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Pegasus hobbies MLEV-5 kit (Mars lander excursion vehicle). Options
darbyvet
#1 Posted : 20 December 2017 03:58:09

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Build of the year 2018 entry.Pegasus hobbies MLEV 5


OK,
had tons of fun as always with the 2017 competition so for 2018 I have picked another Randy Cooper design (my 2016 entry was Randys Time Machine).

I will be building Pegasus hobbies MLEV-5 kit (Mars lander excursion vehicle).

This is a fairly large and detailed plastic model kit.I will be adding a couple of details sets.The first is Paragrafix interior and exterior detail set, a resin upgrade set produced by Randy which has resin engine nozzles (clear for lighting), some EVA suits and other details.Finally all this extra detail will mean I can add interior and exterior lights to the model using Voodoofx lighting kit. The lighting kit is a bunch of electronic that will require assmebly including the circuit board assembly so that should keep me busy.

Randys inspiration for the vehicle was apparently a Hamster ball (the big clear ball you put you hamster in for exercise)!! That is what he used to model the main shape of the vehicle.SOme of the interior detail and the Eva suits are very similar (to my eye) to the suits used in the Matt Damon film The Martian and I will be paitning the suits to match Matts EVA suit.

Carl

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#2 Posted : 20 December 2017 05:47:02

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darbyvet wrote:
OK,
had tons of fun as always with the 2017 competition so for 2018 I have picked another Randy Cooper design (my 2016 entry was Randys Time Machine).

I will be building Pegasus hobbies MLEV-5 kit (Mars lander excursion vehicle).

This is a fairly large and detailed plastic model kit.I will be adding a couple of details sets.The first is Paragrafix interior and exterior detail set, a resin upgrade set produced by Randy which has resin engine nozzles (clear for lighting), some EVA suits and other details.Finally all this extra detail will mean I can add interior and exterior lights to the model using Voodoofx lighting kit. The lighting kit is a bunch of electronic that will require assmebly including the circuit board assembly so that should keep me busy.

Randys inspiration for the vehicle was apparently a Hamster ball (the big clear ball you put you hamster in for exercise)!! That is what he used to model the main shape of the vehicle.SOme of the interior detail and the Eva suits are very similar (to my eye) to the suits used in the Matt Damon film The Martian and I will be paitning the suits to match Matts EVA suit.

Carl



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#3 Posted : 20 December 2017 08:48:22

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That sounds like another great build in the making.
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#4 Posted : 20 December 2017 09:39:36
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Good luck with the entry Cool
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#5 Posted : 20 December 2017 18:28:53

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Hmmm why does this seem so familiar???? Oh yeah cause I was supposed to build it in 2016 and didn’t haha.
Good luck with your build. Can’t wait to see what you do and steal, I mean borrow ideas from you.

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#6 Posted : 20 December 2017 21:24:57

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Sounds like an interesting project, look forward to seeing it come together.

Graeme
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#7 Posted : 20 December 2017 22:00:08

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I`ve never seen itConfused but looking forward to the build CarlBigGrin regards PhilCool
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#8 Posted : 21 December 2017 09:32:12

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Sounds like a very interesting build and look forward to seeing it come together, good luck with competition Carl.....Cool Cool

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Well just visited there website they have some cool models CarlDrool Drool and the one you are building looks superbDrool Drool will be followingCool regards philCool
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#10 Posted : 21 December 2017 17:22:28

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Thanks guys,
here is a youtube clip of Randys finished MLEV, built by Randy himself (posted with his permission).

If mine comes out half as good as his I will be thrilled.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiO6jo3PcAw

Carl

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Looks a high tech model Cool

You don't need permission to post YouTube links as they are in the public domain.
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#12 Posted : 21 December 2017 21:23:45

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Looks a very impressive kit, I will watch this build with great interest.

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#13 Posted : 22 December 2017 00:52:26

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here are some pics of Randys own build of the kit (used with his permission).

darbyvet attached the following image(s):
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mlev2.jpg
mlev3.jpg
mlev4.jpg
mlev5.jpg
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#14 Posted : 22 December 2017 09:53:47

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Looks a very impressive model. Looking forward to seeing this build if the last one is anything to go by.

Mark
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Another interesting choice Carl BigGrin look forward to seeing how it turns out .

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That looks very interesting and so detailed
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Now that does look like a fun build, very impressive.....Cool Cool

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Looking forward to this, loved your time machine.
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#20 Posted : 22 January 2018 15:51:47

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OK here we go.

The kit comes in a pretty big box! it has some really nice box art.
The kit has quite a few sprues of parts.The main body is in 2 parts that are really nicely molded.There are 2 resin astronaut figures, some gold bare metal foil, some decals and a small fret of photoetched parts. The instructions are very good.It looks like quite a straightforward build.Since I am adding lighting I will need to do some planning to figure out where to put the LEDs and wiring.

It looks like the interior can be built as a sub assembly and then enclosed by the out skin.This will make painting and wiring much easier.There is quite a large space under the platform which will be where I put the circuit boards for the lighting kits.
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