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Old 12-22-2011, 11:19 PM
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Looks great! Good to see this one being built. I've always lamented the lack of Mars vehicle cruise stages among paper models, with the exception of the pretty detailed MPL cruise configuration that was (is) available from NASA.
The skycrane stymied me as well. It's not terribly complex, but trying to get the dimensions right drove me up the wall, considering the lack of good side/top/bottom views.
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Old 12-23-2011, 03:11 AM
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Thanks, Joseph. The KSC media site has quite a few shots of all the bits as they were packaging them, but no square-on 3-view. Plus, the dang thing is a skeleton with some tanks and thrusters - all struts. Paper is really good for modelling surfaces and doing graphics but with something like the skycrane you might as well hot glue toothpicks together for most of it.

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So, different topic ... anybody have a line on good graphics for/pictures of China's space station? Little info I have says it's like a Salyut.

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Yogi, Tiangong looks more like the TSK modules than like a Salyut/Mir base block.
I don't know whether it will help but I have some pictures here.
Here's a picture from Astronautix,



The official flight article being prepped for launch

At NSF there's this picture of the future modular space station China wants to build:

Their next model might have some more similarities with Salyut/Mir due to its multi docking block. Hope this helps a bit.
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Helps quite a bit, thanks P-K! Probably put it on the list to add to the space station series ...

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Classroom conversation starters

Another teacher workshop coming up - so something more than the obligatory leaf-blower hovercraft and straw rocket launchers for door prizes.

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Still working on bases for the Mar Exploration Rover, Phoenix Polar Lander and Curiosity.

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Old 01-27-2012, 01:12 AM
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Mad Marvin's, eh? I think NASA wouldn't be pleased seeing Martians selling off their precious rovers! Great models, Yogi. They sure will start the conversation. Good work!
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Thanks, P-K. You know those "alien robots on Mars" are going to be collectors items (unless they end up in a planetary park first ...).

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That's a great display, Yogi!

Wonderful way to present your superb models! As PK said, that's sure to get a conversation started....

Cheers!
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Yogi,

Excellent modeling. Love your pics.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:13 PM
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Alien Robots on Mars!

From the archives for 18705.304 Barsoom standard (July/August 1976 Earth calendar)

News flash from Chryse Planitia (the Plains of Gold) and Utopia Planitia. Two large, three-legged alien robots have landed - possibly the vanguard of an invasion force!
Local farmer Marvin reports that one alien robot landed in his rock garden and is totally screwing up the feng-shui. We'll have more as the situation develops. Meanwhile, we return you to your regular program on Mars Mystery Theater ...

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anyway .... every once in a while you need some perspective. We think we've explored so much of our solar system, but we've only done flybys of the gas giants with two Pioneers and the two Voyagers and orbited each with one (Jupiter with Galileo and Saturn with Cassini). Galileo is long gone but Juno is on the way.

Closer to home is our nearest neighbor, Mars. So, how many operational robots have we landed on Mars?

Yogi

Build notes - this one in 1:12 scale is in the downloads here and at Lower Hudson Valley. This particular build will be a teacher workshop door prize. Therefore, to allow handling we have a thin plywood base artfully(??) colored with Rustoleum Primer. Printed graphics glued down.
The model is secured on a little cube (-ish, it's 1.5" X 1.5" X whatever height is required to support the bottom of the model when built). There are two tabs that rise from the support cube and slip into slots cut in the bottom of the model. This provides support so the struts won't sag (not a problem with the Viking model but the MSL Rover might have issues in a year or two with the struts).
The model is secured for handling and if you pick the display up by the model (rather than the base as intended) the model will pull free from the tabs - rather than ripping off the landing legs if I had glued the pads directly to the base.
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