After many requests I have embarked in making a large scale paper model of an Atlas V. Usually, I am very comfortable with 1:144 and 1:100 scales, but this time is the big 1:96 scale. Can’t say that from now on I’ll switch to 1:96, but for some models there will be a larger scale to choose.
This post can also be considered as a review of my Atlas V 1:144 version because of the lack of the Solid Rocket boosters (SRB) attachments that the larger scale has. On the smaller scale, the Solid Rocket boosters are just glued to the Core Common Booster. With the addition of the SRB attachments, one can remove or add the SRBs for any particular mission and add the fairing shroud only.
The 1:96 scale is preferred by many designers because it’s much easier to build, the details can be appreciated much better and can be modified with the addition of more realistic details.
The Atlas V NROL-67 mission, will become the first 1:96 scale model from AXM paper model site. At this scale, the model is about 62 centimeters in length. For this mission, the Short payload fairing is used.
Hope everybody out there will enjoy assembling this rocket. The 1:96 Atlas V is now available at my site. (click here)
Here is the model in 1:96 scale with all its parts.
The Atlas V for NROL67 is in a 541 configuration, with 4 SRBs shown here.
The following photos show the SRB attachment points on the lower part of the Common Core Booster. There are 2 on one side and 3 on the other. There are corresponding attachment points above these points on the interstage section of the Common Core Booster.
The numbers shown on the photos below indicate the position of the SRBs. If a mission carries 2 SRBs, then positions 1 and 2 will be occupied. For NROL-67, positions 1,2,3 and 4 are occupied with SRBs.
These are the parts on the SRB that will connect with the upper and lower attachment points.
This photo shows where the “tongue” or lower attachment part of the SRB connects to the corresponding lower attachment point on the skirt of the Common Core Booster.
These photos show how an SRB connects to the rocket.
When connecting an SRB, the tongue part has to be inserted first into the lower attachment point on the skirt of the rocket and then the protruding rod of the SRB is pushed into the opening on the Interstage section.
Here is the inside of the Common Core Booster with the top former.
These are the new parts that will cover the openings in the Interstage section of the rocket if no SRBs are used. This is for aesthetic purpose.
The photos below show before and after the addition of these new attachment covers.
This photo is the front of the rocket showing the fuel line.
This photo is the aft view of the rocket.
Front view of the whole stack.
Aft view of the whole stack. This side is facing the umbilical tower.
Angle view (all logos are aligned with the fuel line)
More photos for reference:
The 1:96 model is now available!