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Old 07-04-2011, 10:51 AM   #61
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I'm lost for words. You've done a brilliant job there. I always wanted a launch pad but never really done it. Your build-up is a great inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing.

What materials are you using exactly? I never used cardboard for building. But your results make me think to try it as well.

You make this all look so simple. If you would put this all together you definitely could sell this as a great "launch pad cardboard kit"

Thanks for sharing this with us

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Old 07-04-2011, 11:39 AM   #62
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Ok, Gonna go into UGM or "Uba Geek Mode" Here! But OMG! Wow!, Fantastic!, Super! Cool! Where can I get one?
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:57 PM   #63
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Thanks again for the compliments. I really credit the existence of this forum and my getting back into it with jump-starting my 1999 projects. It's a great source for inspiration, enthusiasm and support.

Next up is affixing the model to a base, that way I can determine what length the travel tube should be. And then landscaping. It will be plaster coated with (wait for it....) kitty litter! I've used it before on another project. It adds great texture at minimum cost, and it solidifies on contact with moisture, so a couple of coats of matte finish mod-page (it's a decopage finish) really seals it well. Then when you paint it, a wash of dark has many tiny crevices to sink into for an interesting effect. Looking forward to that part.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:53 AM   #64
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Default Itty Bitty Moon Buggy

Just finished a Moon Buggy in scale with the landing pad model, so I thought I'd share some quick photos. I've got a seated astronaut I need to paint to sit in it... maybe tomorrow night I'll get to that.
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Old 08-04-2011, 02:10 AM   #65
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Oliver-

The model is actually mostly white perspex (plexiglass), plastic card sheets, with the sloping skirt being made out of balsa wood filled and sanded (and decorated with more plastic card stock). The main circular surface is gatorboard- that's thin sheets of cellulose with high-density foam in the centre. It's sort of industrial-strength foamcore used by display companies. The pit walls are regular foamcore. I covered the orange/red cross section and pit walls with graphics I printed out that I did in Illustrator and then Photoshop (for weathering), which I affixed with a thin coat of white glue. I was going to light the model using LEDs but discovered a set of white Christmas lights that were the right size and shape that I had set aside years ago (I remembered them and found them the second place I looked!). I wouldn't recommend cardboard because of the scale, although I'm all for cheap material, don't get me wrong.
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:26 AM   #66
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Great work Modernfred!
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:48 PM   #67
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Just want to thank modernfred again for sharing this project with us, and for the latest post summarising the materials used. This is inspiring for those of us who thought such a project would be too involved to get started, and inspiring me to finish something--anything--I've got in progress. Now if only I could find the time...
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:36 PM   #68
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If envy makes you bad, I must be very bad.
Great job Modernfred, amazing detail in the Moonbase and the Landpad.
You have set the bar way too high for my pitifull skills but after seeing your landing pad I will have to make a very simplified model to park my Eagle. It looks amazing, just where it belongs.

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Old 08-04-2011, 03:48 PM   #69
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Thanks for the compliments. I've often found that many of these projects seem more ambitious than they really are. My advice is to plunge ahead, as the satisfaction of each part getting done and coming off well can really motivate one. These dioramas are the first things I've built after more than seven months of being in hospital, being seriously ill and then a mercifully short recovery. The last thing I'd scratch-built before realizing I was sick didn't come off really well, so I was keen to get back to building something and as I have an endless affection and obsession with any Space: 1999 subject I thought I'd do these. The landing pad is actually pretty straight-forward. I reduced it to a set of components that mostly involve cutting and gluing. By doing the sloped skirting as a set of 12 components it made it far less challenging. My advice: go for it, the finished product reflects a cunning design by the original designers that is not too difficult to pull off.

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Old 08-04-2011, 04:05 PM   #70
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Your launch pad is awesome,
i love the paint scheme, you're an airbrush master.

But i can't believe you made a 1/72 scale moonbuggy
in a day or two, what material did you use for it ?
You're a fast and very talented builder.

I bought my 1/72 PE moon buggy on ebay for less
than 20 $ (incl ship.) in january, i was very lucky.

And i also bought a 1/24 moon buggy a while ago
from Jim Small, it's a one to one cast from the
original prop seen on the full scale launch pad.

But i want a 1/48 moon buggy for my launchpad,
and i don't know from where to start from.
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:20 PM   #71
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But i want a 1/48 moon buggy for my launchpad,
and i don't know from where to start from.[/quote]

Take a look here:http://s219.photobucket.com/albums/c...nbuggy_photos/
all measurements are in millimeter.

Helge

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Old 08-04-2011, 05:32 PM   #72
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Thanks again for your compliments. You were indeed very lucky to get hold of that PE moon buggy at that price. I've never seen one loose, if I had I certainly would have grabbed it, as they are very wonderful looking. I have the Jim Small moon buggy, which is an excellent recasting of the Banana Splits kit, which was indeed used in the show. You can see photos of the build-up on my Flickr page:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/modern_...57603291850034

My tiny Moon Buggy was a result of scouring my spare parts bin and discovering suitable wheels. Then I simply built the body from spare bits of sheet plastic of varying thicknesses. A lot of sanding to get the front, side and rear angles. The seat is from an HO scale Mini Moke I found in the spare parts bin as well. Painted it with a glossy coat of Chrome Yellow acrylics. I had a custom decal I cut in half to achieve the bumper pattern as on the original, and drew some details with a very fine point Rapidograph. I have a seated Airfix astronaut in HO scale that I shall be painting tonight who can sit in it.
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:37 PM   #73
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There was a Moon Buggy available in the 70s that I had, a die-cast toy, that if I remember correctly, was approximately 1:48. I had it, and can't imagine why I didn't hold onto it.

http://www.space1999.net/catacombs/m...dstarMoonbuggy

By the way, thanks Moonbuggy for the reference photos.... amazing!
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:53 PM   #74
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A real beauty this "little" Diorama.

i can almost hear the eagles engine running for lift off
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Old 09-04-2011, 04:20 PM   #75
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Well worth all the effort you have put into it. The lighted landing pad looks superb.


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Old 10-04-2011, 12:39 PM   #76
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This is looking FANTASTIC & I love the use of Christmas lights
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:31 PM   #77
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Thank you. Yes, I found those lights on sale the week after Christmas and bought a couple of boxes. They had that nice, unusual round end. Saved me having to invest money in LEDs (though those are pretty inexpensive) and all that time wiring and soldering and sorting the power supply. I'm challenged when it comes to that sort of thing!
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Old 25-06-2011, 11:30 AM   #78
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Hi modernfred

iam joerg from germany

interested in your templates - great stuff

but can´t send you an email :-(
iam to new

maybe you wanna write me an pm - so i will return with my email ??
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Old 28-06-2011, 11:41 AM   #79
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Strange day.
I am actually going to go and do some work on my launch pad.
I know....weird.
I've had the Christmas lights for mine for so long I'll have to check they still work!!.

You're launch pad is stunning.
If I get remotely close to that then I will be a happy chap.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/49602360@N00/
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Old 01-07-2011, 06:19 PM   #80
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This is a beautifull launch pad modernfred, very convincing !

Thanks to share your experience and ideas.
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