Model of the Week: Another 1/4 scale Merc..the journey begins

Discussion in 'Space & Aeronautics' started by Closet Astronaut, Jan 25, 2011.

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    Beginning the excape tower.

    Building the pylons. Useing a tecnique learned from Darkantz, a model weapons designer.

    Antenns fairing cover.

    Stability wedge.

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    Antenna cap with horizon scanner cover.

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    Moving along.

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    Going up

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    Slow progress, boy...things take alot longer when building from scratch, alot more trial and error, remaking parts two or three times.

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    Remarkable, just remarkable! :-O
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    Thanks for the kind comments, nice to see someone taking an intrest.

    LES thrust structure complete.

    construction

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    Houston...we have's a problem. My shelf is too high, it's not going to fit here with the LES mounted.

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    This is an unbelievably wonderful piece of work!

    I only wish that I had half your skill.
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    Hello All

    As far as the LES... well it's a done deal. This will be my first piece built completely from scratch, no instruction, no parts, no printouts. A great piece to cut your teeth on, everything else for this mod will be from scratch also.

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    Going back inside, hatch and frame, window and frame, front bulkhead mount.

    Hey Paul, haven't heard from you in a while, hope all is well. I was wondering if you might have the dimensions for the hellium balls at 1/1. I want to build these next but have no idea what size they are.

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    020.jpg

    021.jpg nice window your doing amazing work .It looks like the ball would be about 1 1/2 inches.you can get foam ones at walmart.Put the 1-1 on hold until I move .Been working on a 1/4 scale to find issues.
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    Thank you sir...duh, styrafoam I didn't even think of that, I've been experimenting with ways to make them from paper, or maybe even ping pong balls, but I've never seen a good sphere made from paper.

    Awsome pics...the main looks like it's made from sheet metal.

    I spoke to Scott a week ago, he said he would work on some shingles for me so I'm waiting on those, I can't wait to install those, they will really bring this thing to life. He also said he may work on the pilots couch also, we'll see.
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    you can mache it thats what i,m going to do.The paper colors on the 1/4 one are alumium titanium and chrome.The pilot couch dosn,t look that hard if you break it down to basic shapes and parts.
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    Paul's Heatshield and Retro Pack look Awesome! I believe the original heatshield was the brownish color that the adapter ring is. Its hard to find original color photos but it was made from the same stuff. Although Capsule 7, the one you appear to be modeling, used a beryllium heatshield. No idea what color it was. I can't find a photo of it.

    I have started tinkering with a 3-D modeling program and am using the couch as a test piece. I think I will try to make a mold on my new CNC router and vacuum form it. I'll keep you posted. Like Paul says, the paper one shouldn't be too bad if you are not designing it for others and just need a one-off. I have a few sample packages ready to mail out on Monday. Paul, e-mail me your mailing address and I'll send you a few 'teasers'.

    Scott

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    scott im going to send it through your page email
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    Deceided to go with paper...with a little extra.

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