Recently New Ware Models from the Czech Republic released a series of detail kits for the Airfix Saturn V: Airfix 1/144 Saturn V Detail Set , and Saturn V Airbrush Mask Set . New Ware has once again scored another great aftermarket offering! I managed to acquire an Airflix Saturn V Skylab kit that would serve as the basis for my build. I chose the Skylab version because 1) the kit contains parts for a regular Saturn V as well as the Skylab and 2) Apparently this kit did not have the demand and therefore a better price was to be had (I picked one up on Ebay for $30!).
Since I planned on displaying my Saturn horizontally to allow viewing of the separate stages I needed really needed to either scratch-build or purchase additional aftermarket detail set. Martin's Models from Great Britain offers a nice series of details. I chose to go ahead and scratch-build details for the thrust structures of the S-IIC and S-IVB stages.
Below are a few photos of the start of this project.
|The New Ware detail set comes in a small box!|
|Here are some of the New Ware photo-etched details for the S-I stage|
|A close-up of one of the batted F-1 engines after painting. The detail is exquisite!|
|Details were added to the upper part of the LOX tank.|
|Al 5 batted F-1's now mounted to the S-IC thrust structure!|
|Another view of the S-IC thrust structure with the F-1's.|
|The J-2 engines for the S-IIC stage. Additional details were added to the engines. These are from the Airfix kit!|
|Early details on the S-IVB instrument ring. I used parts from the Revell 1/48 Gemini!|
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New Ware 1/144 Mercury Redstone
I recently completed a 1/144 scale Mercury/Redstone kit. Again New Ware has scored a nicely detailed kit that makes into a wonderful display! The only issue I had with building this one was that it was tiny!!!! At my age dealing with the small and delicate photo-etch was challenging! Having said that this model makes a beautiful addition to completing out my 1/144 scale manned launch vehicles!
|The New Ware Mercury Redstone with an added base.|
|Check out the exquisite details of the Mercury capsule!|
|Early US manned launchers in 1'144 scale: New Ware's Mercury/Redstone and Mercury/Atlas along with the RealSpace Gemini/Titan|
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New Kit Announcements!
With the "niche" real spacecraft model market any announcement of new kits is big news! Up first is Dragon Models announcing the release of a new 1/144 space shuttle kit. This one features clear sections to view interior structures. Details of this kit can be seen here at the Dragon Space Shuttle Kit.
We're seeing more and more new "garage kits" emerging from the 3D printing Shapeways market. One of particular interest is of various scale kits of the Orion Crew Module that can be seen here: Shapeways 1/72 Orion Crew Module Kit.
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That's it for now!