Paper models, photos and musings of a Paper Kosmonaut

29 January 2016

N1 1/96 [4] - Blok B - done and on to Blok.. V!

Blok A topped off with Blok B amongst its colleagues. Both stages are still not glued together.
Yes, that Cyrillic alphabet is a funny thing. A, B and then comes V, of course. What else? Some people even say it isn't V but W. But that's just in which part of the world you live.

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.

17 January 2016

N1 1/96 [3] - Blok B

The second stage is under way. There's a lot more going on here so it takes a little more time to show you any progress in the build. I'd rather take it slow than to rush it and mess it up.
So, stage two. Fewer engines, just eight, but lots of doodads, thingamajigs and whatchamecallits on the fuselage. Fuel pipe fairings, cable runs, reaction control thrusters, that sort of things. And that is tedious work. Sometimes the 200+gram/m2 paper does the job perfectly but it also is sometimes just a bad choice because of its thickness.
First up were some cable runs, second came the fuel pipe fairings. Just like Blok A, they are slot-based objects and I dread slots. It has tendencies to show big seams and often fits bad. I tried to make the tightly bent and curved fairings from the thick 200+gpm2 paper but they turned out very wobbly and misshapen.

08 January 2016

Time for an inbetweenie: Falcon 9 "Full thrust" 1st stage landing at the Cape [2] - Finished!

The Falcon has landed. Or rather, the Falcon is landing. Because it isn't there yet. In this finished little 1/300 diorama.

 More photos below with some details of the last leg of the build.

07 January 2016

Time for an inbetweenie: Falcon 9 "Full thrust" 1st stage landing at the Cape [1]

After so many repetitive action, I thought it would be appropriate for you all and for me too to do a little inbetweenie for a change.

Just a couple of weeks ago, SpaceX managed a perfect launch of their improved Falcon9 and landed the first stage extremely smoothly almost at the same spot it lifted off from.
Fantastic to watch, it is an incredible achievement:

Alfonso X. Moreno, designer of many great paper space model, surprised us all in just a week after the landing with this pretty 1/100 model of the landed first stage. To keep it a bit of a challenge and because I like to do stuff small an even smaller (for as long as my eyes can keep up with it), I decided to make this one in 1/300. The rocket will measure about 16 centimetres and the whole contraption will be about 9 cm wide at the base. It will be placed on a small picture frame to make a diorama.

Here's what I have been up to the past few days.

One page fits all. I joined some parts and put it all on one A4 to make things easy. 

03 January 2016

N1 1/96 [2] - Blok A

Hello readers.
First of all I want to wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year.

Now what has PK been up to in the past week and a half? Well, he finished the first stage of the N1. That's good. It was hard work. Mainly because of the repetitiveness, as I said in my last post. It is a callus inducing job. But the result is nice.

Here it is. It's big. When I put it on the shelf next to its same scale brethren, its huge. It even dwarves the Saturn V a little because of its bottom cross section, which is 7 meters wider than the Saturn. Adding all the detail makes it even more impressive.

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