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Does anyone know if Revell or anyone else issued a LEM module to go with the 40th Anniversary issue of the Command Module/Service Module that is currently avalaible in 1:32 scale? If not, is there a kit that would connect to this kit to connect them both together in the same scale?

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No 1/32 scale LEM was ever done for the mass market. There was one done in resin (or was supposed to be...don't know if it was ever finished), but VERY pricey.

Largest uniform scale was 1/48 (old Revell kit). Not 100% accurate out of the box. You'd need the accurizing sets from New Ware to do the Block II CM & man-rated LEMs.
 

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Thanks FF!

Did the Revell 1:48 scale have both CM/SM and LEM as 1 kit? How long ago (approx) was it issued?

EDIT:I'm finding Revell Apollo 11 Columbia and Eagle kit in 1:96 scale. Is this the kit you were referring to?

I might want to try and find that kit if it is still around...hiding in someones basement.

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Revell has issued over the years the LEM in 1/48 scale the Apollo capsule/command module in 1/32 and the combination of the 2 in 1/96 scale as well as the Saturn V rocket in 1/144 and a Apollo/Soyuz kit which came out in the mid '70s.
 

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Thanks irishtrek...I was looking for a LEM in 1:32 scale to match the currently available Command Module/Service Module combo that Revell just re-issued.

Doesn't look like we have a match at that 1:32 scale...

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Custom Replicas... pricy but awesome... is working on a 1/32 LM... but they have become side tracked on a number of Sci Fi projects and the guy doing the digital development work (John Ortmann... a legend) passed away this year... very sad... I don't know where they are on it... but this link has some very cool WIP pics. http://customreplicas.com/LM.htm It was their doing a 32 scale LM that inspired me to do a 32 scale Mercury and Gemini... the 32 scale Mercury will be released some time this winter... www.crowsnestmodels.com . . http://s172.photobucket.com/albums/w18/drewid142/Mercury 32 scale/ I have a number of Custom Replicas kits in my "to build" stack and they are all spectacular.

I also have one of the old Vista 1/32 LM kits from a while back... it arrived missing quite a few parts, and was lacking the level of detail and accuracy that I was hoping for... it will end up on e-bay some day.
 

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Does anyone know if Revell or anyone else issued a LEM module to go with the 40th Anniversary issue of the Command Module/Service Module that is currently avalaible in 1:32 scale? If not, is there a kit that would connect to this kit to connect them both together in the same scale?

Thanks,

MMM
Airfix is re-issuing their LEM this year.
It's 1/72 scale which would be small for your use.
http://www.scalemodelnews.com/2009/08/new-look-for-airfix-lunar-module-kit.html
 

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Check this out:

http://udonfact.hp.infoseek.co.jp/paper/down/lmdown.html

You could enlarge the parts to 1/32 scale, print them out onto peel and stick paper, stick the paper to sheet styrene, then cut out the parts and glue them together.

Somewhat easier than a scratchbuild, a lot more work than an injected styrene kit or even a vacuform, but it will get you the LM in 1/32 scale and at a really cheap price.
 

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Custom Replicas... pricy but awesome... is working on a 1/32 LM... but they have become side tracked on a number of Sci Fi projects and the guy doing the digital development work (John Ortmann... a legend) passed away this year... very sad... I don't know where they are on it... but this link has some very cool WIP pics. http://customreplicas.com/LM.htm ...
Thanks for the link Drew...hopefully I can get an update on it...and see just how pricey it is.

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http://udonfact.hp.infoseek.co.jp/paper/down/lmdown.html

You could enlarge the parts to 1/32 scale, print them out onto peel and stick paper, stick the paper to sheet styrene, then cut out the parts and glue them together.

Somewhat easier than a scratchbuild, a lot more work than an injected styrene kit or even a vacuform, but it will get you the LM in 1/32 scale and at a really cheap price.
Going that route may be time-consuming but it shouldn't be too difficult, since the Apollo LM has no compound curves.

If you're cutting your own parts from a pattern that was created by someone else, does that qualify as a scratchbuild? Or is it semi-scratch?
 

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For a 1/24 scratch built LM, see:
http://people.itu.int/~meens/model/model.htm
and click on his current project.
I'm also working on one in 1/24 scale. I thought I had more recent photos than this, tho. I've completed the interior except for some home made photoetched panels and bits. The interior is a bear to make. There were at least 2 very different interiors, and of course the one I'm building has virtually no references. The exterior is surprisingly easy. Just time consuming. But doing it yourself, you'll get what no kit can give you: an accurate model.
Vincent's in in my opinion the finest LM model built by anyone in any scale. So far. He's really raised the bar. A must see.
 

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Hey MMM,

This is the kit I was referring to: http://www.ninfinger.org/models/kitplans/revell04808.html

But as I said, you'd really need to invest in the New Ware detail sets to get the appearance of the actual flight vehicles.

There's also the option of using the Monogram 1/48 "First Lunar Landing" kit LEM (New Ware was also making some out-standing detail sets for this too) and getting a really nice 1/48 CSM from Glenn at Realspacemodels. Gorgeous multi-media kit, but there'd be no way to display them "docked." At least not if you wanted to keep the delicate detail on the photo-etch probe.

They build up to some very impressive looking pieces.

If you're interested in 1/96 scale (the Revell kit you mentioned), also keep an eye open for the Heller CM & LM kits (they say 1/00 scale, but if there's a difference in size, it's not noticable). They're more simplified than the Revell...but not by much since neither is accuarate. With a little work, they build up pretty nicely too. They pop up on the 'bay fairly often. Usually $5 - $10 each.

As for the customreplica's model, yes, it could be an exceptional model, but like too much of the stuff Jim Key's gotten involved with, I have my doubts it'll ever get done.
 
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