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OFFICIAL: Man on the Moon 50 Campaign
MichaelSatin
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Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 - 09:23 AM UTC
Well, looks like we're live! Thanks David!

To see the rules and enlist, go here. Post all finished photos to the campaign gallery.

Time to launch!

Michael
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Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 - 02:52 PM UTC
I am in with this:



Immediately made a start since there's not a lot to the kit, but despite the instructions being literally a single sheet with three steps, Dragon managed to get the first step wrong, with two parts on the wrong sides, and two parts not even listed. Also, despite nearly a dozen paints listed on the front side of the page, the instruction side has no painting guidance at all.
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 - 10:29 AM UTC
Would this be ok as an entry
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Posted: Friday, January 04, 2019 - 01:45 PM UTC
Hell yeah!

Michael
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Posted: Saturday, January 05, 2019 - 07:03 AM UTC
I should be getting Mercury Redstone by Horizon Models in few weeks, so that's what I'll be building.
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Posted: Monday, January 07, 2019 - 09:12 AM UTC
Well guys,
2 nice entries so far and a proposal!
let me join this one too as I'm always fascinated by
space exploration and those brave missions. Especially Moon Landing was one of the greatest moments in human activity.
I can clearly remember watching the "11" show in front of a black and white TV screen when I was nearly 8.

And a few Years later I happily touched and examined the real Command Module while it was on tour and displayed at the annual "Deutsch-Amerikanisches Volksfest" in Berlin.

So, time to get hands on Revell's Columbia & Eagle kit with a moonlike display stand. Bought this kit long time ago (see Box print ), never too late for this.

Aside the base plate & stand and 3 "Astonauts" the kit offers a piece of metal foil . And the instructions advise you to cut some pieces of clear plastic for the windows as there are no clear parts


Anyway, that's the start:






















Cheers, Th mas
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Posted: Monday, January 07, 2019 - 03:52 PM UTC
Got my ascent module mostly completed. Took all of about 20 minutes to put together, but needed quite a bit of filler on some of the underside seams.

The pre-coloured descent module will need some touch up.

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Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 07:15 AM UTC
Howdy Y'all
I've decided what I will build for this campaign, a couple of Mercury rockets: the Mercury Redstone and the Mercury Atlas.



This is re-pop of the old 1:200 AMT "Man in Space" five rocket set. If I have time I will try to build more than the two Mercury rockets.
Take care,
Don "Lakota"
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Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 10:05 AM UTC
All of Neil Armstrong and lander degreased and ready for sub assembles

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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 05:12 AM UTC

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All of Neil Armstrong and lander degreased and ready for sub assembles





Mike. Neil Armstrong, who else! Nice!
may I show your pics increased...?





Th mas
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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 05:14 AM UTC


Don, great choice, waiting to see more.

Iain, LM looking very nice OOB with good details.



Moving a bit ahead with that acient Revell kit. Made some major assemblies of the 3 modules, partially still dry fitted. What do you expect from a '69-mouldings?? Totally forgot about this!

Guess what: ridiculous detailing, bad shapes and mold, poor fit, flash and each and every part had to be reworked.
There are well known major issues and incorrectnesses on all modules as my research showed up (see ref. pic below )

Spend alot of time looking at pics and galleries, what is always enjoyble beside a build and must say I'm really infected by the subject again.
Anyway, you'll need a huge amount of rework to get it somehow realistic - or you leave it like it is, just as a nice desk display...

Maybe I'll do some additional work on the major visible parts. And forget about the interiors, no one can ever see.















Th mas
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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 06:50 AM UTC
Well, as we're declaring our intentions, here's what I hope to do for this campaign:





As you can see, I've made a start on the CSM but not on the LM. If you're looking at the CSM kit, a warning: the instructions are NOT clear about how the sections of the SM go together, be very careful here. I actually found some plans and blew them up to 1/48 scale to compare and still had to tear it all apart and re-glue, thus causing seam gaps I'll need to deal with.

I reviewed the LM back when it first came out and found some issues (including my ignorance on calling it a "LEM") which I hope to fix. As you can see in the picture, I have stockpiled various shades of gold foil from wine bottles and candy bars that I hope will help.

Now, we'll see when I can actually get started! Hopefully when I can lay my hands on a copy of a "First Man" blu-ray, that will help inspire me.

