Lunar Module Blueprints

Apollo LM-5 blueprints. Scale 1/24

These blueprints are derived from measurements from Vincent Meens excellent LM blueprints and other sources on the net.

I used Vincents blueprints to create a 3d model of the lunar lander.  This model is then unwrapped and “flattened” so that each part can be printed on paper and then cut from sheets of styrene.

Some of these blueprints may have smaller issues but if you print them on paper and testfold them before you use them you will surely understand what modifications you need to do. Mostly removing a little material in the seams to compensate for the thickness of the styrene sheets. (3d polygons have zero thickness) For some blueprints this compensation is already done but I cant really remember which ones. I only used them once so making them perfect served no purpose for me.

They could be a helpful if you just want to build and not waste time mucking about on the computer.

ASCENT STAGE

3D model:

Ascent Stage 3ds MAX + OBJ model (made in MAX 2008 64bit)

2D blueprints:

Midsection:

LM_5_polygons

Front Section:

LM5_Front_RCS_thruster_assembly

LM5_front_hatch_frame

LM5_front_section_ribs

LM5_Front_Eyeliner

LM5_Front_Asymmetry

LM5 Radar and Ascent engine bell

Rear Section

Back_1mm

Back_03-05mm

DESCENT STAGE

3d Model:

descentstage_32BIT  made in 3dsmax 2008 32bit  + obj file

2d Blueprints:

descent stage_parts slight error in the ALSEP quad. easily addressed.

Descent engine heat shield

forward attachment point

descent engine inside ribs

LM5 footpads

outrigger_strut_coating_cuffs

18 thoughts on “Lunar Module Blueprints”

  1. I like them. It becomes very much easier when all the parts fit from the beginning. Hope they come in handy!

  2. Great idea to use sketchup! Coolest software in a long while.

    Nice fit on your model there. razor-sharp edges all round!

    I will do more blueprints when it comes to the panels on the ascent-stage.

    /M²

  3. Mattias, I finally went through all your photos. Your work is really great. Amazing is your progress too.The idea of casting all struts is excellent. In comparison with parts made by Accurate Models your casting look really good. They used computer guided technology. I started drawing several years ago and I am still drawing, drawing and drawing. And I am not finished yet. See http://www.flickr.com/photos/20439668@N00/sets/72157623910601834/ Good Luck!

  4. Wow you got some nice drawings there! very detailed. I sure would really like to see more!

    just keep drawing and drawing!

    Thank you for the link!

    /M²

  5. Great work!, Best I have ever seen. I am virtual modeling the LM. Lots of work to go. Check out my animations on
    YouTube… search “virtual lunar module”

    Look forward to your progress and great photos!

    Nigel

  6. @Nigel Saunders

    Thank you!

    I have a bunch of pictures that I have yet to post. I’m a bit slow on updating the progress. Have very little spare time so i rather build the model than sit and blog about it :)

    Your 3d looks really nice. Like the very soft wobble in the rotation of lm5 in the test flight clip.
    what software do you use for modeling?

    /Mattias

  7. I’m using a solid modeling CAD software, not so good for animation. I have a lot of Apollo models on the go, hope you can email me, I’ll send you some renders of my work in progress.

    Nigel

  8. I want to build one in my back yard, full scale. How expensive is aluminized mylar?

  9. @Ross Hagemann

    aluminized kapton is expensive… but if you want to build one for your backyard something tells me that your bugetary concerns are not so big…

    You can buy it on 15 meter rolls and they cost about 3000usd a pop.
    You will need 3 rolls ’cause there are 3 types of kapton…

    Not your average household cling film…

    /M

  10. I think that the Decent stage will be a piece of cake, compared to the Assent stage. Are all of the panels shown in the Assent blueprint to scale and if so, what is that scale? Thanx eh!

  11. Its 1:24. I stole the measurements from Vincent meens so its data that has gone trough a couple of generations. I like to think that my blueprints are correct. But there might have snuck in some errors in the conversion.

    You should at least double check my 3d models before you start building…
    /M

  12. I am building the Lunar Module LM-5 now based upon your website data and blueprints. I would like to get in contact with Mattias and other people interested in this model for suggestions and remarks, commentary on their experience an so on. My E-Mail Address: ayhan.baseren@ho
    tmail.com

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