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I'm currently modelling the LK lander, and @Lost Cosmonauts has said he'll offer it as a 3d printed model on his web store.

Here's what I've done so far:

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There are currently five in existence, at various museums, and they're all somewhat different from each other, being different variants and in different stages of completion.

I'm far from an expert, but it doesn't seem like a final design was decided. So exactly what would have landed on the moon I don't know. The differences are fairly minor though, different shaped hatch etc.

Hopefully it'll result in something people will enjoy building.

 

 

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9 minutes ago, Gorby said:

How long did it take to get this far with the design? 

I started on the 27th, so four-ish days. Though how long I actually worked on it each day I don't know. I take a lot of breaks so I can't even estimate it.

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I like the Lunokhod too. The plan was to have lunar rovers based on them for the cosmonauts to drive. Shame it never happened, seeing a cosmonaut drive a bath tub across the moon would have been fun!

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Some more progress.

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I think a lot of the detail won't be printable at 1/72, the scale I want to build it at, but I figure others might want it at a bigger scale so I may as well model as much as I can.

I think brass tube inserts and stainless rod may be required for the legs/pistons.

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5 hours ago, Gorby said:

Are you enjoying the process?

Mostly. The lack of scale drawings, and dimensional data in general, is frustrating. All I know is it's 5.2 or 5.8m high, and 4.5 or 5.4m wide (with the landing gear deployed), depending on the source.

Everything else is a guess based on photos.

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Various additions and changes have been made.

Had it flown, there's a fair chance most of it would have been covered in a thermal blanket, so a lot of the detail may have not been visible.

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I haven't seen the film, though I know they got their model quite wrong.

I've done more research since my last post, and those things which look like gas cylinders are actually just weights, they're standing in for the batteries which were never attached. 

So I spend time modelling, and then realise those parts aren't even required :D

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