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Old 07-20-2009, 04:35 PM
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Default Revell 1:8 Apollo Astronaut

Friends, Romans, Astronauts...
I've been tinkering with this kit off and on for the last few months, it still needs some work, but if I didn't post it today, it would be a dishonorable pity. Its about 94% complete. There's still some various little wires and connectors I will need to add aswell as a few more greeblies and the boots require some more work aswell as making some buckles for them.
You'll also have to forgive the standard of the LEM leg, as it was a rushed job to catch the light for piccies. Speaking of which here they are. Enjoy .












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Old 07-20-2009, 04:50 PM
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Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!
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more great work Rider!
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:56 PM
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Oh, that's fuckin badass! I didn't even know this kit from Revell existed?

I like the tones and how the decals laid down seemingly conforming to the suit, like the case with the small flag.

Questions: Should the visor be high gloss maybe? I seem to recall it was very reflective to the point of seeing the Earth in one old photo being reflected off the visor itself? And then do you still plan to knock down those visible seams on the arms for isntance? I hope I don't sound like a dick but I also know that everything else I've seen you do hasn't had these type of lil 'oversights' visible?

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Totally cool!!
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Thank you all so very much for sharing in the excitement

DarthDuck, no worries at alll my freind. It is always an honor to me when people take the time and effort to respond to my posts, and such guiding hands and supervisory input from fellow modelers and wonderful artists like yourself are upheld with the highest regard, so thank you dearly and I will attempt to answer your more than welcomed questions, and hopefully not bore you in the process

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I didn't even know this kit from Revell existed?
Me neither. I think it was first produced in 1982? And they rightfully re-released all their Apollo series kits for this anniversary. Unbelievably, Iíve not seen the infamous Airfix Saturn V. (Probably re-released too), but címon Airfix, get it in my local damn youÖ


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Questions:Should the visor be high gloss maybe? I seem to recall it was very reflective to the point of seeing the Earth in one old photo being reflected off the visor itself?
I am learning that the helmet visors have at least two screens. One, a regular clear visor (in one shot of Armstrong in the LEMís shadow, you can actually see his face most clearly). Then I think there is a pull down visor, which is indeed the blacked out one. (There may even be a third, possibly silvered yellow/orange tinted one).

Iíve including on my build the impression of the pull down. This is the strap on the bottom of my visor. I just need to make the rim that is the handle points, essentially a strip that sticks out across its front ledge.

Iíve also added two tabs either side on the top of the visor I referenced from the shot of Buzz on the moon, (I think these may be the handles for a/the third visor).

I first gloss coated this kits visor, but it came out terribly blotchy, probably I have a bad consignment of gloss paint. After sanding the lumps down I settled on a flat black for now. (One bonus for this is in taking pictures, you wonít get a reflection of me and my camera in them ).

But seriously, I was mulling over the notion of using a pair of sunglass lenses to make my own visor for this, but I didnít come across any that would be the right shape without a lot of reshaping work (and probably damage and total failure in the process). One other idea was maybe trying to find some of that screen material people use to blacken out their car windows with. I think that works like decal paper, you can cut to shape and just paste it over. I might very well pursue this idea.

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And then do you still plan to knock down those visible seams on the arms for isntance?
The seams. Totally guilty Iím afraid. This aspect is still my weakest point in modeling. I put a lot of effort on the body to fill it with putty and sort that out. But it still looks no different to before . So the arms I didnít bother with for now. I will indeed try to fix it though. I need to learn to file them down and work with the creases of the suit and that should hopefully build my experience up in combating this



As to the decals I agree, they worked great, and I was frightened they would tare but they settled and shaped into the suit contours nicely. But they are so minimal, just the NASA patches and the two flags were offered aswell as some blurb for backpack. There are clearly mission patches and name tags and other pieces in the photos, but Revell have not included them, so will hope to create these aswell





