Many thanks for the kind words. Your kit led me to consider this, so I owe you a debt of gratitude for this project. 8)
I've got a complete parts list already done and full part #'s are included from Plastruct and the other 2 companies. After seeing how much money was involved in just parts, I quickly realized that for me to do a run of Launch Pad kits like you did with the Joe, I wouldn't be able to afford it. A quick breakdown follows:
4 @ .38 = 1.52
7 @ 1.09 = 7.63
3 @ .37 = 1.11
8 @ .37 = 2.96
8 @ .44 = 3.52
4 @ .53 = 2.06
5 @ .75 = 3.75
2 @ .88 = 1.76
5 @ .38 = 1.90
8 @ .20 = 1.60
10 @ .20 = 2.00
7 @ .28 = 1.96
3 @ .33 = .99
5 Sheets 1/8"
@ .65 = 3.15
2 Sets Guillows 3/4" Wheels @ 1.39 = 2.76
4 Brass K&C Wires #161 @ .25 = 1.00
Total = @39.67
Add another 10 bucks for paint - so around 50 bucks total
So, I am planning on creating a document that has build instructions, shortcuts, tips and hints - along with images and drawings to better illustrate the more complex challenges that I've encountered.
I am nearing completion of the Middle Stucture Support. All I have left is the support legs constuction (a pain in their own right) - which is made up the gear box, transmission, cross members and rivet support system.
Then I need to add the frame struts on the tubular supports, and do the 4th side detailing of the outer support.
Then its on to the lower support structure - which includes the nightmare 4 Truck system, and finally do all the wiring for the entire complex and 3 outer support buildings that house the cables and the like.
I just discovered that the outer buildings have sandbags in front of them, sooo, and I hate to say this, I'm going to have to search for 1/38 scale sandbags. *grimaces in pain and agony*
I know, its a lot of extras that I probably don't need.. lol
The Tower - without wiring and cables is 16 " tall, and the Middle Support Structure is almost 2 inches. Once the MSS is finished, it will be nearly 4 inches tall (a guess at this moment). Once the Lower Support and Trucks are added, it will be around 24" to 26 " tall.