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surfduke
07-28-2007, 10:52 AM
I will be releasing My 1:48th scale Mercury/Atlas kit this week. It is all card-stock. I have used the old Estes pattern, (Plug flight fins on), for a road-map. The capsules will cover all missions, (And rocket body options are also painted for mission #'s). There is a frosted top, and all silver version for all missions. I am in need of a few test builders. I have been designing card stock models on other groups for awhile now. I think this is a project for some folks here, (with more flying model time). The single C engine design, and free download, should make this one a poular model.


Thanks,

Carl
P.S.
I may also release a line only version that can be printed on silver card-stock.

Questor
07-28-2007, 12:19 PM
I'll be interested to be one of your test builders for the card Mercury-Atlas. You can e-mail me.

Thanks,
Paul
NAR 22861
CMASS

surfduke
07-28-2007, 12:40 PM
Got Your PM. Please send Me Your email to the address I supplied in My response.

Thanks,

Carl

surfduke
08-11-2007, 10:09 PM
Here is the new release link:

http://www.mos95b.com/surfduke/-Mercury/

Right click on:

Merc Atlas Rev1.pdf

Save it to Your desktop & click to open.

Carl
P.S.
Instructions will be out soon, (Mike Vink, (My Ghost instruction Guy, (LOL)), is working them up patterned after the old Estes set). I will post the link to them sometime this up-coming week.

pantherjon
08-12-2007, 07:24 PM
Very nice! What is a 'turtles only' build? Meaning go REAL slow on it? :p

surfduke
08-12-2007, 07:51 PM
Wally Schirra would always ask," RUA Turtle?"! You had to answer: "You bet your sweet ass I am.", or You owed Him a drink. I had the honor of meeting Him (6) weeks before He passed away. He will be missed! I included all the missions, (But I am going to build His first)


Here is a Interview segment from one of Wally's talks:

At three minutes into my Mercury flight, when we were still in the Atlas boost phase, Deke Slayton came on the radio with a question I didn't quite expect. "Hey, Wally, are you a turtle?". Of course I knew the answer, but we were on live radio, and I wasn't ready for all the world to hear it. So I switched my mike to voice record, uttered my reply, clicked back and said to Deke. "Rog".

After splashdown, several of us were in the admiral's quarters on the recovery ship, Kearsarge. Walt Williams, in his fast-chatter way of talking, demanded to know what my answer to Deke had been. I flipped on the flight recorder and there it was: "Wally are you a turtle?" "You bet your sweet ass I am."

After Gordon Cooper's flight in May 1963, we were all in the White House. This time, it was JFK's turn, and I was the one he nailed. "By the way, Wally, are you a turtle?" I had to think twice before saying, "You bet your sweet ass.." to the president of the United States.

LEGEND OF THE TURTLE:
Once upon a time, many years ago there was a man who was of good and noble character; without a trace of impurity in his thoughts. Unfortunately all about him he saw persons with vulgar minds unable to think of anything, except in sexual terms. He bemoaned his inability to find others with a similar highmindness, to his own. Like a turtle, he retreated into his shell. Then one day, while partaking of a pint of ale (for purely medicinal purposes of course), he realized that there must be others like him. Forced into bars, and saloons; imbibing alcohol as a balm for the ills inflicted by obscene and vulgar persons.

He resolved to locate all the other pure minded individuals that he could, even if this meant spending his every waking hour crawling from one bar to the next. This was the beginning of the Turtles. He embarked upon this quest with vigor and determination, but, since he was a man of limited means, quickly ran out of money.

Then one day, he got a tip on a horse running at long odds at the local track. The problem was that he had no money left with which to gamble. So, in desperation he wagered his last and most prized possession a donkey which he had raised from birth. Now this donkey was a particularly gentle and temperate animal, with a loving disposition. To lose his donkey would have been devastating, and yet what choice was there if the quest was to continue? Fortunately, he won the wager, and with the money was able to continue in his search for many more years, and begin the association of Turtles we know today.

