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« on: 04/05/2017 12:19 AM »
I have a new project.  Horizon Models has released another Mercury era rocket, the Mercury Redstone.  The kit has the options of being built as MR-1 to MR-3, MR-BD or MR-4.  I picked MR-3, Freedom 7.  The kit is engineered so they can reuse parts for future releases.  And as I have learned, a Jupiter-C with Explorer 1 should be next since the photo-etched parts even have the antenna on it for the satellite.

The booster builds up really quick, and I compared it to the Dragon release from a few years ago.  Some scale calculations show that the Horizon kit is spot on.
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Re: Horizon Models 1/72 Mercury Redstone
« Reply #1 on: 04/05/2017 12:24 AM »
It comes with a launch table with some photo-etched details. 

I test fitted the booster to the table while I was in the middle of sanding it.

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Re: Horizon Models 1/72 Mercury Redstone
« Reply #2 on: 04/05/2017 12:29 AM »
The next day, I started painting and then the day after that, the decals.  The Freedom 7 was built from and earlier release last year, so I had a head start on that. The bottom photo compares the Horizon kit, left, to the Dragon kit on the right. At this point, I took a bit of a side trip that was inspired by Manfred and his launch pad.  I decided to scratch build umbilical arms for it. 
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Re: Horizon Models 1/72 Mercury Redstone
« Reply #3 on: 04/05/2017 12:36 AM »
So, after searching for photos (thanks Ed!) and watching launch films, I constructed a rough arm for the booster, with a few details.  I will add more detail lines after I paint it dark blue.  I have also started a base with weathered concrete and other ground equipment.  And that is where I am at this point.  I have started the capsule umbilical arm, but forgot to take a picture before I started painting.  I hope to have more tomorrow!

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Re: Horizon Models 1/72 Mercury Redstone
« Reply #4 on: 04/06/2017 12:01 AM »
I am very happy with the umbilical arms.  I need to hit the hobby store tomorrow for some tiny plastic rod for the lines.  I am not sure about the "concrete" yet, but it is getting close to what I want.  I still need to add the ground tubes around the base.

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Re: Horizon Models 1/72 Mercury Redstone
« Reply #5 on: 04/08/2017 01:51 AM »
I did a bit more work, adding 3 of the ground tubes and I started running the lines to the launch table. I have to wait until they dry and then connect them to the table.

The second photo is a closer view of the main umbilical connection.  There is a tiny false hatch on the top of the connection, it stay with the arm if I remove it but gives the illusion of the hatch cover being open.

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Re: Horizon Models 1/72 Mercury Redstone
« Reply #6 on: 04/08/2017 11:49 PM »
Finished!! I am done with my Horizon Models Mercury Redstone Freedom 7. If you have seen my build thread, you know I decided to add umbilical arms to the model on a display base. Those arms, and the cables on the launch table were scratch-built. I figure this is the only Mercury that will get a launch pad from me, no way could I build the Atlas tower in this scale!

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« Reply #7 on: 04/09/2017 02:20 AM »
Nice job Ron.

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« Reply #8 on: 04/10/2017 06:00 AM »
Hi Ron,
cool idea, that looks amazing.
How long is the rocket?

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Re: Horizon Models 1/72 Mercury Redstone
« Reply #9 on: 04/10/2017 01:49 PM »
Hi Ron,
cool idea, that looks amazing.
How long is the rocket?



Thanks! It stands a little over a foot tall on the launch table.

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« Reply #10 on: 04/10/2017 09:47 PM »
And ready for lift-off!

Thanks for posting.

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« Reply #11 on: 05/01/2017 12:05 AM »
I decided to just use my recent Mercury Redstone thread and keep it for all of my future models.  Then I won't have to do a new thread for each.

So, the next up is another Apollo Saturn V model.  It is an Airfix 1/144 scale kit I modified with after market parts and decals.  It is for Apollo 17. 

Here is a series of rotated views of the launch vehicle.
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« Reply #12 on: 05/01/2017 12:09 AM »
The F-1 engines of the S-IC stage are covered in batting insulation.  I modified the kit parts with some details and plumbers tape.  I modified the thrust structure to look more like the real thing.

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« Reply #13 on: 05/01/2017 12:15 AM »
The thrust structure for the S-II stage was replaced with a resin part. Here we see the interstage still attached and then the S-II stage alone and LES has been jettisoned.

Last photo is the Command Module that I cast from another, more accurate model by Realspace.  The Service Module is from the kit, since I needed to cut into it for the science platform.

