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  2. Yes I did get the thing about the console table bit – very cool, but I did wonder if he's married. I could build that in the lounge while Mrs is out. How thrilled she will be when she returned.
  3. 23 AUGUST 1961 Ranger 1 Ranger 1 was a prototype of the unmanned probe that NASA would later send to the Moon. It was intended to go into parking orbit and then move into a 60,000 by 1,100,000km orbit to test the functionality of the hardware. Though it carried various scientific instruments there was no camera or midcourse correction engine. Launch was delayed several times: on 29 July there was an electrical power failure and the following day a leak was discovered in the attitude control system. On 31 July a valve malfunctioned in the Atlas launcher's LOX tank and the day after that when power was applied to the scientific instruments to calibrate them, the probe became fully activated: the explosive bolts attaching it to the launch vehicle were triggered and the solar panels tried to extend themselves within the payload shroud. Ranger had to be returned to the hangar for repairs. At long last on 23 August the probe was launched and entered its initial parking orbit, but when the Agena engine was restarted it shut down after only a few seconds. Instead of the planned high orbit, Ranger was left in one of just 170 by 500km. This meant that the probe was on the night side of Earth for 90 minutes of each orbit and in a vain attempt to lock onto the Sun the attitude control system ran out of propellant after only a day. The probe reverted to battery power and transmitted until they ran down four days later. Ranger 1 re-entered the atmosphere and burned up on 30 August.
  4. I think you missed 'the punchline' on my post re Mrs Gorby DIY Console Table plans for you... this one http://davidsissonmodels.co.uk/moonbase.htm Glad the rest was of interest, the Sissons site is full of fascinating builds. cheers T
  5. Thanks Pete. Obviously I wasn't thinking of you when I wrote that. Honest. Thanks @Troy Smith . Very interesting info there, just a shame I didn't find it while I was building it. After seeing the Tiger Joe tank (which I'd never heard of before) and seen the list of bits they stuck on, they did have it easy. I'll let them off as they designed something that is not only believable, but also quite pleasing to the eye.
  6. Yesterday
  7. Thanks for the kind words @Hook @Pete in Lincs - I've posted some nicer pics in the RFI section:
  8. Hello all - this is my first Sci-fi / Star Wars model since returning to the hobby and certainly won't be the last - I had a great time putting this together, mainly due to the kit - it really is magnificent - doesn't need glue A nice quick build resulting from not having to fill any seams or close any joints. Click together and paint. The scheme came from an image I saw of an A-wing at a model show - I've since discovered that when Ralph McQuarrie first designed the concept for the A-wing, it sported these colours - however, these were changed to the familiar orange red due to the restrictions of bluescreen. In any case, I think it looks quite nice in blue. The only modification was sawing the canopy in half so I could have an open cockpit. I used some leftover decals from some old kits and added Eduard PE seatbelts - Painted with Tamiya acrylics with oils for weathering. The NMF was done with Vellejo Metal colour and Alclad. I did a WIP on this if you're interested: Thanks for looking in... Cheers John
  9. not buying a resin casting kit, making a master you are happy with, and then making up multiple identical copies. I bought a resin starter kit years ago, and found it easy enough to do. http://davidsissonmodels.co.uk/shadomobile.htm Note the list of what commercial model kits supplied which greeblies..... @Gorby great bit of scratch building, just linked and quoted the above as I was fascinated when I saw what was made from what... the David Sissions site can be a bit of a rabbit hole though... Must part of this... http://davidsissonmodels.co.uk/moonbase.htm ? cheers T
  10. Who indeed. The phrase, 'hours of fun' springs to mind. I think I've identified the pencil sharpener on the roof. And, young man, You just make sure you do keep popping back here!, You'll be sorely missed.
  11. Chin-up chaps, third and last update for today. I wasn't sure how I was going to do the chin, but it turned out to be one of the easiest parts of the build. This is what I was aiming for: After messing around with cardboard templates (the cardboard I use can even be filed/sanded)…. …. I had three main bits.: Headlights out of bombs and bulbs out of polished sprue: Front parts fitted, without any filler at all: Okay, quite a bit of filler was required: That was brief. This being precise and getting straight to the point has left me feeling a little light-headed. I think I may need a little lie down.
