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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #40 on: 10/08/2014 02:25 AM »
Here are a few pictures of the Moonlab with the Soyuz.  Many thanks to Glenn Johnson of RealSpace Models for the Apollo CSM...AKA as Grissom for this mission.

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #41 on: 10/08/2014 02:26 AM »
And the Saturn VB after its first round of painting.

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #42 on: 10/08/2014 02:49 AM »
Nice stuff

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #43 on: 10/09/2014 02:14 AM »
You made me get the Voyage novel on Kindle!  Gonna start reading it soon.

Nice work, want to see the finished products.
I'll even excitedly look forward to "flags and footprints" and suborbital missions. Just fly...somewhere.

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #44 on: 10/09/2014 02:17 AM »
Thanks Mike and Bubbinski!

I can see the end of the project coming soon, and have started planning the next Mars Mission!

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #45 on: 10/12/2014 04:27 AM »
I started decals on the Saturn VB using the decals from the Airfix model.  I decided to move the "USA" and flag on the S-1C so they are visible between the SRBs.  I need to get some black  decals to make the SRB stripes I want to do, and add "LOADED" marking to them. 

I also made up a serial number for the stack, and not just the first stage.  Working from the mention of the serial number for the exploding Saturn VB in the book, SA-5B04, I made a list of flight vehicles assuming the unmanned launch was the second launch.  I would assume more would have been made of the explosion if it had been the first flight.

SA-5B03:1st unmanned test
SA-5B04:2nd unmanned test, exploded
SA-5B05:3rd unmanned test flight.  This was not scheduled as unmanned, but was needed to recover from the explosion, which is why York's cold soak flight is cancelled.
SA-5B06:1st manned flight
SA-5B07:Unmanned test of MEM
SA-5B08:Manned test flight of MEM 009 "Iowa" Crew: Crippen, Bleeker, Gershon
SA-5B09:Manned landing test of MEM 010.  Crew: John Young...rest unknown
SA-5B10-SA-5B19: 9 construction and fueling flights for the ARES.
SA-5B20:Crew launch for ARES Crew: Stone, Gershon, York.

So, I made the serial number SA-5B20!

Who knows if it is correct!  I have no idea what happened to vehicles SA-5B01 and 02!  And yes, I know it should only be the serial number of the first stage, but I wanted the "5B" on there someplace.

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #46 on: 10/12/2014 08:15 AM »
Thanks Mike and Bubbinski!

I can see the end of the project coming soon, and have started planning the next Mars Mission!

Which will be?
"There is nobody who is a bigger fan of sending robots to Mars than me... But I believe firmly that the best, the most comprehensive, the most successful exploration will be done by humans" Steve Squyres

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #47 on: 10/12/2014 01:10 PM »
From this book:

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #48 on: 10/14/2014 05:05 PM »
Apollo-N in orbit.  My first try at doing this.  It looks OK if you don't zoom in! lol

Edit: Added a version with Nerva firing!
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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #49 on: 10/14/2014 08:58 PM »
Here is a shot of the Ares stack through the one of the windows of Challenger.

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #50 on: 10/14/2014 11:26 PM »
Nice work Ron

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #51 on: 10/15/2014 09:15 AM »
Wonderful !  :D

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #52 on: 10/15/2014 09:10 PM »
You need one of the NERVA exploding!
"There is nobody who is a bigger fan of sending robots to Mars than me... But I believe firmly that the best, the most comprehensive, the most successful exploration will be done by humans" Steve Squyres

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #53 on: 10/16/2014 02:09 AM »
I actually considered building the model so it could come apart and lighted to look like a radiation fire.  These are literally the first two things I have done like this, and it is fun!  So who knows what else I will do!

I do want to put Moonlab into lunar orbit and the complete Ares stack in space, maybe during it's Venus flyby.

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #54 on: 10/16/2014 03:06 AM »
I actually considered building the model so it could come apart and lighted to look like a radiation fire.  These are literally the first two things I have done like this, and it is fun!  So who knows what else I will do!

I do want to put Moonlab into lunar orbit and the complete Ares stack in space, maybe during it's Venus flyby.

One of the few technical errors in the book  is the description of the fragmented NERVA glowing blue.  I don't think you would be getting Cherenkov radiation in vacuum.  The other was "pebbly loess".  By definition loess is not pebbly.
"There is nobody who is a bigger fan of sending robots to Mars than me... But I believe firmly that the best, the most comprehensive, the most successful exploration will be done by humans" Steve Squyres

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #55 on: 10/17/2014 02:33 AM »
Thanks for the comments, everyone!  It is nice to have someone enjoying your hard work, lol.

I did more work on the Moonlab.  You can see in the various views, the Soyuz, Apollo CSM courtesy of Realspace Models! (Thanks, Glenn, it is so much appreciated!!), the high gain antenna and LM Module.  I made the Moonlab look old and discolored, since it has been in Lunar orbit for quite a long time.  The "USA" on its hull is faded, with the "A" almost gone!  I want to work a bit more on the display stand, and this one will be done!

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #56 on: 10/17/2014 02:39 AM »
The Saturn VB is coming along nicely.  It needs a few more markings, and I still need to do the roll pattern on the SRBs.  It is shown next to the mockup of the cancelled space shuttle.  Ignore the big Delta Heavy with Orion in the background, it is from a fictional timeline!

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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #57 on: 10/17/2014 02:50 AM »
And finally, the progress on the Ares stack.  The MS-II stage and MS-IVB stage are done.  Maybe, some day, I will make the ETs for the MS-II so it can be posed in the Earth Departure form.  The big tube up the middle is for the Ares components on top of the Saturn VB model to slide on.  The MEM garage goes on first.  Then the S-IVB Hab module slides on next.  I have made solar panels in stowed and deployed position, so it can be displayed in launch or flight mode.  And finally, the CSM-Block IV goes on top.  I am depicting the Block-IV by leaving it all white. 

I think I may have gotten too smart by making the parts swappable.  I have realized I can't display the Saturn VB and Ares at the same time!  I will have to figure out some way around this. 
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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #58 on: 10/18/2014 02:03 AM »
Liftoff! ;D
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Re: Modelling Mars
« Reply #59 on: 10/18/2014 06:11 AM »
Ron,
beautiful project and excellent work!

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