Walter Schirra Memorial Mercury Model

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  1. Bengt F

    Bengt F Active Member

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    Mercury Capsule Plates and Markings

    Hi all,


    Yes, Carl sent me a lot of very good information on the Mercury capsules, mostly period photos and detail photos of various models.

    This interesting photo from Cape Canaveral shows Walter Schirra test-seated in the "Sigma 7" capsule. Please note the pattern and texture of the steel plates:

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    All the best,
    Bengt :D


    And here´s a very interesting collection of photos (PDF file) of the various markings on the Mercury capsules, by Rick Denatale:
  2. Bengt F

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    Virtual Mercury "Friendship 7" Interior!

    Hi all Mercury designers and model builders,


    Try clicking "Americans in Orbit" on this NASA page - it´s great fun:
    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/mmgallery/index.html

    Here is an excerpt of the Assembly Guide for the Atomic City PROJECT: MERCURY 1:12 scale (plastic) model (credit: David Weeks):

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    This page might be useful for adding details and for shaping the corrugation texture on the Mercury capsule models.

    Until next posting,
    Bengt :D
  3. airbob

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    Louver pattern test...

    I'm still working with the louver pattern...maybe sometime before Chistmas....:twisted:
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    Hi John,

    Surfduke's file is in Adobe Photoshop format (.PSD). It will also open fine in Paint Shop Pro.

    Just thought you might like to know.

    Mike
  6. Bengt F

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    Huge White PSD File

    Hi MOS95B,

    Is there something missing in this file? It takes forever to load and there are some parts with very thin lines spread out over a very big area (9144 x 9999).

    Just wanted to know.
    Best,
    Bengt :D
  7. Bengt F

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    Mercury Corrugation "Louver" Pattern

    You´re doing great, Bob,

    Try making them a little bit smaller and place the highlight on the lower edge.

    Keep it up, Bob - you´re almost there!
    Best regards,
    Bengt :D

    I made this very rough sketch with a marker to explain what I mean (this is based on an up-right positioned Mercury capsule):
  8. Bengt F

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    BIG PSD File

    Hi MOS95B,

    No wonder it takes forever to load - it´s almost 262 Mbytes in size! This huge spread will obviously have to divided into several printable sheets. I printed it to a landscape-oriented European A3 sheet (297 x 420 mm) and the parts are tiny . . .

    Bengt :D
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    Hear 'Wally' Tell His Stories . . .

    Hi all,


    This is just amazing! Just put yourself in a comfy couch and hear the departed Wally Schirra, John Glenn and the others tell their story.

    Just click the blue text "+ View feature" and then "Virtual Interview" under the "Amercicans in Orbit" heading below:
    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/mmgallery/index.html

    Amazing, ain´t it?
    Bengt :D
  10. Carl (Surfduke) Hewlett

    Carl (Surfduke) Hewlett Active Member

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    The file?

    I just sent the exterior part out line, & interior bulkheads for everyone to review. It was just a peak, before We start breaking it up for paint/publish. Bob needed the files for his part of the project, (So I wanted to let everyone in on the review/comment phase, (LOL). I put it out in that file format, (So it most of You could open it with the software You have). For the host I will use pdf in the future, (Only). Gimp Should be able to open that format, (Sorry, (I did not check first)).

    The interior should be finished for post tonight, (Then I will jump in with Bob, (If He needs My help)). The Seat, Hoses, & Control Panels are all done, (Cross Section Reflects the parts now too.).

    Have a great day Folks,

    Carl
  11. Bengt F

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    Mercury Outline File

    Thanks, Carl,

    I kind of realized that this was some sort of preview. It looks very, very good so far. I will follow the rendering of the exterior with the greatest interest. I hope the pictures, assembly manuals and diagrams have been helpful in the process. Is there anything more that you need now?

    From the support group,
    Bengt :D
  12. Carl (Surfduke) Hewlett

    Carl (Surfduke) Hewlett Active Member

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    Cool!

    I will keep You updated!

    Carl
  13. airbob

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    update on progress detailing skin...

    latest effort, Bengt, you gotta like this!:twisted:
  14. Carl (Surfduke) Hewlett

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    Great!!!

    The I hope the interior can live up to this work! Don't forget the brownish-red stip at the bottom.

    Talk to You later!

    Carl
  15. SAustin16

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    To the Design Group,

    You're going to have the plastic modellers crying in their beer with this level of detail...Brilliant!
  16. Carl (Surfduke) Hewlett

    Carl (Surfduke) Hewlett Active Member

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    Steve?

    Did You get the interior interior preview file? It has been sent to the host too. He should have it up when He gets home tonight, (After 6:00pm cst).

    Tell Me if You think the detail is on spot, (Or in need of reworking).

    Carl
  17. airbob

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    I was working on the skin...however...I left it on the office computer...and apparently I did not come through to the home computer.....soooo I will have to wait till tomorrow to continue...should be done before Thursday...tomorrow I have to meet with the computer programer about one of the new office programs...so I may not get much done...ZZZZZZ...however will keep the string updated as I make progress....:oops:
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    that's eye-watering... :-D
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  20. Carl (Surfduke) Hewlett

    Carl (Surfduke) Hewlett Active Member

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    update!

    Bob is moving along great!!! I am going to do the Tower, Landing Bag & Retro pack, (Today and tomorrow). I will get with Bob, and see if He wants Me to paint these parts too, (This is going to be a cool build).

    I wish somone could find a color picture of the landinf bag.

    Carl