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Apollo 11 Eagle - First LEM on the Moon
« on: Mon Mar, 20, 2017, 06:34:PM »
Here are some photos of my latest finished client build-a 1/48 scale Apollo 11 Eagle, the LEM used during the first lunar landing back in 1969. The model sits about 10 inches above the base which features a lunar surface decal made for me by MEATLOAFr, a member over on All Scale Trek:

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Closer view:

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr


Below are photos of the wooden shipping crate I custom built for shipment to So Cal. Care was taken to ensure nothing came in contact with
the model's more fragile photo-etch and resin bits. The base locks in using foam and foam padded wooden blocks; another padded wooden block sandwiches the acrylic rod at about the middle of the box (one half in the box and the other half on the underside of the lid); and a padded conical wooden dowel docks with the conical upper hatch of the LEM to lock it in place. I built the crate using plywood and birch cut on my portable table saw before being glued and screwed together:

Wooden Shipping Crate by trekriffic, on Flickr

LEm in Crate by trekriffic, on Flickr

The lid with stenciled lettering done using a black marking pen:

Crate lid by trekriffic, on Flickr

Special instructions were included to ensure a successful LEM deployment:

Special Instructions by trekriffic, on Flickr

Shipped her on Saturday and she's out for delivery today. The Eagle will be kept in a 15" tall acrylic display case provided by my client. Hopefully he sends me a photo of the LEM in her new home.
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Re: Apollo 11 Eagle - First LEM on the Moon
« Reply #1 on: Mon Mar, 20, 2017, 06:47:PM »

        Very  nicely done      --  with both builds

   I didn't know the contact probes were so long  ,
      or so much of it's surface was black  --   what was the material  ?  It was painted aluminum ?

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Re: Apollo 11 Eagle - First LEM on the Moon
« Reply #2 on: Mon Mar, 20, 2017, 09:15:PM »
(Standing Ovation) Woooo! GREAT model, amazing presentation too!

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Re: Apollo 11 Eagle - First LEM on the Moon
« Reply #3 on: Mon Mar, 20, 2017, 11:10:PM »
Excellent work on this, Trek
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Re: Apollo 11 Eagle - First LEM on the Moon
« Reply #4 on: Mon Mar, 20, 2017, 11:15:PM »
Awesome!

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Re: Apollo 11 Eagle - First LEM on the Moon
« Reply #5 on: Tue Mar, 21, 2017, 01:17:PM »
I didn't know the contact probes were so long, or so much of it's surface was black  --   what was the material  ?  It was painted aluminum ?

The black panels are inconel, black aluminum paper. I used metallic black bare metal foil (basically painted thin aluminum foil-silver on the backside) or adhesive backed black vinyl paper on the model. Pieces of paper toweling were wadded up and placed underneath to give the panels that wavy look you see on the actual LEMs.
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Re: Apollo 11 Eagle - First LEM on the Moon
« Reply #6 on: Tue Mar, 21, 2017, 01:18:PM »
(Standing Ovation) Woooo! GREAT model, amazing presentation too!

Thanks Jason. Much appreciated!  ;D
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Re: Apollo 11 Eagle - First LEM on the Moon
« Reply #7 on: Tue Mar, 21, 2017, 01:19:PM »
Excellent work on this, Trek

Thanks a lot Q!
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Re: Apollo 11 Eagle - First LEM on the Moon
« Reply #8 on: Tue Mar, 21, 2017, 01:22:PM »
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Re: Apollo 11 Eagle - First LEM on the Moon
« Reply #9 on: Tue Mar, 21, 2017, 01:30:PM »
Here are some more detail pics...

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr

Apollo 11 Eagle by trekriffic, on Flickr
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Re: Apollo 11 Eagle - First LEM on the Moon
« Reply #10 on: Tue Mar, 21, 2017, 04:02:PM »
That's a very, very nice model man. Well done.

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Re: Apollo 11 Eagle - First LEM on the Moon
« Reply #11 on: Wed Mar, 22, 2017, 10:56:AM »
WOW! Awesome! I wouldn't be able to build the box like that,  :P  never mind the ship. Excellent!
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Re: Apollo 11 Eagle - First LEM on the Moon
« Reply #12 on: Wed Mar, 22, 2017, 12:40:PM »
That is an amazing project! I am sure your client will be pleased.

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Re: Apollo 11 Eagle - First LEM on the Moon
« Reply #13 on: Wed Mar, 22, 2017, 03:08:PM »
Well done!

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Re: Apollo 11 Eagle - First LEM on the Moon
« Reply #14 on: Fri Mar, 24, 2017, 07:00:PM »
Wow is that nicely detailed, so realistic!!!
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