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Apollo 11 Lunar Module LM-5 1:32 Model Craft Kit For Revell Command Service Module CSM
LUNAR MODULE LM5 MODEL KIT 32 SCALE FOR REVELL COMMAND SERVICE MODULE CSM


 
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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 HoustonFlight@EduCraftDiversions.org.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Be sure to have a look at the other craft kits... and see what Edu-Craft*Diversions does.

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 embossing.
  • 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" parts.
  • 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.)
  • Small 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 snack packaging).
  • 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 media...!

Edu-Craft*Diversions seeks 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 kits.

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 designed:

- Removable Landing Pad Contact Probes

- All Hatches Can Be Posed Open or Closed

- Radar, Steerable and EVA Antennas Articulate

- Poseable Landing Radar

- Deployable MESA (Modular Equip. Stowage Assembly w/TV Cam)

- Tranquility Lunar Surface Display Stand

- Removable Forward Cabin with Accurately Researched Interior

- “Capsule Occupants”

- 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 process:

- 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 omitted.

Suggestions for other kit ideas are welcome...

ABOUT LM-5

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 Paper Spacecraft.”

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 Stuff dvd.

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...

Let’s cook.