on Monday, June 24, 2019 11:19 PM

Peoples of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics!

It is with great pride that today we announce the launch of the first man in space!  Our hopes and best wishes ride today with Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin aboard his spaceship, Vostok 1!  Truly a momentous occasion in not only the history of the Soviet Union, but the world!  All glory to our first space pioneer, and our first spaceship Vostok!

Gariski, Chief of Rocket Research and Development

Yep, finally finished.  I actually finished her up this weekend, but had to put together the base which I did today.  It consists of a foam core square upon which I glued a piece of poster board.  I scored it into squares of about 2 inch width, then gave the entire thing a spray of Testors "Flat Light Aircraft Gray", a color that closely resembles concrete.  After that dried, I used some Testors dark brown wash to give it a mottled and streaked appearance.  That worked rather well, and if I have to do concrete again I'll probably use the same technique.  I wanted something like a hole in the pad, but didn't feel like cutting out a circle that large, so I compromised and using a steel ring (I bought for use in my earlier Apollo project) I cut out a circle of cardboard, glued it to the ring and then spray painted them flat black.  It actually worked fairly well and sets off the Vostok model on the pad.  I cut out a strip of plastic card and applied decals from the kit to the front with the Soviet flag, CCCP and Boctok (Vostok).  With the Soviet hammer and sickle pin, I think the base turned out better than the rocket!

As a final prep on the Vostok, I gave it an overall light wash of black, hopefully highlighting some of the seams that are present.  As you can see, I've added some detail to the original model, including antenna, some extra external things, and the bracing across the capsule hatch (using strips of aluminum duct tape).  At the end, I printed out some Soviet Space posters, though my color ink cartridge began to run out after I printed only two.  Oh, well.  Here are some very poor photos of the result.

 

Okay, that last image is not mine...  Big Smile

Hope you enjoyed this rather odd build!

Gary

PS> If you're interested, here's a film clip of "Gagarin, First Man In Space".  It's in Russian, but you can tell pretty much what is going on.  It's production values are pretty high, and if you have Netflix, you may be able to watch the entire thing.  I find this pretty exciting, right up there with "The Right Stuff".  Smile  Hope you enjoy it!

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

 

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Posted by GAF on Monday, June 24, 2019 9:50 PM

Glad all of you are enjoying the bubblegum cards.  Here's a few more for your perusal.

 

That's all for now!  Hope you enjoy these!

Gary

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Posted by GAF on Monday, June 24, 2019 6:01 PM

We interrupt this program for a special bulletin...

Moscow:  For the last few hours, Radio Moscow has been off the air, only "The Internationale" filling the air waves. 

No official announcement from the Kremlin has been issued, but it is reported that important dignitaries have been flying in and out of Vnukovo International Airport all day.  A brief television transmission was intercepted earlier today showing only what looks like a concrete pad, the word in Cyrillic "East" between the Soviet flag and CCCP, the abbreviation for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  It is unknown what could be the meaning of this image.

There has been no comment from the White House at this time.  Unofficially, it is reported the President is in conference with top military and congressional leaders this evening.  Several prominent members of NASA were also reported present.  When we receive further information upon this developing situation, we will keep you informed on this channel.

We now return you to your regular programming.

Big Smile

 

 

 

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Posted by Gamera on Monday, June 24, 2019 8:40 AM

Justin: The Saturn V looks terrific!!! And looking forward to the launch effect, sounds awesome! And cool trip with the Cub Scouts!

Gary: Thanks again for the post of the baseball cards, those are really cool! 

Mach71: The 'Vette looks good! I'm sure you'll enjoy Kitty Hawk. Not that much there but it's still cool. Esp the fact that you can walk the path of the first four flights in a few minutes! If you get a chance to run up to Virginia Beach the Fighter Factory is really cool, three hangers jammed full of vintage aircraft and they all fly. 

http://www.fighterfactory.com/

The Maritime Museum and the USS Wisconsion are also worth the time to look around if you get the chance too. 

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

 

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, June 23, 2019 9:06 AM

It looks great! Nice work Justin. And yes, post pictures.

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Posted by GAF on Sunday, June 23, 2019 8:19 AM

Justin, that looks pretty darn good to me!  Mighty impressive!  I look forward to final shots.

