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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."

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    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."

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    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."

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

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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

Nozzles installed. 

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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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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 are 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."

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    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?

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

I forgot how to post photos. 

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

That isn't working either. 

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

I give up.

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

This is the engine casing. 

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    March 2015
  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Thursday, November 26, 2020 4:51 PM

When I was a kid in the 1950's I had a rocket that would fly. It was made of rock hard translucent red plastic. It was filled part way with water and clamped onto a hand pump. Air would be pumped into the plastic rocket. When the pump's clamp was released the plastic rocket would shoot up at a high rate of speed. I wonder how many kids lost an eye or a bunch of teeth when the rocket hit them in the face.

I am sure that your rocket will be much safer.

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    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Friday, November 27, 2020 9:26 AM

I used to fly those things as well. Yup, red and white plastic. It never even occured to me that a kid could truly hurt themselves with one of those. Mine usually landed out in the asphalt street and cracked. So much for disposable income. Where it concerns larger, more powerful solid fuel rockets, the National Association Of Rocketry has guidlines, launches run by qualified members and safety above all else in mind. FAA clearance when neccessary, certification flights for the more powerful engines and open to the public displays and launches. 

For this rocket, I need to be a certification level 2 to buy the reload for my casing. Once certified and given a certification number, I can purchase my reloads from any manufacturer with proof of my cert. by giving them my cert. number. This system keeps the undesirable elements from obtaining these motors and using them in a wreckless manner. 

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Monday, November 30, 2020 7:51 PM

I had been over zealous in sanding and removed a substantial amount of the pin striping tape. Now with the tape reapplied, I will be able to shoot gloss white over this. 

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 10:03 PM


I've decided to can the first version of the SM and replace it with a 3D printed part from Shapeways. 

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Friday, December 25, 2020 1:04 PM

A great site for Apollo nomenclature. https://www.turbosquid.com/3d-model/spacecraft Combined with the David Weeks drawings, how could you go wrong?

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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    November 2020
Posted by StevenRB on Saturday, January 16, 2021 12:27 PM

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This is what I'll recreate through both Shapeways who will send the EVA handles and EVA light shown in the picture. Michael has beefed up the actual rails to make them more sturdy for shiping purposes. I will use Hardened Undersized High-Speed M2 Tool Steel Rod, 0.0156" Diameter, 3/4" Long as replacement pieces. 

 

 

"Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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