THE DESCENT STAGE, B, D, F, G AND H SERIES

The early lunar modules were categorized in different classes depending on the kind of mission, the B class was for the unmanned test of the LM, this happened during the Apollo 5 mission around the Earth. Manned flight tests around the Earth (Class D) and around the Moon (Class F) were carried out during the Apollo 9 and 10 missions. The Class G LM (Apoll 11) performed the first lunar landing, it did have a limited amount of scientific equipments and the crew performed only one EVA. The Class H lunar modules carried the ALSEP (Apollo Lunar Experiment Package) and stayed two days on the Moon, the astronauts performing 2 EVAs. The Class H LM of Apollo 12 and 14 were successful while the Apollo 13 LM didn't land on the Moon and was used as a life boat following an explosion in the service module of the Apollo spacecraft.

More or less the Apollo 12 to 14 LMs were very similar but all other LM offered differences depending on the mission. This section will allow you to built any LM you want between Apollo 5 and Apollo 14. If you follow the various steps you will be able to order all individual parts as requested by the LM you choose. However in order to make things easier and also cheaper I combined many parts into one product which will allow you to save money mainly on handling fees. The combined parts are offered in Strong White and Flexible (in this case ordering the combined product or each part individualy is about the same in terms of price) and in Frosted Ultra Detail plastic (combining the parts for FUD makes a great difference since the handling fees is $5 per product, so basiccaly if you combine 9 different products into one you save $40).

The following table depicts the combined products you will need to buy depending on the mission you choose and its particular configuration. In the instruction sections further down you will be able to buy individual parts if needed.
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Descent Stage with  Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly (MESA) closed - Scale 1/32
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Apollo 5
A05                              A05
A05
Apollo 9
A05                              A05
A05
Apollo 10
A05                              A05
Scale 1/24                                                                
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Apollo 11
A05                              A05
Scale 1/24                                                   Scale 1/24
A05
Apollo 12 to Apollo 14
A05                              A05
Scale 1/24                                                  Scale 1/24
Descent Stage with  simple Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly (MESA) open (still covered with thermal blankets) - Scale 1/32
A05
Apollo 11
A05                              A05
Scale 1/24                                                  Scale 1/24
A05
Apollo 12  & Apollo 14
A05                              A05
Scale 1/24                                                  Scale 1/24
Descent Stage with  detailed Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly (MESA) open - Scale 1/32
A05
Apollo 11
A05          A05          a
Scale 1/24                               Scale 1/24                               Scale 1/24  
A05
Apollo 12  & Apollo 14
A05          A05          a
Scale 1/24                               Scale 1/24                               Scale 1/24  


Step 1 : The Descent Stage : Cruciform and Underside

Alternate Steps 1,2 & 3 : Descent Stage Body
if you prefer avoiding scratchbuilding 

Step 2 : Top of the Descent Stage

Step 3 : The Quadrants

Step 4 : Descent Stage Coating

 

Step 5 : Descent Engine, Propellant Drains, Landing Radar, Helium Vents, Landing Gear Uplock

Step 6 : Landing gears

Step 7 : MESA for Apollo 11, 12 and 14, and Egress Platform (G & H missions)

Step 8 : Plume Deflectors and ALSEP Fuel Cask


Step 1 : The Descent Stage : Cruciform and Underside

Material :

3D printed part
from Shapeways 

Scale 1/32

http://shpws.me/qNmh

Scale 1/24

http://shpws.me/qSTc

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Step 2 : Top of the Descent Stage

Material :

3D printed part
from Shapeways

Scale 1/32

http://shpws.me/sW3h

Scale 1/24

http://shpws.me/qVM8

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Step 3 : The Quadrants

Material :

3D printed part
from Shapeways

a5     or     a9     or     a10

Scale 1/32

http://shpws.me/MmYF      or       http://shpws.me/MlfD      or       http://shpws.me/qWcP

Scale 1/24

http://shpws.me/MmYM      or       http://shpws.me/MlfG      or       http://shpws.me/qWcN