Oh, and be sure to take pictures of the gathering!  Would love to see the rocket launches.

Gary

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Posted by Justinryan215 on Sunday, June 23, 2019 8:06 AM

Hey all!  I've been steadily building my Saturn V Rocket for the group build!  I haven't posted many updates, with all the irons I have in the fire, it's easy to get side tracked!

 

So, I have the main build completed, and painted, with just a bit of detail painting left to do.  I am trying to push hard to get this done to put on display in July, as I am running a BBQ and Rocket Launch event with my cub scout pack (I am the assistant cubmaster...)  we have over 35 kids registered!  I am pushing the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with this event.  We will be launching on the airstrip of an old airbase, which, at the far end, sits a centrifuge capsule that was used to train John Glenn and the Apollo Astronauts!

 

 

I don't think I will have the time to mount the rocket and light it to give the launch effect by the time the group build is finished, but as I get it finished, I will most definitely post the pics!

"...failure to do anything because someone else can do better makes us rather dull and lazy..."

Mortal as I am,I know that I am born for a day.  But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the Earth...

 

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Posted by GAF on Saturday, June 22, 2019 9:59 PM

More "Man On the Moon bubblegum cards.

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Posted by GAF on Saturday, June 22, 2019 9:49 PM

Mach71> Bummer about the engine problems, but what would a build be without its obstacles to overcome!  (Fun?)  Anyway, enjoy your trip!  Hope the weather holds out.

Update:  Just a short report on how things are going.  First, the Vostok is 99.9% done.  Antenna are attached and details done.  I'm starting on the base now, and the next update might just be a final one.  I've added some small details to the Atlas booster, and it's awaiting some final paint touch-up.  The Gemini capsule has had the instrument section wrapped in aluminum duct tape and the RCS units reapplied.  It is waiting on a white spray paint before attaching the capsule and final assembly to the Titan booster.  Some small paint details on the Mercury and Gemini capsules will follow.   After that, decals.

That's it for now.

Gary

Today In Space History:

1959 June 22 - . 20:16 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC18A. Launch Pad: LC18A. Launch Vehicle: Vanguard. FAILURE: Stage 2 propulsion malfunction.. Failed Stage: 2.

  • Vanguard 3B - . Payload: Radiation Balance satellite. Mass: 10 kg (22 lb). Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. Program: Vanguard. Class: Earth. Type: Magnetosphere satellite. Spacecraft: Vanguard 3. Decay Date: 1959-06-22 . Apogee: 140 km (80 mi).


1965 June 22 - . 17:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Delamar Dry Lake DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 008.

  • X-15A-2 Stability,ST,gear test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft Bus: X-15A. Spacecraft: X-15A-2. Apogee: 47 km (29 mi). Maximum Speed - 6336 kph. Maximum Altitude - 47518 m. Air dropped in Delamar Dry Lake DZ.


1967 June 22 - . 21:57 GMT - . Launch Site: Edwards. Launch Complex: Hidden Hills DZ. Launch Pad: Edwards RW04/22. Launch Platform: NB-52 008. FAILURE: Severe tail oscillations..

  • X-15A HT/Telem test - . Nation: USA. Agency: NASA, USAF. Spacecraft: X-15A. Apogee: 25 km (15 mi). Maximum Speed - 5810 kph. Maximum Altitude - 25050 m. Air dropped in Hidden Hills DZ.


1976 June 22 - . 18:04 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC81/23. LV Family: Proton. Launch Vehicle: Proton-K.

  • Salyut 5 - . Payload: Almaz s/n 103-01. Mass: 19,000 kg (41,000 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: MOM. Program: Almaz. Class: Manned. Type: Manned space station. Spacecraft Bus: Almaz. Spacecraft: Almaz OPS. Duration: 411.24 days. Decay Date: 1977-08-08 . USAF Sat Cat: 8911 . COSPAR: 1976-057A. Apogee: 232 km (144 mi). Perigee: 215 km (133 mi). Inclination: 51.60 deg. Period: 88.90 min.

