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May 21, 2003
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Hello group,

A new paper model in scale 1:96 is added to my club's website : ( click "modelbouw" on the left. )

It's an old Delta rocket, bought by the NOAA, to launch one
of their many satellites, in this case the GOES-F geostationary

This rocket was launched in 1983, when the Delta's still
had their original color blue: just the bare primer coat.
Somewhat darker, greener and greyer than what we see today.

Next models to be released are the Redstones.


Originally posted by te_groen31
Hello group,

A new paper model in scale 1:96 is added to my club's website : ( click "modelbouw" on the left. )

It's an old Delta rocket, bought by the NOAA, to launch one
of their many satellites, in this case the GOES-F geostationary

This rocket was launched in 1983, when the Delta's still
had their original color blue: just the bare primer coat.
Somewhat darker, greener and greyer than what we see today.

Next models to be released are the Redstones.



I've downloaded a number of these models, and they're in my "stack" of winter building projects. I think flight converting these things is a good way to get a nice looking bird that you're not too afraid to fly. And since my company installed a color laser printer on the network, I'm afraid that "stack" is gonna get higher. . .
I have downloaded a number of these models also. I have converted the Daimant B and the Juno 1 to flying models. A Delta is on my winter building list.

Where do you obtain your data for these models? Do you just have a really big collection of photos, or do you have some 'insider' connections where you can get the details?

And BTW, your website has a lot of very nice work posted there. Thanks for sharing with us!
Hello PB,

All of the above, really.

It took me years to gather all kinds of information,
links, websites, etc...etc...
I choose an object and then I try to find as much information
about it as I can. Pictures, mainly, because only pictures
show the rocket or satellite the way it really lookes like.

Next I try to find drawings, press releases, press kits, etc..

Mainly, just anything that holds information about the
spacecraft. Sometimes I find a document that only has
text. But if that information says the rocket is 100 feet high,
6 feet diameter, etc...etc... then, in combination with
a lot of pictures, a very accurate model can be achieved.

That's why it sometimes takes years for me to finish a model.

There are more sources and ways to make a good model,
but please respect my choice, that I do not wish to reveal
everything I know and share everything I have.
I have spent an awful lot of time, money and effort on
my models, and since ALL of them are downloadable
for free, I think I have been - in all honesty - more than
Making these models costs me a lot of money and I never
get anything ( financial ! ) in return.....

But check some of my other posts, I don't mind sharing
pictures, logo's, and other kinds of information. ;-)

If you need help, just write me. I rarely turn anyone down.

Of the Delta rockets alone, I have well over 5 Gigabytes of
info ! And it's growing almost daily........ |-(

Let me give you some good advice : If you find a drawing,
also try to find pictures of the same spacecraft you want
to copy. A picture doesn't lie. Drawings can be faulty
or incomplete. Or antiquated.
That's why I update my models, now and then. Just like
the 300th Delta launch. Just before launch Boeing added
just one star around the triangle. Just one !! I have pictures
with 25 and 26 stars. Launch pictures are the best ! They
show the rocket the way it was launched, ofcourse.
Nobody changes details on a rocket during or after launch !!! ;-)

One thing I may not leave out : I could never make the
detailed models without the help of other people !
I know where to go and who to write, if I need certain
Since some of my sources are people who work at
NASA, Caltech, JPL, ESA, etc.. I hope you understand I
keep their mail addresses to myself ! ;-)
( Without the help of several other generous space fans these
models could not be made. I am grateful for any bit
of help I get. )

Having such addresses gives me access to information
most other people do not have. On the other hand,
I get a "no" much more often the a "yes" ! They
don't share everything with me, either.

Do you know where to get information about the two
Mars Rovers ? Don't worry. Nobody does.
Their exact sizes, details, close-up
pictures, etc..etc.. I found a lot but not enough.

That's it, for now.

If you need some help, just mail me and I shall see
what I can do for you.

In the meantime, get ready for some other nice models.

