X-15 Design and Build

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  1. voyager76

    voyager76 New Member

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    Indeed, the rivets are really better for realism.

    By the way, this model is really a beauty.

    Really great job !:thumb:
  2. yoanncr

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    great job ! it was very beautiful !
  3. exzealot

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    To all,

    I'm so glad everyone is enjoying the design and build of this historical aircraft.

    Progress is ongoing.....

    Picture 1 - 1/96th scale NASA Crawler Transporter I designed and built last year.

    Picture 2 - A comparison of lines vs rivets on the Tail

    Picture 3 - A limbless X-15 awaiting its wings!

    Picture 4 - The cockpit with the old and new canopies in the background

    Picture 5 - A giant toothpick holding the canopy open for a look underneath. 2 cockpit lights will be added underneath the canopy later on..

    Picture 6 - A face only its mother could love!

    Enjoy! :thumb:

    From the "Arsenal of Democracy" in Detroit,

    Ken

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  4. flying rasta

    flying rasta hooked card modeler

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    Damn you! damn you ......we lust and pine after this beautiful model. i am having fits....gotta....turn ... away ... from...X...-15...arrrrgggg.....!! too late. looking at pics again. excuse me while i go get the mop to wipe up drool.

    to cut a long story short...great work.

    and oh yea.... seasons greetings!

    ITS ALL IN THE DETAILS MAN!
  5. dhanners

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    I'd say, "stunning work," but that would be an understatement. The Crawler-Transporter looks great, too.
  6. exzealot

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    I did a little cleanup work on the engine. The fit is much better than the first attempt. Edge coloring and rivets made a huge difference.

    The second picture shows the main wings in place. The fit here could be better - I'll be fixing that shortly, but this is not bad enough to scrap this particular model.

    Ken

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  7. cdavenport

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    Is this available for sale?
  8. exzealot

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    To all,

    I'm working on the landing gear.

    The first picture is a shot at the flat patterns that comprise the rear skids.

    The remaining pictures are self explanatory. I didn't put the skid shoes on yet because the height of the nose gear will dictate the angle in the side view.

    This weekend, I am going to finish the nose gear and possibly the seat, stick, and other misc cockpit controls... My goal is to complete this by Christmas.

    Ken

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  9. jaeike

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    I hate sounding like a broken record here, but this a most stunning model. I cannot wait to see the final product. Well done!
  10. exzealot

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    To all,

    Well, I made a little progress this weekend. I focused on the landing gear.

    The first picture shows a good closeup of the nose wheel. I tried to design my wheels to look as close as possible to this.

    The last picture shows the shocks in the skid shoe.

    See the next post for more pix.

    Ken

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  11. exzealot

    exzealot Member

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    More pictures:

    ENJOY!!!

    :thumb:

    Ken

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  12. dhanners

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    Jeez. A. Mae.

    Great work.
  13. voyager76

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    A real beauty !! :eek: :thumb:
  14. exzealot

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    To all,

    Getting close to the finish line.

    The next (and most difficult) part of the project is designing and building the ejection seat.

    See the attached picture... WOW - this thing is a model all of its own!

    My goal is to accurately recreate this monster - and if done correctly, will be the highlighte of the model.

    Ken

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  15. dhanners

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    We'll only like it if you include the "REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT" tags....

    (Just kidding.)

    If your work on the ejectioin seat is anything like the rest of the model, it'll be well worth waiting for.
  16. DHL

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    fantastic!
  17. exzealot

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    Attached is a sheet of parts required to build the seat - seat belts to be added later...

    I'm putting it together right now and I will post the finished seat soon.

    Ken

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  18. exzealot

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    To all,

    Here are some pictures of the preliminary ejection seat.

    Ken

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  19. exzealot

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    The Zealot website is acting funny tonight, so I posted the pictures on the previous message and quickly submitted them before getting blown off the website. (See pictures on previous posting)

    Like I stated previously, this is a model unto its own. Just a little edge coloring and seat belts and this seat will look great. I think I have crossed over into another zone - from "abnormal" to "insane". But I'm lovin' every minute of it.

    Enjoy the pictures - the model will be in your hands soon.

    Ken
  20. the mole

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    Thanks for the great thread and taking us along on your journey. I'm sure we all are counting down the days so we can go insane.

    Once again outstanding build.:thumb:
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