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Hudson29
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Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 06:32 AM UTC
I have been working away on the Jupiter C over the last few days. The main parts were warped and the fit was never great so they needed a lot of filler. Everything had sinks in the parts too which needed to be filled.

The main parts have long seams and I used CA glue which worked pretty well. On other parts I used a mixture of Perfect Putty & Mr. Surfacer 1500. I found out that Perfect Putty melts under wet sanding and actually erodes forming fresh pits to fill. Wet sanding needs to be stopped shy of the finish line and the putty allowed to dry with a dry sanding finish.

The process has been putty, sand & prime with reputations as needed. i hope one or two more evenings will see the job done.







Hudson29
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Posted: Thursday, May 02, 2019 - 06:33 AM UTC
What a great campaign! I have been following the builds here and had some thoughts of building an Apollo 11 model of some sort as I have number of kits that might be fun. In the end, I pulled out a Glencoe Jupiter C with the Explorer satellite in 1/48 scale.

This is an old kit, originally released by HAWK in the late 1950s. My kit was bought almost 30 years ago and its high time to build it. The online review suggested that the parts fit well and have few shrink marks. My kit is not like that.

The main parts were all warped and the sinks are everywhere. This model is going to be a putty monster.





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Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 08:00 AM UTC
Another small step...
The CM is done, my first serious try on a NMF. Basecoated with a gloss black enamel than 3 layers of Vallejo chrome, all by A/B.
Well, the chrome effect isn't much that what I expected but nice anyway and from distance in this scale it works for me. (painted on small parts with a brush gives more glance)
Windows made of clear plastic were glued in and the backplate was closed. Nothing to see inside. The kit offers no seperate tip for the capsule, just a hole to connect the modules. No further scratching will be done here.








Hope to get things movin' on,
Th mas
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Friday, April 05, 2019 - 09:55 AM UTC

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Vance,

No pic.

Michael



Gah! i even had a friend have a look to see if would work this time... Let's see what I did wrong this go-around.

I tried some advice from a another forum. hopefully it is showing now??





Yep!

Michael
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Posted: Friday, April 05, 2019 - 08:41 AM UTC

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Vance,

No pic.

Michael



Gah! i even had a friend have a look to see if would work this time... Let's see what I did wrong this go-around.

I tried some advice from a another forum. hopefully it is showing now??


MichaelSatin
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Posted: Friday, April 05, 2019 - 06:57 AM UTC
Vance,

No pic.

Michael
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Posted: Friday, April 05, 2019 - 05:14 AM UTC
Boosters assembled but still in a rough state (not glued to central rocket yet). My quality assurance inspector is dubious.

goodn8
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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 07:04 AM UTC

Just a very small progress...
Added some scratching and used a piece of clear sprue for the front light and couldn't resist to try out my newly received metal color from Vallejo. Only a quick cover on that strut with a brush - looks quite useful.






Th mas
goodn8
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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 05:31 AM UTC

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Vance,

Your pics aren't coming through.

Michael



Thanks for the heads up. I tried creating a shared folder in Google now and updated the original posts. Please let me know if they show for you now.




Yeah Vance,
it's all shown up now. Good to see another build.
Nice project and good progress!

Th mas
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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 05:27 AM UTC
Yep, they're there now!

Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 05:04 AM UTC

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Vance,

Your pics aren't coming through.

Michael



Thanks for the heads up. I tried creating a shared folder in Google now and updated the original posts. Please let me know if they show for you now.
Removed by original poster on 03/26/19 - 16:56:56 (GMT).
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Monday, March 25, 2019 - 11:59 AM UTC
Vance,

Your pics aren't coming through.

Michael
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Posted: Monday, March 25, 2019 - 08:42 AM UTC
This is my first try linking images from my google pics, so please let me know if ya'll aren't seeing them.

anyway, It's a pretty simple kit, but the halves of the various cylinders and cones are flattened a bit where the seams are so will require a lot of filler to get rid of the flat section where the halves meet. Also the surface texture is very rough so everything needs to be sanded smooth.

