Ed. note: Mike Mackowski presented this peek at the upcoming New Ware Models LM Details Set at the Real Space seminar during the 2007 IPMS/USA National Convention
NewWare Lunar Module Detail Set, H Mission, Kit #NW068
This is a review of an early sample kit as of August 2007. The kit provides resin and photoetch parts to accurize the 1/48th scale Monogram LM into a detailed Apollo 11 or other pre- J series mission. A list of resin parts is shown below. Many of the parts are provided with enough multiples to build at least one kit with plenty of parts left over. For example, there are 24 Ascent Stage RCS thruster nozzles provided while 16 are needed. Of course, there are eight on each parts tree, so perhaps an extra set was provided in my sample. Similarly, each tree with the Ascent Stage blanket vents has ten of these tiny parts, while about 20 are required.
The resin is very good quality, showing fine detail (for example, the RCS thrusters have very fine ribbing around them). Detail is crisp and there were no voids or bubbles. The resin parts list is as follows.
Two sheets of PE parts are provided. The detail is excellent, and each sheet has embossed detail on one side. The PE parts list is as follows:
NewWare Lunar Module MESA (H Mission), Kit #NW069This is a review of an early sample kit as of August 2007. The kit provides resin and photoetch parts to build a Modular Equipment Stowage Assembly (MESA) for the 1/48th scale Monogram LM. The design of the MESA is appropriate for all missions thru Apollo 14. The MESA box is made by folding the piece of PE, while eight different resin parts are used to populate the equipment complement. There are about 35 unique PE parts, with multiples of several. No parts list is available at this time.
Ed. note: Tom Kladiva of New Ware Models sent Mike the following information which Mike forwarded to me:
Unfortunately I have no list of of MESA parts (the detail set parts list was made especially for you because instructions were not finshed), it is not easy to name a lot of MESA parts for me even in Czech...
I am sending you almost final version of detail set instructions in pdf. Pictures will not change anyway, maybe one or two notes will be added more.
You have got your detail set really early (I sent it several days after receiving some resin masters), so I found some minor problems and modified (replaced) some resin parts:
4 - ALSEP doors were replaced by new part - the original box was too large and triangular "jag" on on bottom was missing (see instructions)
14 - was shortened, as the lower portion should run inside descent stage (the detail set is for those building complete LM, not separate ascent stage)
25 - box for Sband antenna - was completely replaced by much better looking part
29 - was shortened to length of 1,3 mm (original part was 2 mm)
32 - new VHF antenna receiver part