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    Post  Spacefan on Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:31 pm

    I am uploading some photos but please bare with me as I said before that I am shifting my Collection and workstation as some models are already boxed up, these are quick snap shots of some of them.

    This is my Bandai 1:144 Space Shuttle Endeavour

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    Bandai 1:144 Apollo 11 Saturn V

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    Detail of Bandai Lunar Module 1:144 Scale

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    Another Beautiful Code 3 Lunar Rover 1:18 Scale

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    A very detailed Franklin Mint Lunar Module 1:48 Scale

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    My workstation will be shortly shifted to a new place.

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    These pictures do not do Justice for these Models but I will take fresh photos when they settle in their new place.








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    Post  bcauchi on Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:20 pm

    Lovely work there. looking forward to seeing more photos of your exquisite models.
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    Post  Spacefan on Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:58 pm

    Haven't been on this site for some time now, but was encouraged by my friend ferraribert so I am posting a few pictures of some of my real space models.

    My Accurate Model 1:20 scale Saturn V F1 rocket engine

    The F-1 is a rocket engine developed by Rocketdyne and used in the Saturn V. Five F-1 engines were used in the S-IC first stage of each Saturn V, which served as the main launch vehicle in the Apollo program that sent humans to the moon. The F-1 is still the most powerful single-chamber liquid-fueled rocket engine ever developed.The RD-170 has slightly more thrust, using a cluster of four smaller combustion chambers and nozzles.

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    Post  Guest on Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:13 pm

    Impressive work!
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    Post  skyhigh on Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:03 pm

    Wow man , some work you have here ..welldone ... cheers
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    Post  Spacefan on Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:33 pm

    Thanks guys for the compliments but it should all go to a very good Dutch friend of mine who commissioned it for me. It is made of resin and some metal parts then electroplated with one layer of copper then with two layers of silver. It is a very difficult process but it makes the model much more durable so much easier to ship.
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    Post  Ray on Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:34 am

    Impressive to say the least cheers

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    Post  ferraribert on Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:03 pm

    Finally we got to see them.
    Good that you are uploading the images for everyone to see Very Happy
    the Next step is to start coming to the club and the final step is to start building them yourself Laughing Laughing
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    Post  in nannu pec on Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:04 am

    WOW !.....simply Wow and Wow again....beautiful collection
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    Post  Spacefan on Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:28 am

    This is another of my models in my collection a Bandai Asteroid Probe ''Hayabusa'' Scale 1:24

    Mission profile

    The Hayabusa spacecraft was launched on 9 May 2003 on an M-V rocket from the Uchinoura Space Center. Following launch, the spacecraft's name was changed from the original MUSES-C to Hayabusa, the Japanese word for falcon. The spacecraft's xenon ion engines (four separate units), operating near-continuously for two years, slowly moved Hayabusa toward a September 2005 rendezvous with Itokawa. As it arrived, the spacecraft did not go into orbit around the asteroid, but remained in a station-keeping heliocentric orbit close by.

    Hayabusa surveyed the asteroid surface from a distance of about 20 km. After this the spacecraft moved closer to the surface, and then approached the asteroid for a series of soft landings and for the collection of samples at a safe site. Autonomous optical navigation was employed extensively during this period because the long communication delay prohibits Earth-based real-time commanding. At the second Hayabusa touchdown with its deployable collection horn, the spacecraft was programmed to fire tiny projectiles at the surface and then collect the resulting spray. Some tiny specks were collected by the spacecraft for analysis back on Earth.
    After a few months in proximity to the asteroid, the spacecraft was scheduled to fire its engines to begin its cruise back to Earth. This maneuver was delayed due to problems with attitude control and the thrusters of the craft. Once it was on its return trajectory, the re-entry capsule was released from the main spacecraft three hours before reentry, and the capsule coasted on a ballistic trajectory, re-entering the Earth's atmosphere on 13 June 2010 UTC. It is estimated that the capsule experienced peak deceleration of about 25 G and heating rates approximately 30 times those experienced by the Apollo spacecraft. It landed via parachute near Woomera, Australia.
    In relation to the mission profile, JAXA defined the following success criteria and corresponding scores for major milestones in the mission prior to the launch of the Hayabusa spacecraft. As it shows, the Hayabusa spacecraft is a platform for testing new technology and the primary objective of the Hayabusa project is the world's first implementation of microwave discharge ion engines. Hence 'operation of ion engines for more than 1000 hours' is an achievement that gives a full score of 100 points, and the rest of the milestones are a series of world's first-time experiments built on it.

