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1/12 Mercury Freedom 7 WIP

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  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Monday, June 1, 2015 8:53 PM

Gauge Faces and Wiring are all that remain

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 8:09 PM

Completed Front Face.  It needs some touch up here and there.  I'll take care of that before it gets permanently installed.  Who knows how bad I'm going to mark it up when I detail the back side.

    Cheers

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    April 2013
Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 1:21 AM
It's all really coming together nicely! The instrument panels are truly impressive - what did you use to simulate the glass? It really looks sharp!
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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Thursday, June 4, 2015 8:41 PM

Thanks

The instruments were printed on glossy photo paper.  That's all I did.

I started wiring the backside tonight.

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    April 2013
Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Sunday, June 7, 2015 8:49 AM
I spent a few years working as both a builder and a production manager for a military aerospace subcontractor where we built electrical components, instrument panels, and wiring harnesses. I am really impressed with the data placards on the instrument housings on the back of your panel - that's looking very authentic! I wish that some of my former employees could have laid out their wire runs as neatly as you've done here, would have made life easier on my quality inspectors. Any plans to string tie the various runs together into harness forms?
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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, June 7, 2015 9:47 AM

Thanks for the compliment.  I started stringing runs yesterday.  I should have enough done later today to post pictures.

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

GAF
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    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Sunday, June 7, 2015 10:57 AM

Very impressive.  I was watching this film (set it to 720p for best viewing):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNxsnZvNv9w

At about 8:35 there is a shot of the back of the instrument panel with the astronauts.  Although this is a mockup, it looks very much like your build.

Keep up the good work!

Gary

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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, June 7, 2015 11:59 AM

Awesome video.  Thanks for sharing

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, June 7, 2015 7:24 PM

Wiring of the main panel

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    February 2011
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Posted by Raualduke on Sunday, June 7, 2015 8:17 PM

Oh my! Truly impressive!

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    April 2013
Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Monday, June 8, 2015 4:24 PM
The string ties look great! Appropriately spaced, ties before and after breakouts, harnesses evenly formed - we just need the inspector to run through the pin-out list in the shop aid and it looks like it's good to go for test! Nice work - seriously nice work! Runs like that aren't all that much fun to build in 1:1 scale, so it's pretty impressive to see it reproduced here in miniature!
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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 8:39 PM

Thanks again.

Worked on the Top pressure bulkhead and hatch tonight.  I used a bowling ball as a form to shape the sheet styrene.

 Pressure Bulkhead glued in place  Hatch in place  Release handle and Safety Pin  Release Handle and Safety Pin on the Hatch.

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Thursday, June 11, 2015 8:55 PM

Spent more time researching than building the past couple of nights.  Built the pressure relief valve and started the pressurization system.

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    March 2004
  • From: Spartanburg, SC
Posted by subfixer on Friday, June 12, 2015 2:57 PM

Very fine work!  YesYes

I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Friday, June 12, 2015 4:46 PM

Completed Hatch and Pressure Relief Valve

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, June 14, 2015 6:36 PM

Pressurization System progress

 

 

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 8:18 PM

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    October 2006
  • From: Tucson, AZ
Posted by Archangel Shooter on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 5:11 PM

That is truly some amazing work you're doing there.

 Your image is loading...

 On the bench: So many hanger queens.

 

 

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Friday, June 19, 2015 5:17 PM

Thanks for the compliments.  Spent a little time on the Pressurization System Plumbing.

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, June 21, 2015 5:14 PM

Completed Plumbing

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    February 2011
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Posted by Raualduke on Sunday, June 21, 2015 8:59 PM

Where did you find tour reference material? Incredible work by the way.:)

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  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Monday, June 22, 2015 5:33 PM

99% of my information comes from the Mercury Familiarization Manuals.

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    June 2015
Posted by Axeman on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 7:08 PM

Your work is mind-blowing,very inspiring!!!

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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 8:44 PM

Spending a lot of time researching, so I started the stands.

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Thursday, June 25, 2015 8:56 PM

Finished the Antenna Fairing Stand.  I started the Escape Tower Stand, but no pics yet.  The main base is drying on my surface plate.

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Saturday, June 27, 2015 9:11 PM

Worked on the door stand and Escape Tower Stand

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, June 28, 2015 7:32 PM

Perfect alignment between the Escape Tower and Capsule.

 

 

 

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 8:09 PM

Started the Rear Bulkhead. The seat mount is the only portion I'll use from the kit

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Thursday, July 2, 2015 8:23 PM

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Monday, July 6, 2015 5:46 AM

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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