Michael
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Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 08:45 AM UTC
Howdy Y'all
I think we're all finding out there aren't many Tami-gawa kits out there for us to build. If someone finds one please chime in. This is why I'm choosing to just build SOOB. Hey, it was good enough for me when I was a little kid, it'll do now that I'm an old man. I'm just going to enjoy...I think.

How are the Horizon kits? Not that I can afford one at the moment.
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Posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 - 03:28 AM UTC

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Now, we'll see when I can actually get started! Hopefully when I can lay my hands on a copy of a "First Man" blu-ray, that will help inspire me.

Michael



It will certainly does partially!!! Promise

Watched the movie yesterday and as for me - I really liked it!

Don, having fun was my very first intention before I comparing the kit. As I don't like hangar (?) queens when starting a kit I'm trying to do what I can do and testing out new or different techniques as well. But it has to be somehow enjoyable.
... And I'm really scared about the foil work




BTW:
Having still a lot of Vinyl Discs and picked out the one I bought immedately in my youth (edit: well,my Dad pay). The most important transmissions from CSM/LM via Capcom were recorded.
Including a double sided poster:










Th mas
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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 08:56 PM UTC
My descent stage is 90% assembled.



The instructions for this are woefully inadequate.

There are several mis-numbered parts (F8 and F9 don't exist, they should be E8 and E9).

Part E8 (labelled F8 in part of the instructions) is called for 3 times, there are only 2 in the kit, and only one is needed for the corner with the ladder. All others should be E9.

E1,2,3,4 (2 of each) only fit in specific spots, so I simply cut all of them off and tested them one at a time as I glued the leg supports on. Pretty sure I still got a couple in the wrong spot.

Similarly F2, and F3 are not interchangeable. The pins that secure them to the body are directional.
The gold coating also seems to be at least partially impervious to styrene cement. I recommend scraping the mating surfaces clean, or reinforcing with superglue.

And my earlier complaint about no painting guidance is slightly wrong. It's not in the instruction sheet, but rather on the bottom of the box, which is not a place I have ever had to look before.
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2019 - 08:18 AM UTC
And this arrived today:


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Posted: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 - 05:10 PM UTC
Need to touch up the paint on some of the leg supports but my descent module is finished.



Now I need to finish painting the ascent module.
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Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2019 - 08:23 AM UTC


Very well done on the decent stage, Iain!

You really had a good eye for the details and done a pretty good paint job.
Certainly you checked out closely the available ref pics. Move on, looking foreward to it.


I'm still struggeling on the shapes and details of my Revell kit's modules. Surgery, rework and sanding... period. So yet not much to show.

Th mas
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 12:10 PM UTC
It's completed.

Not entirely satisfied with the paint finish of the ascent module and it still looks really shiny even after a coat of clear flat.















There is certainly a bit more work that could be done to improve the model but I am reasonably happy with the overall result.
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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 03:08 AM UTC
I think it looks great Iain!

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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 04:34 AM UTC

Very well done, Iain!
That really loks pretty good to me.

Th mas
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 04:34 AM UTC
As I said before, I'm not satisfied with what the kit provides.
I'm still trying to improve the major difficulties on the modules and here`s just a small progress:

Worked on the bigger and some of the smaller exhausts/nozzles. Could be hollowed out, or?







Next was the capsule and Huey, Dewey & Louie. Since little Louie won't be seen inside the CM I didn't paid attention for him. The other guys were cleaned but one is missing his Portable Life Support System (PLSS)
So I try to scratch one from a piece of sprue (carefully heatened and pressed on the back to get the shape). Than sanded down.







Finally a little bit on the LM. Some rescribings and addtions.
The rear box will be covered with some sort of foil (I have to look for). The 4 stream deflectors (?) and their struts ere not supplied in the kit. Thought about how to display them. They look shiny and solid on the rear while the front inside is covered up. For a prototype I used a piece of aluminum (candle) and adhesive foil.






Cheers, Th mas
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 11:24 AM UTC
Thanks guys. The Dragon kit is certainly a nice starting point, but there is a lot that could be done to make it even better for someone with the time and patience.

Certainly looks you have your work cut out for you with that kit Thomas.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 02:42 PM UTC
Hi guys,
I'm in with this, the Revell Apollo XI LEM 1/100, kit 04832. Been lurking and figured it was time to jump in. Planning on a simple OOB build.

Thanks
John



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Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2019 - 04:40 AM UTC
This is also quite simple build (white balance is bit off, but it's white):



Next decals, PE and black paint to selected areas, which should complete the Redstone missile part of the rocket. Then, there's the Mercury module and simple launch pad.