  12. Gorbygami has failed me. It was only a partial success on the cab lid (for 'partial success' read 'abject failure'). I decided that it would be easier to make the whole lid out of clear stuff and just mask of the windows. It seems that the bend method doesn't work with the clear plastic sheet that I have. I was reduced to the humiliating situation of just gluing bits together like you mere mortals. The side bit isn't glued in his photo, it's just to get the angle correct. When the three clear bits and the roof had dried, I added two more layers to make the lid as strong as poss. The 'I' stands for 'inside' and the 'O' stands 'for the other side to the inside' obviously (or was it 'outside'?). The cab lid is home to greeble central. It's covered in mysterious carbuncles. Foremost amongst these is one of the most prominent features, the top sticky-out thing (I think that's it's full technical name) and it took me two attempts to get right. To be honest, many of the things I show you are the second, third, or even fourth attempt. If I got everything right the first time, this model would have been finished a week earlier. This isn't the best photo, I didn't realise it had focused on the mesh until it was too late – still getting used to my new camera. I have no idea if it's supposed to be an air intake, but it is on mine. It would probably have been better to use metal for the bar over the top, but I wanted to try bending plastic rod over a flame, which turned out to be very easy to control the shape of the bend. Anyway, I won't take you through the birth of every protuberance. That would just be painful for all of us. This is what I was aiming for on the left: And this is how it turned out: Also, I have another confession. I've decided not to do SHADO 2, it's going to be SHADO 1 instead. It's a little bit that I quite like how it looks at the moment; a little bit that I'd like a break from building shooty, bangy things; but mostly because I want to to other stuff for a change – too many hobbies, too little time. Mrs Gorby said that she'd quite like a console table in the hall, so my brain has moved onto doing that (after finding out what a 'console table' is). I'll probably still be doing a model at the same time, but for a while I'll go back to maybe an hour or two every other day. I'll still be looking in here occasionally though. Thanks for the 'likes' and stuff. Next up, chinny-chin-chin.
  13. Thanks a lot! I am still busy with the orange version and don‘t find time to finalize it.
  14. Right, the cab. After years of “Only following ze instructions”, I'm on my own with this. The horror! From the photos of the telly one, I couldn't find any clues to the interior other than there are two seats. Some of the other references have a little info, but I'm guessing that they're just guessing. Frauds! It's entirely up to me to decide what to put in there, maybe a cocktail bar? Fake beams? Fish tank? As this was obviously set in the sci-fi'y, space age, distant future, errrmmm, apparently the open credits stated it was set in 1980. Okay, right….. As this was set in the sci-fi'y, space age, distant future of 1980 (pause for gasps ) I wanted it to look more like a jet aircraft cockpit rather than a Ford Transit. That was pretty much my only guide. Confession time. A few years ago I bought a 'Lindberg' kit. The shame has been difficult to live down over the years . In my defence, I was young and foolish and I didn't inhale (much). The experience left me with a dreadful shapeless lump which has has given me much thought over the years as what I should do about it… ….let me introduce Mr. Bob Le Blob. At first I thought it was supposed to be something to do with the undercarriage, but I think it's supposed to be a pilot (the rest of the kit was similarly well moulded). I've learnt my lesson – just say NO to Lindberg kits! After a very enjoyable day raiding my scrap box and draining the think muscle, this is what I ended up with: I'm not too fussed that it's not perfect, I just needed something to stop it looking like the bailiffs had half-inched the furniture. I have no idea how the crew get out, but that's not my problem. Bob has had significant surgery and is now resplendent in a very fetching silver catsuit, proudly displaying his very shiny red helmet (stop it this instant!). I've often wondered why some, for the sake of argument, lets call them 'people', kit-bash. creating things that never existed has always seemed like an odd thing to do. Apparently it's for enjoyment. who'd have guessed.
  15. 22 AUGUST 1963 X-15 flight #91 Pilot: Joe Walker B-52 carrier took off from Edwards AFB; dropped over Smith Ranch Dry Lake, Nevada Landing site: Edwards AFB The ninety-first flight of the X-15, a month after the previous one, reached a peak altitude of 107.96km, the highest manned flight by a winged vehicle until the Space Shuttle went into service. In doing so pilot Joe Walker exceeded the 100km mark for the second time and became the first man to fly in space twice. The engine burn lasted 85.8 seconds and the maximum velocity reached was 6,106km/h (Mach 5.58). The spaceplane landed back at Edwards 11 minutes 8.6 seconds after separation from the carrier. 2001 STS-105 landing Crew: Scott Horowitz (CDR); Rick Sturckow (P); Patrick Forrester, Daniel Barry, James Voss, Susan Helms, Yuri Usachyov [Russia] (MS) Landing site: Kennedy Space Center Voss, Helms and Usachyov were the retiring ISS Expedition 2 crew, having been launched aboard STS-102 back in March. Their flight time was 128d 20h 45m and 2,028 orbits. Discovery's remaining crew had been in space for 11d 21h 13m and 186 orbits. Due to rain showers in Florida the return was delayed by one orbit.
  16. Love that base! Great trick with the sandpaper. Cheers, Andre
  17. This was done as a quick build between projects, and only took eight hours work to complete. It would have been quicker, but the escape rocket mast is VERY fiddly to put together, with more parts than the rest of the rocket put together, and the lack of proper instructions doesn't help. Also the main body of the rocket is presented as tubes, presumably to eliminate sanding of seams; it doesn't. There is a prominent mould seam down both sides of each of the four sections, and a lot of sanding and polishing smooth is still required. As it was a quick build, I didn't research the colour scheme too much and just followed the instructions on the box, so there are inaccuracies. No weathering was done, as this thing was only used once... Only one pic, as it doesn't look much different from the other side. Cheers, Dean
  18. That's entirely possible Pete. I'll be mentioning it in a coming post that as I'm building it, I'm recognising bits that are stuck on from kits. Basically the original builders were kitbashers, like you. Thanks Hendie. I do get a little carried away when I get started. Probably something to do with being new to this scratch-building thing. Wondering how I'm to solve the next problem is great for waking my brain up. Oddly enough, same here. I'm not into sci-fi models and I can't remember watching 'UFO' when it was on the telly, but I was sort of press-ganged into a groupbuild and had to choose something, and something that was feasible to do in a relatively short time. It took quite a lot of Googleising before I chose this one, but I'm very much enjoying the build.
