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  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Thursday, August 13, 2015 6:38 PM

Thanks again Bakster.

The completed Survival Kit

 

Installed

 Start of the Face Lens Seal Supply Bottle

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, August 13, 2015 7:03 PM

Rob, as usual, it looks fantastic.  Tell us about the survival pack.  Did you make that from scratch?   If so, what did you make it out of?  How did you do the printing? 

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  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Thursday, August 13, 2015 7:53 PM

Bakster

Rob, as usual, it looks fantastic.  Tell us about the survival pack.  Did you make that from scratch?   If so, what did you make it out of?  How did you do the printing? 

 

 

Thanks again Bakster.  The survival pack started with a block of 1/4" balsa cut to size, then I wraped it with aluminum foil slightly wrinkled.  The Flash Light and Knife compartments on the bottom were pieces of styrene cut to size and glued on, then covered with aluminum foil.  The flaps are made with aluminum foil foled over a few times to achive a seam then glued in place.  The buttons and snaps were punched out of .01 thick styrene glued in place, and the lower zipper is made of styrene strip.  The entire Survival Kit was primed with Tamiya Primer, then painted with Testors Acryl Olive Drab.  The water valve is made out of .030 rod twisted around a drill then placed into the opening at the top.  The decals were printed on my printer on clear decal film, sealed, then applied.  I top coated with Flat clear.  Lastly, I dry brushed the entire kit with pastels to bring out the details.

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, August 13, 2015 8:35 PM

Rob, thanks for sharing all that! Reading the details of how you achieved this makes your outcome even more impressive.  It is incredible work.  I can't say that enough. Do you put this much detail into most of your builds?  This is a project on steroids! Are you juicing? Lol.  Just kidding of course.

Thanks again for sharing your work.  I am really enjoying your work in progress.

 

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Saturday, August 15, 2015 4:00 PM

Finished the Lens Seal Supply Bottle.  I'll add the line tomorrow

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, August 15, 2015 5:32 PM

So glad Bakster asked and you elaborated, Lancair. The raft is brilliant. I was very curious as well. Foil. Who woulda thunk.

Thanks for sharing indeed.

-Greg

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, August 16, 2015 3:36 PM

Rob, the Lens Supply Bottle looks great...  Keep em coming.

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  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, August 16, 2015 8:52 PM

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Monday, August 17, 2015 8:00 PM

Started the 3 Axis Control Rods, Bell Cranks, Potentiometers,  Pivots that will conect to the handle.

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Friday, August 21, 2015 4:38 PM

All the control Rods and Bell Cranks installed.

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Monday, August 24, 2015 7:59 PM

More details including the Upper Hatch Door.

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    February 2007
  • From: Brunswick, Ohio
Posted by Buckeye on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 11:27 AM

Just came across this thread.  You are doing amazing work there!Bow Down

Mike

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 12:03 PM

I too just came across this thread, this is one of the most detailed and fantastic builds I've ever seen.  Your attention to detail is magnificent!

Toshi

On The Bench: Revell 1/48 B-25 Mitchell

 

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

 

  • Member since
    December 2010
  • From: Memphis TN
Posted by Heavens Eagle on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 10:03 PM

This is one of the most detailed builds I have seen.  Quite impressive.  One of these kits is in my stash and you have raised the bar quite high.  I commend you and will be referring to your build when I start mine.  

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 8:01 PM

Simply awesome, Rob.

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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, August 30, 2015 4:05 PM

Started the base so I could finsh the electrical work and test it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Monday, August 31, 2015 8:15 PM

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 8:39 PM

Slow progress on the rivets.

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 9:39 PM

Rob, those rivets look excellent. Nice touch!

Steve

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    February 2007
  • From: Brunswick, Ohio
Posted by Buckeye on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 11:17 AM

You sure have more patience than I do.  Great work there!

Mike

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  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Saturday, September 5, 2015 9:30 AM

Thanks again guys

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Saturday, September 5, 2015 5:06 PM

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, September 6, 2015 7:29 PM

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Monday, September 7, 2015 7:30 PM

I spent my Labor Day painting part of my garage and working on the Recovery Compertment.  I started by Adding interior walls.

 

I added the 1/4 section walls and reinforcement ribs.

Next up, more rivets.......

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 8:52 PM

Parachute Containers ready for primer

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Boise ID area
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 11:40 PM
Just incredible.
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    September 2015
Posted by Mulbin on Saturday, September 12, 2015 7:21 AM

Hi, I've been following this for a while, amazing attention to detail!  I'm currently researching the interior of freedom 7 for a virtual reality model and have turned up a lot of geed reference material, happy to share if ouy like as I've noticed a few areas on your build that aren't quite right for freedom (but are right for later capsules) such as the missing personal parachute, late explosive hatch etc.  Only littel things that the untrained eye wouldn't notice though!

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