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"From the Ground Up"

The 1:144 scale LC-39 Apollo/Saturn-V Mobile Launcher


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"From The Ground Up"

1:144 scale LC-39 Apollo/Saturn-V Mobile Launcher


We're trying very hard to make sure this product is as close to perfect as possible.

So we would greatly appreciate any comments, suggestions and if you should find a mistake anywhere

­ please do let us know.

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Welcome to Launch Complex Models' first model kit.

More than 4 years of planning and research have gone into this kit in order to offer to you the most

detailed and historically accurate scale replica of the famous Mobile Launcher used to launch NASA's historic Saturn-V rockets during Project Apollo.

The project began as a personal modelling mission, when it became apparent that there were no launch

tower models to accompany any rocket model collections. What began as a discussion on the Launch Umbilical Tower Yahoo Group - an offshoot of the Space-Modelers Yahoo Group - and was intended originally as a group project, eventually evolved into the first product for a new space model company: Launch Complex Models.

Early in the project, difficulties in researching the designs used in Project Apollo became apparent. To

remedy this required a 4,000-mile trans-Atlantic move from the U.K. and the creation of a new United States branch of operations near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This allowed for direct access to the historical documentation, and included the added bonus of watching the actual launches.

With several local moves, endless visa complications, tight business requirements, and a number of

hurricanes to make things exciting, the model sometimes seemed to be interminably on hold. Yet the anticipation of rewarding those who have waited so long enabled its completion. Encouragement and enthusiasm from customers never wavered, and became the best source for strength and determination to see the project through.

So here we are.

We sincerely hope that the workmanship in this labour of love will be apparent to you during

construction of the model and we hope you enjoy making this model as much as we have enjoyed creating it.

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Table of Contents

i ii 1 1.1 1.2 2 2.1 2.2 2.2.1 2.2.2 2.2.3 3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 4 4.1 4.1.1 4.1.2 4.1.3 4.1.4 4.1.5 4.1.6 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20

Preface Table of Contents (this page) Information About the Mobile Launcher History of the Apollo/Saturn-V Mobile Launcher Familiarisation Guide Preparing to Assemble the Model Tools Required Special Techniques How to Bend Brass Parts with Pliers How to Bend Brass Parts with a Bench Vice How to Assemble Stairs The Launcher Platform Acrylic Base Brass Coverings Assembling the Mounts Mounting the Base Painting Guide Levels Common Parts Level 030 and 060 - Deck Level 100 thru 340 - Deck Diagonal Cross-Beams Elevator Shafts Junction Boxes on the Elevator Shaft Various Equipment Boxes on the Deck Level 030 Level 060 Level 080 Level 100 Level 120 Level 140 Level 160 Level 180 Level 200 Level 220 Level 240 Level 260 Level 280 Level 300 Level 320 Level 340 Level 360 Level 380 Painting Guide

5 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 6 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 6.10 6.11 6.12 7 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 8 8.1 8.2 8.3

The Launcher/Umbilical Tower (LUT) Assembling the A-Frame A-Frame Diagonal Cross-Beams Assembling the Main Columns Assembling the Upper Tower Mounting Girders Camera Platforms Attaching the Service Arm Hinges Attaching the Damper Arm Hinges Attaching the Upper Tower to the A-Frame ECS Pipes Fuel Pipes Hydraulic Pipes Water Pipes Painting Guide Service Arms Common Parts Service Arm 1 Service Arm 2 Service Arm 3 Service Arm 4 Service Arm 5 Service Arm 6 Service Arm 7 Service Arm 8 Service Arm 9 Attaching the Service Arms Painting Guide Remaining Sections Hammerhead Crane Lightening Mast Damper Arm Painting Guide Finishing Touches Attaching the Upper Tower to the A-Frame Painting Guide Decals









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