SCALE - Mercury Redstone Gallery

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  1. Oct 16, 2010 #1

    JAL3

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    As scale projects go, I once thought that a Mercury Redstone had to be one of the simplest options. That was before I became intimate with Launch Escape System Towers. Those can take a level 1 or 2 rocket and quickly turn it into a level 5 operation. It does look nice when its finished though.

    The only Mercury Redstone I have built is the one from Sheri's Hot Rockets. (I have built and rebuilt other LES towers though) It was a unique experience and used lots of methods with which I was unfamiliar. It seemed to have taken forever to build and even longer to overhaul but I think its worth it.

    The original build lost its styrene LES on the maiden flight and has since made one flight without it. I am working on a tower rebuild and even hope to have it done in a year starting with the number "2".

    My TRF thread is here: http://www.rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?t=2765

    The albums are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23694991@N03/collections/72157617574666533/

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    My last Merc-Redstone was an enlarged paper model, that I entered in the NARAM-50 Scale event. It got 170 of 200 possible dimension points, and flew beautifully on a D12-3.

    Sadly, it died a horrible death at NARAM-51, when the D12 cato'ed and burned it to a crisp. Tom Beach decided that the pics he had on the cato were sooooo good, he'd run them in Sport Rocketry. :(

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  3. Oct 16, 2010 #3

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    Its a beauty.

    Sorry to hear about the cato. Even sorrier that the pain lives on for as long as people love their Sport Rocketry back editions.
     
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    Well, I sorta did it to myself. Tom showed me the pictures right after the flight and the color of the engine cato was very pretty (and impressive). He says "That's not a color you see in a properly functioning engine, Bunny". After I quit laughing, I replied "Do not print that photo in the magazine!" :)
     
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    The voice of doom.
     
  6. Oct 16, 2010 #6

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    Great looking rockets...

    There is a place in my heart for ANY mercury redstone.

    I build them BIG so I have learned, for me, that brass tubing and the soldering gun is the best option to build a tower. I also incorporate a slip joint in the tubing so it has a chance to move, expand and contract.

    Since I tried this, I have NOT had a problem with my towers..

    Here's my LIII cert rocket. it's 10" diam and all scratch built.

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    Where did you get the stickers?
    :roll::cheers:
     
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    I don't know some Bum that hangs out at our launches...

    Actually that was before Stickershock23.com existed.. I painted the lettering by hand and the black stripes were masked and sprayed.

    If I fly her again, I will update it before the flight.
     
  9. Oct 19, 2010 #9

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    Yep that 1/35 plastic towers are a bit of a pain... but the 1/42nd tower where the kit gives you a board of "beaded" strips to be cut apart with an x-acto then sanded to shape and diameter...was a Bigger PAIN LOL!!!! But I am still flying that now ancient model:)
    The Mercury Redstone is one of the "man in Space" models I think every rocketeer should have in their fleets.

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    Whoa!!!!!

    Mark, are you the same Mark who posted that youtube video with the song by Creed playing in the background while your redstone blazes up to the heavens?

    Took me a while to make that connection.........:D
     
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    Yep, thats me. I actually had a better soundtrack but it got pulled because I was using Night rangers you can still "ROC" in america.. It was better wit hthe commentary and the sound ofthe launch!
     
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    Here`s my Dr.Zooch BT-60 Redstone.

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    Here are a couple shots of my Centuri Mercury Redstone. The first pic was taken in 1972 or so, I launched it off a modified SkyTrak tripod. I was using a Polaroid to take the picture, so this is a scan of a 8x10 dupe made from the Polaroid.

    The next shot was taken last year, as you can see she lost her "spike" on the LES.

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    Resoloution seems low on these pictures :( Too much of a hurry. Oh well.
    Next Up was the Eestes Mercury redstone

    Post copied to gallery with permission

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    I've been on this "big & little" kick recently.

    Build the small kit, then upscale it.

    So far I have an interceptor, x-15, patriot, darkstar, phoenix, big bertha, etc...

    I have a whole family of crayons.

    Here's mama & baby redstone:

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    Yes, they are in my office.... My wife said "Can't bring another rocket in the house until one is gone"

    Didn't say anything about the garage or office :>
     
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    As always Mark you really do some quality work both on your builds and the stickers you make...I love that video of the Redstone...
     
