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Horizon Models 1/72 Mercury Redstone
« 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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Re: Horizon Models 1/72 Mercury Redstone
« Reply #7 on: 04/09/2017 02:20 AM »
Nice job Ron.

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Re: Horizon Models 1/72 Mercury Redstone
« 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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Re: Horizon Models 1/72 Mercury Redstone
« Reply #10 on: 04/10/2017 09:47 PM »
And ready for lift-off!

Thanks for posting.

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