Modeling the 1/32 MONOGRAM Apollo spacecraft

After designing and completing a 1/32 lunar module I decided to build the 1/32 Monogram Apollo spacecraft to go along the LM. The Command & Services Modules have a cutaway allowing to see the main displays of the Command Module and for the service module the fuel cells quadrant and the fuel tanks. Many space modelers have decided not to show this cutaway to be closer to reality. However I think you can still be close to reality while showing the complexity of the vehicle.

Unfortunatly, although the kit is great some parts such as the CM displays are just impossible to show. The current representation is only green stickers that vaguely ressemble the real spacecraft. Realspace and NewWare are proposing some conversion kits to replace these stickers, however the difficulty here is that the kits use the Monogram platic parts as a support, modifying the proper dimension of the displays and not allowing to have a full set of control panels if you don't want to have the cutaway version.

It also happened that the astronaut couches in the kit are wrong (too small). For all these reasons I decided to entirely recreate all Command Module control panels and astronaut couches and offer them on Shapeways.


Command Module

In this model all parts related to the pressurized compartment of the Command Module were replaced by 3D printing parts available on Shapeways. I created two possible options :
  1. the Monogram cutaway version with a closed hatch
  2. the Monogram closed version with an open hatch
In the closed version with the open hatch some panels that are not shown on the original model are available here. In the closed version with a closed hatch, only the hatch and a few details such as the urine dump systen will add or replace part on the Monogram model.

The cutaway version

Material :

Additional parts available from Shapeways and NewWare
 for a cutaway version with a closed hatch

(click on the image)







Various patterns needed for the Command Module build (click on the images, the links are also mentioned in the explanation of the build herebelow) :

Click on the images below to get an explanation of the build


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The closed version

Material :

Additional parts available from Shapeways and NewWare
 for a closed version with an open hatch

(click on the image)







Click on the images below to get an explanation of the built. Since I built myself the cutaway version, there is no indication showing the real model so please refer to the cutaway version for information such as installing NewWare parts or fixing the mylar strips on the outside of the command module. For this particular aspect the CM pattern is available for both the cutaway and the closed version.









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The splashdown version

An alternative is to build the splashdown version, the built is quite similar to the closed version. There are three major differences that are listed herebelow

  1. The upper part of the command module cone needs to be cut at the limit between the pressurized and the parachute compartments
  2. YOU WON'T NEED the docking probe and handrail
  3. The tunnel and parachute compartment of the closed version built ARE REPLACED by the tunnel and parachute compartment after splashdown

Service Module

As for the Command Module, the Service Module was highly modified from the original model. I used the highly detailled Apollo exterior set from NewWare and other parts I either designed myself or were designed by Michael Key. In the table below is a list of the various parts I used in this built.

Material :

Additional parts available from Shapeways and NewWare
 
(click on the image)

Various patterns needed for the Service Module build (click on the images, the links are also mentioned in the explanation of the build herebelow) :




Click on the images below to get an explanation of the built. 


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