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1/48th Scale Saturn V

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 9:47 PM

Awesome work my man, very impressive.

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    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Thursday, November 12, 2020 10:43 AM
Thank you. It's been testing my patience as no other model has in my 50 plus years of model building.

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

  • Member since
    December 2010
Posted by danburnsart on Saturday, November 14, 2020 6:38 AM
yes very good work. Stay with it...I'm sure a project like this will test you like no other but it will pay dividends in the end! I'm both envious and at the same time glad it's not my project!
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    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:13 AM

That's a see saw ride that I've been on for the last 5 years. An 'in your face' love/hate relationship. I've even entertained the thought of selling it as is yet I believe I would soon enough regret that decision. So on I stumble and thank you. 

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

  • Member since
    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:21 AM

The window portals where simply flat, featureless spots on the CM. I'm drilling them out and will create window frames along with RCS nozzles around the bottom of the capsule.

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

  • Member since
    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:23 AM

One window framed, the other awaits it's frame. These are simply cut out of hollow styrene tubing of the appropriate diameter. 

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:24 AM

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:33 AM

Nozzles installed. 

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Saturday, November 14, 2020 11:44 AM

Any model rocket to be flown with a tower of some sorts commonly recieves damage in the lattice area. So I've tried to address this issue using magnets to hold the LES on. The problem is I have no way of knowing how this system will work until it's flown. Two things need to be understood: will the magnets be strong enough to stay on during the flight phase and will they be weak enough to give first on a hard landing. All empirical. 

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"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:32 PM
I have recently applied 2 coats of gloss white to the third stage and aft interstage. Gloss will take waterslide decals better, then a final coat of flat clear will be applied. Nothing worth posting as far as pictures is concerned at this point. Once I start taping and masking this section off for the gloss black will I post anything further.

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

  • Member since
    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, November 22, 2020 1:21 PM

Hold on here.  I am confused. Is this model going to fly?

  • Member since
    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 7:52 PM

Yes. Computer estimates about 1600 ft. The lower section will recover on an 8 ft. chute while the upper section recovers on a 5 ft. chute. 

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 8:04 PM

I forgot how to post photos. 

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 8:46 PM

That isn't working either. 

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 9:11 PM

I give up.

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

  • Member since
    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 10:08 AM

This is the engine casing. 

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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