Standing 363ft tall
and producing 7.5 million pounds of thrust with it's five Rocketdyne F-1 engines
the Saturn V was the largest and most powerful earth launch vehicle ever made.
The 1/70th scale Apogee Components stands an impressive 5 1/2 ft tall when
completed and is also a flying replica of this awesome rocket. After building
the Apogee Components Saturn 1B I decided to complement it with the Saturn V.
Standing together they make an impressive collection.
many ways I found the Saturn V to be a little simpler in construction,
however this kit did offer it's shares of challenges. Most notably were
the application of the vacu-form wraps. The main body tube of the rocket
is quite large and the kit instructions offer 2 ways to apply these wraps,
one using CA glue for application the other using double stick tape. I
decided to combine both applications using the double stick tape to hold
the wrap in place and the CA glue to make the application permanent. There
are 8 wraps to apply to the tubes of this kit. The technique worked
very nicely and using this application left virtually no seam where the
wraps intersected on the tube. Some of the parts for this rocket are also
used on their Saturn 1B, so having built the 1B first eliminated some
of the challenges and problems when I built the Saturn V. Most of these
parts are contained in the upper stages of the Saturn V kit.
is constructed in four sections, the engine cluster, the booster section, the S-IVB
transition and the LM/Apollo transition. The other real challenge I ran into was
painting this huge model. The area being covered was way to large to try to use
a regular airbrush. I don't really like to use spray cans to paint my models as
I don't think they give me a way to control the paint that is being applied. So
I decided to use an automotive touch-up spray gun to apply the white paint to
the large areas. The touch-up gun is sort of in the middle of an airbrush and a
regular spray gun and will adjust out to a very nice pattern to apply large
areas of paint. After priming, I used Rustoleum Gloss White, an industrial
oil base paint for the application of the base white.
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This paint, when
applied over a good primer- surfacer, has very good adhesion and is easy
to tape over. Next came applying the black markings to the rocket.
For this I went back to the airbrush and I used Testors Modelmaster Flat
Black for the paint. A full painting guide is included in the video
instructions and can be printed from your computer. I used 3/4 in
masking tape to mask off the black areas. The challenge here is getting a
crisp line where the black is on the corrugated areas so I applied
the tape loosely and pressed the tape into the corrugations with a
finger nail. I also painted small areas at a time to make sure the
tape was staying in the corrugations.
Next came decaling the
model. The decals supplied give you the option for any of the missions that went
to the moon, and the one that didn't make it, Apollo 13. I decided to decal
my rocket of the Apollo 11 mission, the first mission to land men on the
moon and return them safely to the Earth.
This model also flies and is powered by a 29mm E type solid propellant model
rocket engine and lands in two pieces with a 62 inch parachute on the main
body and a 40 inch parachute at the large transition. Pictures included
with this text show the rocket fully assembled and the four assembled
sections of the rocket.
For those of us who
like to model space vehicles this Saturn V is sure to be a conversation piece.
The model can be purchased from Apogee Components through their website at www.apogeerockets.com.