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Julien

Apollo Saturn V Rocket (A11170) - 1:144 Airfix

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Apollo Saturn V Rocket (A11170)

1:144 Airfix

 

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If there are a few things that nearly everyone recognises its fairly sure the Saturn V Rocket is one of them. This is the Rocket which took men to the moon, and then later on launched the Skylab station. The Saturn V holds the record for the Biggest, tallest, heaviest and most powerful operational rocket. It had a height of 363 feet, a weight of 6,540,000 pounds on take off and thrust measuring 7.5 million pounds. The rocket was a three stage one fuelled by liquid oxygen & kerosene. In total 15 Saturn V rockets were built. 13 of which were flown and 3 test vehicles.  One of the test rocket is on display at the Kennedy Space centre and this can be seen by clicking on the walkaround button and the end of this review.

 

 

The Kit

This is a re-box of the original Airfix kit from 1970 and this is evident from the moulds, though I have read it is still the most accurate kit of the rocket in this scale? The kit was designed to be educational as well as fun with the ability to display all the different stages, it has seen a fair number of releases over the years, and this one is to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing by Apollo 11.  

 

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Construction starts at the bottom business end of the rocket, the base has the fins added and the 5 Rocketdyne engines are made up and added to this.  The stage 1 part of the rocket body then goes on top of this with the pressure bulkhead forming the top.  The cover which joins stage 1 to stage 2 is then added. Following this stage 2 with its 5 Rocketdyne J-2 engines is made up. The conical collar at the top covering the engine for stage 3 is integral to the stage 2 parts. Shockingly enough stage 3 follows next in the build sequence. with its single Rocketdyne J-2 engine.  On top of this fits the spacecraft to Lunar module adaptor which covers the Lunar module for the launch phase. A model lunar module is supplied to go in here if wanted. The service module then sits on top of this with the command module on top. A row of three astronauts is supplied for inside the command module.  To cap everything off the Launch Escape System tower is added to the top. A base unit is supplied to display the rocket in the vertical position.

 

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Markings

A smallish sheet provides markings to Apollo 11 including a name plate for the base. The decals are from Cartograf so their quality is assured.

 

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Conclusion

While this might be an old kit it will with care still build up to an impressive model of this most famous rocket. Highly recommended.

 

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A welcome return of a venerable and iconic kit.

 

Mike

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As a child at the height of the US manned space program in the 60s, I've always had a fondness for "Real Space" models of that era.  Its great to see this one back in production.

 

Your review mentions that a real Saturn V can be viewed at the Kennedy Space Center in FL, but there is another one on display in the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.  Its mounted horizontally inside a museum building allowing a great view of the huge rocket.

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ive got the previous moulding to this ...the only change i can see  is the cover of the command module is more detailed, 

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2 hours ago, mdauben said:

As a child at the height of the US manned space program in the 60s, I've always had a fondness for "Real Space" models of that era.  Its great to see this one back in production.

 

Your review mentions that a real Saturn V can be viewed at the Kennedy Space Center in FL, but there is another one on display in the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL.  Its mounted horizontally inside a museum building allowing a great view of the huge rocket.

Yes the one at Kennedy is like that. Thank @bootneck as he took all the pictures.

 

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Nice review to read och god loking pictures of the kit, Julien.

Wonder how well the Moebius Interstellar Ranger's fits to the Airfix Saturn V?

 

Cheers / André

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