And so, to commemorate this event, all members of this esteemed organization when asked, "Are You a Turtle?", must respond immediately without hesitation or fear of embarrassment, in a voice as loud and clear as the voice of the questioner: "You bet your sweet ass, I am" Failure to do so at anytime, will be penalized by having to buy a beer for everyone close enough to have heard the original question.

Part of the Turtle Initiation:

I. We assume all prospective Turtles own a Jack Ass. This assumption is the reason for the password. This password must be given if you are ever asked by a fellow member, "Are you A Turtle?" You MUST then reply, "with the secret password." If you do not give the password in full because of embarrassment or some other reason, you forfeit a beverage of his choice. So always remember the password given to you at your initiation!

II. To become an official Turtle you must first solve the following riddles:

1. What is it that a man can do standing up, a women sitting down, and a dog on three legs?

2. What is it that a cow has four of and a woman has only two of?

3. What is a four-letter word ending in "K" that means the same as intercourse?

4. What is it on a man that is round, hard and sticks so far out of his pajamas you can hang a hat on it?

TURTLE CREED

Turtles are bright eyed, bushy tailed, fearless and unafraid folk with a fighter pilot attitude. They think clean, have fun a lot, and recognize the fact that you never get any place worthwhile in life unless you stick your neck out.

The "Turtles" are indeed an illustrious group and include in their membership ranks some of the country's foremost leaders in the fields of government, finance, entertainment, aerospace and all other areas where aggressiveness, a feeling for fair play, clean thoughts and a sense of humor are keys to success.

Started by a group of test pilots during the 2nd World War, the club has progressed to its present position as one whose membership is diligently sought after and highly esteemed by those lucky enough to be initiated. Adherence to the creed and always giving the password when asked are the only responsibilities placed on our membership. You will find that life is more fun and takes on new meaning when you are a "Turtle".


Have a great night,

Carl

Ltvscout
08-12-2007, 09:18 PM
Wally Schirra would always ask," RUA Turtle?"! You had to answer: "You bet your sweet ass I am.", or You owed Him a drink. I had the honor of meeting Him (6) weeks before He passed away. He will be missed! I included all the missions, (But I am going to build His first)


Here is a Interview segment from one of Wally's talks:
Great story, Carl. Thanks for sharing it with us.

surfduke
08-13-2007, 09:01 AM
I have attached the first build pictures.

Enjoy,

Carl

surfduke
08-13-2007, 09:29 AM
See attached for Shock C. Construction steps.

Carl

surfduke
08-13-2007, 03:48 PM
See attached pictures for Review, & Comment.

Thanks,

Carl

pantherjon
08-14-2007, 01:17 AM
Very nice! And thanks for the education on the 'turtle'! :)

surfduke
08-14-2007, 07:25 PM
Please review, and comment on the attached pictures.


Thanks,

Carl

surfduke
08-14-2007, 07:26 PM
Please review, and comment on the attached pictures.


Thanks,

Carl

surfduke
08-16-2007, 10:15 AM
Part #14o & 14p, have been reduced in overall length, (So builders don't have to be trim fit as I showed in the build pictures, (Mike please note that in the instructions)). Part #14q & 14f, have the center holes, (and side holes on #14q), enlarged a bit, (Found this problem in the test build).I have also included the line only version for those Who want to print the model on silver paper.

See this link:

http://www.mos95b.com/surfduke/-Mercury/Merc%20Atlas%20Rev2.pdf

Enjoy,

Carl

surfduke
08-18-2007, 10:14 AM
I have added the Mission numbers to the line only bottom tank files, (and frost option for line only bottom tanks).

Here is the link:

http://www.mos95b.com/surfduke/-Mercury/Merc%20Atlas%20Rev3.pdf

Here is the link to the Parachute:

http://www.mos95b.com/surfduke/-Mercury/Parachute%20Rev1.pdf

I have also attached a first draft of the instructions, (Mike Vink sent). He should be finished next week. I will be trying to test fly on Monday, (Had to push it back from Sunday). I will also try and get the rest of the build pictures up early next week.

Carl

cas2047
10-01-2007, 02:42 PM
Hey does anyone know what happened to this build and the test flight? The project looked very cool and seemed to be coming along very well.