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Michael Prator added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: June 20, 2019
13. June at 18:50:17 Share
Chris Greathouse Cool! Following!
13. June at 18:56:32
Nathan Dempsey Interesting kit for sure. I'll follow along.
13. June at 19:00:36
Michael Prator Its been a fun kit because the MMU was so horribly plain and lacking in detail that I was forced to do research and was able to add a lot of accurate details easily.
13. June at 21:31:44
Nathan Dempsey I noticed you had added many details. I saw one of these at a show and it appeared that they gave you the basic shapes as a starting point...
13. June at 21:47:32
Michael Prator Nathan ... the 'out of box' MMU is very basic and uses black circle decals to imply the 24 control thruster jet locations. I pulled up pictures of the MMU at the Smithsonian and found that just using a couple of micro drill bits you can add a lot of details for all of the panel screw locations and I also used a Tamiya plastic scriber I could etch where the panel edges were. There is still a lot of fine detail I *might* add (control switches, brace points, etc) ... but I also may call it "good enough" and move onto the growing pile of kits in my stash.
14. June at 20:47:49
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June 17, 2019

Michael Prator is a member of IPMS Richard I Bong Chapter
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May 30, 2019

Michael Prator wants this item
1:32 Mercury Spacecraft (Crow's Nest )
 
Mercury Spacecraft Window Version
Crow's Nest 1:32
2011 | Changed ???
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30. May at 19:05:48 Share

May 29, 2019

Michael Prator owns this item
1:32 Mercury Capsule, Atlas Booster Resin Kit (Raccoon Models 32-2)
 
Mercury Capsule, Atlas Booster Resin Kit Friendship 7
Raccoon Models 1:32
32-2
1988 | New tool
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29. May at 02:59:18 Share
Michael Prator Just received this kit, but it did not contain instructions and so will need to build using reference pictures from actual Mercury capsule.
29. May at 12:53:06
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May 8, 2019

Michael Prator added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: May 7, 2019
7. May at 13:50:42 Share
Treehugger The addition of "gold" foil is brilliant. :)
7. May at 14:05:06
Michael Prator Thanks - I used MicroScale Foil Adhesive and the kit came with some gold foil sheets. You can pick up gold, silver, copper foil sheet packs (pretty cheap) on Amazon if you search for metallic foil candy wrappers. They are great for a lot of projects - specially for realistic NASA / JPL spacecraft heat shielding.
7. May at 14:15:48
Paul Juliano This looks fantastic! I love the foil.

I was lucky enough to "know a guy" at JPL and I got to visit and see the final assembly room to watch them putting together the Earth and Mars version of the next rover delivery vehicle (same or similar sky crane used in the last delivery). Totally awesome, plus they had some HUGE scale models of their prior probes!
7. May at 14:22:05
Michael Prator The final assembly room is always awesome to visit, along with the "Mars yard" testing area. If you ever get the chance to attend our annual Explore JPL event (one weekend usually in late May, tickets are 'free' but limited) you get to see a lot of the campus including the Spaceflight Operations "mission control" center. The scale engineering models are incredible.
7. May at 15:58:56
Nathan Dempsey Nice build. The heat shielding looks great.
7. May at 18:57:52
Paul Juliano Michael I did get to go to the Mars Yard and see the Earth analog rover. I may or may not have been gifted a scrap of the famously destroyed wheel. It was something I'll never forget. I also got to see The Ops room and I saw the "how to crash into Jupiter for Dummies" from the Cassini desk. (I think it was Cassini anyhow...)
8. May at 01:06:02
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April 17, 2019

Michael Prator owns this item
1:72 Bell X-1 (Brengun BRL72042)
 
Bell X-1 Tamiya
Brengun 1:72
BRL72042
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17. April at 15:26:23 Share
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1:72 Bell X-1 (Tamiya 60740)
USAF
Bell X-1 Mach Buster
Tamiya 1:72
60740 (40)
1998 | Changed decals
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17. April at 15:22:01 Share

April 9, 2019

Michael Prator added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 11 images
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1:24 New Horizons (RealSpace Models )
 
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April 5, 2019

Michael Prator added a new project.
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Completed
1:64 North American X-15 (Revell H-164)
 
5. April at 18:54:46 Share
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1:64 North American X-15 (Revell H-164)
 
North American X-15
Revell 1:64
H-164 (H-164-100)
1961 | Changed box
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5. April at 18:53:26 Share