    Second successful flight of the Almaz manned military space station. It had taken only 60 days and 1450 man-hours to prepare Almaz 0101-2 for flight, using the services of 368 officers and 337 non-commissioned officers. The tracking ships Academician Sergei Korolev and Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin were stationed in the Atlantic and Caribean to provide communications when out of tracking range of the USSR. Salyut 5 operated for 409 days, during which the crews of Soyuz 22 and 24 visited the station. Soyuz 23 was to have docked but its long-distance rendezvous system failed. Soyuz 25 was planned, but the mission would have been incomplete due to low orientation fuel on Salyut 5, so it was cancelled.

    During the flight of Salyut 5 a 'parallel crew' was aboard a duplicate station on the ground. They conducted the same operations in support of over 300 astrophysical, geophysical, technological, and medical/biological experiments. Astrophysics studies included an infrared telescope-spectrometer in the 2-15 micrometer range which also obtained solar spectra. Earth resources studies were conducted as well as Kristall, Potok, Diffuziya, Sfera, and Reatsiya technology experiments. Presumably Salyut 5 was equipped with a SAR side-looking radar for reconnaissance of land and sea targets even through cloud cover.

    The film capsule was ejected 22 February 1977 (and sold at Sotheby's, New York, on December 11, 1993!). The station was deorbited on 8 August 1977. In addition to the human crew two Russian tortoises (Testudo horsfieldi) and Zebrafish (Danio rerio) were flown.

    The results of the Salyut 3 and 5 flights showed that manned reconnaissance was not worth the expense. There was minimal time to operate the equipment after the crew took the necessary time for maintenance of station housekeeping and environmental control systems. The experiments themselves showed good results and especially the value of reconnaissance of the same location in many different spectral bands and parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

 

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Posted by Bakster on Friday, June 21, 2019 5:38 PM

Hey Mach, isn't that something with these older kits. That is always the case, it doesn't fit. I had issues with the Jeep too. First the frame, then when I tried the body with the motor, no go. I had glued the engine already, so I had to lop off the cylinder head. Just call me the lopper. Good thing I didn't plan a viewable engine.

Anyway, it is looking good, and and say hello to the bothers for me.

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, June 21, 2019 2:10 PM

Thanks Gamera.

 

It's not a big deal, just a small pain.

 

Most of the chassis is done. I added the fuel lines from the pump to the carbs. 

I also had to cut out the openings for the exhaust pipes. Then while fitting the chrome trim pieces around the openings, one of the trim pieces went missing again! DOH!

Not a big deal, I was not sure I wanted to use them anyway. They looked too big for this scale. I think I'll just paint them.

 

 

 

Not much more will get done in the next week, I'm off to Kitty Hawk to pay homage to the 2 Ohio brothers who allowed me to earn a living! I've never been, it should be a nice week down there. 

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Posted by Gamera on Friday, June 21, 2019 11:28 AM

ACK! That blows Mach71! It's good to see you did get the engine mounted though, even though it did take some plastic surgery. And the interior looks great! 

Gary: Nice to see you too taking the spirit of Apollo 13 to adapt and overcome! 

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

 

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Posted by mach71 on Friday, June 21, 2019 10:55 AM

Thanks!

 

Gary, You are the master of repurposing. The part looks great for the Gemini!

Well done sir, and I love the trading cards!

 

Well, it was bound to happen. The Corvette kit is from the 1970's and things were going together way too easy.

 

I went to install the motor in the chassis last night. 

The headers are exactly in the way of the motor mounts! 

I removed the heders, reposistioned them. No good.

I shaved some of the header off. No good.

I sanded the motor mounts. No good.

Sooo. I cut the motor mounts. things seem ok now. We shall see when I mate the body.

 

I cut the passenger side MM a little more than the drivers side. The motor has a very small, 2-3 deg, dip. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Bakster on Thursday, June 20, 2019 11:32 PM

GAF
Speaking of missing parts, I mentioned that I had lost a small, scratch-built part a few days ago.  While cleaning out the box with various sanding sticks and paint brushes, I found the part at the bottom.  Well, I could have sworn I searched that box...

Okay, this is getting weird now. Are we in the Apollo 13 episode? Are we done with the glitches? Seems like someone is trying to sabotage this mission. Maybe it’s Dr Smith from Lost in Space?

