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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, November 9, 2015 8:37 PM

Started modifying the Hatch

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

GAF
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    June 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 1:00 AM

This really is a project to be proud of!

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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 8:34 PM

GAF

This really is a project to be proud of!

 

 

Thanks GAF

 

Made a knife and holster for the hatch, but I don't like it. Seem too big, so I'll make another tomorrow.

 

Freedom 7 carried a parachute that could be used by Alan Shepard if needed. It's mounted to his right. This is made out of a block of balsa covered with foil. I'll prime it before I go to bed tonight.

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Thursday, November 12, 2015 8:01 PM

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, November 15, 2015 5:00 PM

Back into the cabin area. These are the revised flood lights

 

More Instrument Panel Wiring

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, November 15, 2015 8:35 PM

Started routing

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    August 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Monday, November 16, 2015 1:27 AM

Have to keep reminding me, this is a model......so, it really wont work/take off...  will it?

 

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

  • Member since
    February 2007
  • From: Brunswick, Ohio
Posted by Buckeye on Monday, November 16, 2015 11:33 AM

What material are you using for all that wiring?

Mike

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    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 1:51 PM

All I can say is Bow DownBow Down

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 6:37 PM

Thanks Guys.  For the Wiring, I'm using Plastuct .01 Round Rod

 

Last night while working on the Instrument Panel Wiring, I received a phone call from my Son In Law saying that my daughter was in labor. After 5 hours of pushing, Marlo Ella was born at 5:25 this morning. I'm a Grandpa.........

 

After a little rest I got back to it and finished the wiring on the Instrument Panel.

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    August 2007
  • From: back country of SO-CAL, at the birth place of Naval Aviation
Posted by DUSTER on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 7:40 PM

Congratulations to You, your daughter and son in law.

Plus   Marlo Ella

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 8:09 PM

Congratulations! That is a very pretty name and a beautiful baby. I also became a grandpa on Nov. 2! 

 GIFMaker.org_jy_Ayj_O

 

 

Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 8:36 PM

Congratulations Grandpa Rob.  You as well Grandpa Plastic Junkie. 

Steve

PS.  I am still following your WIP.  I am enjoying it.

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Posted by qlabs on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 7:29 AM

Congratulations! :D

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    February 2007
  • From: Brunswick, Ohio
Posted by Buckeye on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 11:24 AM

Congratulations on the grandchild!

Mike

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  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 12:33 PM

Congrats!

-Greg

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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Saturday, November 21, 2015 4:36 PM

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 10:06 PM

Excellent.  Paint and decal work is top notch.

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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Thursday, November 26, 2015 11:37 AM

Thank you sir.

 

Installed the Instrument Panel. Don't know why, but it looks messed up in this picture.

 

Back Wall, Cockpit, and Heat Shield Installed

 

Heat Shield Installed

 

Retro Rocket with Heaters installed

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Saturday, November 28, 2015 4:10 PM

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, November 28, 2015 4:13 PM

That retro pack is awesome.

-Greg

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    February 2007
  • From: Brunswick, Ohio
Posted by Buckeye on Monday, November 30, 2015 11:29 AM

Looking good!Yes

Mike

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    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Thursday, December 3, 2015 7:31 PM

Thanks guys.

 

Calling this complete. Here's a few pictures. I'm finishing up the base which seems to be harder than the Capsule.....

 

 

 

 

Thanks for watching this.  I had a lot of fun and learned a lot.

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, December 3, 2015 8:23 PM

Greeting Rob. This ... looks ... stunning!  I just can't say enough about how awesome a job that you did. It's gorgeous.  Watching you put this together was like watching a TV show that you can't get enough of. You should be extremely proud of what you did.  My only question to you is... what are you going to do with it now?  Something like this should be put on display where people can enjoy it.  Seriously, this has to be displayed.

Thanks for the great ride.  I really enjoyed it.

Steve

 

 

 

  • Member since
    June 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Thursday, December 3, 2015 8:51 PM

Thanks Steve.  Glad you enjoyed the ride. 

I haven't thought much about displaying her.  Any ideas?

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Thursday, December 3, 2015 9:12 PM

I don't really know but in my minds eye, I see someplace like a library, or museum that has a display of NASA's history.  I mention a library because sometimes they like to have models for their displays.  Whatever it would be, it should be out there for others to enjoy.  In my opinion, it is worthy of it.  Really nice work.  If you do find a home for it, please let us know.  I would love to hear about it.

Maybe someone-else here will have some ideas.

  • Member since
    April 2013
Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Thursday, December 3, 2015 11:36 PM

Congratulations on a truly spectacular build, Lancair! Thanks for taking all of us along on the ride with you - getting a closer look at your technique and process has been an incredible experience and you've raised the bar for all of us with your attention to fine details. Well done!

  • Member since
    October 2006
  • From: Tucson, AZ
Posted by Archangel Shooter on Friday, December 4, 2015 2:59 PM

This is truly the most impressive build I have witness in these forums Bow Down. Your attention to detail is truly masterful and sets an example for others to follow. Now if you happen to get bored with nothing to do, you might consider adding a stratch built Redstone or an Atlas to add to your Mercury capsule.

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 On the bench: So many hanger queens.

 

 

  • Member since
    December 2015
  • From: United States
Posted by e.o.d. guy on Friday, December 4, 2015 7:47 PM
I commented on your work yesterday, but only saw a few pics of the build, now I've seen the rest, and I had to show my wife! Detail you have achieved sent a chill down my spine, haveny had that happen since my weding night 33 years ago lol absoulte museum material, EODGUY
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