1/144 Apex Soyuz Rocket Conversion

For my first build of the year I'll be doing a conversion of the Apex Vostok kit and build it as a Soyuz rocket. The core of the build will be the Apex kit plus parts from the Airfix Vostok kit. For the Soyuz part I'll be using the conversion set from RealSpace Models. One … Continue reading 1/144 Apex Soyuz Rocket Conversion

1/144 Saturn I Block II SA-5 Build Update 9 (Final)

Saturn I Block II SA-5 is finally finished. When I posted the last update I was at the stage where I needed to scratch build the S-I retrorockets.  I used a short section of 0.125 inch styrene rod about an inch longer than I needed.  I chucked that in my Dremel tool and used it … Continue reading 1/144 Saturn I Block II SA-5 Build Update 9 (Final)

1/144 Saturn I Block II SA-5 Build Update 8

Time for another update. The construction is finished except for adding the S-I retrorockets and the S-I engines.  The engines have been painted. The two halves have been glued together with epoxy.  I then applied a final primer coat after a small bit of sanding on the S-I/S-IV joint.  Once that was done I gave … Continue reading 1/144 Saturn I Block II SA-5 Build Update 8

1/144 Saturn I Block II SA-5 Build Update 7

It's been a while, time for an update on the SA-5 build. There are quite a few details that need to be added to the S-IV and interstage areas.  But before that I needed to add the payload section to the S-IV interstage.  There are a lot of details that go on the S-IV interstage … Continue reading 1/144 Saturn I Block II SA-5 Build Update 7

1/144 Saturn I Block II SA-5 Build Update 5

A little more work on the S-I stage.  First I took out my Dremel and thinned the walls of the eight H-1 engines.  The kit engines have nozzle walls that are far too thick.  The picture doesn't show it well but the walls are much thinner that before. Next I glued on the stub fins … Continue reading 1/144 Saturn I Block II SA-5 Build Update 5