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Old 03-23-2012, 03:38 PM
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Excellent! I look forward to seeing that although I'm not brave enough to do it myself. If you don't mind, did you use the same weight of paper for the entire build or did you use lighter weight for the smaller parts and weight(s) did you use?
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:13 PM
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Great build! Now will you do some kind of diorama for it, too? Perhaps scale down merzo's excellent launch table? ;-)
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:31 PM
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Thorsten, it definitely isn't going to be a diorama, it just is a static model to join my rocket garden. The fact it is demonstrable in opening its shroud and having a Soyuz inside is good enough for me. The next one is going to be more of the same. Either Yogi's Atlas 551 with Juno as its payload or Mark Cable's Titan IIIe with Voyager on board. The order is not yet decided, that they're bound to be made is definite.
Also, that there will be several kinds of paper involved and, most probable, some magnets.

Gideon, Building the Soyuz like this really is not that hard. You just need to believe you're crazy enough to do it. It's only paper. Failure? Recycle!
For most of the rocket I used 200 gram paper. That's quite on the heavy side. The shroud is made from much lighter silk gloss photo paper, which I coated with 300 gram green cardboard. it's what I had and it was the right colour. That's why. Also because it is sturdy stuff so it kept its shape well after glueing.
The Soyuz also is 200 gram paper. I used some metal stuff in the upper parts, magnets, the little rings, the dowel, but in the bottom of all the engine compartmenst I already glued 5 BB gun pellets while assembling the parts. There were more added when I inserted the engines. So yes, the rocket is quite heavily weighted. But yet it still feels quite light. The bulk of the weight is in the lower parts and because of its wide underside, the rocket stands reasonably firmly.

Oh and about Juno as a payload for the Atlas: I have been haunted by this idea all evening and I am going to try this. Just for the craziness of it. I hardly dare to say it out loud.



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Old 03-23-2012, 06:39 PM
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Great work PK, AMAZING.
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Old 03-23-2012, 10:08 PM
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Quite a green (aluminum?) thumb to grow that garden! An outstanding build.

I cheated the vertical alignment on the rocket gardens I've done - rockets stand with a vertical dowel (or stiff wire) up the center so the dowel keeps them straight and they sit on whatever touches down first (carpenter, not an artist me).

For what it's worth, the prototype tiny-Juno for the Atlas was built from 32lb paper, just a bit heavier than plain copier paper. And folding up the panels (permanently) was a chore. Looking forward to seeing your master-build of that one.

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Old 03-26-2012, 01:08 AM
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That model is looking worthy to celebrate 50 years (and some months) since the first man in space
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:37 PM
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MAN! All those engine bells. Again I stand in awe of such detail in so small scale.

Beautiful! Respect!
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:50 AM
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That model is looking worthy to celebrate 50 years (and some months) since the first man in space
Second that!!

Very good, PK!
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:17 PM
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Thank you all. Hopefully my next one turns out just as good, then..
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:53 AM
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I like this model really! This is very inspired for a new diorama (someday). Thank You for sharing this one PK.
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