rocketship/mars lander

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Set piece for a play I built…my daughter in her “Judy Jetson” outfit in foreground…now it’s a play house in our basement.

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#1 posted 08-26-2014 11:58 AM

That’s the whole lunar probe….wow….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 08-26-2014 12:12 PM

Really cool! I bet they have a blast with it!!!

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#3 posted 08-26-2014 12:25 PM

TOO COOL !!! You da dad. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#4 posted 08-26-2014 01:24 PM

I want one of these! Sweet!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 08-26-2014 02:57 PM

Sweet job- projects for kids are always the best!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 08-26-2014 07:52 PM

Very cool…now you have to explain just how you built it

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 08-26-2014 08:05 PM

Great job! How many hours did that take?

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#8 posted 08-26-2014 09:20 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. It took about 40 hours or so all told, and the inspiration was obviously the Apollo lander but also 2001: a Space Odyssey. The drum section consists of 42” plywood circles/donuts, with a ladder -like connection; 1/8 Masonite curved around the perimeter and 1/4 ply was used for the front with the plexiglass window. The octagon section is mostly 3/4” ply framework with more Masonite for weight reduction, but it is sturdy where it has to be. All of it had to be broken down to fit through standard doors and into the minivan. The base is a split 6’ circle 3/4” ply, with 2×12 x-brace underneath, and 2x legs. Numerous detail parts were added in and out, and it lights up. The interior has many switches and lit panels (all toys and show of course) and joysticks, keyboards etc. It’s big enough for 2-3 kids, and scrapes the ceiling in the basement when it is all assembled. It had a laptop with a space-themed moving screensaver at one point.

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#9 posted 08-26-2014 11:45 PM

All I can say is WOW!

-- Chem, Central California

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#10 posted 08-27-2014 04:48 AM

Nice, she will remember this for a very long time.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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