  19. Hi Kirk and thanks for looking in on me. Yeah, the printout shows me where the Cable Tray has to meet the small circle (Ø 1,5 mm) of the Umbilical Plate, as well as the place of the LH2 Recirculation Line behind and the GH2 Press. Line left besides. BTW, the diameter of the GH2/GO2 Pressurization Lines is 2'', that means Ø 0,35 mm at 1:144, and of the LH2 Recirculation Line 4'' (Ø 0,7 mm). The diameter of the LH2/LO2 Feedlines is 17'' (Ø 3 mm). Yeah, those were the days of Apollo 17 ... May Gene Cernan rest in peace, forever remembered ...
  20. Earlier this year I built these and mounted them on a stand that came with the 1/144 Revell Space Shuttle. The one with stripes (for those who may not know) is Explorer 1, the US' first satellite, and humanity's third after Sputnik 1 and 2. The little ball shaped one is Vanguard 1, the US Navy's eventual success after its earlier failures. That was humankind's 4th satellite. Explorer 1 is associated with both Van Allen (after whom the Van Allen radiation belt, so beloved of Apollo hoax believers, is named, precisely because this satellite discovered it), and Werner von Braun, the Nazi rocket scientist who featured heavily in PBS' very good "Chasing the Moon" documentary. A flight backup of Explorer 1 is at the National Air & Space Museum here in DC; the other day the Navy had a stall at an event on the Mall outside it with a mockup of Vanguard 1. The kit is very simple - basically a couple of pieces of resin and the four pre-bent brass rods. I masked and painted it with Vallejo flat white and black and a mid-brown for the rings about midway down. Probably I should paint the brass silver but I kind of like the look. A simple quick and cheap build but one which makes a good addition to my spacecraft collection. Hope you like it. This public domain NASA image gives you a sense of scale (Von Braun on the right of frame): Just for fun here is my own model of the Jupiter C rocket which launched it: Here's a link to the Explorer kit: http://www.realspacemodels.com/shop-galapagos/124-explorer-1-vanguard-1?category=1%2F24+kit
  21. Last week
  22. Thanks Pete Thanks Geoff - I did a little more on the guns as you'll see below - just highlighted some areas with aluminium paint. Continued work on the base - I cut some lines using the back of a blade to create the concrete slabs - then went about adding some scratch built details... I created a "step" in the maintenance hatch - then added in the copper wires, some bits of an old sprue and some leftover PE... Then I put down some paint... Some preshading with straight black - I went heavy with this as I need to make sure no white was showing through the cracks. Followed by some coats of dark and light grey - I used a few different shades here to build up some variation Then some weathering with some light coats of brown... Finally some details were painted and some oil stains added using Mig Engine Grease enamel. I also put down some light brown pigments - again to add some more variation in colour. So at this point, she's more or less done - she had a matt coat applied a few nights ago - I used Tamiya XF 86 for this - I didn't go too heavy with this as I wanted a semi satin finish - last night I added the canopy pieces - and super glued the opening section after masking it and painting the sides and bottom. Apologies for the poor photography - I'll get round to doing some beauty shots in the coming days. The canopy didn't come out a nicely as I hoped but other than that, I'm pretty happy with this. The kit was amazing - there was no glue used outside the opening section of the canopy - being able to take it apart for painting was a huge time saver. This resulted in one of my quickest ever builds - as a airplane modeller, it was a bit of a revelation - being able to build and paint in sections instead of the usual, construction, primer, paint build process. I really enjoyed the oil paint weathering and feel like I improved over my last effort. The NMF engines came out very nicely so was quite pleased with that also. I suspect a few more star wars bandai kits will make into the stash shortly. Thanks to all who followed along with me and for your kind words - all appreciated. I'll post some pictures in the RFI section soon... Cheers John
  23. The one in the left is in color, the one on the right isn't? Very orderly. I keep mine in order too. I think it's called random order. Well, you certainly keep me entertained. To me it's all about skill and passion. I've seen some very very skilful builds on this forum, but if there's no passion, to be honest, I tend to find it boring. It's like bands - I'd much rather go and see a band that played the occasional bum chord(s), as long as they attacked it with gusto and passion, than go see a perfect performance where the band are merely going through the motions. The term 'expert' is often misused. Part skill, part passion, and that balance can see-saw back and forth in significant amounts sometimes but as long as they're both there, it'll always catch my attention. btw, you seem to have both in abundance! I was never a great fan of the SHADO stuff, but am loving this build
  24. Wow. The GH2 line is going to be tiny. I like the way you keep the printout on the umbilical plate to make sure everything stays aligned. Incidentally, I watched "Last Man on the Moon" (the Gene Cernan documentary) last night and recognised many of the parts of your launch pad. Superb!
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