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OFFICIAL: Man on the Moon 50 Campaign
goodn8
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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 04:59 AM UTC

Great work PASI - Congrats!
Really love the overall finish and the NMF of the capsule.

Keep on your beautiful work, guys!
I'm on my Apollo CSM and put the LM away for a while. Hopefully some pics soon.
Cheers, Th mas
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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 06:42 AM UTC
Thanks Thomas.
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 08:13 AM UTC
Nice work all!

I hope to finally start coming to grips with the Dragon 1/48 kits soon. I'll post some pics when I get going.

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, June 09, 2019 - 04:22 AM UTC
So I watched the new Apollo 11 documentary last night (very good, btw!) and I'm finally going to get started. I'm picking up the CSM, Columbia, first:



Here's where I left off some years ago:



When I originally started working on it, I found that despite what I'd read elsewhere, the instructions are NOT clear about which section of the SM goes where and I had to tear it apart and put it back together again the right way. This put me off it for awhile, but I'm back now!

One thing I spotted watching the movie was the color of the umbilical cover between the CM and SM. All the indications I'd had before now was that it was bright bare metal silver. But at the 46:45 mark in the documentary, you get a shot of the CSM as it undocks from the LM and that bad boy is clearly flat black. And it doesn't look like an illusion or shadow to me. Anyone else have a different opinion?

Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 11:49 AM UTC
I watched that movie too and was very impressed by the high quality of many of the scenes. There were some that were just stunning. I did not notice the color of that cable. I would think there has to be thousands of good clear color photos available should somebody wish to do a modeler's guide.
goodn8
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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 - 05:45 AM UTC
Michael,

it was black on A11 in Space.
I personally preferred a satin black (see my previous post - 2nd pic series, if we talk about the same ?

Thomas
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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 - 10:29 AM UTC
Thank you! I thought my eyes weren't deceiving me.

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 10:19 AM UTC
Well, this one has been fighting me a bit, but I've finally gotten to this point:



My first attempt at bright silver using Vallejo for the CM was an abject failure, so I steel wooled it down and laid down a fresh coat of black for another attempt. This time it's gonna be Alclad chrome, we'll see how it likes that! The SM is coming along, though the sharp-eyed among you may notice the cut down peg in the middle of the top bulkhead. That's supposed to fit into a hole in the CM heat shield, but (probably due to my adventure gluing the SM together) it's off center. So I lopped it off. I can center it myself when I glue them together.

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 10:06 AM UTC
I’m in with another Apollo Lunar Module – but this one is a little different.

This is the Metal Earth etched stainless steel kit.
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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2019 - 12:48 AM UTC
Consisting of two flat sheets of etched stainless steel, this kit is basically an origami exercise!



MichaelSatin
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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2019 - 12:13 PM UTC
Looking good Tim! You sure make some interesting choices.

Some more progress on the Dragon 1/48 CSM. Got the CM painted and decals on and the high gain antenna assembled.



Still miffed that there's no interior, but it's starting to come together otherwise.

Michael
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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2019 - 03:15 PM UTC
Thanks Michael

Your Command Module is looking better and better. I especially like the detail on the four radar(?) sensors for the Service Module.
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 01:46 AM UTC

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Thanks Michael

Your Command Module is looking better and better. I especially like the detail on the four radar(?) sensors for the Service Module.



Thanks Tim! That's actually a radio antenna, not radar. They needed a big dish to maintain contact with Earth but one big one was impractical, so that's how they did it. Those pre-formed etched brass dishes are probably the best part of the kit, though the instructions to put it together were typical Dragon: which is to say, vague.

Michael
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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 12:34 PM UTC
Halfway there - the Ascent Module is done!

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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 03:05 AM UTC
Hey modelers
Havent been around a wile so gonna put the last minuet effort in completing my Man on the moon campaign.
Not alot of progress since then but Neil is glued together.
My apologizes to Neil and his family in advance incase i totally hose this up.
I do have the July issue of FSM that fearues this kit on the cover to help with the finishing.
So in i go
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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 - 02:45 PM UTC
Building the Descent Module on to the Ascent Module...

