PART 3 of 3
Silver foil is crumpled and shaped around the aft reaction control thrusters. Note the ascent engine is now painted satin white.
A small aerial is manufactured to match the one on the front of the model.
The front is masked off and painted grey/green, black and polished aluminium.
A small resin part is added on the port side. Note the aluminium foil on the panel in front of the aft port reaction control thruster and the port docking light.
The starboard side is painted and gold foil fixed underneath with appropriate overlaps.
Panel lines are added. A few strips of aluminium tape are simulated along with some visible kapton rivets or fixings.
The docking light is highlighted in red. Note the different bottom aft panel is one third polished aluminium. There is a slight difference in shape here to the real thing but it is not that noticeable. It can be corrected by removing the front of the panel to line up with where the black square starts and the resulting hole in the from panel filling or covering with plastic card. Also note that where the black square joins the grey/green there is no silver panel line as I couldn't see one on the real thing.
The Port side has now been painted and the panel and rivets added in silver. I have used a variety of techniques to get the lines, two strips of masking tape and paint, dymo tape on top of masking tape and a steel tipped paint pen (shown here), and a steel tipped paint pen directly where panels meet at an acute angle (easiest of all).
Note the green docking light this side. Further silver lines and dots are added as seen in photographs and fixing dots, although not seen here there are a series of fixings around the small rectangular resin part on top of the black panel above the docking light.
The lower back panels are finished with some fixing dots.
The back panel lines are extremely thin. Also the model top panel could do with being a little wider; it's not that noticeable so I have left is as is. This could be improved if individual foil panels (very slightly buckled) were added and painted.
The top panels are painted and fixing dots added. The larger silver circle is a spare docking light glued on face down.
The docking target is completed. The central rod is 0.75mm florist's wire and the bracing is 0.5mm florist's wire.
The front is finally added to complete the main ascent module structure. Some touching up at the joint is required at this stage
Applying fixing dots using "Dymo" tape as a straight edge.
The starboard fixings strips on the front and vent covers are painted.
The port fixings and vent covers are painted; there seem to be fewer fixings on this side both from reference material and photographic evidence.
Most of the "face" is now painted and the support strut is added.
More parts are added and painted. The umbilical connector at the bottom left (aluminium), a handle to the left of the hatch (aluminium), the hand rail supports (aluminium on the front and white on the top of the ascent module) and the hand rail to the right of the hatch (white).
The rendezvous radar is removed from the front of mounting and a resin filler piece is added to give the right shape. It is sanded to match.
The rendezvous radar is made up of resin and photo etched parts. Here the dish has a central column added and is painted before the addition of four 0.5mm thick pieces of wire.
The finished dish compared to the kit original. Note the white strip near the top of the central column. This simulates a gap. In the original there is a gap between the top (Hyperbolic Secondary Reflector) and the bottom (4-Point Feed Horn) of the column. Also this column is more a rounded square shape in reality.
The rendezvous radar mounting is added. There is a small white strip at the bottom (containing gyros) which is masked here ready for black paint to be applied.
The S-band steerable antenna is built from resin parts but uses the kit’s mounting rods. This can be fixed in all manner of attitudes (hence the name steerable). I have attempted to show the position shortly after landing, but different shots of the craft show it in different positions.
The antenna is fixed to it mounting which is covered in silver foil and has orange kapton tape added. The Eagle probably has messier tape than this but the photos I looked at did not show the tape that well.
This is the start of the EVA antenna and is all scratch built. A ring of 0.5 mm wire is made about 4 mm in diameter by wrapping it around a suitable rod and gluing the join.
More strips of 0.5 mm are joined to 0.75 mm wire at the same point, equally around the wire if possible, eight in all.
The ring is attached at the bottom (about 0.7 mm from the joints) and the whole lot painted aluminium.
The EVA antennae (25 mm long) is fixed to a small photo etched mounting and fixed to the LEM. Also note the silver box to the right of the antenna. This was the mounting for it when it was folded away during flight.
New scratch built mountings of 0.75 mm wire covered in foil were used for the VHF antennas. The kits mounts did not fix in the right place and consisted of only two struts instead of three. The holes for the kit fixings had to be filled and new holes drilled for the new struts.
The rear VHF mounts complete with kapton tape. This tape was not as dark as that on the S-band antenna mounts.
The S-band steerable antenna is mounted along with the rendezvous radar at the front.
The four plume deflectors are bent into a curve. This was done with a large paintbrush which tapered. The large curve was added to the bottom and a narrower curve to the top. The frames from the kit are painted aluminium and added to the deflectors.
The VHF antennas are added to the mountings and the docking target is put in place. Care has to now be taken with the delicate antennas in place.
The Ascent and Descent Stages are finally mated. The egress platform has the rungs painted gold, and the two decals are added to the Descent Stage.
The first of the plume deflectors is added. These do not fit as peer the kit instructions due to the extra parts on the Ascent Stage so each has to be carefully attached to the stage trying to get the top of the deflector behind and level with the bottom thruster nozzle.
Each Strut has to be held in place whist it sets.
Strips of foil are added to cover joints as in the real craft. They are to be painted black or gold accordingly.
The finished article...
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