Well, Juno is finished. In the end it became a good looking thing anyway. It's all in the details, as usual. From plain metal pins I made the structure on which the two small mid- and low gain antennas are placed. The antennas themselves are made from paper cones and a pin end for one and a nail head for the other. I glued it all with CA, or super glue as most people call it. Drip it on, put it where it must go and it's glued. Wonderful.
|Hmm. Small probe.|
I had to compare it with the Voyager probe for detail reference and size. How that looks and more after the break.
|Note the Junocam in the lower left. It has a 'real' lens. The voices in my head told me to do this. Me crazy.|
|The magnetometer boom greeblies. Squared trumpets to blare triumph at the arrival at Jupiter.|
|The antenna structure...|
|...and the low and mid gain antenna on top.|
I took out the recent build of the Centaur carrying Voyager and put them next to each other to compare:
|The older two-engined version of the Centaur is shorter and has its natural finish. Same diameter.|
|The detailing is more or less similar. That's nice to notice. The Voyager has a lot more latticework, though.|
|Business end. I used a different engine bell on the new Centaur. It all might be a little bit off-scale but I don't give a flying hoot. It looks the part. At least to me. (-;|
After that I started on a test build of one of the solid rocket boosters to see if I could get the cone into a more realistic shape. I used a pressed cotton ball for the rear end, since I discovered the business end of the SRB is rounded. So far, I like it. Alfonso from AXM is busy working on an even better model. I think the CCB I made is fine, though.
|The engine bell is not the right shape. It needs to be longer and a bit more narrow.|
|This cable run over the length of the SRB houses a detonation device to blow the rocket up when it is going rogue.|
|I redid the nose section. But it is still too long and not curved enough..|
|But it looks good on the Atlas main core booster.|
But take note, this is a testbuild. The 5 SRB's fr my Atlas yet have to be built.
So far for now,