SEARCH FINESCALE.COM

Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Man in Space - found

666 views
9 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    January, 2011
Posted by jackball74 on Tuesday, April 04, 2017 8:15 AM

I've lived in Florida my whole life, but only saw one shuttle launch - by accident.

Back in 2002 my uncle was working on the Delta IV pad and rented an apartment across from the Cape in Port St. John. The complex was on the water and you could just make out the shuttle pad on the horizon. We had tried to head up to see a few launches but each one eneded up scrubbed.

One week my girlfriend and I took a road trip and decided to spend the first night at the apartment. We got in late and went to sleep soon after. I had noticed that the pad was lit, but didn't think much of it.

Next morning we were awoken at seven by the roar of engines. At first I thought nothing of it - having lived near an airport at the time, I was used to it. Then the windows started rattling... 

We sprinted to the patio in time to snap a pretty blurred picture through the screen, but it was breathtaking nonetheless. I then had to sprint across the parking lot to turn off my car alarm, which had been jolted on during the liftoff.

R.I.P. Orange Blossom Hobbies

  • Member since
    March, 2007
  • From: Michigan
Posted by tonka on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:22 PM

I think it was about a mile and half also. The sound was impressive,, but we didn't have binos so basically what I recall was seeing a very small flame and a very big sound.. I must have been 12 also...

SEMPER FI!!  THANKS to ALL Vets and their families for your service! 

  

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 9:32 AM

I saw one of the Apollos, I think it was 12, from about mile and a half or two miles.  I thought it was very impressive.  Largest launches I had seen previously were Titans.

I think sound of a Saturn 5 is really awesome from even several miles.  You really feel that thing.  You can feel your guts shaking around!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    March, 2017
Posted by Gerg on Monday, March 20, 2017 3:11 PM

tonka

I actually got to see Apollo 10 lift off, not real impressive from several miles away

 

I have wondered about this. I didn know how far away you would be and how much that distance would diminish such an awe inspiring event. When I was young I left a rodeo just as it was ending, cutting across the arena through the area the animals and cowboys are staged and across the far track. I had not know that the night would end with fireworks. The only safe place to set them off was over the area I was crossing. If I had known I wouldn't have been there. I have to say, it was the coolest thing though. I froze and looked straight up. I had the best (and most dangerous) vantage point. If it was up to me I would be a few hundred yards from the rocket launch. Close enough to feel the noise and tremble in fear.

  • Member since
    March, 2007
  • From: Michigan
Posted by tonka on Monday, March 20, 2017 1:09 PM

I grabbed the kit at Hobby Lobby also, nice buy. It is a reissued kit. As a child of the 60's the Space program was huge. I actually got to see Apollo 10 lift off, not real impressive from several miles away, but now I realize I was witnessing history. Wish it would have been Apollo11.

We will be touring the Space Center in next 2 weeks while on vacation, that will give me motivation to build the rocket set as well as the 1/32 Gemini capsule I have had lingering for many many years!

SEMPER FI!!  THANKS to ALL Vets and their families for your service! 

  

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, March 20, 2017 8:36 AM

I picked one of those kits up about a year ago.  I decided to only do the Mercury and Gemini craft, leaving out the Saturn stuff.  Makes a nice compact little display on a small piece of Mahogany.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    March, 2017
Posted by Gerg on Sunday, March 19, 2017 8:51 PM

ikar01

If you ever get a chance, come to Florida and go to the Space Center.  They have several rockets standing near the [arking lot and a Saturn V on display.  You can walk under this monster and get an idea of what it was like to see them take off.  When there was a launch our school would gsther everyone inot the gym so we could see it on the school T.V.  It may have been B/W but still impressive.  It really did take some time to slowly rise off the pad before it picked up speed.

 

I really can't think of too many things that I would enjoy more than visiting the space museum. I have visited a few air museums around the country so that need is somewhat satisfied but nothing space related. 

There is one thing that would top it though, seeing an actual launch. I remember as a kid in my teens getting up a number of Sunday mornings early (for my time zone) to see the first launch of the space shuttle. I don't recall how many attempts were called off that first time but it seemed like many. What an awesome site when it finally launched. To see any launch in person would be the ultimate experience. 

  • Member since
    October, 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Friday, March 17, 2017 10:03 PM

If you ever get a chance, come to Florida and go to the Space Center.  They have several rockets standing near the [arking lot and a Saturn V on display.  You can walk under this monster and get an idea of what it was like to see them take off.  When there was a launch our school would gsther everyone inot the gym so we could see it on the school T.V.  It may have been B/W but still impressive.  It really did take some time to slowly rise off the pad before it picked up speed.

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 5:54 PM

I believe that kit is one of many re issued by Round 2 models. Serveral other stores besides Hobby Lobby carry Round 2 products.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

LSM

 

  • Member since
    March, 2017
Man in Space - found
Posted by Gerg on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 3:36 PM
I came across the Man in Space set and after reading reviews decided it was not a bad kit. For me it's main attraction is the ability to readily see the comparative size of the various manned rockets that led our way to the moon. One gets a real sense of the awesome size of the Saturn 5. It is a giant among the others.  After checking for this kit online I was disappointed. None to be found. Further checking and I found it on Amazon for $120! Well it was not worth that. A little more checking and it was found at Hobby Lobby. After the 40% off coupon it came to around $20. I just wanted to mention it if anyone else has been looking for it and wanted a good deal.
 
I am not trying to promote HL. Truth be told, I try hard not to patronize them but  a guy has to do what a guy has to do in order to procure one's plastic needs.
 
 
 
Gerg

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

SEARCH FORUMS

SUBSCRIBER-ONLY CONTENT
FREE NEWSLETTER