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    Heres My smallest Mercury Redstone. it's actually a PMC from the MRC 1/200 scale Man-in-Space collection. but it does in fact fly LOL! For awhile it was also my smallest micro model but that's long since changed.

    Ps the Mercury-Atlas from the same kit also convert well and flies.

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    Here are some photos of mine

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    I built one of the "beaded" Estes kits as a kid. The tower and multi-piece fins were both a pain. One of the more difficult kits I built. But I loved flying it!
     
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    Oh yeah I forgot about the fins...they were kind of a PITA as well.
    I think the 1/35th scale kit also use basicly the same 4 or 5 piece fins. I built my Beading board tower structure in my motel room while on a work trip... Kept me out of the bars LOL!!!
     
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    4 words. Sexy. Shirtless. Styrofoam. Shaping.
     
  22. Feb 7, 2009 #22

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    Welcome to the SCALE - Mercury Redstone Gallery on TRF.

    This gallery showcases the Mercury Redstone and those rockets derived from it. Particularly appropriate in this thread are the following:


    Centuri: Mercury Redstone: KS-1 or #5131
    Dr Zooch: Mercury Redstone
    Estes: Mercury Redstone: K-41 or #1241
    Estes: Mercury Redstone: #1921
    Neubauer: Mercury Redstone (1/100):
    Neubauer: Mercury Redstone (2.6"):
    Neubauer: Mercury Redstone (4"):
    Sheri's Hot Rockets: Mercury Redstone:



    as well as any upscales, downscales, clones, kitbashes or other derivative works. Even Goonies qualify!



    The Mercury-Redstone Launch Vehicle, designed for NASA's Project Mercury, was the first American manned space booster. It was used for six sub-orbital Mercury flights from 1960–61; culminating with the launch of the first, and 11 weeks later, the second American (and the second and third humans) in space.

    A member of the Redstone rocket family, it was derived from the U.S. Army's Redstone ballistic missile and the first stage of the related Jupiter-C launch vehicle; but to make it man-rated, its structure and systems were modified to improve safety and reliability.

    The four subsequent Mercury manned flights used the more powerful Atlas booster to enter low Earth orbit.


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    Estes Mercury Redstone (#1921) Basic Information.

    [​IMG] Estes Industries

    Mercury Redstone

    #1921

    Introduced: 1984
    Final Year: 1990
    Designer:

    Type: Scale
    Motor Mount:
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 28.75"
    Diameter: 2.04"
    Span:
    Weight: 3.0 oz

    Mfg. Description: Historical 1/35 scale model of the Mercury sub-orbital rocket used to launch Alan Shepard into space flight May 5, 1961. Authentic detailing includes large decal and injection molded mercury capsule and tower. Rocket and capsule each return to Earth via 12" chute recovery. (Estes 1984 Catalog)

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    Sheri's Hot Rockets Mercury Redstone Basic Information.

    [​IMG] Sheri's Hot Rockets (SHR)

    Mercury Redstone

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    Introduced:
    Final Year:
    Designer:

    Type: Scale
    Motor Mount: 1x29mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length:
    Diameter: 3"
    Span:
    Weight:

    Mfg. Description: THIS KIT HAS SOME GREAT FEATURES:
    1. CNC CUT FINS AND CENTERING RINGS
    2. LARGE MULTICOLORED VINYL WRAP FOR BOOSTER MARKINGS
    3. WATERSLIDE DECALS FOR BOTH CAPSULE VERSIONS "LIBERTY BELL 7 AND FREEDOM 7" BY SPACE MODEL SYSTEMS. THE SAME DECALS AS PROVIDED FOR THE GREAT ATOMIC CITY 1/12 MERCURY CAPSULE KIT RESCALED TO 1/24 SCALE. ALSO INCLUDES EXTENSIVE DETAILED PLACEMENT INSTRUCTIONS WITH ALL KNOW CAPSULE MARKINGS..
    4. PRECUT WHITE VINYL COATED 3" WIDE MAIN BODY TUBE
    5. RESIN CAPSULE AND ESCAPE TOWER NOZZLES. EASY TO CONSTRUCT TOWER.
    6. FINS ARE PLYWOOD WITH A STYRENE VENEER FOR ADDED SCALE REALISM.
    7. DESIGNED TO FLY ON 29MM DIAMETER MEDIUM POWERED MOTORS SUCH AS THE AEROTECH G77R-4T. REACHES ALTITUDE OF 700-800 FEET!
    8. KIT DOES NOT INCLUDE PARACHUTE, BUT RECOMMENDED CHUTE IS ONE 36 INCH DIAMETER NYLON CHUTE
    9. LIFT OFF WEIGHT IS SLIGHTLY OVER 2 POUNDS.
    10. MODEL STANDS OVER 40 INCHES TALL (SHR 2011 Web Ad)

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    Estes Mercury Redstone (K-41 or #1241) Basic Information.

