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1/48 Apollo 15 LM and LRV


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This is my very first model built a few years ago ... All the mods were made from scratch because I didn't know of any aftermarket items available. The Lunar Rover was completely built from scratch using a variety of materials.

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I had built the ALSEP door to open and close.

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The empty LRV bay ...

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The LRV was built from scratch too ... with homemade decals

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The parts ...

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One more view ... I've got a real affection for the Lunar Module and I've built them all, with Apollo 10's as a current build

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Thanx for popping in for a peek!

Pete

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Wow, you have officially doubled the activity on these boards with all these Masterful models! What stunning work! You should get a shot of all the LEMs together in one pic once you get Apollo Ten done. I would love to see that!

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That's very interesting Mark about the activity level ...

Let's see if this image gets published!  

These are my LM models in various scales ... Left to Right ... Apollos 9 (1/96), 11, 12, 13 (landing 1/144), 14 (1/70 in the stack), 15, 16 and 17.

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WOW!! That is sweet! What a collection! And here I was trying to find whatever real space model rockets I could get.

I currently have finished a Convair Atlas, Mercury Redstone, Space Shuttle Columbia with boosters, and a Saturn V rocket all of which are in 1/72 scale.

 

Way to go Pete!

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That’s a lot of spiders in the family group photo! Very inspiring work! 
 

I absolutely love the LRV, and you LM is a wealth of detail for reference. Any chance that you can explain more on how your built the Rover? 

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Firstly, I've read your other comments on my other threads and just want to Thank You for taking the time to view and comment on my builds! 

Stikpusher, I only had a couple pix of the LRV build. I like to visually show what I did rather than use words, so I'll be brief.

Everything was made from styrene, Aluminum Foil and such ... except for the wheels. I found them in my local LHS, since closed ...  ;- ( ... and they are wood and the exact correct diameter for me! What luck!

I determined the scale dimensions and got to it.

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For Reference, I watched a lot of Spacecraft Films EVAs, viewed photos from Apollo Lunar Surface Journal and the book Virtual LM, which has a section just on the LRV ... the High Gain antenna was remade using a Zip-loc baggie coated with Future. The one pictured was just painted with Gold paint and I didn't like it.

This poor photo shows the frame and the steering/driving links as well as the centre control  console. 

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I also made a 3D LRV from Vincent Meens and Shapeways in 1/48 ... more out of curiosity to see how mine fared in comparison ...

My scratch built version is on the bottom ... and it compares really well. you can see the High Gain is a little more transparent on mine. Plus my scratchbuild represents Apollo 15 and the 3D version is Apollo 17 ... that little antenna on the rear end is the clue.

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Mine's on the bottom ... the little 3D print was a quick build but pretty fragile. Now, I did it 2 or 3 years ago and the technology and material used, have improved, so it may be much sturdier now. And they BOTH look really good!

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I hope this helps Stikpusher .... and if you have any other questions, just fire away!

Pete

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Thank you Pete! That is a sweet little project and I think that your scratch built effort is just as good as, if not better than, the 3-D printed Rover. 
I suppose my only remaining question is what did you use for the wheels? 

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