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« Reply #14 on: 05/01/2017 12:21 AM »
And now, the S-IVB would continue on into orbit.  And then fire it's single J-2 engine for the moon.  Of course, the CSM, America, would turn around and dock to the LM, Challenger and extract it.  Then, on to the moon!

The thrust structure on the S-IVB is another after market resin part.  The science platform on America is scratchbuilt as are the details on the J-class LM, Challenger. 
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« Reply #15 on: 05/01/2017 12:26 AM »
And my 1/6 scale Gene Cernan action figure admires the 1/144 scale spacecraft.  That makes it 1/24 scale to him.

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« Reply #16 on: 05/01/2017 12:42 AM »
A few weeks ago, I had posted a photo of my Saturn models on my Facebook, and someone commented I needed to build a Project Icarus Saturn V.  I had thought of doing that years ago, so I began to research the MIT student project from 1967.  I even bought a copy of the report and read it.  I was quite amazed at the detail in it.

Basically, the students were given a task to save the world from an asteroid, named Icarus.  Icarus was due to fly close to Earth in June 1968 but the project assumed it was going to hit Earth.  The students came up with a plan to use NASA's Apollo program to launch interceptors with nuclear warheads to divert or destroy the asteroid. 

I found one diagram of the Saturn V online and used the drawings in the book as a guide to build the model.  I used old, half built parts of a Monogram Saturn V as a base, and the incorrect decals that came in the kit.  Here it is next to Apollo 17.


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« Reply #17 on: 05/01/2017 12:49 AM »
I did a few drawings of my own to help me figure out how to build the Interceptor, which was a modified Apollo CSM.  The warhead was a 100 Megaton bomb.  Something that did not exist.  Apparently, the Soviets had a large bomb, and it was hoped they could enlarge it, making this an international effort to save the world.

There would be 9 launches of the Saturn V, 3 test and 6 intercepts.  Also, they would need Pad C built in less than a year.  Of course, money would be no object, and 24/7 shifts for construction would be authorized. 

Five Atlas-Agenas would launch modified Ranger spacecraft to monitor the detonations at Icarus.

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« Reply #18 on: 05/01/2017 12:55 AM »
My model is of the final Interceptor launch.  Before Project Icarus postponed the NASA moon landings, it would have launched Apollo 14.  Note the red quadrant markings, they are from the Monogram kit.  I used the USA decals on the S-IVB stage, because, well, why not?

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« Reply #19 on: 05/01/2017 01:02 AM »
I modified a couple service modules and a LES cover to build the Apollo Interceptor.  The CM cover removes to reveal the 100 Megaton warhead.

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« Reply #20 on: 05/01/2017 01:06 AM »
I did a couple of photoshops to give me an idea of what Icarus would have looked like if it had been needed.  Note which mobile launcher is seen here!
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« Reply #21 on: 05/01/2017 01:07 AM »
The interceptor closes on its target.

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« Reply #22 on: 05/01/2017 08:07 AM »
Nice work Ron!

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« Reply #23 on: 05/01/2017 10:28 AM »
Thanks Mike!

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« Reply #24 on: 05/01/2017 11:19 AM »
Pretty cool !

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« Reply #25 on: 05/01/2017 11:39 AM »
As a joint US/USSR mission, your spacecraft and launcher should also have a nod to the USSR. Perhaps also a United Nations logo?

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« Reply #26 on: 05/01/2017 01:54 PM »
As a joint US/USSR mission, your spacecraft and launcher should also have a nod to the USSR. Perhaps also a United Nations logo?

I was going to print out a a "CCCP" and add it to the CSM Interceptor.  But I was out of decal film. 

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« Reply #27 on: 05/01/2017 02:17 PM »
Hey Ron,
cool job that you have done so far, very interesting and impressive.
I think it's not so easy to photograph these long slender models, right?


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« Reply #28 on: 05/01/2017 03:23 PM »
Hey Ron,
cool job that you have done so far, very interesting and impressive.
I think it's not so easy to photograph these long slender models, right?



LOL, nope.  I am glad I can crop the photos!

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« Reply #29 on: 05/02/2017 12:23 AM »
A few more models finished up on my day off. Posing with my new Saturn V, and my older Falcon 9 and Gemini Titan is the new USAF MOL Titan III. It is a resin kit from Realspace Models. And also the Atlas V that I built long ago with the Starliner was updated with parts that Glenn sent me. The newest version of the rocket has two SRBs and a "mini-skirt" under the capsule. Next up is a Gemini and Agena in 1/48 scale.

