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Looks like you were trying to model the Saturn SA-6 flight less the upside down roll pattern. There were only a few good photographs that were clear enough to use for reference. I used Peter Always reference drawings for my build.
I saw those, and yes I was. There are some things this model didn't have, but the biggest goof was my own making with the roll pattern. I HAVE thought about pulling all the pipes and verniers off, removing the wrap, and completely repainting, but......eh. No the now, anyway. Maybe after a launch or two I might pull that apart and revamp it.
Of the people who see this model and its launches, I'm guessing there's a scant handful only, probably less than 5, who would even realize something was wrong. Trouble is....*I'm* one of them. lol
 

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Got a few more items added to the Saturn V today - some filler strips to match the corrugation in the couple spots where it didn't quite match up on the wraps around the main tube, and the launch lugs are glued down and drying as of right now. We'll be ready to lay down the first coats of paint tomorrow morning. I've got two free weekends to get this and a few others wrapped up before launch at the end of November. I might not have ALL the decals on by the time that comes around, but I'll be darned if I'm not going to try.
 

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It's been a PRODUCTIVE weekend in the model shop. Saturn V got her base white Saturday morning. And today, well.....just more and more frog tape!
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Still need to do some touch-up for overspray, and a few raceways and blisters need to be re-painted white, and then decals coming up this week. Plus i popped off the launch lug on the Skylab because i saw the glue joint was spotty. So that needs a quick repair, and of course the fin can for the Saturn 1 still needs some love. But I'm pretty sure I can have these wrapped up before next weekend.
 

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Getting closer. Got the touch-up painting done, blisters, etc. Put some gunmetal on the bottom of the shrouds, and I've got the shock cords for the chutes drying now. One last blast of white in an easy to paint spot tonight, and I think we'll be ready for decals tomorrow night.
Learned my lesson from the Saturn 1B, I have a decal for the service module that needs to be applied BEFORE I cut the slot for the chute support hook and the rcs thrusters. So those will be the last things that go on. I'm also going to swap the escape tower and CM shroud with the one from the Boyce Saturn 1 because it's far more detailed and more impact resistant.
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And with the last decals applied, my Saturn family is done and ready to fly. It's been an interesting journey with these. From getting the Skylab model as I was "Getting back into the hobby," to the Saturn 1b for "practice" because the big one made me nervous......and then moving to the standard Saturn V because that was the one I always wanted to build as a kid, and finally the Saturn 1 that I bought almost as a lark but wound up enjoying thoroughly, each model presented its own challenges, and each absolutely has its own personality. I'm grateful to Jay M Chladek for convincing me to give it a go and for being there to answer occasional questions (thanks for helping me spend my money, man!) as well as many others who have inspired me to get these done. I know there are a couple other members of the Saturn family missing from this photo, and I have no doubt a block 1 Sat 1 will join this group eventually.
For now though, we are ready to launch when the kiddo comes home. About 10 days from now......weather permitting, we're gonna have a lot of fun. 😁
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The Saturn V was beautiful in the field! Launched it on an E16-4. Next time I may push it to an F15-4.







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On post-flight examination, I think im going to apply a thin epoxy coat to the inside of the motor can to add a little extra protection. The motor is pretty far up the BT and the cardboard inside the BT definitely got a little toasted, even on just an E15. I'd like to shoot this off on an F next time but I'm worried about it burning any part of that lower tube.
 
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On post-flight examination, I think im going to apply a thin epoxy coat to the inside of the motor can to add a little extra protection. The motor is pretty far up the BT and the cardboard inside the BT definitely got a little toasted, even on just an E15. I'd like to shoot this off on an F next time but I'm worried about it burning any part of that lower tube.
I believe you are supposed to provide at least 6” clearance between the bottom of the rocket and the pad surface. Your one picture shows it resting on the pad surface. That’s a no no.
 

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I believe you are supposed to provide at least 6” clearance between the bottom of the rocket and the pad surface. Your one picture shows it resting on the pad surface. That’s a no no.
It was. I didn't know that. :-(
I guess I do now! Happy to say there was no actual damage, just a little toasted. I'd like to fly this again soon, it was a good one!
 
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