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    Post  bcauchi on Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:29 pm

    Brilliant models, totally awesome, i have never seen something like this before except in a museum. Are they set up as little dioramas? I thought a saw the cordon off railings, a bicycle and someone passing by, presumably a figure. Whatever, they are truly impressive and look so real.
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    Post  in nannu pec on Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:07 am

    Hey spacefan here's a pic that I think you would line...In nannu Cool


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    Post  Spacefan on Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:56 am

    Yes and thanks for your compliments that photo in-nannu pec represented Gemini 6 meeting up with Gemini 7 on the 15 December 1965. The mission achieved the first manned rendezvous with another spacecraft, its sister ship Gemini 7. Although the Soviet Union had twice previously launched simultaneous pairs of Vostok spacecraft, these established radio contact with, but came no closer than several kilometers of each other, while the Gemini 6 and 7 spacecraft came as close as one foot and could have docked. But this mission was not equipped for docking the two spacecraft's.

    Below is another photo of the same mission taken on their return and recovery of Gemini 6 on the 16 December 1965 were Astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra congratulate each other after being brought aboard the U.S.S. Wasp.

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    Post  Spacefan on Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:53 pm

    Bandai Saturn V rocket Scale 1:144

    The Saturn V's size and payload capacity dwarfed all other previous rockets which had successfully flown at that time. With the Apollo spacecraft on top it stood 111 meters tall and without fins it was 10 meters in diameter. Fully fueled it had a total mass of 3,000 metric tons and a payload capacity of 120,000 kg.

    The Saturn V consisted of three stages—the S-IC first stage, S-II second stage and the S-IVB third stage—and the instrument unit. All three stages used liquid oxygen (LOX) as an oxidizer. The first stage used RP-1 for fuel, while the second and third stages used liquid hydrogen (LH2). The upper stages also used small solid-fueled ullage motors that helped to separate the stages during the launch, and to ensure that the liquid propellants were in a proper position to be drawn into the pumps.

    The origins of the Saturn V rocket begin with the US government choosing Wernher von Braun to be one of about seven hundred German scientists in Operation Paperclip, a program created by President Truman in September 1946.It was intended to bring these scientists and their expertise to the United States, thereby giving America an edge in the Cold War.
    Von Braun was put into the rocket design division of the Army due to his direct involvement in the creation of the V-2 rocket. Between 1945 and 1958, his work was restricted to conveying the ideas and methods behind the V-2 to the American engineers. Despite Von Braun's many articles on the future of space rocketry, the US Government continued funding Air Force and Naval rocket programs to test their Vanguard missiles despite numerous costly failures. It was not until the 1957 Soviet launch of Sputnik atop an R-7 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying a thermonuclear warhead to the US, that the Army and the government started taking serious steps towards putting Americans in space. Finally, they turned to von Braun and his team, who during these years created and experimented with the Jupiter series of rockets. The Juno I was the rocket that launched the first American satellite in January 1958.

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    Post  in nannu pec on Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:16 am

    What an awesome collection you have my friend
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    Post  Spacefan on Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:07 pm

    Code 3 Lunar Rover (LRV) 1:18 scale

    A lunar rover or Moon rover is a space exploration vehicle designed to move across the surface of the Moon. Some rovers have been designed to transport members of a human spaceflight crew, such as the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle; others have been partially or fully autonomous robots.
    The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) was a battery-powered four-wheeled rover used on the Moon during the last three missions of the American Apollo program (15, 16, and 17) during 1971 and 1972. It was popularly known as the moon buggy. The LRV could carry one or two astronauts, their equipment, and lunar samples.