Hey! I am glad you found it Gary. Seriously, what a pain that would be to lose a scratch built part.  Nice mods on the booster too. Oh, and the bubblegum cards are fun to see. 

 

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Posted by Bakster on Thursday, June 20, 2019 11:19 PM

Hey Mach, I think the interior looks great! I think the decal gauges look really good, and nice work with the seatbelts. You also did a lot of nice detail painting like with the window cranks, the steering wheel, the break handle, etc. Very nice work sir, it looks cool!

Question: which astronauts car are you depicting? You may have mentioned, but I missed it.

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:05 PM

We are down to 30 days left in the Group Build.  In that regard, it's time for me to start posting some more stuff that I have in my collection.  Here's some more "Man On the Moon" bubblegum cards.

 

That's all for now!

Gary

 

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Posted by GAF on Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:55 PM

Mach71>  The decals might work fine.  Just cut off a short piece on the other end and apply to make it the correct length.  Smile  Alternately, you might just find a nice tape (such as electrical tape) and cut out short lengths and paint them the colors.  The interior with the seat belts is looking good!

Speaking of missing parts, I mentioned that I had lost a small, scratch-built part a few days ago.  While cleaning out the box with various sanding sticks and paint brushes, I found the part at the bottom.  Well, I could have sworn I searched that box...

Update:

Work has restarted on the AMT Man In Space boosters.  Tasks are down to correcting the Gemini capsule (and maybe touchup work on the paint).  I found a small, plastic cap from one of my insulin bottles (you can see a complete one above the model).  I removed the bumps representing the RCS units on the instrument section of the Gemini capsule, then cut a ring from the cap and super glued it on.  Today I've been sanding it down.  It matches the top of the Titan booster in diameter and will look better than the orginal which just was stuck into the top with a large lip around it. After sanding, I'm considering wrapping it with tape (aluminum duct tape or electrical tape).  Or I may just coat it with Future until I get a smooth finish.  Options are a pain!

That's it for now!

Gary

Today In Space History:

1945 June 20 - .

  • Von Braun team to be brought to the US. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: von Braun. U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull approved the transfer of von Braun's German rocket specialists to the United States. This transfer was known as Operation Paperclip..


1966 June 20 - .

  • President De Gaulle of France visited Baikonur Cosmodrome - . Nation: Russia.

    De Gaulle was shown a Vostok launch vehicle, scientific satellites, a Zenit-2 reconnaissance satellite, and viewed launches of an R-16 ICBM and Vostok space launcher. This was the first view by westerners of these systems. All such visits entailed a major effort by staff to fix up the cosmodrome, prepare illustrated materials, clean and paint all facilities, and so on.


1974 June 20 - .

  • Contract for three Global Positioning System satellites. - . Spacecraft: Navstar. A contract for the fabrication of three Navigation Development Satellites for the Global Positioning System Program was awarded to Rockwell International. The value of the contract was $42,847,777..


1996 June 20 - . 14:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. Launch Platform: MLP3. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.

  • STS-78 - . Call Sign: Columbia. Crew: Brady, Favier, Helms, Henricks, Kregel, Linnehan, Thirsk. Payload: Columbia F20 / EDO. Mass: 115,900 kg (255,500 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Brady, Favier, Helms, Henricks, Kregel, Linnehan, Thirsk. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-78. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Columbia. Duration: 16.91 days. Decay Date: 1996-07-07 . USAF Sat Cat: 23931 . COSPAR: 1996-036A. Apogee: 261 km (162 mi). Perigee: 246 km (152 mi). Inclination: 39.00 deg. Period: 89.60 min.

    Columbia carried Terence T Henricks, Kevin R Kregel, Susan J Helms, Richard M Linnehan, Charles E Brady, Jr, Jean-Jacques Favier, and Robert Brent Thirsk to orbit. Main payload was the Life and Microgravity Spacelab for conducting human biological and microgravity experiments. Columbia landed safely at Kennedy Space Center on July 7.

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Posted by mach71 on Thursday, June 20, 2019 4:47 PM

The cockpit is mostly done.

 

 

 

 

I made some seatbelts out of medical tape.

