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Hamiltonian

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  1. I actually bought Frontiers of Space back in 1971! It sits on my shelf next to a couple of other Blandford publications in the same series - Kenneth Gatland's Manned Spacecraft and Robot Explorers.
  2. Thanks for finding that. I'm not sure how easy it would be to paint! (The link also revealed the existence of the Spaceship Handbook to me, which looks extremely attractive but nose-bleedingly expensive.)
  3. In terms of the free "upgrade" offer, I had several objections. Firstly, upgrading your operating system while you have software installed is a little like trying to install new foundations under your house - it's possible, but not without consequences. Secondly, it was quite obviously a mass beta-test program; if Microsoft had been willing to pay me for my time and trouble, I might have considered it. Thirdly, the more bullying, cajolery and outright deception Microsoft used in an effort to get their software on to my machine, the less inclined I was to cooperate. Windows 10 is certainly better now than it was during that early phase - it's easier to turn off or kill a lot of the stuff you don't want. But they're still doing intrusive things that needs to be circumvented - like making it difficult to set up a new machine without opening a Microsoft account, or occasionally just reverting file associations to point to their own software. Every time I start digging around trying to kill or circumvent some "feature", I seem to hear a Microsoft developer intoning, "Now, now. Don't you worry your pretty little head about that."
  4. Thanks. It's a nice kit to assemble, but fairly easy to put the wrong rod in the wrong place if you don't stay alert and look at the instruction sheet with a magnifying glass! I was lucky that 1/350 seems to be a common scale for model ships, so I was able to find a little packet of 1/350 crew figures to modify.
  5. Thanks. My main problem at the moment is that I need to scratch build some aft weapon mounts, of the kind visible in front of the camera mount in the top two screen grabs below, and hazily in the photo at bottom right: It looks like there were a matching pair on the other side: But so far I haven't turned up a clear photograph or diagram of what presumably was some sort of standard attachment. I can knock something together from what's visible above, of course, but it would be nice to have a better idea of what I was making!
  6. Thanks, but the "free upgrade" thing stopped being an issue back in the middle of 2016. Towards the end, I half-expected weeping Microsoft executives to start phoning me personally, such was the fever-pitch of excitement my refusal to upgrade seemed to be creating.
  7. The Windows 10 free "up"grade thing was like a treadmill for almost a year IIRC, as Microsoft kept attempting to subvert my efforts to decline their kind offer. I did manage, though, by preventing updates from installing automatically in Windows 7, and then scrutinizing all the proposed updates carefully each time before letting them run - Microsoft had a recurring habit of putting a tick in the "Windows 10 Optional Upgrade" box for you.
  8. So this is yet another conversion of a Sikorsky SH-3H kit to depict the SH-3D "Old 66" recovery helicopter for Apollo 11. It's the first time I've posted to "Work In Progress". I suspect I'm going to be grateful for input from people with more experience of this aircraft. My starting point is Hasegawa's 1/48 kit: I've also got the necessary short sponsons from Belcher Bits, the Starfighter/Old 66 decal sheet, a set of Montex paint masks, and the Hasegawa 1/48 SH-3D instruction sheet, downloaded from Scalemates. On opening my kit box bought from eBay, I discover I've also got two sets of Quickboost seats (if anyone wants one, drop me a PM and I'll post it to you), and an Eduard photoetch cockpit set. I started by doing a bit of scratch building to produce the camera mount and Yagi antennae. I've been helped with the appearance of the camera mount by watching Todd Douglas Miller's excellent Apollo 11 documentary. The camera mount for Apollo 11 seems to have been a bit more complicated than is often depicted: The lower right image is from NASA / S-69-21723; the others are screen-grabs from Apollo 11. There is certainly something mounted outboard of the two video cameras, wrapped with yellow tape. I've interpreted it as being an SLR stills camera with a motor drive. Here's my best effort to sorta-kinda reproduce the appearances above: In the Apollo 11 images above, there also seems to be a weapons mount point just forward of the camera mount, bearing some sort of attachment I can't quite make out and which I can't find in my reference material. I'm going to need to scratch build this, too. It seems the same sort of fixing was probably present on the aft mount points on the port side too: What was happening on the forward mount points behind the sponsons is a mystery to me. I'll put together another stills camera to mount on the starboard side, but I've no evidence of what this actually looked like, beyond a tantalizing glimpse in about three frames of Apollo 11, as the helicopter drops out of sight on the elevator. The Yagi antennae were a bit more straightforward. Here they are with their attached cables: I used the "free" resin seats and photoetch detailing in putting together the cockpit. It's an SH-3H instrument layout, but it looks better than I could manage trying to detail by hand: The SH-3D instructions were very useful in finding out which lumps and bumps needed to be removed from the fuselage, since that kit used the same moulding as the SH-3H: I also shortened the horizontal stabilizer and filled the locating holes for its supporting strut: The kit comes with what seems to be a depiction of the dipping sonar retracted into its well, so I carved that out and blanked off the upper end of the empty well with styrene card: Finally, I used the Montex interior masks to paint up the inside of the canopy, and added the green panels with Tamiya clear green (which I found something of a nightmare to apply). Hopefully, some actual assembly photographs coming up soon.
  9. The build log for this kit is now up on my blog: https://oikofuge.com/pegasus-1-350-lunar-lander/
  10. Stunning. I was scrolling though the pictures trying to get past the images of the real aircraft and on to views of the kit!
  11. Damn. Now you've made me want to buy a Starfighter kit. Nice work.
  12. Yes - like landing the Statue of Liberty from a control station in the torch!
  13. Couple of size comparisons for the "real" thing: "Kicking up some dust" would be an understatement.
  14. This is the Pegasus Hobbies 1/350 Moon Lander as conceived by Wernher von Braun in the early '50s. It's a companion of sorts to my adaptation of Lindberg's old Moon Ship kit, to bring it closer to Von Braun's "round the moon" design from the same period. You can see that kit here: The lander was a monstrous object, 49 metres high, weighing 4000 tonnes, with a crew capacity of 25. The spherical crew compartment was at the top of the structure, so the crew needed a crane to lower them to the surface. Astronautix has the full specifications here: http://www.astronautix.com/v/vonbraunlunarlander.html The box art shows the kit configuration, which is unrealistic in terms of the original mission design. The large spherical external tanks were used for departure from earth orbit and then discarded. During trans-lunar injection the landing gear was designed to be stowed out of the blast from the 30 rocket engines - folded upwards in the case of the four outer legs, or telescoped in the case of the centre leg. The "real" landing configuration was portrayed in Bonestell's cover art for Collier's in 1952. I elected to portray the spacecraft shortly after landing, so needed to remove the kit's external tanks and apply a bit of scratch building to tidy up the "stumps" of the support structure. I also used some of ParaGrafix's photoetch details, a few of Tamiya's 1/350 crew figures modified to look like astronauts, and some decals saved from various old projects. I deviated from the kit's painting instructions, which render the fuel and oxidizer tanks in various shades of blue, red and yellow - this scheme seems to have been copied from Bonestell's paintings for Collier's, which in turn seems to originate from a set of colour-coded diagrams in the same article. So I opted from some plain white tanks instead. Quite a complicated kit to assemble, as you can see, but the parts fit together well. The kit's outer engines can be vectored in one plane, as in the original spacecraft design: I see I haven't quite got the crane cable for the crew lift to hang straight yet. Sigh.
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