The first parts
- LUT model
A small milestone at the roadside has been reached - the first real parts of the kit are in the box, namely for service arm 1 - Element #1 and #2
Arm Basic Structure. From Service Arms Preliminary Engineer Report June 15, 1963. Courtesy of NASA
Above you see the basic arm structure, that applies to service arm #1 to #7, and partly to #8. The First Element mostly stays unchanged for each arm, while the Second Element is more individual, as it carries the Extension Platform, the Umbilical Unit(s) and the Withdrawal Mechanism.
Some of the upper arms have an additional Extension Segment, as they have to be longer due to the Saturn's shape.
Service Arm #1 first and second element
The parts for both elements add up exactly to 193. Apollo, patron saint of the Space modelers, may save us from a parts monster. The frame is printed on 100g and 300g red-colored paper, the wire mesh fence on transparent foil. The colored paper secures the laser cut option in any case.