THE PICTURES ARE OF THE BUILT APOLLO
11, LM-5 1:32 CRAFT
KIT, NOT AN ACTUAL SPACECRAFT.
Un-built , 1:32 scale, heavy
paper, art craft model kit of
Apollo 11, Lunar Module Number 5 (LM-5)... The greatest vehicle ever produced by
humankind, in a static display homage to that most inspired moment of history.
To display with Revell’s Apollo Command Service Module (CSM) 1:32 scale (No. REV 5086) (not included).
The craft kit includes:
- 50 qty. 11” x 17," 32 lbs. Test, Heavy Paper
Printed Parts Sheets.
- 1 CD with the 225 Page
Procedures Manual as a PDF file.
These will be sent without commercial packaging with the printed parts
sheets rolled, in simple postal packaging to keep costs at a minimum.
Expect full support for this item.
As with all Edu-Craft*Diversions’ items... Replacement parts will be
supplied at little or no cost... Contact
Be sure to have a look at the other craft kits... and see what Edu-Craft*Diversions
Unlike Edu-Craft*Diversions’ other models, this project will call for
the builder to supply a higher degree of their own support supplies... mostly
common household materials, in a method we’ll call, “MacGyver-ing.”
Some other less common supplies will also be needed. This is due to the LM’s intricate design and
assemblies; antennas, struts, foil etc...
All of which are advised for easy sourcing.
Examples of needed supplies (not included) are:
- Tools: Sharp Scissors, craft
knife, needle nose pliers, large sharp straight edge for fold
- White Glue (Elmer’s
Brand, IE.), “Super” glue, and scotch tape.
- Several marking pen
types: Metallic Gold, Metallic Silver, Black (Fine & Full Tip),
Common Text Hi-Liter (blue or purple for window tint)
- Probes For Glue
Application and Fine Parts manipulating (toothpicks, Sharp
Pencil, e.g.).Tweezers, Paper Clips, Clothes Pins for "Clamping"
- Common Household
Corrugated Cardboard For Sub-support, in Varied Thicknesses. (Corrugated cardboard is actually the
recommended media for sub-support than, say balsa wood, resin or
polystyrene plastic, since it affords the needed flex properties needed
for this design.)
Containers/Envelopes for Parts Organization.
- Standard Pencils.
- Optically clear,
transparent plastic (as sourced from common product packaging).
- 4 or so types of gold,
copper and silver colored metallic foil (as sourced from specified food or
- Several sizes of paper
clips, for various struts, landing gear, etc., as base rod stock. Wire extracted from twist ties for fine
antenna assemblies. A few sizes of
stick and safety pins as both tools and rod stock.
We’re emulating Neil and Buzz’s Apollo 11 MacGyvering of the ascent
engine switch on the lunar surface using a ball point pen... or those Grumman
engineers who would build prototype models using paper clips and cellulose
to reproduce the actual artifact, with all of its design, manufacture and usage
appearance, without need for paint, which, after all, just looks like paint, not construct
material. It emulates the feel of how
the actual, flown article was.
The 220 page Procedures Plan will guide you through, step by step in
producing all of the model details shown.
Every detail of the design has been dutifully documented and worked out
as well as the procedures for their execution.
For example, the double-helix Omni-Directional antennas will utilize a form-jig procedure, supplied in the parts sheets. Any
experienced modeler, with a bit of patience, a fair eye and a steady hand can
achieve, or surpass the shown results.
Special procedures and techniques were developed for configuring all of
the fine, intricate parts, such as Landing Gear, Omni-Directional, Steerable,
VHF and Rendezvous Radar antennas.
Are you a, “Go?”
Build time is comparable to the Edu-Craft*Diversions’ Saturn V Launch
Umbilical Tower (LUT) model or LM-5 Apollo Guidance Computer Life Size replica craft kits,
but considerably less than their Space Shuttle 39A 144 & 72 Launch Complex
If interested in having an LM-5 built for you, contact and will advise. Cost will be based on build time... Or, an advisory extended to aid in acquiring
a built LM-5 1:32.
Every effort has been made to make this the most detailed and
accurate Lunar Module model available anywhere, with all assemblies finely
Removable Landing Pad Contact Probes
All Hatches Can Be Posed Open or
Radar, Steerable and EVA Antennas Articulate
Poseable Landing Radar
(Modular Equip. Stowage Assembly w/TV Cam)
Tranquility Lunar Surface Display
Removable Forward Cabin with Accurately
Removable Docking Drogue
The strenuously researched LM sub structure detail accurately depicts LM
without its thermal coatings Kapton “foil” and panels installed and would
itself, make for a worthy display article to go along side Revell’s CSM 1:32
model, which also displays exposed internal structures.
Original Grumman scaled drawings were obtained and used for the design
- In-house, 1968 Grumman Document, Report to NASA ARP 325-7B
- Landed Angle Grumman #DWG LDW320 -23103 Scaled Drawing
- Hardpoints Volumetric Constraints Grumman #ASK328-11028 Scaled Drawing
Locating and obtaining these scaled drawings, in and of itself, was no
small feat since, incomprehensibly; all LM blueprints were destroyed at the
conclusion of the Apollo program. None are known to
exist today. What is available now are essentially
public relations and/or generic, unscaled early LM diagrams. These common online diagrams and resources
were considered to be either unreliable, unclear to interpret, not applicable
to precise spacecraft dimensions or inconsistent with each another.
A Toppings Lunar Module Grumman Contractor Model was also obtained and
utilized for overall reference. This is
the contractor model that was always utilized during the Apollo Program for NASA Public Affairs, press conferences, mission demonstration and television news
broadcasts. It was always seen next to
Walter Cronkite during landing coverage.
It too, a worthy addition to anyone’s manned space flight collection.
Other research was confirmed by direct visual interpolation of Apollo 11
mission, LM5 close-out and LM-5 production photography. 1,000’s of hours of research and design,
over a period of a year and a half, have gone into producing this craft kit.
This model might also serve as an excellent candidate for adaptation to a
flying R/C Quad Copter Lander, if built with internal or heavier structures
Suggestions for other kit ideas are welcome...
Lunar Modules varied in appearance from mission to mission. If this is intended to be used as a basis for
a film project, please be advised, the scheme for this model is that of a
dedicated LM-5, Apollo 11. All other LMs
varied in appearance. Each Lunar Module
was individually hand built by Grumman, Bethpage, NY, under
advisement of their corresponding flight crews.
The process took over a year to complete and by launch date, the vehicle
had quite a gone-over and amended look.
Apollo 9 Astronaut Jim McDivitt called the Lunar Module, “The Tissue
As with all Edu-Craft*Diversions' kits, the build
experience will benefit from the same kind of focus exhibited by the
very astronauts who operated the spacecraft. The build is likened to
a sort of astronaut psychological test... as seen in the The Right
In the Imax Hubble film, Astronaut
Story Musgrave, who performed the space walk to refurbish the Hubble Space
Telescope, shared how he had a myriad of tiny screws to work during the
spacewalk retrofit. He had to adopt a sort of Zen attitude towards
the work. He focused on doing only one tiny screw each at a
time, so by the end of the job, he had ostensibly worked one tiny screw.
Sure to make for hours of fun, build Diversion...