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Paper models, photos and musings of a Paper Kosmonaut

03 October 2016

There was some stuff happening...

...But it didn't go as planned. The past weeks I have been having a couple of setbacks with paper modelling, It just doesn't go as I want it to go. I worked on Paperpino's rolling cylinder circus, which went quite well but all the little cylinders get either stuck or fall off. Frustrating. Might be because of the reduction in size and/or the paper thickness. Anyway, the automaton itself works fine, the rolling part went wrong. It is a nice thing to build, though. I still want to do some more toy stuff like this.
So much fun to make, yet still not working...

I started with finishing the N1 today, but now it appeared the very meticulous definitive print I made on photo paper of the white top was much too large. I thought I was smart to use A4 sheets with carefully rearranged parts of the fairing but well, of course Photoshop makes it all larger. Back to printing it on 80 gram paper and test until it has the right size.
The N1 needs a nice tight and semi-gloss fairing to fit the rest. The rocket is quality and needs the top to be that too.

Up next are a few options:
- Something with a what-if I already have in my head for ages. a Diorama with the X-20.
- The fabulous SF Cosmostrator designed by Jason Sutton
- a redo of the most beautiful rocket in the world, the Saturn SA-5 with more detail and better paper

My mind now says Cosmostrator, but perhaps it will be something else. I have to buy some shiny paper for it, . 

The Cosmostrator. It's the iconic rocket from an East-German/Polish SF movie from 1960.
Hopefully, there will be something on the cutting mat soon. But there are a lot of things going on here, mostly private stuff, which might cause me to take it all a bit slower and it might take a little more time until I am back model making.

I saw a peak of people visiting my blog because of Rosetta and Philae's mission and final reunion on the surface of comet 67P this week. Nice to see there is interest in such missions. I also think ESA did a tremendous job keeping the public interested in the mission by making these wonderful cartoons about their journey and the progress they made in investigating the comet, and of which the last one which also made my eyes a little misty:



Both probes - and ESA - did a great job.

Well, see you all soon.
--PK
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