Left to right: Falcon 9, Atlas V with Starliner, Titan III MOL and Gemini Titan with the big Saturn V in the rear. All are the same scale at 1/144.

A tale of two Geminis: The test launch of the USAF Gemini-B and Manned Orbital Laboratory next to NASA's Gemini-Titan.

The updated Atlas V-Starliner.



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« Reply #30 on: 05/03/2017 05:44 AM »
Great collection, Ron!!!

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« Reply #31 on: 05/06/2017 01:30 AM »
Thanks.  One of these days I will photograph all of the rockets in my "Rocket Garden"

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« Reply #32 on: 05/06/2017 04:53 PM »
Now these Models take me back in Time.  I think I had 2 Mercury Rockets, Red Stone & Atlas...At Least 4 Gemini had to Replicate Vl & Vll Flights....and 1 Huge Saturn Stack that I Never got around to finish...Donated these Models & Kits to a Younger Cousin.. Maybe I'll Look around and see what's Available at the Model Toy Store ...Lots of Time on my hands lately..

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« Reply #33 on: 05/11/2017 03:59 AM »
I am working on a new model project. A 1/48 scale model of Gemini 12 docked to an Agena with an astronaut doing an EVA. The astronaut in this case, is of course, Buzz Aldrin. I am using Realspace Model's update kit for the old Revell Gemini model and his Agena. The spacewalking astronaut is a 3D printed figure.

Photo 1: Agena is mostly assembled, and I have begun to accurize the Gemini.

Photo 2:Adapter has corrected parts attached and I detailed the inside of the capsule on the pilots side since the hatch will be open.

Photo 3:The interior of the hatch is detailed too, and Buzz is being painted. You can't see Jim Lovell, because he is in his seat already!


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« Reply #34 on: 05/11/2017 11:45 AM »
Hello Ron,
hat awesome Detail kits.

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« Reply #35 on: 05/11/2017 05:47 PM »
Hey Rompur, your little rocket museum never cease to amaze me. You must have one hell of a big house to shelter all those rockets (albeit a case could be made that rockets are essentially vertical, hence taking much less surface area than aircrafts :p  )

Do you have a complete list of all your rocket models ?

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« Reply #36 on: 05/11/2017 11:43 PM »
Always wanted the Airfix kit!
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« Reply #37 on: 05/12/2017 04:20 AM »
Hey Rompur, your little rocket museum never cease to amaze me. You must have one hell of a big house to shelter all those rockets (albeit a case could be made that rockets are essentially vertical, hence taking much less surface area than aircrafts :p  )

Do you have a complete list of all your rocket models ?

No, but I plan to get them all photographed in the near future and post them here.  And my house isn't big, but it is my only hobby these days.  And yes, they do fit on the tops of things like the dvd shelves very nicely.

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« Reply #38 on: 05/12/2017 04:21 AM »
Always wanted the Airfix kit!

Get the newer Skylab version.  It has the Apollo upper stage as well as Skylab.  And it is usually cheaper!!

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« Reply #39 on: 05/13/2017 12:30 AM »
Still working on the Gemini 12/Agena model. 

1: Base coats are on the Gemini spacecraft. The capsule is painted dark blue, with black window tint to make it even darker. Mercury and Gemini spacecraft were never black, but finding the real color has been tough. I usually make them very dark gray.

2:Buzz Aldrin's empty seat with some of the detail I added, seat belts and the ejection handle.

3:Jim Lovell in his seat. Some over spray leaked into the hatch when the tape blew off while spraying. I will have to fix that.

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« Reply #40 on: 05/13/2017 12:35 AM »
I asked my friend Guenter Wendt what color they were and he said "FLAT BLACK".  On the other hand, I find Gun Metal to be a pleasing shade.

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« Reply #41 on: 05/13/2017 12:37 AM »
After today's work on the project, this is where I am at.

1: I cleaned up the interior of the Gemini and added antennas to the adapter. I also started painting the Agena and details on the Gemini. Buzz has his umbilical now.

2:Side view.

3:Buzz and the interior of the hatch.

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« Reply #42 on: 05/13/2017 12:41 AM »
I asked my friend Guenter Wendt what color they were and he said "FLAT BLACK".  On the other hand, I find Gun Metal to be a pleasing shade.

Yes, but flat black never translates well to scale.  That is why I have been going with the ultra dark grey.  The ultra dark blue is to try make it a bit different.  I like gun metal too.

And it photographs better.  Black washes out when I take pictures of it for photo shop.

