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Scratch Built 1/12 Mercury Redstone

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  • Member since
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  • From: Novi, Mi
Scratch Built 1/12 Mercury Redstone
Posted by Lancair IV on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 5:06 PM

I've been planning this for some time and started on her the end of January.  Launch Table is complete, and the Tail Unit is ready for the thousands of rivets.

 

I plan on building the Atomic City Mercury Capsule to sit on top dressed as Gus Grissom's Liberety Bell 7.

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    March, 2017
Posted by Gerg on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 9:48 PM

Very impressive start. Excellent work. I can't wait to see more. If my math is correct it should measure somewhere in the neighborhood of 83 inches?

I have asperations to build a 1/72 Saturn. That will be an undertaking but nothing like this beast.

 

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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, June 14, 2018 8:50 AM

Looks great.  I will be following this thread closely. Real space is one of the genre that I do scratch occasionally.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Thursday, June 14, 2018 5:24 PM

Holy moly, that is a great start to one incredible project!

Next up on your list should be... a Saturn V.  Stick out tongue

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    November, 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, June 16, 2018 9:17 PM

That's exquisite.

Are you planning on keeping the parts separate in case they need to be moved?

Since it's likely for be about 7' tall and all.

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    June, 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, June 17, 2018 7:41 AM

CapnMac82

That's exquisite.

Are you planning on keeping the parts separate in case they need to be moved?

Since it's likely for be about 7' tall and all.

 

 

Yes.  All sections will come apart.  The Capsule will be lit.

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    June, 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Saturday, June 23, 2018 11:03 AM

Over 800 rivets applied so far.  long way to go

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    July, 2014
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:20 PM

Awesome work as usual. Watching.

 

 

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    June, 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Sunday, June 24, 2018 8:09 PM

 

The zone between Fins 1 and 4 is complete.  So far I've placed about 1,400 Rivets

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, June 24, 2018 8:51 PM

Wow!  Impressive work.   How tall will the entire piece be?

Thanks,

John

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    June, 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Monday, June 25, 2018 4:37 PM

keavdog

Wow!  Impressive work.   How tall will the entire piece be?

 

 

Almost 7 feet

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Friday, June 29, 2018 5:07 PM

What a long dragged out process. I'm half complete with the rivets. I started applying the rivets on 6/18/18. So far over 2,500 have been applied. Guess I need to order more rivets...…….

Have a great weekend

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    July, 2014
Posted by Bakster on Friday, June 29, 2018 6:39 PM

Awesome work Rob. Keep keeping on. I am cheering you on.

 

 

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  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Thursday, July 05, 2018 4:50 PM

 

One more section to go.  Approximately 3,700 rivets applied so far.

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    June, 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Friday, July 06, 2018 1:03 AM

Are you dreaming about rivets yet? How many bits have you used up with the drilling? Do you fingers have any skin left on them? Confused

Seriously, this is showing both great dedication AND modeling skills. I am staying tuned into this build till completion. If the upper stages equal this part of the build, we are in for a treat!.....

Ben

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  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Monday, July 09, 2018 8:49 PM

Thanks guys.

Finished the rivets on the Tail Unit tonight.  Approximately 4,800 rivets.

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    June, 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, July 09, 2018 11:02 PM

WOW, this build it riveting!....

Sorry, but I could not help that one Wink

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Posted by rwiederrich on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 12:59 PM

Not to be the clueless one in the room....but I would suspect all those rivets would have been flush mounted..as was with aircraft rivets......?

Was this a unique situation?

 

Rob

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  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 4:59 PM

rwiederrich

Not to be the clueless one in the room....but I would suspect all those rivets would have been flush mounted..as was with aircraft rivets......?

Was this a unique situation?

 

Rob

 

 

You would think.  The Mercury Redstone was designed between 1950 and 1952 by Chrysler and was a direct descendant of the German V-2 Rocket which was also riveted together.

The entire rocket is not riveted.  Only the Tail Section, and Instrument Section are riveted.  A portion of the Propellant Section is, but most of it is welded.

This is a reference picture of a Redstone Rocket.

Cheers

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

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    June, 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Saturday, July 21, 2018 8:13 AM

Tail Unit painted.

 

 

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    July, 2014
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, July 21, 2018 8:38 AM

It looks really cool. Nice work.

 

GAF
  • Member since
    June, 2012
  • From: Anniston, AL
Posted by GAF on Saturday, July 21, 2018 10:48 AM

Careful, Rob!  From these photos the government might think you're building a REAL one in your basement and send in Federal agents!  Wink

Gary

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    October, 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:46 PM

I've never noticed before but ina way it looks a bit like a stretched out V-2.I was just over at the Cape about two weeks ago and I never noticed the fins.  I was too busy looking at the top section.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, July 23, 2018 8:45 AM

ikar01

I've never noticed before but ina way it looks a bit like a stretched out V-2.I was just over at the Cape about two weeks ago and I never noticed the fins.  I was too busy looking at the top section.

 

Of course, it was designed by Von Braun, so I guess that explains the V-2 technology used.  Much less streamlined, however. I believe the Redstone main section was cylindrical.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, July 23, 2018 5:10 PM

Wow, looking at the photos, your model has a metal "feel" to it!  Keep up the great work, can't wait to see the propellant tank section! 

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, July 23, 2018 7:37 PM

Don Stauffer
Much less streamlined, however.

Difference in staging (and in the ability to compute aerodynamic loads.

The entire A4 vehicle was meant to make the entire trip, so it needed the ogive shape for super and trans sonic stability.

Redstone was only meant to "throw" a payload into a ballistic path, so the booster portion could be designed for engineering efficiency, thus, the simple cylinder shape.

This build remains one of my favorites; just everything about it is inspiring and cool to watch.

  • Member since
    June, 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Monday, July 23, 2018 8:49 PM

Final fit of the Propellant Section, Instrument Section, and Capsule before sheeting her.

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    July, 2014
Posted by Bakster on Monday, July 23, 2018 11:23 PM

What an awesome build. The Redstone has always been my favorite. Here is an awesome photo for an awesome build. May it help inspire you.

God speed.

 

 

  • Member since
    June, 2005
  • From: Novi, Mi
Posted by Lancair IV on Friday, August 03, 2018 8:52 PM

Made the Propulsion Section Paint Mask today

 

Rob Byrnes

Novi, Mi

  • Member since
    April, 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, August 04, 2018 1:14 AM

Looking good - wish you had a video of this build.

Thanks,

John

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