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Apollo Service Module Detail Images
« on: 04/19/2018 04:45 PM »
Hi, we are building a CGI model of the Apollo 8 CSM, and having trouble getting the details right on the service module. The overall coloring, how it reacts to light, the paneling, etc. I've gone over all the photos from the Apollo missions but it's still difficult to see how it was constructed.

For example how many separate panels are on the outside, what the coloring was like, etc. Would anyone be able to assist me with these details? In some instances it looks like the SM had many different sheets of metal making up the larger cylinder. Any help would be welcome.

Thank you.

- Paul

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Re: Apollo Service Module Detail Images
« Reply #1 on: 04/19/2018 08:15 PM »
Hi, we are building a CGI model of the Apollo 8 CSM, and having trouble getting the details right on the service module.

You are aware of this book https://www.amazon.com/dp/1896522947, correct?

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Re: Apollo Service Module Detail Images
« Reply #2 on: 04/20/2018 12:39 AM »
Yes, I've been trying to find a copy of it for less than $100 - as i'm not sure what's in it and that's a big gamble.

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Re: Apollo Service Module Detail Images
« Reply #3 on: 04/20/2018 01:00 AM »
For the level of detail that you desire, the book is indispensable.
Full 360 degree detail of every feature and protrusion.
For example, the service module is divided into 6 sectors surrounding a central helium tank.
Sector 1 is 50 degrees and contains scientific instruments.
Sector 2 is 70 degrees and contains propellant tanks.
Sector 3 is 60 degrees and contains propellants tanks.
Sector 4 is 50 degrees and contains fuel cells.

For the other sectors.....maybe you should bite the bullet and get the book! ;)

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Re: Apollo Service Module Detail Images
« Reply #4 on: 04/20/2018 08:24 AM »
For the level of detail that you desire, the book is indispensable.
Full 360 degree detail of every feature and protrusion.
For example, the service module is divided into 6 sectors surrounding a central helium tank.
Sector 1 is 50 degrees and contains scientific instruments.
Sector 2 is 70 degrees and contains propellant tanks.
Sector 3 is 60 degrees and contains propellants tanks.
Sector 4 is 50 degrees and contains fuel cells.

For the other sectors.....maybe you should bite the bullet and get the book! ;)

The book contains a visual and written description of the engineering behind both the SM and the CM. The visual description consists of 3D CGI based directly on the engineering blueprints for the CS and CM.
Generally, this is done correctly and to a high level of detail.
There is however one major error in the book: the proportions of the CM crew hatch. It is way off. Author acknowledged such some time after the book came out.
The book also contains lots of information about the materials used to construct both the CM and the SM. But the book holds substantially less information about coloring, let alone how the surfaces react to light. I might post one or two (partial) examples of pages from the book, to give you an idea. Will be several hours though, given that I'm away from home right now.

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Re: Apollo Service Module Detail Images
« Reply #5 on: 04/20/2018 11:12 AM »
Eventide, have you try this page ?
http://heroicrelics.org/space-race.html
https://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/apollo.html
it got tons on reference picture on space hardware and Apollo CSM

next to that are the Apollo CSM handbook for the Astronauts
some of them are as free PDF on internet

or try the site (also for picture )
https://www.sti.nasa.gov

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