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« Reply #43 on: 05/15/2017 12:47 PM »
I have progressed a bit more on Gemini XII.

1:Added gold foil to the rear of the Gemini. I also painted and added foil to the Agena.

2:Side views.

3:I started applying decals. The ones on the Agena are from my spares pile.  My Gemini VII model is seen on the left.

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« Reply #44 on: 05/15/2017 01:39 PM »
Hi Ron, your Gemini kit, it is the Model that can untwist to remove the different Stages ?
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« Reply #45 on: 05/15/2017 09:03 PM »
Hi Ron, your Gemini kit, it is the Model that can untwist to remove the different Stages ?

That is the 1/24 scale version.  This one comes in all of those sections, put it won't come apart. So, I just end up gluing them, except for one that has magnets I put in.

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« Reply #46 on: 05/16/2017 04:08 PM »
Gemini 12 is getting closer to being finished.  I have to work on the things like EVA rods and hand holds.  And a then connect the two spacecraft together.  They are just taped and laying next to each other in these photos.

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« Reply #47 on: 05/18/2017 02:05 AM »
Gemini 12 launched on November 11, 1966. It was the final mission of the Gemini program. Astronauts Jim Lovell and Buzz Aldrin spent 3 days, 22 hours and 34 minutes in space. Buzz conducted the most successful spacewalk to date, paving the way for his next walk, on the moon on Apollo 11. Here is my finished model of that space walk, in 1/48 scale. Using an old Revell Gemini kit, a kit I first had as a 5 year old, with update parts and an Agena Target Vehicle by Realspace models. This is the last kit in 1/48 scale I have, so it is fitting it becomes the last Gemini mission.

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« Reply #49 on: 05/18/2017 02:19 AM »
My 1/48 scale Gemini spacecraft. Clockwise from the top right: Gemini 9 with ADTA, Gemini 12/Agena, Gemini 7 and the first one, Gemini 3.

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« Reply #50 on: 05/18/2017 02:21 AM »
My 1/48 scale Gemini spacecraft. Clockwise from the top right: Gemini 9 with ADTA, Gemini 12/Agena, Gemini 7 and the first one, Gemini 3.

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« Reply #51 on: 05/18/2017 02:26 AM »
Gemini 12 with my MOL and the Rogallo wing Gemini.

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« Reply #52 on: 05/18/2017 08:18 PM »
Thanks for Sharing these Models Ron, The Whole Gemini Time Frame was like my First Love..I couldn't Read or Watch Anything Enough About NASA in those Short Years ...Mercury was a Flash <Sigh> Apollo & The Space Shuttle ..Both Ended with Too Soon ..... IMO   Dave
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« Reply #53 on: 05/18/2017 11:53 PM »
Always wanted the Airfix kit!

Get the newer Skylab version.  It has the Apollo upper stage as well as Skylab.  And it is usually cheaper!!

Does it come with the CSM and LM as well?
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« Reply #54 on: 05/19/2017 01:14 AM »
Always wanted the Airfix kit!

Get the newer Skylab version.  It has the Apollo upper stage as well as Skylab.  And it is usually cheaper!!

Does it come with the CSM and LM as well?

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« Reply #55 on: 05/19/2017 07:46 PM »
You're not using an airbrush, are you?  If not, it would be a very good next step to advance your skills.  Not cheap, but you can accumulate the pieces over time.  I built a spraybooth for about $100, a good airbrush is maybe $150-200, plus another $100-$150 for a compressor and fittings.  There are probably deals on eBay if you look around.  At some point, your building skills get hidden under thick paint from brushes or rattlecans, no matter how careful you are.
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« Reply #56 on: 05/20/2017 01:52 AM »
I have always dreamed of having a good airbrush and compressor, but never been able to get there financially. And building resin kits or old kits with update parts and aftermarket decals, it gets expensive.   

But, heck, even rattle can model paint is $5 to $10 for those tiny cans, so it may save me in the long run.  I need to revisit that, especially with weird colors on some items.....like the LM!

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« Reply #57 on: 05/20/2017 09:23 AM »
What an impressive Gemini space fleet. You even modelled the "angry alligator".  :)

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« Reply #58 on: 05/20/2017 12:47 PM »
What an impressive Gemini space fleet. You even modelled the "angry alligator".  :)

That is another Realspace kit.  That is a very important piece to me.  Seeing that on TV during the mission coverage is one of, if not the first memory I have as a child.  I think I may have been 3 at the time.  I made my first model of it using two triangle blocks from my wood block set at the time!  I never stopped watching missions after that.

