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Saturn V Guy 07-23-2018 07:25 AM

Sheri's Saturn V.
I've been working on this since July 2013 and what started off as a reasonably easy build turned into a questionable one concerning manufacturer issues along with a desire to do more on the model than what it was originally designed for. Issues included the shoulder on the CM was 3/8" too large, fin shrouds which were resin were warped and the aft interstage, a two piece resin unit had a 1/2" gap in it.

Saturn V Guy 07-23-2018 07:47 AM

As far as the capsule was concerned I was fortunate to find a company called Shapeways online. They have 3D printed parts for the Saturn V in 1/48th scale. I bought the CM, SLA including the IU and LES.

Saturn V Guy 07-23-2018 10:21 AM

I had purchased David Week' drawings for the purpose of adding more detail. From antennae to umbilical connections to vent and fill drains, all created by sheet and round styrene.

Saturn V Guy 07-23-2018 10:24 AM

I've also purchased some 1/48th scale resin and brass metal etched parts from OZ Mods for the SM. In addition to lower radiator panels from Shapeways as well.

Saturn V Guy 07-23-2018 10:33 AM

As far as the aft interstage was concerned, I scratch built the whole thing using .030 sheet styrene and 1 mm square stringers. I used approximately 147-150 stringers for the interstage. Extremely tedious.

dkaniel 07-24-2018 08:12 AM

Pictures of the your progress?

Saturn V Guy 07-24-2018 01:31 PM

Originally Posted by dkaniel (Post 12449612)
Pictures of the your progress?

Right now being new I can't post pics till I get 10 posts under my belt. I already tried.

Saturn V Guy 07-24-2018 01:35 PM

The lower section which is about 50" tall consisting of the first and second stages (it separates like the Estes version) will come down on a single 8' parachute while the upper section will come down on a horizontal sling on a 5' parachute.

Saturn V Guy 07-24-2018 01:52 PM

From the IU to the top of the LES alone I have around $500.00 chucked into the spacecraft section from a combined effort from Shapeways and Oz Mods. This has turned into a Heinz 57 sort of project. I might as well put Plastruct on here to for 0.010, 0.030 sheet styrene, 1 mm x 1 mm stringers and various diameters of round tubing.

Saturn V Guy 07-24-2018 01:59 PM

This will be flown on a single 54 mm motor. The chutes and 1 1/4" harnesses came from Rocketman. 15' ft. of harness on the lower section and 5' ft on the upper.

Saturn V Guy 07-24-2018 02:22 PM

Tomorrow I plan on throwing some pics on here. I have something else to add to this. I have bi-polar II disorder. To say that focusing or even giving a damn about anything is an understatement. When I'm well, I thrive. Last year in the latter end of March the weather broke and gave us much needed sun. I took advantage of this, got in my car, put the top down and drove blindly around in certain parts of Washington state. I did this for several days when in coming back I had been noticing a Starbucks in a rather picturesque setting. Curiosity got the better of me and I stopped in.
Though it was still chilly out, dressing warm takes care of that and I broke a cardinal rule concerning my cars for the last 30 years. Parked in front of the store I sat in my car WITH my coffee and let the sun do it's job. It was a breath of fresh air and a new lease on life for me. There is no smoking, eating or drinking in my cars and I destroyed a part of me that I had always been proud in upholding. Yet that sun was almost to much. It was a bath of relief that I hogged. I was happy again and I wanted more.
Meeting people was another challenge as I also have social anxiety disorder along with the depression. I began to stay inside the shop hoping for casual conversation with anyone. Well I wasn't yet ready to start anything on my own behalf so I needed to occupy myself with something while there. I brought in my David Weeks drawings to peruse through. One by one people saw these drawings and thought I was an engineer. No, I simply worked in construction. However these drawings would be instrumental in showing me all the details on the surface of this thing.
Well wouldn't you know it. I started bringing this seven and a half foot tall model into the shop and began working on it. Conversation went ballistic with men, women and children wanting to know the story behind this. My father who was a flight engineer for AA during the space race took my little brother and I to the Cape on July 16, 1969 to watch the liftoff of Apollo 11. I had been hooked ever since. Words will never be able to convey what happened during that liftoff. I was saddened to learn of Armstrong's passing as he was the first human being to step foot on a celestial body. Damn shame.

Saturn V Guy 07-25-2018 03:58 PM


One of the four fin shrouds I cut out of a tube as replacements for the resin ones.

Saturn V Guy 07-25-2018 04:03 PM


This is the pattern for the stringers. I simply use a pin to poke a small hole at each end of the lines.

Saturn V Guy 07-25-2018 04:05 PM


Then using tape to literally connect the dots I use a pencil along the tape's edge.

Saturn V Guy 07-25-2018 04:08 PM


And now the beginning of the stringers using CA glue.

Saturn V Guy 07-25-2018 04:11 PM


Now the finished shroud.

Saturn V Guy 07-25-2018 04:15 PM


With resin fin attached.

Saturn V Guy 07-25-2018 04:18 PM


You get the idea.

Saturn V Guy 07-25-2018 04:29 PM


One of four lower wraps that fit between the fin shrouds.

Saturn V Guy 07-25-2018 04:31 PM


Now the shrouds have been attached.

Saturn V Guy 07-25-2018 04:33 PM


Bottom view regarding how things fit.

Saturn V Guy 07-25-2018 04:35 PM


And now with the lower bulkhead epoxied in place.

Saturn V Guy 07-25-2018 04:37 PM


Lower section almost finished save for installation of the engine retainer.

Saturn V Guy 07-25-2018 04:39 PM


Roughing up one end of the motor tube for applying JB Weld to.

Saturn V Guy 07-25-2018 04:42 PM


The retainer is now 'welded' to the tube.

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