I think I will buy both the Semroc and Zooch kits. I am looking for a challenge and I will make sure to post pics as I am building them. I dont always look for a challenge in building kits. I like the quick builds like Estes Alpha dn Quest Astra. Both great little rockets and quite nice to look at when done but a great challenge in the cold winter months just seemed appropriate. I am putting in my order today
The Zooch Saturn IB's are *roughly* 1/150 scale... I've got one but haven't started it yet. Actually I have the Saturn I Block II and the Saturn IB.Both are good kits and require a fair amount of skill to assemble, but are VERY different in size, and somewhat different building styles. The Zooch kit is small(12 inches or so?) and flies on a single 18mm motor. I'm not sure of the scale, but he refers to it as "ant scale". Detailed paper "wraps" aid in much of the finishing on a smaller scale like this. Rolling your own LOX tanks and building and escape tower make this challenging, but still easier to build than the Semroc kit. Good looking,good performing, scale-like flyer.
The Semroc Saturn is 1/70th scale and dwarfs the Zooch kit. It flies on a cluster of 4 x 18mm or a single 24mm motor. It is a close reproduction of the original Estes kit. Paper shrouds, built up fins(optional), escape tower, and paint masking can make this model extremely challenging but the finished result can be quite impressive.
Actually- I didn't have to go into your brain- because we both had the exact same experience with the K-39... as did many others in 1970... mine was June 14th, or so it says in my notes from that day. We were all punching holes in the sky with the same rockets it seems.I do not have the Dr. Zooch Saturn V kit (yet), but what Wes wrote about the Estes K-39 Semi-Scale Saturn V on his web page for his version EXACTLY captured my experience with that old kit, too. It was like he tapped into the part of my brain where my memories of 1970 are stored, and pulled that one out. (Man, how did you do that? ) Anyway, I hope to get his version sometime soon, along with many more of his kits.
Actually that's how the engine bells are attached in the upcoming Ares V kit too. So you're right on track.I LOVE MY ZOOCH Saturn V
the one thing i did though was to pin the engine nozzle on with a bit of wood dowling through the base engine engine mount plate. Mine just kept falling off otherwise, probably more to my handling and care.
Yep, I've got the bug, but it seems like I'm doing way more collecting these days, and a lot less building (a common theme for many).I was thinking of purchasing the Semroc Saturn kit and also noticed that Dr. Zooch also offers a similar kit. Can anyone recommend one or the other? Or I could buy both. once you get the rocketry bug you want all the kits.
Thanks Wes.Seriously- however- I've seen yours in person, and it is WAY better than mine. Nicely done!