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« Reply #59 on: 07/06/2017 02:26 AM »
I decided to give a refurbishment to my Saturn V 500F model.  The model was one I built back in 1999 or so and used home made decals that had faded.  The clear coat had also yellowed.  So, I decided to repaint, redecal with modern decals and detail a few things.  I detailed the single F-1 engine and build the engine weight simulators using stacked washers.  I replaced the under sized CSM with a Block I from Realspace Models' Saturn 1B kit.  Very happy with my 500F!!
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« Reply #60 on: 07/06/2017 01:31 PM »
Hi Ron,

the refurbishment was a good idea, now your Saturn V 500F looks like a new model.

But what's going on with your Launch tower, which is standing there so lonely and abandoned, that one would have to have compassion with him? 

This also looks like a long-term project ...

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« Reply #61 on: 07/06/2017 01:37 PM »
I am saving that tower for a future SpaceX project, once we see what they do at 39A.  I have two kits with tower parts that someday will be an Apollo LUT. 

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« Reply #62 on: 07/07/2017 05:47 AM »
The wise man makes provision for the future!

Yep, it is better to have it than one would have ...

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« Reply #63 on: 07/18/2017 01:35 AM »
A new space project from the early days of space flight. This will be a model of the Atlas launched for Project SCORE (Signal Communications by Orbiting Relay Equipment). It was launched on December 18, 1958 and surprised the world by broadcasting the voice of President Eisenhower to the world. At the time, it was the largest object ever orbited and was considered to be the first communications satellite. I started with the Horizon Models Atlas kit.  I found some photos and a few line drawings showing the sustainer stage I needed to build.  I also needed to make the pointed "hot rod" nosecone and modified the side pod on one side so they were of equal length.
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« Reply #64 on: 07/18/2017 01:39 AM »
I had to build up the sustainer engine and modify the booster so I could remove it.  Then I detailed the engine with wires and pipes.   The model has been primed and I will start painting it soon.

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« Reply #65 on: 07/18/2017 06:19 AM »
Very interisting to see the rockets from the early days ...

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« Reply #66 on: 07/26/2017 12:50 AM »
I finished up the Atlas SCORE.  I finished it with bare metal foil.  The 10B decals were made from kit decals, combining a "D" and an "8". 

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« Reply #67 on: 07/26/2017 01:18 AM »
Amazing work Ron, you are a "master builder"! :)
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« Reply #68 on: 07/26/2017 01:34 AM »
Well thanks!  That is awesome of you to say.  I am glad I have L2 here to help with the research.  It was the best place to find photos of the actual 10B Atlas.

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« Reply #69 on: 07/26/2017 06:38 AM »
Nice work Ron.  My production has fallen way off.  Not enough time...

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« Reply #70 on: 07/26/2017 06:00 PM »
You have nothing to apologize for Mike, you've created enough masterpieces of your own! Rest on you laurels for a bit... :)
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« Reply #71 on: 07/26/2017 06:03 PM »
These models put my paper ones to shame...
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« Reply #72 on: 07/26/2017 09:51 PM »
Nice work Ron.  My production has fallen way off.  Not enough time...

Well, looking at what you have built, I would need 20 more years to catch up!!

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« Reply #73 on: 07/26/2017 09:52 PM »
These models put my paper ones to shame...

You can't even compare them.  Paper is so different, and I can not even come close to the awesome models you have made when I tried paper!! 

And you don't have to worry about paint fumes making you ill!!

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« Reply #74 on: 07/27/2017 11:09 AM »
Nice work Ron.  My production has fallen way off.  Not enough time...

Well, looking at what you have built, I would need 20 more years to catch up!!

Thanks Ron.  Your's have a certain quality, especially when you make them look so good, but can disassemble them to represent different flight stages.  And your photography is great.

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« Reply #75 on: 08/04/2017 04:24 PM »
I photographed some recent models as well as some old ones.

1. 1/72 scale Mercury Redstone, Mercury Atlas and Gemini Titan II.

2. Three Atlas models, all 1/72 scale.

3. Re-issues of vintage models of Thor and Vangaurd.

4-5-6. Re-issues of vintage models of Snark and Bomarc.

7. 1/48 scale Mercury Spacecraft

8. 1/72 scale Apollo, Gemini and Mercury

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« Reply #76 on: 08/10/2017 10:01 PM »
I built a second Hasegawa Voyager spacecraft model.  This time I used the LVM brass booms for it.  It is an amazing improvement!!