 

I ended up using the decals on the speedo/tach

 

 

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Posted by mach71 on Thursday, June 20, 2019 2:19 PM

Making progress on little detail things on the Vette. Nothing photoworthy.

 

I've been thinking about the red/white/blue badge on the front fenders. We got a new printer recently and it is not color. 

I was going to paint them on, but masking the gold paint is risky. 

I started to go through all my old decals and I found this:

 

 

If I cut the red/white/blue bar it might just work. It's about 1mm too short, but it might be the best option.

 

Any thoughts? 

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Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 9:23 PM

Looks like the real thing Gary!!! Super job there! Love those engines.

 

And yeah Mach71 and Bakster, I lose stuff all the friggin' time. I think at least one part seems to go missing on everything.

 

Ted: Thanks for dropping by!

 

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

 

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Posted by GAF on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:44 PM

Mach71> Thanks!  I think cleaning the bench every few months is a good idea.  You generally find that part you needed on that model that you finished two months ago.  Big Smile

I did lose a part recently for an aircraft I was working on.  Oddly, it's a scratch-built part so it's not something I can't replace easily.  I just wonder what crack it's hiding in?

Ted> Thanks for dropping by and your kind words on the Vostok.  Always glad to have people comment on anything... even our losing parts!  Stick out tongue  I think the engines for the Vostok are actually rather pretty, and I'm glad I found the museum photo of the R-7 center stage to show the proper colors.

Gary

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Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:35 PM

mach71
On the subject of losing parts. I feel your pain with the steering wheel and I'm very happy you found it! The hand break lever on my corvette disapeared yesterday. I looked high and low for it. I even (GASP) cleaned my bench! I was on my hands and knees looking for it.  It's a  gonner I thought, I started looking for stock to scratch it when I picked up the chrome sprue and found it folded behind the sprue! How it didn't fall off, I have no idea.   Anyway, my bench is as clean as its been in years.

Hey Mach, the gremlins were at your house too! That is pretty ironic we both experienced the odd happenings. And like you, my bench got a straitening in the process. I am glad to hear you found the missing break lever. Keep up the good work, the car and bench look great!

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Posted by mach71 on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:02 PM

Gary the peoples rocket is отлично!

On the subject of losing parts. I feel your pain with the steering wheel and I'm very happy you found it!

The hand break lever on my corvette disapeared yesterday. I looked high and low for it. I even (GASP) cleaned my bench! I was on my hands and knees looking for it. 

It's a  gonner I thought, I started looking for stock to scratch it when I picked up the chrome sprue and found it folded behind the sprue! How it didn't fall off, I have no idea.

 

Anyway, my bench is as clean as its been in years.

 

 

 

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Posted by Ted4321 on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 3:05 PM

GAF

Students and Faculty of the Academy of Cosmonautics,

It is with great pride that I announce that the first of our manned space rockets nears completion.  All major components have been assembled, and only minor equipment and final checks need to be accomplished before she will propel our first cosmonaut into the heavens!  A tremendous step on our pathway to the stars!  Veselit'sya!

GAF- I've been lurking here for several weeks.  I must chime in though... Your model looks great.  The nozzles are very nicely done.

T e d

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Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 2:14 PM

Comrade GAF--the Vostok looks excellent. Nice work sir and that is a cool model!

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Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 2:10 PM

Gamera
Bakster: Happy you found the steering wheel. I know what you mean. Had a head shoot off a 1/35th MP (aka the size of a pea) while priming, bounce and somehow insert itself into a 3cm gap between two boxes and then slip into a 1cm gap about 5cm long in the top of a box. 

Laughing..  It's crazy how these things happen.

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Posted by GAF on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 2:06 PM

Students and Faculty of the Academy of Cosmonautics,

It is with great pride that I announce that the first of our manned space rockets nears completion.  All major components have been assembled, and only minor equipment and final checks need to be accomplished before she will propel our first cosmonaut into the heavens!  A tremendous step on our pathway to the stars!  Veselit'sya!

 

Gariski, Chief of Rocket Research and Development

I managed to get things assembled yesterday and mostly painted.  The top stage is still separate so I can finish attaching a couple of loop antenna to the outside.  I've kept it separate because this thing is heavy!  I was surprised at the weight of the entire thing, and it amazes me that someone sold this as a flying model rocket.  Apart from the fragility of the plastic, the weight would mean you need a pretty powerful model rocket motor.

