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 Post subject: 1/144 Apollo Saturn C-8
PostPosted: Wed 30 Nov 2011 15:52 pm 
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I've been intrigued by an old von Braun design I came across a while ago. Although the drawing is labelled as 'Nova launcher' it appears to be practically identical to the proposed Saturn C-8 design.

The drawing is contained in a 1961 NASA report entitled “Large launch vehicle system for a manned lunar landing program” ( document ref. MPR-M-SAT-61-5 , a copy of which can be downloaded from the NASA NTRS server ). The drawing of the Nova vehicle can be found on page 50, and there is also a copy of the drawing at http://up-ship.com/blog/wp-content/uplo ... /nova1.gif .

This launcher was intended for the 'direct ascent' mode for a moon landing, with no messing about in Eaortn or lunar orbit, just a straight shot from earth to the moon, with the entire Apollo spacecraft ending up on the surface.

After a few months spent researching the design, and the direct ascent Apollo design to go on top of it, I set to work and ended up with my usual kit of resin parts.


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Which build up into a 870mm high, 1.5Kg monster

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Now, on to the C-2 and C-3  :D


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All hail to the Rocketman Master :notworthy:
My hat is well and truly off to you sir.

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That is freaking awesome Martin! You should post this in the Real Space subforum at Starship Modeller.

The reference MPR-M-SAT-61-5 is for the "The Apollo "A"/Saturn C-1 launch vehicle system" which has the drawings for C-2 and C-3. The document that has the C-5 is AE-61-0967.

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That IS awesome, Martin! ... As are your other builds!  Absolutely fantastic stuff going down there, mate! :notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:

Are all those rockets the same scale i.e. 1/144?

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