Mat Irvine: This is the first time the ungainly LLRV has been modelled, and Three Stooges Productions (explanation later!) has produced a multi-material kit, from photo-etch brass, injection resin and styrene parts.
Closeup (below) of the photo-etch sheet and resin components. The four squares and legs are made of styrene plastic.
Below, various structures formed from brass, matched up to the relevant instruction sheet pictures.
The completed photo-etch section (below) looks impressively complex.
Three Stooges Productions LLRV Lunar Landing Research Vehicle
Parts: 10 photo-etch brass, 19 resin and plastic.
Assembled length: 100 mm (4 in)
Thanks to Three Stooges Productions for the kit. The other two in the team are Rob Schmitt and Chuck Holte. And yes, they (sort of) resemble the members of the famed American vaudeville and comedy act!
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More pictures (below) starting with fitting the resin components in place, again matched up to photos in the plans.
Below, two pix show the completed basic structure.
Alternative cockpit part (above) shown against the finished model, and in place (below) in the uncompleted model.
The finished thing (above and next two shots). Note the tiny NASA meatballs, just visible on either side of the cockpit structure.
LLRV (above) with 1:72 scale Hasegawa figure, and (below) same-scale Airfix Jeep and weathered-down diorama base added for presentation.
Builtup LLRV (above) with 1:72 scale Airfix Lunar Module, and (below) a Three Stooges prototype model made in styrene, before conversion to photo-etch brass.
Useful reference material (below) provided by these NASA shots of the real thing in use.