Airfix 1/144 Saturn V

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Eric Mc

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Monday 2nd February 2015
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New Ware and LVM Studios do some excellent resin and photo-etch accessories for real space models. But their prices are beyond what I am prepared to pay for my hobby - especially LVM.

I've seen some of the LVT stuff at Telford and it is truly impressive. especially things like launch gantries. But I can't justify to myself spending that kind of money.

LVT are currently producing a full size, highly detailed Launch Tower for the Saturn V in all the main scales (1/72, 1/96 and 1/144) and it will look absolutely stunning. But it will cost (I reckon) around £1,000.

http://lvm-studios.com/project/apollo-saturn-v-lut...

jamieduff1981

7,186 posts

74 months

Monday 2nd February 2015
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Generally I can see the value for money in most modelling products but I'm with you there Eric - it's more than I'd want to spend on a single hit for a hobby.

Eric Mc

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Monday 2nd February 2015
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Progress report -

All the engine bells have been assembled now and await cleaning and sanding before priming.

The next task is to remove these odd fairings which are on the second (SII) stage. These were not featured on real Saturn Vs so need to come off.






Greg66

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112 months

Monday 2nd February 2015
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Wow. This takes me back. I had one of these, probably not long after it was first put on sale, which my ad built for me. One of my enduring childhood memories is a Saturn V in the corner of the bedroom.

Eric Mc

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Monday 2nd February 2015
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The artwork on the original boxing was spectacular - if not altogether accurate -




Indeed, the artwork on the new box is not altogether correct. The painting is pretty accurate but the side view isn't. Anyone spot the flaw?
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dr_gn

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118 months

Monday 2nd February 2015
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Neither the side view nor the painting are accurate in terms of the black roll graphics on S1, and S1 S2 interstage.


Skii

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125 months

Monday 2nd February 2015
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Looks too long on the box art, almost like 2 S1C stages

Eric Mc

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Monday 2nd February 2015
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Any hints as to what the errors are? The obvious problem with the side view is that the black vertical markings on the 1st Stage are too tall.

I won't be following either the side views or artwork when I get around to painting anyway. I'll be referencing photos etc.

dr_gn

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Monday 2nd February 2015
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The interstage roll stripes extend to different positions.

Hard-Drive

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163 months

Monday 2nd February 2015
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Engines and fairings all wrong...

/geekmodeoff

Eric Mc

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Monday 2nd February 2015
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Hard-Drive said:
Engines and fairings all wrong...

/geekmodeoff
What fairings?

Eric Mc

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dr_gn said:
The interstage roll stripes extend to different positions.
Are these the one on the tapered section between the SIVB section and the SII section?

dr_gn

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Monday 2nd February 2015
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Eric Mc said:
dr_gn said:
The interstage roll stripes extend to different positions.
Are these the one on the tapered section between the SIVB section and the SII section?
The vertical black stripes in the area of the S1/S2 interface should extend onto S1, i.e. below the bottom of the interstage ring ullage rocket fairings. The elevation view is wrong (they end at S1/interstage ring interface), but the main image is right (or at least less wrong).

Eric Mc

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Monday 2nd February 2015
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Many thanks.

The main box painting does indeed seem to show this fairly correctly but the side view (which also features in the set of instructions) is best ignored I think.

I've managed to find some scale drawings from various sources so I'll double check with them and actual photos. There were minor differences between all the various Saturn Vs used so using photos isn't always that fantastic a source unless you have a full 360 degree set of photos for one specific Saturn V.

Mr_C

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163 months

Monday 2nd February 2015
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The Saturn V at Kennedy is one of the finest things I've ever seen. It's mesmerising.

They have a rocketdyne F1 out in the yard near the 1B as well.

Looks like a good model to build you've got there smile

Eric Mc

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Monday 2nd February 2015
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Hopefully it will look good when finished. But it will take a bit of work.

On the subject of the preserved Vs, they are indeed impressive. I saw the one preserved at Houston back in 1981.

However, they aren't always indicative of the way they looked when being used. Some are missing certain components for instance and some of them make use of sections of the SA500-D dummy Saturn V that was used for pad and equipment checkout tests in 1966.


Mr_C

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163 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2015
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The VAB makes the Saturn V look little in that photo.

Eric Mc

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Tuesday 3rd February 2015
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I think the VAB should be celebrating its 50th birthday next year.

Yertis

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200 months

Tuesday 3rd February 2015
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Eric Mc said:
The artwork on the original boxing was spectacular - if not altogether accurate -


How I coveted that kit as a boy. I only ever made the Vostock.

Eric Mc

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Tuesday 3rd February 2015
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The Vostok is back again too - still as inaccurate as ever.

Unfortunately, no other mainstream manufacturer has ever made an R-7 rocket in 1/144 scale. Real Space do various versions of the R7 in resin but they are costly and Real Space can be a bit iffy on delivery so I've heard.

Which is a pity because they do some excellent stuff.