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Old 02-10-2020, 10:11 PM
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Thanks for the info, I'll look into it further and see what I can find. I've always thought that hardware tape would be too thick but might have to give it a try.
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Old 03-28-2020, 04:10 PM
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I am using the aft section skins as the starting point for attaching the realistic finishes. I started off with attaching beige UltraTrim to some plan card stock. I then crinkled the stock a bit because the real skins are not perfectly flat. I then used some chrome colored UltraFilm in very thin strips to simulate the seams. Double sided tape was used to attach the panels to the model.

The silver colored foils are crinkled Chrome UltraFilm. It is self-adhesive so it easily attaches to the skins. The flat black skins are black aluminum foil attached with double sided tape. This type of foil is apparently used in photography studios to block light. In my opinion it simulates the finishes on the actual LEM quite well.

I am finding it a challenge to cleanly wrap the skins around the ports where the RCS thrusters will go. I will have to figure out a way to blend in the seams once the skins are permanently installed on the model.

The aluminum surfaces are made from aluminum tape (used on HVAC duct work). It is a bit tricky to work with because the adhesive is very tenacious and cannot be moved around once attached.

For the lower panel with the vents I put aluminum tape on a piece of card stock. I then scored the lines to simulate the vanes. For the cross members I cut thin strips of the aluminum tape on card stock and attached them using double sided tape.

I will add simulated rivets as final touches after the skins are permanently installed.

Please let me know what you think. Any comments, ideas, or suggestions would be most welcome.

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Old 03-28-2020, 09:21 PM
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I built Uhu's LEM about a year ago. It's a fine model, well-designed. Mine took "Best Real Space Model" at a recent IPMS show. Take your time with it and you'll end up with a museum-quality model.
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Old 03-29-2020, 07:45 AM
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I think the use of the aluminium looks fantastic Wichita. Really looking forward to seeing more up close photos!


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Old 03-29-2020, 01:18 PM
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Looking really good! And, I learned about a few new materials reading your posts. Looking forward to seeing how you do rivets.

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Old 03-29-2020, 01:34 PM
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Added rivets to the bottom aluminum panels. I used my scriber as an awl to push into the surface. For the aluminum panels I realize it would have been much better to add rivets before attaching the panel to the skins since they need to have to have a backing to push into. I donít think it will be necessary to do in advance for the other types of surfaces because the rivets I have in mind will be surface details instead of an indentation into the material.
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