I've also scratchbuilt some minor attachments on the rocket which were not on the model.  You can see them just below the lattice-supports.  Another loop antenna will go here also.  You can see the locations as Item 6 in this plan.

 

The engines have been painted and trimmed in red.

After the antenna are attached, I need to do some touch-up on seams and paint.  Next will be the base.  That's it for now!

Today In Glorious Russian Space History!

1963 June 19 - .

  • Vostok 5 and Vostok 6 return to earth - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Bykovsky, Korolev, Tereshkova. Flight: Vostok 5, Vostok 6. Spacecraft: Vostok.

    In the morning Tereshkova manually oriented the spacecraft for re-entry easily and held the position for 15 minutes. She was very happy with the result. At 9:00 the state commission took their places in the command post. At 9:34:40 the retrofire command was sent to Vostok 6. After a few seconds, telemetry was received indicating that the engine burn was proceeding normally. The nerves of the commission members finally settled down, but Tereshkova did not call out each event as required. No report of successful solar orientation was received, no report of retrofire, and no report of jettison of the service module. Things remained very tense in the command post - no communications were received from the capsule at all. Knowledge that the spacecraft was returning normally were only received via telemetry, including the signal that the parachute opened correctly from above the landing site. Both spacecraft landed two degrees of latitude north of the aim point. It was calculated that this could have occurred by duplicate landing commands having been sent, but such a failure could not be duplicated in post-flight tests of ground equipment.

    Many errors occurred in the entire landing sequences, including actions of the VVS recovery forces. The conditions of the cosmonauts were only reported several hours after their landings. Big crowds gathered at both landing sites. Bykovskiy spent the night in Kustan, then left on 20 June aboard an Il-14 for Kuibyshev. Tereshkova spent her first night in Karaganda, then flew in an Il-8 to Kuibyshev. Many congratulatory phone calls were received from the Soviet leadership. Korolev declared he had no longer had the time to personally direct Vostok flights and wanted to hand the spacecraft over to the military for operational use. He could then concentrate on development of the Soyuz and Lunik spacecraft.


1970 June 19 - .

  • Landing of Soyuz 9 - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Goreglyad, Leonov, Mishin, Nikolayev, Sevastyanov, Shatalov, Yeliseyev. Program: Soyuz. Flight: Soyuz 9. Spacecraft Bus: Soyuz. Spacecraft: Soyuz 7K-OK.

    At 13:00 it was reported that the landing site was ready, 12 to 15 km visibility, 5-7 m/s winds. At 14:00 it is officially ordered that the landing commence. There are 150 technicians in the hall of mission control for the landing. Nikolayev reports the start of the retrofire burn of the TDU. Retrofire and seperation of the spacecraft modules is normal. The PVO radar at Turtsiy picks up the Soyuz at 83 km altitude and follows it down to the point of parachute deployment. Two helicopters sight the parachute and follow the capsule to landing. Within a minute after the capsule has landed General Goreglyad and Colonel Popov are already at the hatch. Following landing Leonov advises that the crew is all right. However the cosmonauts' condition after landing is awful. It is painful and difficult for them to get up. They fall down in their first tortured attempts at walking. They have to be dragged along by the arms. At 16:30 an Il-18 leaves from Saki for Moscow with the cosmonauts aboard. Both of the cosmonauts looked very ill aboard the plane. They had to be supported by Shatalov and Yeliseyev to get down the stairs in Moscow. Nikolayev departs from his prepared speech to the Sate Commission, and says 'Comrade Chairman! The orders for flight aboard the spacecraft Soyuz 9 were fulfilled and we await further orders!' After the report hey are rushed to the doctors.

    It is obvious to the Soviets that they were seriously mistaken about the effects of zero-G on human beings (Mishin thought flights of three to four months would be no problem). Kamanin recites again his belief in the need for more long solo Soyuz flights, how the leadership has blocked such flights, and the general lack of support for manned space. He even had to fight to allow the Soyuz 9 crew to go straight to the hospital and their loved ones, rather than attending ceremonies.

 

 

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