I've got some interesting models on the drawing board.
And for once, they are NOT those **** Delta's with
tooooo many boosters !!! ;-)'s time for a change !



( P.S. One booster a day keeps a sore thumb away )
Don't know if this is a *good* idea, but here goes---

Have you ever considered selling your paper rockets? By that I mean a pre-printed set of pages? I don't think anyone would begrudge letting you add a small profit margin to pay for some of your costs and time.

I suggest this because not all of us have a printer available where we can print these things out. These pages require a good-quality color printer, and one that will handle the heavy paper needed for these models. I do not have one of those at home (can't afford it) and if I go to the local copy shop they charge a ridiculous price to print these pages. Even in the office, the color printers that are readily available do not do a good job on heavy paper (curled paper, crinkled colors, etc).

It would definitely be worth it to me to purchase these things already printed.
Hello PB,

I think there is a difference between selling them ( now
and then ) and going 100% commercial.
Especially the last one sounds great but is the first thing
I should abandon. In order to maintain a healthy income,
I must produce so many models per month, I will
have hardly any time to even sleep..............

I would like to sell you - or anyone else for that matter -
some printed models, but since we live on opposite sides
of the world, all the postage & package, insurance, etc...
will make the model so expensive, it will be much easier to
look around in your own neighborhood and try to find
a cheaper way to get your models.

Last week I got extremely lucky. The father of one of our
young members has access to a professional printer
that can print in full color up to A0 size ( 1 whole newspaper
sheet ).
He told me I could send him some files and he would print
the models. And so I did. Right now I am building a huge
Delta ( FUSE, launch # 271), Bell X-1, ANS ( Dutch satellite).
All models are 2.828 times greater than the original
paper model. Some other models are being printed.
All models are printed on A1, b.t.w. for several reasons.

I shall post some pictures, if you like.
Ask around. Look around for people who might be willing
to help you.

So, if you like, I could send you some printed models, but
I'm afraid I can't find a way to do it cheaply......

And nowadays, printers are real cheap. Almost for free.
It's the cartridges that drain your bank account.....

The paper I use costs about USD $ 0.50 per sheet. One
full color, high-res print might cost app. $ 2.-- Envelope
is about $ 2.-- Shipping to the USA costs.... ??? what ?
$ 10.-- ??? Shipping and insurance will be the most
costly part.

I'll let you decide.

If you like, mail me at my private e-mail address.

Gotta sleep a litte, now..........( 00:35 AM )


You are probably right, trying to make a full-time job out of selling prints is probably an awful lot of work. I was just thinking out loud.

Do you ever take requests? The old Sprint anti-ballistic missile is a cool configuration and should make a simple paper pattern?
The X-15 would be another great model.

As far as getting these things printed myself, after fumbling around trying different things I found a friend who had a suitable printer at his home. I printed a batch once and "paid" him by buying a color cartridge for his printer. I provided the cardstock. I collected a bunch of paper kits on a CD and got him to print the whole thing. He got to keep whatever part of the color cartidge that was left over. I have a mountain of paper projects now---they take up about two inches of the file cabinet. This is probably a lifetime supply for me, at the rate I am going.

Please think out loud, that what this forum is for ! ;-)

Sure I take requests, but remember, I have a lot of models
on the drawing board. Some almost finished, some just
half-way. This means a request may take many months
or well over a year before it's fulfilled. Unless the model
is very simple to make.

The Sprint is maybe a bit too easy . And I try to limit the
number of models of war hardware as much as possible. It
took a lot of time and writing before I decided
to make the Jupiter IRBM model available.

Since there are already a few good (paper) models of the X-15
available, I don't see the need to make one, too.

But...if you like the Sprint, I will consider making a model,
if you can provide the pictures and websites.



Just wanted to say thanks for all your work on these models.
Here's a Titan I got from your site and converted to fly on 13mm motors. The nose is weighted enough that is doesn't need fins.

Thanks again,