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Mobile Launch Platform
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Every rocket has a launch pad. The mighty Saturn V rocket was assembled on the Mobile Launch Platform, a two-story structure that supported both the rocket and the 380 ft Launch Umbilical Tower. Once the rocket was assembled, the entire platform was slowly rolled out to the launch site so that final preparations could be made. Nine service arms provided access to every critical part of the rocket, acting as fuelling ports and providing electrical power to critical systems. When all was ready, the crew boarded the ship that would ferry them to the Moon. The service arms swung away from the rocket, the tail service masts at the base of the rocket swung back behind heat proof shields, and the rocket soared towards the heavens.

This model is a faithful 1:110 scale recreation of the entire launch tower. Many technical drawings and photos were consulted over the last twelve months in an effort to make the model as accurate as possible, although a few details (such as the placement of the fuel pipes and environment ducts) are not readily available and required some educated guesses.

The model has several features:
Raise the damper arm once roll out is complete!
Rotate the crane away from the rocket (crane is non-functional)
Retract the crew access arm once the astronauts are aboard!
Pull back the eight service arms once the countdown reaches zero!
Rotate the three tail service arms!

This is a purely digital model, and has not (yet) been built in real life. It should be a strong and stable model, but it may prove to be fragile and collapse if you breathe on it. Anyone attempting to build this out of real bricks does so entirely at their own risk. All parts used have appeared in official sets released within the last 2-3 years.
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saabfan
2 years ago
Great design!
NGCHunter2
1 year ago
Basic rendering experiment with unusual lighting and color grading.
For 8k experience, downloading is recommended.
NathanR2015
1 year ago
@NGCHunter2
Beautiful render! I love the lighting, it's really atmospheric.
Rex1549
2 months ago
Hey @NathanR2015 !
I'm currently working on a Lego animation that recreates the Apollo 11 mission as a project and I saw this model and it looks amazing !
I've already built the Saturn V in stud.io (took me ages as I'm unfamiliar with the software) and since this model uses the same scale, I'd love to include it as I'm afraid making my own will take too long and won't look very good.
I was wondering if I might use yours with your permission of course. I'm wouldn't be using it commercially but I would use it for my school's 3D Animation Club so as to include the final animation (and your model) in the Club's "trailer" to try and get new students into 3D animation and modelling.
I'd be great if I could, but I understand if you don't want me to use it.
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