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Apollo 11 - Saturn V

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A bit late to the party, but last Monday was the 46th Anniversary of the first Lunar Landing.

46th Anniversary of the first Lunar Landing

The 46th anniversary of the first moon walk is a day that space buffs everywhere still celebrate. More than a half billion people watched the televised first moonwalk July 20, 1969, where Neil Armstrong uttered the now-famous words, "That is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

Astronauts Armstrong, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins left Earth on July 16 from Cape Kennedy in Florida. Armstrong and Aldrin stepped onto the moon a few days later. The men spent 21 hours, 36 minutes on the moon before joining back up with Collins in the command module. The mission accomplished the objective set by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, which was to land a man on the moon then return to Earth.

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CBS Coverage of Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

Apollo 11 - Saturn V

Being an avid fan of everything that has to do with space and space travel, it's obvious I love to see great LEGO space projects.

I especially like iconic projects depicting historic scenes. One of the most iconic space crafts is the Lunar Lander called Eagle carried into space by the Saturn V missile, during the Apollo 11 mission.

Recently I stumbled upon a great project on LEGO Ideas, based on this event. The project is created by EB member Saabfan and it comprises the Saturn V missile and all modules used during the mission. The rocket is about 1 meter/130 studs high (aprox. 1:110 scale), has 1179 bricks and lots of features:

  • Removable 1st rocket-stage with the main rocket engine
  • Removable 2nd rocket-stage with rocket engine
  • Removable 3rd rocket-stage with the Apollo spacecraft
  • Apollo spacecraft with the "Eagle" Lunar Lander and the Lunar Orbiter
  • The rescue rocket on top of the whole spacecraft
  • Two minifigure astronauts on the Moon for displaying

Apollo 11 CMS and Lunar Lander

Below is a great picture of the Eagle (Lunar Lander) and in the background you see the Columbia CMS (Command/Service Module). The flag you see in the image is not there anymore. Buzz Aldrin saw it knocked over by the rocket blast as he and Neil Armstrong left the moon.

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This is a picture of the Eagle still connected to the CMS.

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Here's detailed picture of the Saturn V missile designed by Werner von Braun and the probably less known Arthur Rudolph.

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Here you see all the modules comprising the complete (proposed) set. It shows the EMV (Emergency Escape Vehicle) on the left, followed by the Command Module, Service Module, Lunar Lander and the different stages of the rocket.

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Neil and Buzz doing research on the surface of the moon, with the lander in the background.

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Don't know about you, but I would love to have this set on my shelf :wub:

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It's really impressive, but I don't know about having enough room to fit a 1m model on my shelf!

I love the detail on the capsule.

I have the old LEGO Discovery set:

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But of course it's not available anymore, and doesn't come close to what Saabfan created.

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I agree with all of the above, it would be an amazing set. I supported it on LI. Let's hope it will make it.

I have this darling at home:

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I can't say i find it perfect (too angular, display plate not top, etc.), and yes it's pretty big (not a meter high though!!) and i don't really play with it, and i've never had the heart to take it apart for parts either. In short it just stands there. BUT it does it brilliantly. It looks pretty glorious and it's one of those sets that make me think Legos are really cool everytime i look at it.

I'm sure Saturn V would be the same, especially with all the History it carries, and if given a nice display. And, yeah, probably scaled down a bit.

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As I used to know people that worked on the guidance system for the Apollo project, I love it. it would look nice by my Space Shuttle.

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I agree with all of the above, it would be an amazing set. I supported it on LI. Let's hope it will make it.

I have this darling at home:

I can't say i find it perfect (too angular, display plate not top, etc.), and yes it's pretty big (not a meter high though!!) and i don't really play with it, and i've never had the heart to take it apart for parts either. In short it just stands there. BUT it does it brilliantly. It looks pretty glorious and it's one of those sets that make me think Legos are really cool everytime i look at it.

I'm sure Saturn V would be the same, especially with all the History it carries, and if given a nice display. And, yeah, probably scaled down a bit.

I really need to find this set, before it is "the one that got away". Not sure why I never purchased it. Being a space fanatic, I can't NOT have this set.

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Thank you very much for that article :D

I really appreciate that!

I really need to find this set, before it is "the one that got away". Not sure why I never purchased it. Being a space fanatic, I can't NOT have this set.

It's a really cool set! I have it too :)

As I used to know people that worked on the guidance system for the Apollo project, I love it. it would look nice by my Space Shuttle.

Thank you :D

I agree with all of the above, it would be an amazing set. I supported it on LI. Let's hope it will make it.

I have this darling at home:

Lego-Space-Shuttle-10231-3.jpg

I can't say i find it perfect (too angular, display plate not top, etc.), and yes it's pretty big (not a meter high though!!) and i don't really play with it, and i've never had the heart to take it apart for parts either. In short it just stands there. BUT it does it brilliantly. It looks pretty glorious and it's one of those sets that make me think Legos are really cool everytime i look at it.

I'm sure Saturn V would be the same, especially with all the History it carries, and if given a nice display. And, yeah, probably scaled down a bit.

I have it too! :D

I actually made a size comparison a while back.

It's really impressive, but I don't know about having enough room to fit a 1m model on my shelf!

I love the detail on the capsule.

I have the old LEGO Discovery set:

7468-1.jpg

But of course it's not available anymore, and doesn't come close to what Saabfan created.

This was actually one of my several inspirations for this project! :D

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Haha :D

OMG, this is an amazing set. I would love to own this!

Thanks a lot! :)

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Fantastic looking stuff (if only it could became a real set!!) I especially like the way you've done the command module and lander.

Excellent work and thanks for sharing!!

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You can't even source this on BrickLink can you? Because some of the parts aren't made?

Bur what a brilliant set!

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wow! yeah space is awesome, being a fan of saturn v myself who wouldnt like having a rocket like this ;)

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