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Old 26th November 2010, 10:16 AM   #1
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Hi, all!

This is the first screenshot of my new project. A radical departure from the previous ones, as it shows the Soviet moon rocket "N1". Four of them were built from 1969 to 1972, all of them crashing soon after take-off. Nothing surprising, here, as the first stage used an incredible thirty engines for take-off! Needless to say, perfectly synchronizing thirty engines developping together 4,800 tons of thrust was impossible for the time.

At the fourth attempt the N1 fell right back on the launching pad, killing more than 100 persons in the process, including a Marshall of the Soviet Union. It took 18 months to rebuild the launch pad, by which time the Soviets had lost the race to the Moon.

As I want to give an idea of the incredible size of the project ( N1 itself was 344 feet high, and the pits for the exhaust flames at take-off were 138 feet deep ) I intend to model part of the launch pad. Not very accurately, because that would be bearly impossible. But giving a reasonable idea of the thing should be within my scope.

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Old 27th November 2010, 01:22 PM   #2
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Interesting facts and nice modeling.
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Old 4th December 2010, 02:16 AM   #3
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Oh my, the N1. God I love watching the explosions and documentaries about it. It was a marvelous looking vehicle, just terribly engineered (as an aerospace engineering major, I'm allowed to say that now). Good work.
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Old 20th January 2011, 06:36 AM   #4
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Here is what the project looks like, now. I have done and redone the launch pad's base several times as I was unearthing new and more accurate data. By the way, the two bunkers (more to come) have to be partially rebuilt, too.
By the way, what the two giant towers (600 ft high!) are supporting are actually lightning rods. As there seem to be frequent thunderstorms at Baikonur, one can imagine that at times it was essential to have the rocket protected from lightning!
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Old 20th March 2011, 07:46 PM   #5
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Wow.
I love the rocket.
How do you make that.
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