Instead of attempting to “re-do” the Revell CSM, I chose to replace it with the Real Space Models 1/96 Apollo Block 2 CSM resin kit, which also includes a vacuum-formed Boost Protective Cover (BPC), which fits over the Command Module during ascent. The Real Space kit is the only one that provides the BPC. The LES, or Launch Escape System tower is taken from the Revell CSM and cemented to the Real Space BPC.
Also purchased from Real Space were the cast-resin 1/96 “Batted F-1 Engines. ” All of the flight article Saturn V first stages had insulating blankets wrapped around all five of the Rocketdyne F-1 engines, in order to prevent thermal interactions from affecting engine performance. Except for Real Space, no one has ever provided accurate version of the insulated, or "batted” versions of the F-1s.
Through eBay, I also found an provider called “North American Engineering,” who sells a set of cast-resin detail parts for the S-IVB third stage. Most of this is covered better by the New Ware set, but the parts that interested me were the parts for the Instrument Unit (IU), which was the guidance and control system of the Saturn V and rode on top of the S-IVB, just under the Lunar Module attach points. As far as I know, this is the only IU “model” that’s available.
Disassembling a model you’ve owned for over 20 years is almost traumatic. You typically only do this kind of thing if damage has occurred. But we held our breath and began the work.
The results of the re-build are quite impressive to me, and I worked on the thing.
The “big bird” is now back on the LUT & MLP, and looks every bit as realistic as the pad complex it rests on – which was the reason we did this.
My sincere thanks to:
Glenn Johnson of Real Space,
Tom Kladiva and the staff of New Ware,
and Abel Acosta of North American Engineering.
Without their work to create these incredible detail parts, this restoration job could not have been so successfully accomplished.
CLICK HERE to go to the Shutterfly Album for the detailed photos of the Saturn V rennovation process.