My first kit has been broken up into dish and bus to make a Magellan model.

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« Reply #77 on: 09/17/2017 08:46 PM »
To follow up my Voyager model, I built the Realspace kit of the Titan IIIE. I hope to build the Cassini Titan IV soon.  It is next to the earlier Titan IIIC MOL kit.
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« Reply #78 on: 10/25/2017 09:35 PM »
I am finished with my Pioneer 10 model. A 1/24 scale resin kit by Realspace Models. I remember the excitement I felt as a kid when Pioneer 10 and 11 were launched. It boggled my young mind when I tried to visualize their journey to the planets. And beyond.

The kit has a lot of brass rod and tube to contend with.  It was a challenge but fun!  Orange and silver foil cover the bus and I added cables to the big boom. 

It will look good next to my plaque replica.
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« Reply #79 on: 11/09/2017 11:31 AM »
Every year, Horizon Models has a contest for their customers.  The Horizon Models Space Pioneers contest.  This year, I entered my Project SCORE Atlas and Mercury Redstone with umbilicals.  And I was one of the three winners.  I will receive each of their current kits and one of their new releases this year.  I know they are release a Jupiter-C with Explorer 1 soon.  So, more models to build.

http://www.horizon-models.com/2017-winners

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« Reply #80 on: 11/09/2017 01:15 PM »
Congrats Ron,

that is the deserved reward for your amazing models.

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« Reply #81 on: 11/09/2017 02:13 PM »
Well Done Ron.

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« Reply #82 on: 12/06/2017 02:55 AM »
Finished my 1/72 scale model of Mercury-Redstone 1. The "Four Inch Flight" or "Tower Flight" November 21,1960. After the tower shot off, the Mercury Capsule popped its top, deploying the parachutes, that then hung down the side of the rocket, making a dangerous situation even worse. Of course, being me, I built two capsule to swap out. One has the escape tower pre-launch and the other has the antenna fairing flying up, and parachute starting to deploy. I also like the short checker board and higher location of the "United States". It would make it visible with frost on the lower tank, unlike the later Redstones.

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« Reply #83 on: 12/11/2017 10:20 PM »
Finally getting around to building a dance partner for Gemini VII!

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« Reply #84 on: 12/13/2017 12:16 AM »
Rendezvous in Space. On December 15, 1965, Gemini 6 met up with its sister ship, Gemini 7, that had been in space since December 4. I finished my model of Gemini 6 today, and re mounted my Gemini 7 model on a new base to depict this historic flight. Gemini 6 has a "Beat Army" sign in the window. An inflight joke, most likely instigated by astronaut Wally Schirra, who was a Navy man! Both kits are vintage Revell 1/48 scale, modified by Realspace Models parts. And a few scratch-built bits. Decals by Rick Sternbach's Space Model Systems.

Gemini 7 to the left, Gemini 6 to the right.

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« Reply #85 on: 12/13/2017 12:17 AM »
Gemini 6 in foreground, 7 to the rear.

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« Reply #86 on: 12/13/2017 12:18 AM »
6 on left, 7 on right.

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« Reply #87 on: 12/13/2017 12:21 AM »
1:Looking over the top of Gemini 7 at Gemini 6

2:"Beat Army" Strangely enough, the decals also came with a "Beat Navy" sign. (You can barely see Tom Stafford behind the sign! LOL)

3:Both spacecraft, face on. If you look real carefully in the right window of the right spacecraft, Gemini 6, you can see Wally peeking out!

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« Reply #88 on: 12/13/2017 12:24 AM »
All the actual flown Gemini spacecraft I have built in 1/48 scale. Clockwise from upper right, Gemini 3, Gemini 12, Gemini 6&7 and Gemini 9.

Gemini is a very special program to me.  The first memories I have of spaceflight are those of seeing images of the "Angry Alligator" of Gemini 9 on TV.

I still hope to build a couple more, Gemini 4 and Gemini 5. 

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« Reply #89 on: 12/13/2017 06:39 AM »
This is a nice collection, Ron, let it grow.

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« Reply #90 on: 12/13/2017 12:30 PM »
I'm pretty sure Borman put up a Beat Navy sign, since he was a West Pointer, even though he went into the USAF.

BTW, last weekend ARMY BEAT navy!  Two in a row after a 14 year draught!

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« Reply #91 on: 12/14/2017 02:20 AM »
I received my trophy from Horizon Models for the 2017 Space Pioneers model contest!  It is picture with the models I won with and the first three kits I got as a prize.  I will also receive any new releases they make this year.

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