|Blok A topped off with Blok B amongst its colleagues. Both stages are still not glued together.|
|No, not Blok S. It's Blok V. Let's not make it more confusing, PK. |
The curved pieces actually are the third stage's engines.
|Of course, in macro nothing looks flush any more.|
|...But it really looks great. The greeblies make it a real looker. |
The long cable run isn't yet completely glued, the top still is loose to be able to add the latticework.
|a beauty shot in the January sun.|
The N1's third stage, Blok V, has a peculiar property. Its engines are embedded in a heat shield. High up in the atmosphere, the width of the exhaust flame is much wider because of the lack in pressure at that altitude. because of that, the flame could damage the systems of the rocket close to the engines. To prevent that, the stage uses a heat shield to protect the fuel lines and pumps from the flames. The Saturn V also had a heat shield like this on its 2nd stage. But the N1's third stage also jettisons the lower part of its hull exposing the piping underneath to the elements. Bus also shedding extra weight. By looking at the (accentuated) texture of the heat shield I presume they used a kind of tiling of some sort as a protective layer.
|And again, some more cutting of triangles from the lattice.|
|Adding the parts in which the engine bells will be placed.|
Also, I have started working on the hull of Blok V. I messed it up the first time round, the picture here is of the old hull part. I was a bit too enthusiastic with my embossing tool and the hull showed too much angular features after glueing. So it was reprinted (in the copy shop, to maintain the same colours and gloss) and now awaits cutting. I just finished the engines and the heat shield, more on that in the next post.
See you soon,