Latest update: April 2nd - 2021
16 photos added

That's how it all started (July 3rd - 2019)
The vertical belt around a landing pod
Every cut has to be angled
More angled pieces
I REALLY could have used some more hands here...
The top of the pod is closing up
Top + middle belt of the pod
Down to the bottom of the case
Corner pieces...
...for the bottom finish
Like that... one basic pod done... three more to go
Thickness added for the landing foot
Even though it's hollow below, it looks as it should
Now to the top of the foot
I do not have access to a cnc machine... everything is done by hand
Strange patterns... cut with jigsaw
to fit this strange thing
Fits (almost) like a glove
Bottom view
Mounted on top of the foot... begins to look recognizable
It's a kind of magic
On to the next three feet
Half done with the underside, and the lights went out
All four feet now soled
Looks better from above
88 'toes' measuered, cut and placed loosely
88 toes x 4 = 352 rounded corners... phew
Parts for the three remaining pods
Just like that... a bit refined construction
The top finished
Cut aways for the lower part sides
Now the lower finishing parts... more feet
...with supporting sides
All corner pieces and side panels now glued together
Details cut for the vertical sides. Placed with template
MAX pressure for max glue effect
Three on line
More pressure delivered by Max
Start of decoration. The pod details. One side...
...the other two sides. Top sides next...
Trapez x 16
I did not have wood that thick... glue and screw...
...made nice blocks
4 noses
Details cut with jigsaw for the top part.
Glued on... left wing...
...and right wing
Now to these little fellas... the Gemini parts
I had six half spheres hand made (not by myself)
Maybe slightly too big, but I think it is okay.
Daniel Prud'Homme helped me with the details
Good old technical drawing
Calculating and measuring...
Template... made... for the 12 holes for the bolts.
One more template for the off-center placement.
The six half spheres got marked...
...and on with the band grinder.
6 discs measured and cut.
One ready to mount.
...and 5 more
72 holes drilled and 72 bolts mounted
Large center hole drilled.
Not the correct tube yet... but we're getting there.
Stainless steel tube for the centre
Now for the Saturn V part
It took some thinking... to think the design out
Small cylinders cut from a stick
for another nose
Noses with holes
Rough wings
A model was created
gonna watch my fingertips
All survived
Then a little grinding with the grinding mouse
16 small wings
Now make some place for them
Handmade... takes time
But the time goes by - as time does
These holes wasn't as easy as I thought
Because the bolts had square shape beneath the head
And the thread wasn't cut all the way up either
But finally...!
Looks as it should - I think
A status parade
All cracks, screwholes and sides...
...padded up (one pod only... for now)
A3 prints taped together for the Command Module.
Measuring en masse...
The back side of the CM
Horizontal ribs added...
...and vertical ribs added
Direct back view
Two more vertical...
The puzzle pieces taken apart to double up...
...for the 'downunder' part
Status March 13th - 2020
2 x back side ribs finished
Cutout for the top (or bottom) alu 'disc'
Support for the alu 'disc'
Both top and bottom 'disc-housing' done
One side disc (housing) done...
...other side disc (housing) done
all panels are now glued together - and edges sanded...
...sanded to make a smooth surface for... sticks!
I have tried to copy these as close as possible
The boosters on the 44" studio Eagle 1 are angled
78 degrees.... circa
A thin wooden disc, very fragile to cut, do the trick
It do matter how the discs are placed.
90 degrees flat on the block... or on the bell... like this
These really looks nice on the pod
deserves a closer look
Back to the sticks... lots of sticks... looking rough...
...until sanded down. No sticks are the same shape.
Top view... middle section of sticks sanded down.
One flank of sticks glued on... not yet sanded.
Opposite side flank... not yet sanded.
A front row of sticks added.
And now to the back side of the Command Module.
Two columns.
Right flank sanded
Three columns.
Corner part and sanding.
Necessary weight reduction.... for my back!
More sticks... to the right... the left
Left corner...
...closing up.
Left and right back side sanded smooth.
The middle section panel also weight lightened.
Placed... and glued on.
Pressure to secure tight fit.
Side ribs in place and glued on. Additional nose panels.
Nose tip sticks... rough...
...and sanded down.
Right side... under window section sticks.
Right side sticks completed.
Crack at window...
...every stick shaped independently.
Smooth fit.
Right side sticks sanded.
Left side sticks before sanding.
Suddenly some 'bling-bling' arrived for the CM.
They really decorates beautifully!
Top side done for now.
More weight reduction.
Opposite side panels in place.
Nose tip panels... ready for sticks.
