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Airfix A11170 Apollo Saturn V 1:144 Scale Series 11 Plastic Model Kit
- 1:144 scale plastic scale model kit
- Construction and painting required: yes, glue and paints need to be purchased separately
- Skill level: 3 (where 1 is for the beginner and 4 is for the more experienced modeller)
- Dimensions: length: 768mm x width: 132mm
- Number of parts: 78
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The Saturn V (pronounced "Saturn Five") was a multistage liquid-fuel expendable rocket used by NASA's Apollo and Skylab programs from 1967 until 1973. In total NASA launched thirteen Saturn V rockets with no loss of payload. It remains the largest and most powerful launch vehicle ever brought to operational status from a height, weight and payload standpoint.
The largest production model of the Saturn family of rockets, the Saturn V was designed under the direction of Wernher von Braun at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, with Boeing, North American Aviation, Douglas Aircraft Company, and IBM as the lead contractors. Von Braun's design was based in part on his work on the "Aggregate" series of rockets, especially the A-10, A-11, and A12 in Germany during World War II. The three stages of the Saturn V were developed by various NASA contractors, but following a sequence of mergers and takeovers all of them are now owned by Boeing.
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That aside the rest of the rocket still looks as good as it did all those years ago, each of the stages twists and locks bayonet-style into each other so the assembled rocket fits together very securely, naturally some detail is compromised because of this and also around the engine assemblies where in reality you'd see an endless network of piping and wiring but there's plenty of scope to add this if you feel your skills are up to the task.
Get one, build it, and display it - the Saturn V still reigns as the most powerful, complex, and successful machines ever built by man, and it looks great on your desk !
there are some errors in the instructions though , airfix doesn have the paintwork instructions right for the saturn v here, and i had to refer to photographs on goole and dvds to see how it actually was. also a couple of parts were numbered incorrectly, and some transfers were a puzzle.. where do they go? no idea?
painting the LEM was a challenge because the instruction wasnt clear either, along with the colour indications
its a great model to have around and i love it, but i think airfix have been a bit careless with the instructions on this one
As others have said, the original was one of the great machines and engineering triumphs of the 20th century and to be able to build a scale model of this is a real pleasure - and a (good) challenge.
The instructions were mostly well laid out, some of the part numbers were a bit difficult to see but apart from that well made. Best tip is to dry fit parts to test before gluing and if necessary use an emery board to lightly sand down any rough areas from the moulding process.
I'm may paint it at a later stage but it looks fine with the supplied decals and a bonus is all the rocket stages separate. Might have the model bug now, oh well out to the garden hut for me then!
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