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SleeperService

1/144 Saturn V Options

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SleeperService    1,683

Hi BM People

 

Having just read Stephen Baxter's Voyage (excellent by the way) I've been looking at some of the proposed augmented designs. I see the Revell kit readily available at a very reasonable price and the Airfix one rarer and expensive. Is the Revell kit that bad? I understand one of the stage engine areas is wrong but otherwise....?
 

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SleeperService    1,683

No opinions? I've been hunting around the Interweb and getting conflicting stories. I'd like to do a real Saturn V which would be the Airfix model but is the Revell/Monogram one even close??

 

Due to ill-health I'm rather short of funds so can't spend as much as I'd like. I feel that applies to many of us....

 

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GordonD    2,507

The engines on the 1/144th Revell-Monogram S-II second stage are a disgrace. If you look closely at this picture you'll see that the nozzles don't extend up beyond the heat shield.

Revell_S-_II.jpg

 

This won't show if you're displaying the rocket as a stacked unit.

 

Also the Service Module has the same problem as the original Airfix release - it's much too narrow, so looks totally wrong. For the 40th anniversary Airfix retooled their Service Module and SLA so theirs is now accurate... apart from the Command Module, though that doesn't show under the LES shroud.

 

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SleeperService    1,683

Thank You GordonD!

 

Now the reviews and such make sense. I've found Martin's Models site since posting which offers a second stage solution. As the Mars lander/mission module/CSM replace the third stage the too small Service module diameter I can cope with. Now I know what that problem is.

 

Off to order a Revell re-box now. A friend has the Airfix Skylab which, I believe has the modified upper parts as well. I'll try and scrounge the unwanted items....

 

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Eric Mc    1,295
Posted (edited)

As Gordon explained, when AIrfix reissued the Saturn V and the Saturn IB in 2009, they took the opportunity to fix the most glaring errors with the original versions of both these kits which were -

 

a ) the Lunar Module adapter section

b ) the diameter of the Service Module (caused by the incorrect LM adapter section)

c) the diameter of the Command Module (caused by the incorrect Service Module)

d) the external detail shown on the Service Module

 

The rest of the kits are (Saturn V and IB) are, effectively,  exactly as they were when first issued. Because of that there are further inaccuracies which have NOT been corrected. However, these really relate to various lumps and bumps on the rocket booster which can be eliminated by sanding or added to by using plastic card or rod if such things matter to you.

 

One point I will make is that, back in 1980, AIrfix modified some of their moulds to make them, allegedly, easier to build. This was achieved by adding extra large locating holes and lugs in place of the original smaller sized versions. Only a small number of kits were modified in this way but sadly, the Saturn V was one of them. I recently built the new release V and I found the best solultion was simply to saw off all the oversize lugs as they actually hindered assembly rather than aided.

 

So, to sum up, I would say that, of the two 1/144 Saturn Vs available, I'd go with the Airfix version. It's not perfect, but the fact that the upper section of the stack has been "accuruised" wins it for me.

 

Here's how my V and IB turned out -

 

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Edited by Eric Mc

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SleeperService    1,683

Thank You both for helping me out with this.

 

Those are two lovely builds Eric very nice indeed.

 

As I'm interested in the Saturn VB from Baxter's Voyage book the upper bit isn't too much of an issue as I'll be replacing that with the Mars Lander and habitat module. I think I have a result in that I may be getting the modified parts from my mate's Skylab which will help.

I've ordered the cheapo Revell one but will be using Airfix for the real builds I want to do.

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Eric Mc    1,295

There are also various resin improvements you can get to improve the 1/144 Saturns such as better quality F1 engines.

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GordonD    2,507
On 14/08/2017 at 6:11 PM, SleeperService said:

Thank You both for helping me out with this.

 

Those are two lovely builds Eric very nice indeed.

 

As I'm interested in the Saturn VB from Baxter's Voyage book the upper bit isn't too much of an issue as I'll be replacing that with the Mars Lander and habitat module. I think I have a result in that I may be getting the modified parts from my mate's Skylab which will help.

I've ordered the cheapo Revell one but will be using Airfix for the real builds I want to do.

If you like Voyage (great book) then you might find this interesting. Might give you a few ideas!

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SleeperService    1,683

That is quite a decent animation. Thank You for the link.

 

I'm hoping for a large parcel to be delivered soon. I've been looking at the resin bits from Martin's Models and it seems I may have a plan. 

 

I enjoyed Voyage a great deal and am now ploughing through Titan. Parallels between President Maclachan and #45 are quite scary.

 

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