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Here's the start of a Mach2 kit I bought on a whim. I love NASA kits, and there's not that much available in 1/48.



I'm thinking of modeling the boxart, or the olive drab army version. We'll see;


Section halves were glued and bound with thick rubber bands, then I rotated the sections 90 degrees and cleaned up the seams.





Here I've marked out the Gantry connection points, and filed the sub assembly gaps that are visible on the actual rockets.




Here's the main Fins for the craft. I did my best to clean them up and get them accurate, but...



They just didn't cut it. So I'm starting on a scratchbuilt, more accurate version;




I'm going to mold the master and make more copies of the  main fins, I'll mass produce the rest.




Replicating the upper directional vanes.




Here's the exhaust, filled and cleaned up. The marks help me keep the insert aligned as I sand and fit. The black is carbon and rubber infused CA that helps reinforce the seams from the inside.



Get to the Choppah! Every time I use this, I hear Arnold in my head :). Using this to keep all the vanes the same size is helpful.




Once the vanes are clamped and glue dried. I use milliput to make the final shapes. It's easy to manipulate with water and a few clay tools. I'll get the final finish with standard filler putty. Original part on left for comparison.




Bottom half of mold set. Ready to pour the top.




Top poured after release agent and stubs shortened. The pour sprues will be expanded after its cured.




Here's the vanes and fins, drying and almost ready for final sand/shape.







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Some serious work being done here,looks great.

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Not much progress this weekend, cold temps kept me from putting a primer coat to assess my progress.


But... fins are finished and ready for cleanup.



I got most of the umbilical connectors for the gantry in place. Although they feel a bit over scale.






I'll finish up the small upper fins and hope the weather cooperates. The garage is sealed up tight, but we're in the 30's (O's Celcius) this week, so painting is probably out for the foreseeable.

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3 hours ago, markmcguire25 said:

cold temps kept me from putting a primer coat to assess my progress.

Texas eh? Tsk!

Good to see a bit of space history.

Men with slide rules and a mission!


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Quick update. Replaced and improved some access panels




Cleaned up the bottom exhaust for some new detail. Those jet exhausts were a nice fit




Main fin attached with exhaust update




additional details and some white primer



The last pic before disaster struck! The white primer (Testors Automotive Enamel Primer White) was really clogging up the sanding sticks and I still had a few blemishes to fix. I decided to switch to a Grey Microfiller. While I was refilling the airbrush, a gust of wing grabbed the rocket and it hit the garage floor hard. A crack in the main body, the tip broke off, and several of the fins were damaged and/or knocked off. I really wanted to finish painting before the cold weather rolls back in this weekend. 🤬






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and it was coming along so well.

Disaster! we've all been there.

I'm sure you can bring it back to a good result.

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Disaster averted! Sort of... Although it's no longer an -11, technically. I managed to repair the fins, fix the crack in the fuselage, but the tip of the rocket was a different story. I tried a couple times to repair it, but it never looked correct. I ended up adding a large pitot and an faired it in, ala an early Redstone/Mercury testbed. 




About 6 coats of Testors Insignia White over the Mr Surfacer Gray. I started with a standard 50/50 "creamer" coat and slowly covered with thinner coats to enhance the shine.




Once it's fully cured, I'll start on decals.



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Definitely found the version I want to model. While it's not NASA, this photo exudes cool.




On to paint lower fins, and find suitable decal for the army font and I'm pretty sure I can make the logo...

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A little progress this weekend. 


Masked up and ready for the black stripes. I decided to paint the stripes rather than decal.



And a coat of future after the paint is dry and masking removed.



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Hi Mark!

I'm liking the way You have approached Your build of the Redstone, and a good recovery from the attack by gravity!!:angry:

Happened to most of Us I know, I've put carpet tiles down the soften any impact, anything deeper and the Monster would be rubbing It's tummy!!


Keep Sticking!  Cheers,  Pete

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Thanks for all the encouragement! I should have updates this weekend, once my 45degree lettering arrives. Can't believe I didn't have any in my decal stash.


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Quick update. Nothing like disappointing decals to steal your mojo?!? I ordered 1/48 24" 45degree letters, which is what I got - but the "M" is wayyyy off and the "R" is slightly wrong. And my laser printer botched the Chrysler/Redstone/DeSoto logo. I think because the max DPI was only 1200, the decals are less than crisp. I'm still working on the "firepot" logo near the fins. I really wanted to finish this last week, but been on the road for work.




I'll coat and (very) lightly weather next week. Give a bit more detail to the exhaust, and call it finished.

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Handmade decals came out pretty uniform, and um...acceptable?


circle template on silver decal sheet. Hand drawn flame logo and red permanent marker.





And...firepot! They actually look better in person, as the lights and camera show silver under the flame that doesn't show to my Mk.1.A eyeballs.




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I originally wanted to do some sort of gantry or launcher, but didn't want to detract too much from the kit. The basic shape - "bones" are really nice.


Some flickering white and orange LEDs with a couple brights pointing straight upward.


Test fitting and everything looks good. I had some nice directional vanes, but they kept catching on the cotton, and you can't see them, so...


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