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Photos of My 1/48 Mercury-Redstone (MR3)

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    December, 2010
Photos of My 1/48 Mercury-Redstone (MR3)
Posted by Phillip1 on Tuesday, July 05, 2011 9:32 PM

Fellow Modelers,

Attached are photos of my 1/48 Mercury-Redstone built in 1997.  The assembly uses parts of two Glenco Jupiter boosters and one Revell Mercury capsule.  Both kits are excellent and made project not too difficult, although alot of small modifications were required.  The most modfifications were made to the instrument section (i.e. black and white striped section) and the capsule itself.  A key part of this project was using David Week's scale drawing set.  David is one of the best space modeler's in the country, and his drawing set removed any guesswork concerning the details.  I hope you enjoy the photos.

Thanks

Phillip1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • From: Borlando Fla home of the rat
Posted by TREYZX10R on Tuesday, July 05, 2011 9:43 PM

Great looking build Phillip,very nicely done!

WZ2
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Posted by WZ2 on Wednesday, July 06, 2011 7:34 PM

Wow, VERY nice!

 

Chris

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    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Friday, July 08, 2011 9:07 AM

Truly awesome job! I've had the two Glencoe boosters and the old Mercury/Gemini set in the stash for years, but still haven't gotten around to it.

Did you use AM decals? I've got the Space Model Systems set, and, if that's what you used, how'd they go down?

Regards

Greg

Greg

 George Lewis:

"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

 

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Posted by Phillip1 on Thursday, July 14, 2011 9:56 AM

Thanks for the compliments. 

 

Greg-I did not use AM decals on this project so I cannot give an opinion on them.  When I built this project in 1997 there were not many aftermarket accessories (parts or decals).  The only aftermarket decals used were the red “UNITED STATES” and black “MR7” logos.  These came from NEW WARE on a sheet containing decals for multiple rockets.  All of the lettering on the capsule came from a SuperScale White Letter/Number sheet.  The black stripes on the instrument section were cut to size from a SuperScale Black Film sheet.  All of the other decals were from my decals “spares” box and were cut to the size and shape needed.  Pieces of black decal film were also used where the black and white colors meet to make the demarcation line super sharp.

 

Thanks

 

Phillip1

 

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  • From: Democratic Peoples Republic of Illinois
Posted by Hercmech on Thursday, July 14, 2011 10:06 AM

Very Nice build!


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Posted by tracy.net on Sunday, August 14, 2011 9:01 PM

Hi, Fantastic buildup!  Would like you to go into a little more detail on this build up such as how you did the adapter ring and clamps for the capsule,  and the fill nossiles on the lower booster.  Toast

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Posted by Phillip1 on Friday, August 19, 2011 12:24 PM

tracy.net,

Thanks for the compliment.  The fuel drain/fill connections were easy.  3/16" holes were drilled into the lower section, then thin, square pieces of sytrene were glued inside to cover the holes.  A couple of small, round styrene pieces were then added inside the holes I drilled.  I had some really good close-up photos of a Redstone rocket I had taken in a museum, but the detail is really simple and required no special "shaping".  This is a detail that looks impressive, but there's not much to it.  The adapter ring was harder and alot more work.  I started by gluing three .040" pieces of sytrene stacked together.  I drew the required booster diameter on one side and the required capsule diamater on the other.  Then it became a trial and error excercise of  "sand and test fit" the three sections until the fit was perfect.  The other added details (umbilical fairings, etc) were simple shapes cut from miscellaneous styrene.  The most challenging part was making sure multple, duplicate parts all looked the same.  An article on building this model was published in the May 2001 issue of Fine Scale Modeler.  If you can get a copy there are some good work-in-progress photos.  If you are not able to get a copy let me know and the article can be scanned and sent to you.

Thanks

Phillip1

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  • From: Allentown, PA
Posted by BaBill212 on Friday, August 19, 2011 12:40 PM

Wow Phillip,, that is awesome! An absolute beaut!!     And now that you mention the FSM article, I do seem to recall reading [it].

Wonderful job,,, 

I was lucky enough, as a kid, to view (in person) a number of the Mercury launches along with a few Gemini's as well. I have two older brothers that worked on the programs.

Mostly                  thanks for sharing!

 

Bill

Enjoy the ride!

 

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    August, 2011
Posted by plasticutter on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 11:46 PM

Phillip, I'd like a copy of that article you mentioned about the build-up of the Mercury-Redstone . I too have a 1/48 Mercury capsule that I've been wanting to mate to a Redstone(nee Jupiter) launcher, but I'm also working the Mercury up into a resin project.

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Posted by mitsdude on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 10:26 AM

Very nice. I like it.

 

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Posted by Phillip1 on Thursday, August 25, 2011 8:56 PM

Give me your e-mail address and I will send you a scanned copy of the article.

Thanks

Phillip1

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Posted by mitsdude on Saturday, October 22, 2011 4:38 PM

Phillip,

I recently purchased a "batch" of older Fine Scale magazines and the May 2001 issue was among them. Excellent article.

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Posted by DeaconBlues on Monday, January 22, 2018 1:40 AM

Phillip,

Would you mind sending the scans of your 1:48 Mercury Redstone article...?

My email address: artjock47@yahoo.com

Many thanks...!

Frank

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