    [​IMG] Estes Industries

    Mercury Redstone

    K-41 or #1241

    Introduced: 1969
    Final Year: 1981
    Designer: Gene Street

    Type: Scale
    Motor Mount:
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 23.5"
    Diameter: 1.637"
    Span:
    Weight: 2.1 oz

    Mfg. Description: A beautiful rocket to thrill even the most advanced rocketeer. The Mercury Redstone is an exact scale model of the vehicle that boosted Commander Alan Shepard on America's first manned space flight. Scaled at 1 to 42, the model is accurately detailed and includes a complete decal sheet. Although it requires care and precision in construction, the completed model will become one of your favorite rockets. Kit comes complete with all parts and instructions. (Estes 1969 Catalog)

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    Dr Zooch Mercury Redstone Basic Information.

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    Mercury Redstone

    NUMBER

    Introduced:
    Final Year:
    Designer: Wes Oleszewski

    Type: Scale
    Motor Mount: 1x18mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 23.5"
    Diameter:
    Span: 4.15"
    Weight: 3.2 oz

    Mfg. Description: This is the Dr. Zooch Rockets Mercury Redstone flying model rocket kit. It is a model that represents the rocket that sent the first American into space! But this kit is much more than that- it is designed to give the builder a choice of building it to represent ANY of the Mercury Redstone flights- MR-1A, MR-2, MRBD (Yes, you get all you need for the obscure, but historically critical MRBD flight), MR-3 (Freedom 7) or MR-4 (Liberty Bell 7). This kit contains NO plastic parts and is designed to be flown with the escape tower on- like it’s supposed to fly- not with the tower off like a squirming hatch-blower would fly it. This is an average skill level kit- but the escape tower is a complex build and will require patience and direction-following.
    The kit is based on a T-60 tube and, when fully constructed stands 23.5 inches tall with a 4.15 inch fin-span and has a basic empty weight of 3.2 ounces. It is single stage and uses a standard 18mm motor, such as a B6-4 (NO engines are included with the kit). This is an average skill level kit, meaning that most modelers can build and fly it successfully. All of the primary parts are either wood or paper. So buy it, build it and make spaceflight history come alive! (Dr Zooch 2011 Web Ad)

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    Centuri Mercury Redstone (KS-1 or #5131) Basic Information.

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    Mercury Redstone

    KS-1 or #5131

    Introduced: 1971
    Final Year: 1983
    Designer:

    Type: Scale
    Motor Mount: 1x18mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 29"
    Diameter: 2.04"
    Span:
    Weight: 3.7 oz

    Mfg. Description: A true 1/38 scale version of the pioneer MERCURY REDSTONE. This is an accurately detailed scale model such as you would expect from Centuri. Measuring 2" in diameter, the REDSTONE stands 29" tall - a big, impressive model. Relatively simple in construction, this kit makes no sacrifice to detail and scale fidelity. The MERCURY capsule and tower are hi-impact molded styrene parts. Fins are pre-printed on quality basla stock. Large decals include roll patterns and all markings found on the real rocket.

    Flight performance is both realistic and exciting. Recovery is dual parachute type: the main body descends on a large 24" chute while the capsule returns on its 12" chute. Featuring a Baffle Ejection System and "quick change" engine lock, the REDSTONE is a snap to "prep" for firing. Complete kit includes informative historical brochure. (Centuri 1971 Catalog)

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  28. Jan 6, 2012 #28

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    This is my first cardstock project i made 3 prototypes before this one. is a 1:48 Scale and use B and C Motors

    If you want to see mode details go to here
     

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    Wow, that's beautiful!
     
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    The old Nuebauer 4" diameter Mercury Redstone lifts off with a A-motor in the escape tower fired by a minitimer.

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