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Old 09-25-2017, 12:45 PM
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Default Art of Scale Rocketry Vostok

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Old 09-28-2017, 10:15 AM
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Thank you for posting this; I think there's also a somewhat blurred launch photograph of a "fun scale Soyuz" in the book, but I don't know if it was the same model as is depicted in the model plan. The book contains other simple scale model plans, too--off the top of my head, I think they include a Juno II, an ASP, and a gap-staged Aerobee 150A (there may be others, but I can't recall), and:

I can hardly wait for the scan of "The Art of Scale Model Rocketry" to be put up on the NAR's website. I help a teacher in the isolated community of Eagle, Alaska who uses model rocketry in her students' STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) classes, and she prefers creative rather than "put flap A into slot B" projects (in model rocketry, electronics, and amateur radio). Being able to do such creative scale projects would be just the sort of student activity she prefers, and being able to use model rocketry to also teach history would be an added bonus!
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Thank you for posting this; I think there's also a somewhat blurred launch photograph of a "fun scale Soyuz" in the book, but I don't know if it was the same model as is depicted in the model plan.


The "fun scale Soyuz" was something from a kitbash session at model rocket convention. It was just a crude BT-50 model with strapons rolled from the kit stuffer or instructions.

I will confess that I never built the exact Vostok in "Art of Scale." I did build a Soyuz along the same lines at the same scale, but simplified it down to a Vostok for the book.

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Old 10-06-2017, 09:14 AM
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The "fun scale Soyuz" was something from a kitbash session at model rocket convention. It was just a crude BT-50 model with strapons rolled from the kit stuffer or instructions.

I will confess that I never built the exact Vostok in "Art of Scale." I did build a Soyuz along the same lines at the same scale, but simplified it down to a Vostok for the book.

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Peter, thank you for providing these details. If you could "re-construct" plans for that "fun scale Soyuz" (its strap-on boosters could be rolled from readily-available office supply store-sourced card stock, today), they would make a nice little "bonus item"--which teachers, Scout, Camp Fire USA, and 4-H leaders, etc. could use--that could go along with the online scan of "The Art of Scale Model Rocketry." The book itself would be great for Industrial Arts teachers and "Shop class" teachers to use, because of the activities such as scaling (including from un-dimensioned sources and pictures), turning nose cones and transitions, and masking & painting (with brushes, spray cans, and a compressor/airbrush) that you described in it, and:

That--while I find it interesting from an historical standpoint (I like learning the stories behind how and why my favorite books were written and compiled as they were)--is certainly no misdeed. There's no question that your particular Vostok scale model, if built "by your book," will fly stably. The main thing is that you devised realistic-looking, yet not dauntingly difficult to build, booster/sustainer attach trusses and the "open-air, geodetic basket-weave" interstage framework. Using "Rockets of the World" or "Twelve Soviet Missiles of the Cold War," history-minded (and/or less bold) builders could use your Vostok model plans to build even simpler R-7 Semyorka-based scale models--Sputnik I, Sputnik II, Sputnik III, or the various versions of the R-7 ICBM itself.
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Peter, thank you for providing these details. If you could "re-construct" plans for that "fun scale Soyuz" (its strap-on boosters could be rolled from readily-available office supply store-sourced card stock, today), they would make a nice little "bonus item"


I believe I had got a plan for a Vostok along those lines printied in Sport Rocketry many years ago. I'll have to see if I can locate it.

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I believe I had got a plan for a Vostok along those lines printied in Sport Rocketry many years ago. I'll have to see if I can locate it.

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I vaguely recall that one--yes, that would be a very good "starter project" plan that kids, teachers & group leaders (and other adults) who are new to DIY scale modeling in model rocketry could build using "The Art of Scale Model Rocketry" as a guide. For class and youth group projects, they could set up a 'production line' rolling & joining the strap-on boosters' cones, frustums, and tubes, and also for assembling the trusses and interstage frames. These types of activities build skill through practice (which resides in the hands as well as in the mind and the eyes, once it's developed), which will help the participants in future scale modeling projects (such as building from the other scale rocket plans in the book) and in building & painting projects in general.
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