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1/12 Mercury Freedom 7 WIP

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1/12 Mercury Freedom 7 WIP
Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, April 26, 2015 1:35 PM
This is the Atomic City 1/12 Mercury Spacecraft. I'll be modifying the Capsule to represent Freedom 7. Alan Shepard's flight on MR-3 May 5, 1961. This capsule had round port hole windows rather than the rectangular window found on the remaining Mercury flights. I purchased a set of drawings from Real Space Models by David Weeks. These are a must have when doing this type of mods. The first thing I did was create a new Hatch. The Hatch that came with the kit will be used to replace the rectangular window. I laminated 2 pieces of .020 Styrene and taped to the Capsule to get the correct shape.  Created the Hatch Structure out of .060 Angle and .010 X .040 Strip and glued them together.  I drilled the bolt holes with a #67 drill, then glued the stringers onto the backside of the Hatch.  Applied the rivets to the exterior of the Hatch. These were made from a .089 punch out of .020 sheet styrene. The entire Hatch was primed.  The 2 holes not used for bolts are the Explosive Release Exterior Handle and the Exterior Pressure Relief Valve. I'll try to post updates as I go.

Rob Byrnes

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Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, April 26, 2015 1:42 PM
I removed the Rectangular Window from the Capsule. The Kit Hatch will replace this area.

Rob Byrnes

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Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, April 26, 2015 8:00 PM
Not a good start. I didn't like the way the Hatch looked as a replacement panel. The Rivets were in the wrong place and the corrugation wrong as well. So I started over creating 3 layer .020 Styrene lamination pieces and glued them flush to the Inside of the capsule.  I started creating the outside corrugation by adding .020 strips and filling any voids with putty.

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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Posted by Archangel Shooter on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1:18 AM

That's quit some modification you're doing. Just how accurate is the kit compared to the drawings you have?

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 On the bench: Trumpeter Ticongeroga

 

 

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 10:04 AM

Nice to see a WIP thread on a space subject.  Smile

Keep posting!

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Posted by Lancair IV on Thursday, April 30, 2015 5:35 PM

Sorry for the late update.  Spent a couple of days in Toronto on Business.

The Inside of the Capsule with putty applied

 Added .040 X .040 Styrene to create the Corrugations.

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, May 01, 2015 9:00 AM

I just got a neat birthday gift yesterday from my son and daughter-in-law yesterday. It was a collection of a photographs of a Mercury Atlas and a couple of Mercury capsule photos, and a bit of insulation from one of the capsules, all mounted in a nice Mahogany frame.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Lancair IV on Saturday, May 02, 2015 10:34 AM

Please post a picture of that Don.  I would love to see it.

Rob Byrnes

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Posted by Lancair IV on Saturday, May 02, 2015 9:03 PM

Rob Byrnes

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Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, May 03, 2015 8:16 PM

Glued the Upper and Lower Port Hole Window Outer Panels in place.

  Started the Escape Tower

Rob Byrnes

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Posted by Lancair IV on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 5:00 PM

Primed the Port Hole Windows.  A lot of work yet to be done.

Upper Port Hole Window

 Lower Port Hole Window  Started the Periscope by adding detail to the base  Cheers

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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Posted by Lancair IV on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 8:57 PM

Spent a little time on the Periscope tonight.

Rob Byrnes

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Posted by Lancair IV on Friday, May 08, 2015 5:52 PM

Made the Periscope Lens from .02 acrylic.  The outside border is painted black with white marks every 10 degrees.

 Added more Periscope details   Started the Instrument Panel

Rob Byrnes

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Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, May 10, 2015 11:58 AM

More work on the Periscope

 

 

Rob Byrnes

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Posted by Lancair IV on Monday, May 11, 2015 6:54 PM

Made a test switch tonight

 

Cheers

 

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Monday, May 11, 2015 11:37 PM

Quite some attention to detail, Rob!

anti-glare panel

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Posted by Lancair IV on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:17 PM

Thanks GAF

I made about 30 switches tonight.  16 are in the Instrument Panel.

Front side

Back Side

 Eventually they'll be painted silver on the front side, black on the back side, with white wiring

Rob Byrnes

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Posted by Lancair IV on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:10 PM

Painted the switches tonight and made the knobs for the Periscope

Rob Byrnes

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Posted by Lancair IV on Friday, May 15, 2015 9:14 PM

Started the Control Panel and Left Panel.  Also made decals for all the instrument panel labels

     Cheers

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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Posted by bigscaledave on Saturday, May 16, 2015 12:23 PM

Being such a good scratch builder you must save all kinds of money on kits

I am a creature of mind, soul, and heart. My body is just something I have to drag along with me

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Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, May 17, 2015 7:11 PM

Focused on the Control Panel today.

 

 

Cheers

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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Posted by Lancair IV on Saturday, May 23, 2015 3:23 PM

Completed Periscope

 

 

 

Rob Byrnes

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Saturday, May 23, 2015 7:58 PM
You have a very fascinating build going on here, Lancair. I'm truly enjoying the insights these photos as offering on your techniques and I appreciate the details you are bringing to life here. This is going to be a stunning piece when it's done!
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Posted by OctaneOrange on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 5:40 AM

amazing detail on this, well done so far.

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Posted by Lancair IV on Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:49 AM

Thanks guys.

Here's the Left Panel started

and the decals applied to the Instrument panel

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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Posted by Lancair IV on Thursday, May 28, 2015 8:16 PM

Applied the labels to the Left Panel and Control Panel.

Control Panel and Attitude Handles   Left Panel and Warning Light trial

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

GAF
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Posted by GAF on Friday, May 29, 2015 3:56 AM

Looks like a labor of love, Rob!  Nice scratch-building.

Gary

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Posted by Jim Barton on Friday, May 29, 2015 5:41 PM

You're going to have the control panels lights work? How cool is that!Yes

I'll definitely keep an eye on this thread! I don't hang here too often simply because of the sparse traffic compared to the aircraft forum, say, but this will be fun to watch. 

"Whaddya mean 'Who's flying the plane?!' Nobody's flying the plane!"

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Posted by Lancair IV on Saturday, May 30, 2015 3:08 PM
Glued the switches to the Left Panel

Glued the panel sections together

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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