April 1, 2019

Michael Prator added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 8 images
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Completed
1:6 Gemini Astronaut (Revell H-1837)
 
2. April 2018 at 23:13:27 Share
Michael Prator Gemini Astronat
1. April at 21:08:19
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Michael Prator added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: April 1, 2019
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March 11, 2019

Michael Prator added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: March 11, 2019
11. March at 21:23:17 Share
Michael Prator added a new project.
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In progress
1:24 Pioneer 10 (RealSpace Models )
 
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March 2, 2019

Michael Prator owns this item
1:1400 NTE-3210 N.S.E.A. Protector (Pegasus Hobbies 9004)
Galaxy Quest
NTE-3210 N.S.E.A. Protector
Pegasus Hobbies 1:1400
9004
2009 | New tool
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2. March at 02:53:50 Share
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1:144 Discovery XD-1 (Moebius Models 2001-3)
2001: A Space Odyssey
Discovery XD-1 Nuclear powered deep space research spacecraft
Moebius Models 1:144
2001-3
2017 | New tool
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2. March at 02:52:20 Share
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1:72 Chinese Spaceship (Trumpeter 01615)
 
Chinese Spaceship
Trumpeter 1:72
01615
2003 | New tool
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January 9, 2019

Michael Prator owns this item
1:24 New Horizons (RealSpace Models )
 
New Horizons
RealSpace Models 1:24
201* | New tool
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January 3, 2019

Michael Prator owns this item
1:24 Pioneer 10 (RealSpace Models )
 
Pioneer 10
RealSpace Models 1:24
200x | New tool
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3. January at 06:12:49 Share
Michael Prator added a new project.
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In progress
1:144 Little Joe (RealSpace Models )
 
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1:144 Little Joe (RealSpace Models )
 
Little Joe
RealSpace Models 1:144
199x | Changed ???
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3. January at 06:07:56 Share
Michael Prator added a new photoalbum.
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Updated: January 3, 2019
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December 30, 2018

Michael Prator added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 2 images
1:6
In progress
1:6 Explorer I (Glencoe Models 05901)
Explorer I
US Civil NASA
January 1958
 
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December 29, 2018

Michael Prator added a new project.
Albums: 1 with 6 images
1:72
Completed
1:72 Hubble Space Telescope (Skilcraft 74638)
Hubble Space Telescope
US Civil NASA
 
29. December 2018 at 06:19:18 Share
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1:6 Explorer I (Glencoe Models 05901)
 
Explorer I
Glencoe Models 1:6
05901
1991 | Changed box
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29. December 2018 at 06:16:24 Share
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1:48 Apollo Lunar Spacecraft (Revell H-1838:600)
 
Apollo Lunar Spacecraft
Revell 1:48
H-1838:600
1967
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29. December 2018 at 06:15:20 Share

December 17, 2018

Michael Prator owns this item
1:144 SATURN 1B (Airfix A06172)
 
SATURN 1B Apollo 7
Airfix 1:144
A06172
2011 | Changed parts
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17. December 2018 at 14:55:52 Share
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1:72 Hubble Space Telescope (Skilcraft 74638)
 
Hubble Space Telescope
Skilcraft 1:72
74638
1995 | New tool
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17. December 2018 at 14:53:22 Share
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December 5, 2018

Michael Prator added a new project.
16. January 2018 at 22:45:50 Share
Ben M enjoyed building this when I was a kid, I remember the actual event also.
5. December 2018 at 02:29:04
Lee Fogel Looks terrific! What color green did you use?
5. December 2018 at 03:37:03
Peter Roehrich What an incredible build! Just received this kit from eBay myself and am glad to see how it looks built. If you don't mind, what blue did you use on the solar panels?
5. December 2018 at 12:01:14
Michael Prator Lee, for the green I used a Tamiya Soviet Armor green ... at least I think - I am in the process of moving and all my modeling stuff is still packed away but I should be able to unpack soon and provide the specific Tamiya color information.
5. December 2018 at 13:42:55
Michael Prator Peter, thank you - it was fun and I want to try another build now that I have more research available. I dont remember the specific blue, other than it was Tamiya, but will let you know as soon as I am able to unpack and find the bottle.
5. December 2018 at 13:44:18
Lee Fogel Thank you, Michael. You did a terrific build.
5. December 2018 at 14:33:38
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