I redid the shroud today. This time I built it in one piece to begin with. I used my usual card to print some rings to hold the green inner rings that I edge glued to form a ring. They weren't glued to the outer rings, these merely were acting as formers.
Then I printed out the shroud on silk gloss photo paper. Nice result. These rings went around the set green rings. Inside I glued the drywall mesh (first I coloured it silver with a sharpie).
The three parts then were joined together carefully and put away to dry. there still are some small rims and not-so-smooth surfaces on the shroud but for now I am happy with it.
The four strap-ons were glued to the central core booster but I yet have to connect them with the system of struts that goes around the bottom part of the stages.
The Soyuz still fits the shroud like a glove and hopefully I can get the shroud to close up nice and clean in the end. There will be another strip of paper over the seam to hide it.
|Okay folks, here we go again!|
more pictures after the break.
|Waiting to dry|
|The shroud in one piece. Very good fit and nice tightly bonded parts.|
|Drywall mesh inside. The conical part is hard to do but it looks okay.|
|After drying, the shroud was cut in two. Half rings were added for strength.|
|The structure in the right part is the entrance from the hatch in the shroud to the hatch in the Soyuz.|
|Still fits fairly straightforward together. One part is glued to the stage, one part stays loose.|
|A strip will camouflage this. I hope.|