Model Of The Week: Saturn V Staging in about... 1/565

Discussion in 'Space & Aeronautics' started by Paper Kosmonaut, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. Hi people,
    because someone tempted- well, actually inspired me to do something similar to a Saturn V as I did to the Sputnik launch I set to work and came up with this in two days time. The Saturn is a bit less difficult to make than the R7 but I gave myself a nice job anyway.
    I used Mike B.'s 1/480 Saturn V you can find at JLeslie48's site and scaled it down to 85% because i wanted it to fit on a same kind of picture frame.
    With the first idea in drawing as a start, this is how the build went:
    The top of the kerosine tank is a leftover from a plastic build.
  2. After that, I made the interstage. Keep in mind that the original drawing had the S1C, interstage and SII as one whole tube.
    The interstage has bulkhead rings inside and because of that I had to make them visible too.
    After that I made the tiny F1 engines and shrouds.
  3. After making the fins I put the S1C and the interstage on the frame which shows the Florida coastline.
  4. The SII was a different story. i had to scratch the aft side of the second stage. The washer was the base for a selfmade engine section. I used parts of a second printout for engine bay and details. I used my 1/96 Saturn as a reference beacon for greeblies and placement.
  5. The firewall and the engines were my own additions to Mike B.'s kit. All J2 engines are in fact downscaled F1's from Mike's original set. But smaller and a bit whitened they look okay to me.
    After that i placed this part of the build on the rod.
  6. The rest was relatively simple after the SII. The SIVb and CSM were small parts that went together without any difficulties. I gave the CM a layer of chrome metal foil to make it shiny like the real thing.
  7. And finally the end result.
    I hope you like it.
  8. ovation

    ovation Member

    That's really amazing :thumb:
    You've some Great idea's

    but how do you make things so small ? :eek:

  9. The making things small part is quite easy, actually, just print 'em out small. Mike B. made his Saturn V in 1/480th already so reducing it to 85% was a piece of cake.
    The building is, I think, a question of a little bit of patience and a steady hand. And I don't consider myself among neurosurgeons if it comes to a steady hand. Just try it. Leave the smallest details out, or, just try and see if you *can* do them.
    Thanks for your comment!
  10. Gixergs

    Gixergs Well-Known Member

    Brilliant,great concept an excellent execution.
  11. GreatDane

    GreatDane New Member

    Hi there, Paper Kosmonaut!

    That's a pretty stunning way to display your models! :thumb: Very inspiring. Beats the usual 'collecting-dust-on-the-shelf' by far.
    Nice touch on the details & scratch building too, even at this scale.

    Beeing curious: any plans for upcoming future projects?

    'Doei!' :wave:
  12. Hi, Dane. Thanks for the nice comment. At this time it's a little too hot to build anything, I'd rather sit somewhere shadowy and read. There's an N-1 1/144 waiting for further work on the 1st and following stages. After I build that one I'll go on doing the N1 in 1/96. The 144th is just a testbuild prior to the big one. In the end they're just two dustcatchers, so to speak. (-:
    I do have some more diorama-esque ideas though, and when I temproarily get bored working on the N1's I'll do a quick diorama thingy in small scale. Wait and see. (I started the N1 already so I cannot show the build of the Blok A stage so I think that build thread will be on hold until I do the 1/96 version.)
    tot ziens!
  13. peter taft

    peter taft Senior Member

    Well to say STUNNING is an under-statement... this is one hell of a build, and might i suggest this be given the M.O.T.W or D.O.T.W {Diorama of the week} accalade :thumb: you deserve one of these :goldcup: infact have another for good measure :goldcup:
  14. :p Thanks for the compliment, Peter!
  15. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member

    I heartily agree with Peter's recommendation...

    Model Of The Week! :thumb:
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  16. Well, what can I say? I'm honoured. Thanks a lot! Wow..
  17. peter taft

    peter taft Senior Member

    We know talent and true dedication here on Zealot, and the home page looks REALLY cool with your superb Diorama adorning it... Very well done to you :thumb:
  18. Gixergs

    Gixergs Well-Known Member

    Much deserved you came up with a fresh way of displaying a model and pulled it of brilliantly.Congratulations on MOTW.
  19. KieferRhys

    KieferRhys Apprentice


    This subject produces extremes of quality, I can heartily say that you build is fantastic. Now, of course, I fall prey to the desire to build a LEM on the same scale:twisted:
    Right - Where's my chisel?
  20. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

    Wow, and congrats

    Reading through and looking at the pictures I couldn't think of words to express my amazement. Gixergs summed it up nicely for me.

    Great work, and congratulations on pic of the week. It's well deserved.


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