 

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Alternate Steps 1, 2 & 3 : Descent stage Body

Material :

3D printed parts
from Shapeways 

   OR   

Scale 1/32

http://shpws.me/qNmh

http://shpws.me/rt8x      OR   http://shpws.me/EA14

Scale 1/24

http://shpws.me/qSTc

http://shpws.me/ruoE    OR   http://shpws.me/ruoH

3D printed parts
from Shapeways 

a5     or     a9     or     a10

Scale 1/32

http://shpws.me/MmYF      or       http://shpws.me/MlfD      or       http://shpws.me/qWcP

Scale 1/24

http://shpws.me/MmYM      or       http://shpws.me/MlfG      or       http://shpws.me/qWcN

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Step 4 : Descent Stage Coating

Material :

3D printed part
from Shapeways

Scale 1/32

http://shpws.me/qURF

Scale 1/24

http://shpws.me/qWcO

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Step 5 : Descent engine, propellant drains, landing radar, helium vents, landing gear uplock

Material :

3D printed parts
from Shapeways

Scale 1/32

http://shpws.me/Eyq9

http://shpws.me/Ew4n

http://shpws.me/Ew4r

Scale 1/24

http://shpws.me/CRyV

http://shpws.me/CS3F

http://shpws.me/CRSv

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Step 6 : Landing gears

Important note : If you intent to build LM-1 (Apollo 5), this step is not needed. LM-1 was launched unmanned around the Earth for testing and had not any landing gear.

Material :

3D printed parts
from Shapeways

a9 or A11

Scale 1/32

http://shpws.me/qZct

http://shpws.me/qZGr

http://shpws.me/MlZ4  or  http://shpws.me/rx3Z

http://shpws.me/r0i9

Scale 1/24

http://shpws.me/r0pw

http://shpws.me/r0pu

http://shpws.me/MlZa  or  http://shpws.me/rx43

http://shpws.me/r1WG

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Step 7 : Modularized Equipment Stowage Assembly (MESA) for Apollo 11, 12 and 14, and egress platform (G & H missions)

Important note : If you intend to model your LM in flight, Its is not nessecary to model the MESA as it will not be open. If you want to show the MESA deployed you will need to choose between a simplified version where the MESA will be covered with 0.5 mil kapton (gold foil) or the detailed MESA where the kapton foil is removed showing the inside of the MESA

Material :

   3D printed parts  
   from Shapeways   


    or       
simplified MESA                         detailled MESA

Scale 1/32                                Scale 1/32
Scale 1/24                                Scale 1/24

fff    or     A9    or     
Apollo 5 & 10                                 Apollo 9                              Apollo 11 to 14

Scale 1/32                                Scale 1/32                                Scale 1/32
Scale 1/24                                Scale 1/24                                Scale 1/24

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The detailled MESA is offered in various parts so it can be possible to show an empty MESA with the tolls removed or a complete MESA. In this case the instructions to complete the MESA are given herebelow

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Step 8 : Plume deflector and ALSEP fuel cask

This is the final step for the descent stage assembly. If you intend to build LM-1, LM-3 or LM-4 (Apollo 5, 9 or 10) this step is not necessary as none of these LMs had either plume deflectors or the ALSEP fuel cask. The plume deflectors were introduced after Apollo 10 when it was felt that the RCS engines could damage the scientific equipment inside the various quadrants. For the first lunar landing (LM-5 for Apollo 11) the LM did not have the ALSEP (Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package), quadrant 2 was basically identical but contained the EASEP (Early Apollo Scientific Experiment Package) that did not required a RTG for power. Consequently LM-5 is the only LM that landed on the Moon but did not have an ALSEP fuel cask.

Material :

3D printed parts
from Shapeways



Scale 1/32

http://shpws.me/qWct

http://shpws.me/uxTk

Scale 1/24

http://shpws.me/qWhS

http://shpws.me/uxTn

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Your lunar module descent stage is now complete, this is how it should look. For comparison I put it next to an old 1/48 Revell model of mine.

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