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Old 09-29-2008, 08:20 AM
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Now that we are down to the last week, how is everyone's project coming along?

I got my fins glued on yesterday and everything is now painted white. In a few days I will mask and then paint the black. The instructions recommend hand painting the black but I am going to try spraying instead.

A good portion of the small detail parts are built but not quite finished. I will hand paint them and install them after the black paint is done.

My hat's off to those of you who are building multiple Saturns.

I see light at the end of the tunnel, but it is still a very long tunnel!
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:00 AM
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Aaaaaahhhhhhh! Indeed, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Base coat of white on everything. Capsule built. Will be building the trim details while I wait for the paint to dry sufficently before painting the black. I left the fins off and will paint those seperate from the body and apply as if they were details (even put the decals on before attaching to the body). I think it will just be easier that way.

Yeah, those guys building multiple models.....glutton for punishment
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:32 AM
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Started on the sanding/sealing. After the painting is done, the decals will be applied and the
final details of the Service Module will be last. Should be done by this coming weekend.
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:55 AM
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Don.... I had considered painting the fins before assembly like you are doing. It came down to a coin toss, but I finally decided to paint after assembly.

Dave... Yours is coming along nicely. What's the smaller one in the background?
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:32 PM
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Dave... Yours is coming along nicely. What's the smaller one in the background?


That's my Centuri 1/100 scale Saturn 1-B, bought & built back in 1971.
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Old 09-29-2008, 09:57 AM
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Finished mine yesterday down to the last decal. Just need to shoot a few coats of clear on it tonight if the weather holds and I'm all set.

Just to take the heat off Don, I have another one lurking in the shadows that showed up Saturday. That one is not as far along as most its cousins--just treated all the tubes and cut out the various fin skins, shrouds, do-dads etc. last night. Tonight I'll build the fins and build the lower fluted shroud assembly and get the fuel tubes painted. Heck or high water, it will be finish painted this coming weekend and ready to ship early next week.
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:10 AM
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I glued on the fins yesterday, and I'm doing some final detailing work on them tonight. The fin area will need a final coat of primer to check for any imperfections (man, I hope I don't find any...).

I'm hoping to get the gloss white coat on tonight.

I still need to make some of the small detail parts, which I'll work on while the paint is drying.
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:25 AM
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Ive got all the details done, ( not attached ) and everthing is ready to be assembled. I am still wrestling with the fins also. I prefer to paint the tank tubes ahead of time, however masking the shroud after attaching it is a difficult task. I actually was able to finish the entire lower section of the model from the shroud down on the Apogee version which was easier then the first time I built the Semroc one with the assemblies glued together then masking them.


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As John said, we had a few paint, problems. With the 'black' tubes already painted, it made a difference where one set the wrap line. And murphy got us big time, we thought we had four boosters with the wrong reference, but we actually have six that are wrong. 50/50 and an extra one butter side down. But we are well on the way to recovery. Two of the 'black-2-white' rounds went home with someone else to feather the black edges. (we were super efficient and had already masked the USA rectangle, now that has to be undone also) And we are finding that all the detail parts need special edge treatment. So all will be back to white real-soon-now and we can continue with the black this week and weekend.

Eight of our ten rounds, (2 in-work off premmesis) with John's 'Boilerplate' round on right, and Bill's 'originial' unit built 'many' years ago.
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As John said, we had a few paint, problems. With the 'black' tubes already painted, it made a difference where one set the wrap line. And murphy got us big time, we thought we had four boosters with the wrong reference, but we actually have six that are wrong. 50/50 and an extra one butter side down. But we are well on the way to recovery. Two of the 'black-2-white' rounds went home with someone else to feather the black edges. (we were super efficient and had already masked the USA rectangle, now that has to be undone also) And we are finding that all the detail parts need special edge treatment. So all will be back to white real-soon-now and we can continue with the black this week and weekend.

Eight of our ten rounds, (2 in-work off premmesis) with John's 'Boilerplate' round on right, and Bill's 'originial' unit built 'many' years ago.


That's why you guys (and gals) can see my Centuri 1/100 scale Saturn 1-B in the background of my pic. I've been using it for reference (along with other sources) as I'm putting this big thing together. I think it's better to paint the fuel tubes prior to assembly, you just have to pay attention where the Pos. I, II, III & IIII locations are as far as the fins and body wraps. Where Pos. I is, I drew a very light, straight line with a pencil so all of my wraps will start on one side and end on the other. There is a way to mask off those fuel
tubes so the rest of the model can get that all important base white coat.

That's it for now, I'll be back later this evening with more (my kid needs/wants to get on the computer now.... )
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