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Old 12-24-2010, 11:52 AM
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The Neubauer LJI in 1:30 scale is nearly finished. I have just one question before I attach the scaffold onto the capsule: did the LJ round 5B have a white band above the scaffold mounting ring. ROTW page 184 shows that the real one "might" have had white band, but page 186 shows it without.

I'd like to resolve this before I attach the scaffold to the capsule.

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These NASA photos also shows the white band.

http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/history...s/S61-01673.jpg

http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/mirrors...AN/10073444.jpg

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Here's where it's at now. Booster and fins are painted, capsule is painted, LES is completed--including the nozzles. The scaffold is still removable so I can apply the white band. I'll do the orange details on the fins with adhesive film after the silver paint has completely hardened and degassed. It's taken over a year to build so far--I can wait a few more days!
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I'll do the orange details on the fins with adhesive film after the silver paint has completely hardened and degassed. It's taken over a year to build so far--I can wait a few more days!



It may take over a year for the silver paint to completely cure. I have the worst luck with it.


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Beautiful work, as always, Jeff.
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A nice looking finish on the model. I have one of his 2.6" diameter capsules waiting to build.

This site has a pretty good reference for the use of the Mercury Spacecraft in pretty much very guise. Capsule 14 which flew on LJ-5B appears to use the band around the base of the antennae fairing. I think it was common on any production capsule as opposed to boilerplate.

http://www.spaceinminiature.com/ref/merc/merc2.html
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Thanks. Those are good photos. I wish I could get a color photo so I can get a handle on the correct shade of orange on the fins.
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After a little math and two tries with my TOTALLY LAME circle cutter (I'm ordering an OLFA tomorrow!) I sliced out the white band for the LJI antenna cone from white Monokote adhesive film.

Ya' know, even though it looks like it's made by Fisher Price, this circle cutter is pretty darn sharp! Mary was able to stop the bleeding. TBC
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