Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Slide of the Month - Soyuz spacecraft

May 2018

Time to design: 2 hours
Time to print: 2 hours (your times may vary
Finishing: 2 hour
Original design: Thingiverse
Original designer:manboy
Try it yourself: Soyuz spacecraft

Designed for the Soviet Lunar Space program, the Soyuz spacecraft is still in use today bringing astronauts, cosmonauts, and other guests to the international space station. The Soyuz I printed would have been in flight during the time of the Gemini and Apollo US missions. You can read more about the Soviet manned lunar_program here.The space craft is made up of three part as shown in the diagram below.

Soyuz-TMA parts.jpg
By NASA - http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/elements/soyuz/launch.html http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/112684main_soyuzparts_lg.jpg, Public Domain, Link

Printing this was pretty straight forward but I did and supports for the solar panels and the area around docking mechanism needed a bit of filling with UV glue. As to painting, it seems like there may have been two colors of green paint used on the Soyuz. I went with the darker of two and used a plastic spray paint. For the rest of the painted details, I used paint markers and the markings are done with water slide decal. One thing of note, I did print to a white decal as the clear decal did not show up well with the dark paint.

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