Project Mercury Launch Complex and Atlas rocket

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ProfKSergeev

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I hope that you film 'T-minus' is finally ready to go. Still hope to hear if the plans that you used will be available in some form for others who are inclined to undertake this daunting task. Any photos of the completed work ?

Hi, Paul! The miniatures are still being built and we have a tentative shoot date in early June for the effects. I recently finished and test-fit all the stations, easily the most tedious part of this build--

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Here are just some of the parts I cut for those--

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Re the plans, shoot me a PM here and we'll get it sorted.
 

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ProfKSergeev

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Not a glamorous shot, but indicative of how I like my bench: organized, methodical, labelled (this is critical), and ideally set up as a loose assembly line. Here you see the upper corrugation for the service structure in progress. Every day brings me closer to shooting the effects. They're going to be beyond special. I know it.

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ID10T

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I think it's fair to say this is an EPIC build.

And I'm also looking forward to the film when it's ready! I'm also an Apollo fan, so this is right up my alley!
 

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ProfKSergeev

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While I won't be making a habit of redoing old pieces that don't meet my current standards, the original "back patio" on the left was simply too flimsy and, as it turned out, inaccurate to be used, even though it was built from the blueprints. The replacement is on the right.

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Kick plate and handrails so all the tiny people won't fall to their deaths.

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Friction-fit into place on the tower. AC ducts will snake down from the patio to ...

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... this, which is definitely not a face. Here we see the interior of the piece. I'm rather proud of how clean, precise, and strong it is.

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ProfKSergeev

Sr Member
Not to seem too demanding, but any photos of the rocket yet?

No problem, ID10T. The rocket, test stand, and launcher assembly were built by Bill Krause. All three incorporate 3D-printed components by Sean Charlesworth, and the rocket also includes a vacuformed skirt by Scott Todd and decals by Rick Sternbach.

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The escape tower was built by Michael Possert, Jr.

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NostromoCrew

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No problem, ID10T. The rocket, test stand, and launcher were built by Bill Krause. All three incorporate 3D-printed components by Sean Charlesworth, and the rocket also includes a vacuformed skirt by Scott Todd.

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The escape tower was built by Michael Possert, Jr.

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Now that is one beautiful rocket.
 

David3

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Hi ProfKSergeev , do you, or anyone here, know what the 'R' indicates inside the Mercury sigil on the side of the engine cowling.
I think it safe to assume its Rocketdyne as they built the 3 Atlas engines but I've never been able to find any direct confirmation of this.
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