Small special shaped sticks.
2 x 57 = 114 sticks used for the nose tip.
Left and right flank of oblong sticks.
The horizontal belt are too thick. Gotta adjust, but how?
Some heavy sanding helped... but was it enough!?
A little colour added (in Photoshop).
Batten supports for the downside triangles.
Lots of holes drilled for weight reduce.
Also at the back.
Ready for sticks adding...
All different shapes.
Extra supports added for the round 'thingy'.
And more special shaped sticks.
It fits nicely.
It's a puzzle.
Maybe a bit boring (for some) with all those sticks.
But progres shows.... slowly.
Both flanks now 'sticked'... but I see something is missing.
Weight reduce holes... drilled.
Left back side getting sticked.
And right back side.
The upper and lower halves put together...
...for a show beside a 22" model.
Back side edges grinded smooth... left...
...and right.
Fail hollows in the wood appears later when sanding.
Status december 13th 2020.
Additional template for the corner.
Finished corner panel (other side).
Sticking the corner... left column.
Sticking the corner... right column.
Both corners now closed up, leaves the difficult gap.
An additional half ring made for separation purpose..
Building up sitcks around the 'disc holder'.
First column.
Second column closed up. The third will have to wait.
Back view all cornered up.
The opposite side also closed up around the ring.
The special wooden block is cut into two for a reason.
This is where the two halves are going to separate.
Back view all sanded smooth.
Final gap closing up. Top sticks needs special attention.
Customization by hand (and band grinder) as usual.
Very slowly grinding progress makes perfect fit.
Finally! for one side.
Looking more and more complete.
See you in the mirror.
All sanded nice and smooth.
Now for the other side... the final gap.
Both sides now completely closed up.
And luckily the two halves still did separate!
An extra ring sawed and glued on to reach level.
Other side.
Also for the top and bottom.
And then... sanding...
And dirting...
...until I ran out of sanding paper.
Had to order new supplies.
And then on to finish.
Unforseen bad luck struck...
A hole appeared in my experimental structure.
Additional wood stick and filler.
Ready for the next chapter.
Now for the exalted details. I changed my mind...
...and decided to cut down instead of add more weight.
I thought this was straight forward measuring... but no.
These lines shall be straight to look at... but weren't.
A new method needed.
My old Flexicurve from school came in handy.
And helped me make a template.
Now the lines has to be straight!
I had to adjust the template for each line.
Because of the rounding change along the 'nose back.'
I present a new toy... a router... this should be fun
So this looks quite amazing, but believe me...
...handling the router in free hand made me sweat!!
Now to some lines on the rest of the module.
Quite a lot of measuring. Checking photos and drawings.
Here I have sharpened the pencil up in Photoshop.
Close up pencil lines.
This is what I love and are my actual education.
But nevertheless... LOTS of rubber shavings on the floor.
Pencil lines on the back of the module.
Double checking drawings and photos from the web.
Both side drawned.
Top and bottom ready for the router.
More surprise hollows appeared on my way.
Again... lining up the side were a pain to get correct.
It was quite frustrating.
Afterwards I came to think of a laser liner.
That would have been real handy.
But after lots of rubering they finally looked right.
Complete lines - front.
Complete lines - back.
Now on with the router. Concentration.
Softening with the grinding mouse.
And correcting with the file.
Here's why all the sticks had to be trapez shaped.
Here's my second work with the router
Better lighting. Looks quite okay I think.
And the back side left and right.
I should have timestamped the photos.
Here it is clear how easily the router went off track.
And here... which needed following attention.
But it is just a matter of time.
At last...!
Oh.... I forgot... there's another hafl side.
With those 'exciting' sides.
I did a lot of 'hold my breath' while routing.
But it paid off.
Now it really look right.
I'll let the photos...
...speak for themselves.
Next thing coming up....
A bit wood work still needed before the tubes.
Two side rames completed to keep tubes in place.
Alternative tower drilling machine.
And then cup drill.
Those corks got stuck inside each and single time.
Finally. After intense measuring and drilling.
A little oldfashioned finish.
The wooden parts ready.
16 special tabs made to support the tubes.
Finally unpacking. I need 8 x 540mm straight cut.
Fitting the Ø40mm tubes.
Then kept fixed between the two frames.
Milling cutting...
...makes those 'fish mouths'...
...for perfect fit.
Status March 21st 2021.
Obligue tubes mounted temporarely.
And the short side tubes. The thinner horizontal.
More fish mouths... those obligue tubes can be pushed in place.
Four tubes meets
Five tubes!
The first diagonal...
...and the first cross done!!


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