Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Saturn V

Those of you who were reading my blog ten years ago (back when it was "Teahouse on the Tracks") may remember that I decided to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11 by building a Saturn V rocket.

I started with the 1/96th scale Revell kit, re-released in 2009! It's actually about as old as the Apollo program itself, and because it was tooled-up slightly ahead of the missions themselves, it's supposedly not quite accurate for Apollo 11.

Looks good enough to me, though:



Although I build the kit exactly as it came out of the box, I did have some reference photos to go by, taken during a visit to KSC in 2008:



It was fun to compare and contrast with the kit as I assembled the stages, starting at the bottom and working up:




My intention had been to complete the model by July 20 2009, but that was a little optimistic. What I did achieve was all the outside bits of the Saturn V, but large areas were left unpainted. Still, it looked impressive enough:


I'd like to say that I cracked on and finished the Saturn V that summer, but I didn't. In fact, once I got it to the stage in the above picture, I was quite happy for it to sit on my desk and there matters rested for a good few years - in fact, quite a large chunk of the decade between then and now.

Two or three years ago I did complete the rocket, however - well nearly. I assembled and painted lunar module, and completed all the exterior painting of the Saturn stack, and did all the engines and fuel tanks. But there are still a few decals to be added to the LM. Perhaps I'll get around to them somewhere between now and the sixtieth anniversary...

The model as it stands today, July 16th 2019:





5 comments:

  1. Looks to me as if I still need to add some black areas to the top stage, but my recollection is that the kit instructions didn't cover them, so I meant to look at photos.

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  2. I remember making the smaller scale Airfix version back in the day. The Revell one was the better model but probably out of my reach as a teenager...The moon landing celebrated over this weekend also remind me that as a child my parents with normally strict bedtimes let us stay up to around 4 am to watch the Eagle land.

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  3. Nice! I've never felt the urge to build models myself, but it's inspiring to see others do it. Perhaps someday I'll try my hand.

    Cool song, too; very creative.

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  4. So,how many coffee cups high is it? Referring to the pic with the cup.
    Looks great.

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  5. LEGO makes a Saturn V that I was really impressed with, and recently released an Apollo 11 lunar lander. You might enjoy them as well.

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