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    Post  Spacefan on Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:52 am

    Bandai Space Shuttle Endeavour 1:144 scale

    Space Shuttle Endeavour is one of the retired orbiters of the Space Shuttle program of NASA, the space agency of the United States. Endeavour was the fifth and final spaceworthy NASA space shuttle to be built, constructed as a replacement for Challenger, which was destroyed 73 seconds after its launch on January 28, 1986. Endeavour first flew in May 1992 on mission STS-49 and its last mission STS-134 was in May 2011. The STS-134 mission was originally planned as the final mission of the Space Shuttle program, but with authorization of the STS-135 mission, Atlantis became the last Space Shuttle to fly.
    The United States Congress authorized the construction of Endeavour in 1987 to replace Challenger, which was lost in the STS-51-L launch accident in 1986. Structural spares built during the construction of Discovery and Atlantis, two of the previous shuttles were used in its assembly. NASA chose to build Endeavour from spares rather than refitting Enterprise or accepting a Rockwell International proposal to build two shuttles for the price of one of the original shuttles, on cost grounds.

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    Post  Spacefan on Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:46 pm

    Code 3 Command Module "Columbia" Scale 1:25

    The Command/Service Module (CSM) was one of two spacecraft, along with the Lunar Module, used for the United States Apollo program which landed astronauts on the Moon. It was built for NASA by North American Aviation. It was launched by itself into suborbital and low Earth orbit test missions with the Saturn IB launch vehicle, and three times by itself and nine times with the Lunar Module as part of the Apollo spacecraft assembly on the larger Saturn V launch vehicle, which was capable of sending it to the Moon.
    After the Apollo lunar program, the CSM saw manned service as a crew shuttle for the Skylab program, and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in which an American crew rendezvoused and docked with a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft in Earth orbit.
    The CSM consisted of two segments: the Command Module, a cabin which housed a crew of three and equipment needed for re-entry and splashdown; and a Service Module that provided propulsion, electrical power and storage for various consumables required during a mission. The Service Module was cast off and allowed to burn up in the atmosphere before the Command Module re-entered and brought the crew home.
    The CSM was initially designed to return all three astronauts from the lunar surface on a direct-descent mission which would not use a separate Lunar Module, and thus had no provisions for docking with another spacecraft. This, plus other required design changes led to the decision to design two versions of the CSM: Block I was to be used for unmanned missions and a single manned Earth orbit flight (Apollo 1), while the more advanced Block II was designed for use with the Lunar Module. But the Apollo 1 flight was cancelled by a cabin fire which killed the crew and destroyed the Command Module during a launch rehearsal test. Corrections of the problems which caused the fire were applied to the Block II spacecraft, which was used for all manned missions.


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    Danbury Mint Apollo 13 LM/CM 1:50 scale

    Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April 11, 1970, from the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the service module upon which the Command Module depended. Despite great hardship caused by limited power, loss of cabin heat, shortage of potable water, and the critical need to jury-rig the carbon dioxide removal system, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17.

    The flight was commanded by James A. Lovell with John L. "Jack" Swigert as Command Module pilot and Fred W. Haise as Lunar Module pilot. Swigert was a late replacement for the original CM pilot Ken Mattingly, who was grounded by the flight surgeon after exposure to German measles.

    The three cars you see were donated to each of the Astonauts.

    The Apollo 13 crew was the only entire crew that had visited Malta from the 10th October to the 13th October 1970. At the bottom you will find attached a couple of photos when they visited Malta, they are shown here entering Republic Street then known as Kingsway.

