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Old 01-18-2019, 06:22 AM
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Ken L. West Apollo Command Module 1/24

A few years ago (2011), Ken L. West designed a magnificent model of the Apollo command module, which I hastened to buy as soon as it was made available. Since then I have never built it believing it beyond my abilities. But this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing and I would like to celebrate it properly, so I thought to give myself courage and try to build it. First of all I had to decide the scale because the original one (1/12) produced a model too big, so I decided to try to reduce it to half (1/24) by printing four pages per sheet. This involved first to decide which paper weight to use to respect the thicknesses compared to the new scale as much as possible. Fortunately, in the instructions are given weight and thickness and then after some attempts I seem to have defined the new dimensions.

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Then I wanted to understand if reducing the model, I could still reproduce the many details that make the design beautiful or if I had to get off to too many compromises that detracted from its appearance. So I had to identify a part of the model that could give me answers for both problems: thicknesses and details. The choice then fell on the door that presented challenges both for the choice of the thicknesses for the different layers represented, and for the reproducibility of the complex closing mechanism.

So I started the test which, through numerous attempts and compromises, led me to a credible result. In the end, what was supposed to be a simple test and prototype of solutions, I decided that it will become the first part of my model.

Below are some pictures of the various steps and attempts that have brought me to this point.

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Old 01-18-2019, 06:25 AM
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That is truly incredible work!
I'm too much of a nitpicker to attempt that level of detail at that scale!
The best I did was resizing UHU02' Falcon Cockpit to match the original Hasbro Action Figures.
But I could see myself doubling this to suit 1:6 scale figures!
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That's quite a "test" build! You're doing great and I can't wait to see how the rest goes.
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I've got the model, but don't know if my fingers could handle that. Great job on the door.

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Nice work!

Well done, Nando! I'm just finishing the Command Module in 1/12th scale. It is certainly not a kit for beginners but with patience and some creative thinking, you'll be able to create an impressive model.

Be prepared to add lots of joiner strips and formers in places where Ken didn't call for them. That will make assembly easier and the finished model sturdier.

And if you find yourself stuck, ask for help. You're off to a very good start.

By the way, the hatch is by itself an impressive model. I'm considering building it again in 1/6th scale as a stand-alone display.

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