Even just getting the various halves together is a considerable effort.

Here is how far I got with a couple hours work last night:


You can see the seams I am referring to on the booster on the right (though the pic makes it look far more innocent than it is)

3 more boosters to go and then I can figure out how i want to build up the seams to be true round (putty or strips of plastic, not sure which I'll do yet).
vanize
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Posted: Monday, March 25, 2019 - 08:38 AM UTC
I'm a bit late on the start in this campaign (mainly because I haven't been on the site or even modelling much in the past few years), but when I saw this campaign notice, I couldn't resist pulling this out of the stash:
YellowHammer
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Posted: Monday, March 11, 2019 - 09:13 AM UTC
Thanks Thomas,
I'm learning a lot from your build. I don't have your level of skill at scratch building but I hope to add a little detail to the kit.
John
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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 11:59 PM UTC


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Certainly looks you have your work cut out for you with that kit Thomas.



Iain, I wish I could do - but not. So progress is only slow and little by little.

John,
good luck with it! It's the same like mine boxed with all modules, except the docking plate on the top.

Nice Pasi, a winged tube


Had a chance to work a bit on the LM again.
More surgery and some corrections. Adding a scribed piece of styrene to simulate the door instead of excessive cleaning the eliminated structure and scribing the raw plastic in that narrow area.
Thinking now about how to rebuild all the struts...








Th mas
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Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2019 - 04:40 AM UTC
This is also quite simple build (white balance is bit off, but it's white):



Next decals, PE and black paint to selected areas, which should complete the Redstone missile part of the rocket. Then, there's the Mercury module and simple launch pad.
YellowHammer
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 02:42 PM UTC
Hi guys,
I'm in with this, the Revell Apollo XI LEM 1/100, kit 04832. Been lurking and figured it was time to jump in. Planning on a simple OOB build.

Thanks
John



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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 11:24 AM UTC
Thanks guys. The Dragon kit is certainly a nice starting point, but there is a lot that could be done to make it even better for someone with the time and patience.

Certainly looks you have your work cut out for you with that kit Thomas.
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 04:34 AM UTC
As I said before, I'm not satisfied with what the kit provides.
I'm still trying to improve the major difficulties on the modules and here`s just a small progress:

Worked on the bigger and some of the smaller exhausts/nozzles. Could be hollowed out, or?







Next was the capsule and Huey, Dewey & Louie. Since little Louie won't be seen inside the CM I didn't paid attention for him. The other guys were cleaned but one is missing his Portable Life Support System (PLSS)
So I try to scratch one from a piece of sprue (carefully heatened and pressed on the back to get the shape). Than sanded down.







Finally a little bit on the LM. Some rescribings and addtions.
The rear box will be covered with some sort of foil (I have to look for). The 4 stream deflectors (?) and their struts ere not supplied in the kit. Thought about how to display them. They look shiny and solid on the rear while the front inside is covered up. For a prototype I used a piece of aluminum (candle) and adhesive foil.






Cheers, Th mas
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 04:34 AM UTC

Very well done, Iain!
That really loks pretty good to me.

Th mas
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 03:08 AM UTC
I think it looks great Iain!

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 12:10 PM UTC
It's completed.

Not entirely satisfied with the paint finish of the ascent module and it still looks really shiny even after a coat of clear flat.















There is certainly a bit more work that could be done to improve the model but I am reasonably happy with the overall result.
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Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2019 - 08:23 AM UTC


Very well done on the decent stage, Iain!

You really had a good eye for the details and done a pretty good paint job.
Certainly you checked out closely the available ref pics. Move on, looking foreward to it.


I'm still struggeling on the shapes and details of my Revell kit's modules. Surgery, rework and sanding... period. So yet not much to show.

Th mas