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    Post  Spacefan on Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:35 pm

    Franklin Mint Apollo 11 Lunar Module "Eagle" 1:48 scale

    The Apollo Lunar Module (LM), also known as the Lunar Excursion Module (LEM), was the lander portion of the Apollo spacecraft built for the US Apollo program by Grumman to carry a crew of two from lunar orbit to the surface and back. Six such craft successfully landed on the Moon between 1969–1972. On July 20, 1969 the lunar module (LM) Eagle separated from the command module Columbia. Collins, alone aboard Columbia, inspected Eagle as it pirouetted before him to ensure the craft was not damaged.
    The LM, consisting of an ascent stage and descent stage, was ferried to lunar orbit by its companion Command/Service Module (CSM), a separate spacecraft of approximately twice its mass, which also took the astronauts home to Earth. After completing its mission, the LM was discarded. In one sense it was the world's first true spacecraft in that it was capable of operation only in outer space, structurally and aerodynamically incapable of flight through the Earth's atmosphere.
    Its development was also plagued with several hurdles which delayed its first unmanned flight by about ten months, and its first manned flight by about three months. Despite this, the LM eventually became the most reliable component of the Apollo/Saturn system, the only one never to suffer any failure that significantly impacted a mission, and in at least one instance (Apollo 13's LM-7 Aquarius) greatly exceeded its design requirements by maintaining life support for astronauts after an explosion damaged the Apollo Service Module.

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    Post  bcauchi on Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:38 pm

    Cool and very unusual models. A very neat collection.
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    Post  Spacefan on Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:48 pm

    Spacefan wrote:Haven't been on this site for some time now, but was encouraged by my friend ferraribert so I am posting a few pictures of some of my real space models.

    My Accurate Model 1:20 scale Saturn V F1 rocket engine

    The F-1 is a rocket engine developed by Rocketdyne and used in the Saturn V. Five F-1 engines were used in the S-IC first stage of each Saturn V, which served as the main launch vehicle in the Apollo program that sent humans to the moon. The F-1 is still the most powerful single-chamber liquid-fueled rocket engine ever developed.The RD-170 has slightly more thrust, using a cluster of four smaller combustion chambers and nozzles.

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    Just wanted to add that this Saturn V F1 engine form the 60's is going back to life and fire testing are being done for future missions.

    NASA is reigniting its mighty moon rocket engine using parts retrieved from museums and displays.

    Engineers working this month at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are completing a series of test firings using recovered components from 40 year old F-1 engines. The 19-foot tall (5.8 meter) by 12-foot wide (3.8 meter) Apollo powerhouses launched the space agency's Saturn V rockets on voyages to the Earth orbit and to the moon.

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    Post  in nannu pec on Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:13 am

    These models are awesome my friend...what a beautiful collection ....Prosit
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    Post  Spacefan on Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:42 am

    Thanks In nannu, I will be posting more models in the near future as I am still working on the bases for them. Smile
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    Post  Spacefan on Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:12 pm

    Skilcraft 1:72 scale Hubble Space Telescope (HST)

    The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space telescope that was carried into orbit by a Space Shuttle in 1990 and remains in operation. A 2.4-meter (7.9 ft) aperture telescope in low Earth orbit, Hubble's four main instruments observe in the near ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared. The telescope is named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble.
    Hubble's orbit outside the distortion of Earth's atmosphere allows it to take extremely sharp images with almost no background light. Hubble's Deep Field have been some of the most detailed visible-light images ever, allowing a deep view into space and time. Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics, such as accurately determining the rate of expansion of the universe.
    The HST was built by the United States space agency NASA, with contributions from the European Space Agency, and is operated by the Space Telescope Science Institute.
    Hubble was funded in the 1970s, with a proposed launch in 1983, but the project was beset by technical delays, budget problems, and the Challenger disaster. When finally launched in 1990, scientists found that the main mirror had been ground incorrectly, compromising the telescope's capabilities. The telescope was restored to its intended quality by a servicing mission in 1993.
    Hubble is the only telescope designed to be serviced in space by astronauts. Between 1993 and 2002, four missions repaired, upgraded, and replaced systems on the telescope; a fifth mission was cancelled on safety grounds following the Columbia disaster. One final servicing mission completed in 2009 by Space Shuttle Atlantis. The telescope is now expected to function until at least 2013. Its scientific successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), is to be launched in 2018 or possibly later.
    This model was built by my Dutch friend Pascal Hecker.


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