These fold and shape kits are magnificently designed - but devilishly complex!
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 11:33 AM UTC
I am done with the Dragon 1/48 CSM kit.

Winston Churchill once said: "Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to become reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public." I kind of feel that way about this kit.

When it first came out, I wrote a review of the Dragon LM kit (which I mistakenly referred to as the "LEM". Allow me to apologize.) I said there that I wanted to like the kit, I really did. This one too. A new tool 1/48 kit of one of the most significant events in human history has been long overdue. Well, I at least am still waiting.

This one has Dragon "hurry up" written all over it. The instructions have parts D1 and D4 mixed up (two big sides of the SM); the panel lines and positioning thruster holes are shallow and not well defined; fit of the SM thrusters leaves something to be desired; there's no interior; there are no holes for the umbilical cover, just shallow dimples that need to be drilled out; painting instructions are, well, lacking; etc., etc. Add to that my own screw ups with paint, and it was a chore. The decals, I must say, are nice. So there's that.

Anyway, for what it's worth, here it is:





I was thinking about going for the LM as well, but I'm not going to for a couple of reasons. First, my experience with this one has soured me on the idea for now, and second I've got a different Grumman product that's a bench clearer on the way from one of our big online hobby shops. So, see you in the Grumman Campaign!

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 04:21 PM UTC
Michael,

Nice job on the CSM. It may have been a bit of a struggle, but in the end you pulled it out!


As construction proceeds on my LEM I admire the skill of the kit designers more and more. I don’t know much about this manufacturer, but the weird nine-star U.S. flag suggests they are from somewhere outside of the United States!

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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 12:19 AM UTC
Michael,
I think your CSM turned out very well even with the disappointments you noted with the kit.

Tim,
I can't believe how detailed that fold-a-LM kit is. I've never built one. Is it all folding and inserting tabs into slots or is there any gluing/soldering involved?

Thanks
John
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Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2019 - 01:56 AM UTC

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Tim,
I can't believe how detailed that fold-a-LM kit is. I've never built one. Is it all folding and inserting tabs into slots or is there any gluing/soldering involved?

Thanks
John



Thanks John. Believe it or not, these Metal Earth kits go together with just simple (which is not to say easy!) bending and tabs in slots. No solder, glue, or anything else. I did another of these before, a USS Arizona:

These kits aren't my usual fare, but they are fun to build and the engineering is absolutely amazing!
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Posted: Monday, July 01, 2019 - 02:05 AM UTC
Finished!

This was a fun build for me. My daughter was actually born on the anniversary of the first manned moon landing– July 20!


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Posted: Monday, July 01, 2019 - 06:57 AM UTC

Very well done on that kit, Michael!

And Tim, those hold and fold kits are very cute. Have to try out one of those. Great work on the LM as well as on the Arizona!

I'm close to the finish point, hope to get something somehow showable even if I can't manage to get the whole scene together in time.
Some more touch up*s, pics follow

Thomas
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Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2019 - 12:34 AM UTC
Michael-love what you did with the kit, nice finish. It's too bad we don't have some better plastic kits of one of the most important events of our recent history.

Tim-You are always amazing me with your projects. Sweet build, even if the flag only has 9 stars.

Hopefully I'll get a progress pic or two posted this week. The crude AMT rockets are eating my lunch.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
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Posted: Sunday, July 07, 2019 - 04:20 AM UTC
Howdy Y'all
As promised, a progress shot of my Mercury project. Gloss coated the Mercury Atlas and it's ready for the decal. The capsules have decals. The Mercury Redstone will need some work, hopefully I'll finish it next weekend.

Take care,
Don "Lakota"
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Posted: Monday, July 08, 2019 - 12:49 PM UTC
Progress update, all parts clean up, ready to paint.