NOTE: This page is a wall of pictures with some text mixed in.
In the past year I began creating paper (mostly cardstock, actually) models of active, retired and future rockets. I decided I'd like to share some pictures of them, and eventually document creation of new models.
I know most people will ask, so I got these models from http://axmpaperspacescalemodels.com/
. Both are great websites and feature/produce very high quality models. I would not be surprised to see some of these models (Not the ones built be me, they're MINE *Hiss*) in museums.
Final note: All models are in 1:144 scale, except the Falcon 9s (1:100 scale), the separate capsules in front of them (I'll mention the scale under their pictures), and the Lego Shuttle (No clue about its scale)
Poyekhali! (Russian for: let's go!)
First: A complete view of (most of) the models on my model-shelf.
Left to Right:
Steel model of the Martian rovers Opportunity/Spirit
1:100 scale Apollo CSM
The giant SLS Block I,
1:96 scale Orion capsule
Falcon 9 1.1 (1:100 scale) expendable
F9 Full Thrust recoverable
Antares 230 series
Steel Space Shuttle Atlantis replica
Atlas V 401 and 501
Lego Space Shuttle (With a random Apollo 13 patch for good luck)
Next, a landed F9 first stage model (On my workbench, no room on the shelf anymore!)
This is by far my favorite model, and so far the one that came out the best. I actually tried attaching my drone to the top and attempting to fly it. I never considered the center of mass/thrust relationship, and it ended up falling over and breaking on all 4 tests. Easy repairs, though. Project scrapped.
Up next, the steel models, Shuttle Atlantis, and the rover Opportunity/Spirit (I refer to it as Spirit, homage to the now-dead rover.)
I purchased these as kits from Barnes & Noble's games section. They come as sheets of steel with laser-cut designs printed in them, you pop them out, fold them as needed, and bend locking tabs into place (No welding or gluing, only pliers needed)
Up next (I'll be using that phrase a lot), the 1:100 Apollo CSM
This (and the other capsules) was made as part of a two-day-per-capsule project to kill some down time over the summer. I now just need a LM alongside it (hint hint, possible future project)
Next, the giant SLS Block I (1:144 scale) and the Orion (1:96 scale)
The SLS was very fun to make, and took a LONG
time to build (The reason I built it, to kill weeks of time over the summer). If you look at the photos showing the encapsulated Orion+LES at the top of the rocket, you'll notice it's pretty beat up. I'll just say it needs a proper stand to not fall off a 6-foot-tall shelf after every gust of wind.
Next, the Ares 1-X.
This model was also fun to make, and is one of my favorites. The LES is similar to what the SLS' looked like just after completion.
Next, the Antares 230.
This model is one of the few that are made of plain paper, not the thicker cardstock used on most others. I now realize that was a pretty poor choice, as it's wrinkled everywhere. I made this to kill a 3-day weekend (Man, I love killing days off). It shares a (cardboard) stand with the recoverable Falcon 9. I'm trying to figure out how to make a more minimalist stand, using clear plastic, wires, etc.
Up next, the Falcons and Crew Dragon
The expendable Falcon 9 1.1 was the second model I made, the first cardstock model. I was relatively inexperienced in modeling, so I didn't add in the legs or grid fins, and added an Orbcomm fairing because the second Orbcomm mission was the first Falcon launch I ever watched (And boy, was it great). I made the second Falcon because I had improved my modeling skills and wanted a modern version of the Falcon- with landing legs. I also made this version have interchangeable payloads after taking these photos (2 months ago). The Crew Dragon was part of the previously mentioned time-killing Capsule-making marathon this summer.
(Almost done) The Atlases (Atlas V 401 & 501)
The 501 was my first ever model rocket. I never changed any part of it, apart from cutting the fairing off to allow for interchangeable fairings (The MUOS 4 fairing (tallest fairing) was the original fairing). The original 401 (4th or 5th rocket I made) turned out HORRIBLE, so I almost completely remade it (saving the engine section), and it turned out very clean (in my opinion
Finally, the (1:144) Saturn V. This was the hardest model I made so far, and took, like the SLS, very long (MONTHS (mostly waiting for glue to dry, and taking one- or two-day breaks))
Man, where do I start. First off, this thing is so tall it can't fit on my model shelf without the ceiling getting in the way, so I put it on a lower shelf. I made the stages separate-able (word?) so I can use it for demonstrating how rockets stage, and what each Saturn V stage looked like. The first stage looks awful on the backside, I might redo it later. The second and especially third stages came out pretty well, so I'm overall happy with the model.
And that's it (for now). Thanks for reading/looking!
I'll be documenting my future builds in the comments. I'm not entirely sure what I'll make next, perhaps an Ariane 5 or Delta II? Maybe another fairing for the F9 or Atlas V...