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Old 07-21-2009, 10:27 PM
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^^^
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Now that's more than I thought I knew about the visor/s there! Now that you mention why, I'd like the idea of trying to use 'window tint film' too, except I might say that with my own limited experience with it and observing pros do some of my cars- I'm not aware of it stretching over a convex shape too well? Could be wrong though? When I've done something like your visor, I just went black base with a high gloss medium. Might choose acrylic, enamel clear or even Future if you like working with it?
But your efforts to replicate the pull down tabs and such is most impressive to me!
IMHO with my own limited working with figures- some seams are actually hard to get knocked down or matched up. But myself, I do what what I can with the plastic then use putty, like Milliput (everyone else likes Aves) and work it into any resulting gaps. Smooth that with a moistened Q-tip to roughly recreate the ridges/linen folds if missing and then again if needed, do a lil sculpting with whatever works, Razor saw to align mismatches, toothpick tips, picks, awls, and sometimes even a light dragging of a Dremel wire wheel attachment if lil creases or such are warranted. But it's a very "workable" and even reworkable process so I like it.

You've obviously done your research and I thank you for sharing that info. I hope maybe something I've offered might prove useful as well?

Still, great fucking stuff!
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Default Re: Revell 1:8 Apollo Astronaut

Very nice job on the figure!

There were actually two styles of helmet used for Apollo. The first is a one piece bubble type, a basic pressure helmet worn during launch and when the cabin was depressed.


The EVA helmet had two visors. The first is the pressure visor, and was clear.


There was a second visor, that could be lowered over the clear one. This was a shade visor, and was plated with a translucent gold coating. Yes, actual gold. This is why most photos show only a reflection of the surroundings.




There was also a set of opaque sun shields, one on each side and one on the middle top. These could be flipped down individually as needed for extra shade.


While trying to find a way to model the visor, I discovered some cheap plastic Christmas ornaments that had a gold plating. Get one the right size and cut out a section for the visor. These are the cheap ones seen in dollar stores. I have a set I got for the 1/12 scale Gemini astronaut, but there must be a size to fit the 1/8.
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There was also a set of opaque sun shields, one on each side and one on the middle top. These could be flipped down individually as needed for extra shade.
Ah.. so that's what those tabs are for .

Thoroughly fantastically done robn1. A clarifyingly fascinating post Thank you
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RIDER!!! DUUUUUUDE! I LOVE THIS! Please sir.... send me the hi res photos and let me know which kit it is.
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Rider,
I'm revisiting this thread because I like it soooo much!
While I envy those who do more figure kits I'm not much of a figure builder usually- BUT, I gotta say, thanks to you this is now one that I'd love to have for myself!

Kudos again.
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Actually, I think this kit dates from back in the Apollo era. (....and I'm talking about the greek god.) It's a real turkey (along with the Astronaut MMU ....thing.)

Rider not only put lipstick on the pig, he lipo-suctioned it and shot it full of Botox. I say try and get some gold foil or X-mas ornament for the visor and take more pics of it. The effort you've made so far deserves it.......

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Thank you all so very much for your kindest feedback and support I'm happily overwhelmed by this shared enthusiasm and it's been without a doubt the best week to share this project with you all.

Kurt - Pics are coming

DarthDuck - I hope you go for it. As your Godzilla exemplified, I know you'd make it rock

Cat - Thank you

Gene - LOL. Come to think of it, (and forgive me other cultures if I'm wrong) he probably was the first astronaut, after all he did have his chariot to pilot . Thank you so much for your support and advice. It is most heeded
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Actually, I think this kit dates from back in the Apollo era. (....and I'm talking about the greek god.) It's a real turkey (along with the Astronaut MMU ....thing.)

Rider not only put lipstick on the pig, he lipo-suctioned it and shot it full of Botox. I say try and get some gold foil or X-mas ornament for the visor and take more pics of it. The effort you've made so far deserves it.......

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AH, THE REVELL MMU!!, NOW THAT WAS A REAL TURKEY!!!!, A SPACE SHUTTLE MMU PAIRED WITH A GEMINI ASTRONAUT!!!!!
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