AXM Shuttle Build Report with Open Payload Bay

Discussion in 'Space & Aeronautics' started by milenio3, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

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    It was many months ago that I promised a build report for one of my friend Alfonso's Space Shuttle (http://www.axmpaperspacescalemodels.com/)

    Lately, he's been releasing more Shuttle Mission Configurations, and not only the Space Shuttles are there, but the options are:
    - Space Shuttles (Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Endeavor, Atlantis, Enterprise and even the mockup Pathfinder).
    - Stack configuration (External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters, and a special Rollout configuration)
    - Open bay Shuttles with payload

    In total, up to date, you can find 19 Shuttle Missions, all different from one another (minus 2 or 3 almost equal), of them 6 can be build as open bay Shuttles with payloads. If challenge taken, you have work for the next 3 or 4 months.

    And here is the Endeavor STS-49, maiden flight for the Endeavor Shuttle. Its mission, repair the Intelsat 6 satellite.

    Here's the base structure with the open bay almost ready to be loaded.

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    milenio3 Active Member

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    Stern of the payload bay. Note that the details are there, including the "cradle" for extra space in the bay.

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    milenio3 Active Member

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    Another view, this time from the bow.

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    (Don't mind the hand writing... I always write the names of my family and date inside my models. I say it's like a signature of authenticity, and a legacy LOL!)
  4. Hans Christian

    Hans Christian Active Member

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    Great build sir!!!
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    Very cool! Great looking so far! Thanks, Gerardo!

    Chris
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    milenio3 Active Member

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    Thank you gentlemen.

    More for today in a couple of hours.
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    I'll echo the others' comments about the build.

    I'm very anxious to see what Alfonso does for the payload. I'd buy it just to use as a template to make plastic parts for use with my 1/72 Monogram shuttle.

    Les (Friendly Airplane Asylum flack)
  8. milenio3

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    Oops that was more than a couple of hours. But then again, I have to work as any other mortal.

    Here's the door piece. It consist of a piece that folds to itself.

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    One word about hinges. I know, I know... it is a very kinki subject. In fact, I read the hinges thread for Dr. Fortezza's Shuttle (very interesting, and scientific approach to the hinges matter), and Sir Alfonso gives the option for two hinges inside the payload bay. Well, I went a little further. I opt for the fast but good looking approach: cut and score. I left two hinges for the inside of the payload bay, and the rest is to past it outside the bay. I found out that it worked like charm.

    But you are my judges. And at the end, Alfonso's models are so designed that you can cut some pieces of the model at your best. The result is still a good looking Shuttle.
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    Door with hinges.

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    milenio3 Active Member

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    Hinges about to get into the payload bay. This is the original concept by Alfonso.

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    And this is of my own crop.

    Outside...
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    Inside in place.
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    Outside in place.
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  11. AXM61

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    Hi to all,

    Gerardo, thank you very much for starting this thread. It's great. The model looks very very good and its a clean build.
    Hope this build report will help others in building my models specially the ones with open payload bay. I also like your approach in upgrading the payload bay door hinges. Looks very nice.
    Well, keep the good work.

    Alfonso
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    milenio3 Active Member

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    An honor, Alfonso.

    I've received many compliments from family and friends about the open bay Shuttle, it gives the model a different view of it. Of course, the designer takes 90% or more of the credits.

    More today.
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    milenio3 Active Member

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    Let's continue with this Shuttle.

    Now, the aft section has two OMS parts (Orbital Maneuvering Systems) pods. These are very notorious parts, because you can see the difference between missions.

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    And the OMS pod complete. Note the teeth inside the piece, used to paste the two parts together.

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    Each pod has a LEFT and RIGHT mark, because, as I said before, they go as the configurations dictates.

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    Now the tail. The diagram for this piece has everything you need to properly score it, but I'll post here some photos with the scores a little more detailed.

    Let's begin with the tail piece itself. Please check the score lines I made from the bottom up.

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    Now the piece cut, and I'm showing some of the bends where needed.

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    And some more:

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    And now the tail in its place (this photo was taken after the first engine was attached).

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    milenio3 Active Member

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    The engines have three parts. The outside cone is made up of two parts.

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    Then, you put the inside cone, gray in color, to give it a good looking finish.

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    Then the engine is complete with its base...

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    that goes in the aft section.

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    milenio3 Active Member

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    Repeat the same for the other two engines.

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    milenio3 Active Member

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    Our Space Shuttle Endeavor is complete.

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    Next is the payload for this configuration, mission STS-49.
  18. Hans Christian

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    She's a Beaut!!! :-D
  19. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

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    Thanks, Hans! Yes, these models are good looking items.
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    milenio3 Active Member

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    And now, the Shuttle and Payload are finished.

    To build the robot Canadarm, I cut more of the length on the design:

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