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Mushtang

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Is that larger than the regular R2-D2? Love the detail on the bat mobile!
I don't know how big the regular one is but I'd guess they'd probably have the same pattern and be the same size.

Yeah, that bat-mobile design is impressive. I wish I'd done a better job building it. It turned out well, but I see things I could have improved.
 

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I don't know how big the regular one is but I'd guess they'd probably have the same pattern and be the same size.
The regular one is about 2 3/4" tall, including the base (just measured mine).
 

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Metal earth has some new space related models. I found these in Hobbytown the other day and just finished up the Saturn V. The LUT was pretty easy to put together. I could have done better with the transitions and the capsule.
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I may have to get that Sat5 to go with my STS Orbiter

Thanks for bringing this thread up! I've been meaning to post a pic of this, but it's been at work where i cant take pictures. Finally stepped out to get a shot or two

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I found these in Hobbytown the other day and just finished up the Saturn V.
Dang it!! My wife brought me a Saturn V model from a trip she took a month ago, and just this week I started on it. I'll be able to finish it tonight and was looking forward to reviving this thread with some pictures of it. All I have left are the F-1 engines.

You beat me to it by hours. Haha.

Yours looks great though! Well done!!
 

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Thanks. I work from home, so these are good to pass the time while I run spreadsheet models. I give them to my wife to display in her office. I also make her show off my scale NASA rockets, too. :D

You should still post the pictures. I’d like to see if others could get the capsule to sit straight.
 

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Finally got around to finishing the Saturn V. First time painting part of one of these.
 

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Paint? What is this sacrilege?
Ha yes it is. If I’m truly confessing, I tried painting the rocket too...but it looked like a cheap plastic model. Not to mention my impatience with a clear coat ruined it. See for yourself. However, the gantry turned out kind of cool.

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Finally got around to the Chandra X-ray observatory. It’s got some nice detail to it.
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Mars rover. It has a lot of detail, but most of it is hidden below the solar panels. This one is probably the hardest one I’ve done.
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Last one in my build pile is the Apollo CSM with LM. I don’t think I’m going to start it anytime soon. It’s 3.5 sheets!
 

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Nice work. I’ve done the lander and it took some patience. Good luck. Looks like they are going to make the James Webb telescope into a kit as well.
 

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How do you guys do the small radius curve bends? My sons each have a kit and are struggling with things like round engine cowlings.
 

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Start rolling it around a pen, or something with a wider radius curve.

I like using needle nose pliers that taper their curve from fat to small along a couple inches. Once the connection of the ends is made, stick a pen point in each end to address any elliptical bits
 

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I use a number of different tools as dowels, from spent engine casings down to the tip of my awl, with pens, pencils, paintbrush handles, my hobby knife and other things in between. Whatever works. I start with a wide radius and work down until the piece can be closed easily. I use my awl for cone type pieces, because it gets wider as you move up it.

Incidentally, the handle of my #11 Xacto blade was the perfect size for the rover’s wheels.
 

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How do you guys do the small radius curve bends? My sons each have a kit and are struggling with things like round engine cowlings.
When I need to make the round items, I have a drill bit set, and a 1/4" drive deep well socket set to use as mandrels. I also have a set of needle nosed pliers that both jaws are conical. And last I have a couple of dowels that i have sharpened in the pencil sharpener.

Like SecondRow said, "Whatever works"
 

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I use a collapsing retriever magnet, with the magnet removed as a multi-sized mandrel. You could also use an old collapsing antenna, which is basically the same thing.
 

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Apollo lander with CSM. If you have the older version of the standalone lander, I think that part is the mostly the same build (same scale anyway).

It comes with a plaque of the Apollo 11 inscription that was attached to the descent stage.

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Yes, the gold is a nice addition. The original standalone lander was all one color.
 

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That CSM/LM looks great - After building the previous LM only kit, don't know if I'm up for another anytime soon, but it's in the build pile. :)
 

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While my son is home over break, we tackled a couple more - for him the USS Theodore Roosevelt, and for me, the CSM/LM. The nozzles are still a pain to curve, and this time there were 32! The gold pieces really give this one some character.

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Nice job on the CSM. The aircraft carrier looks great, too. Are the planes on it made from one piece of metal?
 

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Nice job on the CSM. The aircraft carrier looks great, too. Are the planes on it made from one piece of metal?
Thanks - Planes are 1 piece (easy), helicopters are 2 pieces (not-so-easy).
 

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Saw this one at the Hobby shop and couldn't resist, the Boeing Starliner, nicely detailed
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