Some of my competition scale projects, past and present...
They're all flying models and they all have the goal of being as good or better than display-only models when it comes to precision and detail.
The models below are those that I can document well enough for web presentation (the links will be available soon). You would think that I am a Mercury freak, but I'm really not. I much prefer Apollo Saturn V models. Over the years my other models have included a large 1/40 Scale Little Joe II which placed 1st at its only NAR competition in Dallas TX (I'm still looking for photos), a 1/58 Scale Cosmos, Saturn IBs, Gemini Titans, Honest Johns, V-2s, and several Sounding rockets.
I am back to Saturns now (my scale modeling was interrupted for 3-4 years while I worked on the conservation of the JSC and USSRC Saturn V vehicles and did some traveling researching the Saturn). Due to my ever-changing employment, I'm not targeting any particular competition with my next Saturn models (I am currently building a 1/32 Saturn IB and a 1/48 Saturn V)...I will decide when and where to compete once they are finished.
As I add pages dealing with each of the models listed below, the link will become active (look for the hyperlink underline). Clicking on the photos will take you to either a larger version of the photo or to the page describing the model.
1/60 Scale Vostok (1970) - First "serious" flying scale contest model. Placed 1st at Pasadena (TX) ISD Interscholastic Model Rocket Competition which was an annual model rocket contest between the schools of the Pasadena Independent School District.
1/87 Scale Saturn V (1983) - 1983 Internats entry. First attempt at a "super detailed" Saturn V model. Large scale for its time (1/100 scale Saturn V models were considered very large at this time.) Disqualified due to crash.
1/96 Scale Mercury Redstone (1990) - Tiny sport scale model with shingle corrugations and built-up escape tower. Placed 1st in regional NAR competitions in Dallas, TX and Baton Rouge, LA.
1/72 Scale Saturn V (1997) - 1st place NARAM 39 (Tucson, AZ) static judging. Crashed due to severe weathercocking (Looks like I am developing a "habit" of crashing Saturns at major competitions!). Led to development of autopilot system used on subsequent NARAM competition models.
1/24 Scale Mercury Redstone (1998) - 1st place NARAM 40 (Muncie, IN) Team Sport Scale entry of Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7. Unique all plastic and resin flying model with gimballing motor and horizon sensing "autopilot" for flight control.
1/10 Scale Vanguard (1999) - "Boilerplate" model intended for demonstration flight at NARAM 41 (Pennsylvania). Encouraged to enter as competition entry, placed 2nd in static judging. Not flown due to winds and small field. No supplemental fins. Two stages with gimballing motors in each stage. Utilized horizon sensing "autopilot" developed for NARAM 40 Mercury Redstone.
1/12 Scale MR-8/Liberty Bell 7 (2000) - 1st Place in Team Sport Scale at NARAM 2000 (NARAM 42, Penrose, CO). Used prototype resin Liberty Bell 7 Capsule the molds of which were used to produce the 1/12 Liberty Bell 7 Accur8 Spacemodels kit. Redstone booster used 1/64" plywood construction and radio-control of parachute ejection.
1/12 Scale MR-8/Liberty Bell 7 (2002) - 1st Place in Team Sport Scale at NARAM 44 (McGregor, TX). Similar to the model of 2000, it was a completely new model that was lighter, stronger, and more detailed. In addition to its RC recovery system deployment, it made use of a horizon-sensing autopilot unit coupled to a gimballing engine for flight control. The horizon-sensors and control electronics were different from previous systems in that it could actually sense the horizon at night!
1/12 Scale Libert Bell 7 Capsule (2003) - Intended for NARAM 45 (Evansville, IN). Three 13mm motors located in Retro Pack. Withdrawn for non-competition reasons. Nope...it didn't have an "autopilot" but it did have a simple RC ejection system.
1/72 Scale Little Joe II QTV (in progress) - Watch the various phases of the the development of the prototype all-resin 1:72 model of the very first Qualification Test Vehicle (QTV) of the Little Joe II series of test vehicles which were used to develop and test the launch escape system for the Apollo spacecraft.
* The term "model rocket" refers to a flying model which conforms to the NAR Safety and Competition codes, weighing less than 3.3 pounds and containing no more than 125 grams of propellant using only NAR Safety Certified model rocket motors.
If you find the information or images here of value, please consider a donation* to keep the Accur8 website going! Donations will be handled securely via PayPal.
*Due to PayPal fees, no donations less than $2.00, please.
Model Rocketry and Spacemodeling?
Drop us a note!