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Space X Launch scheduled for today at 3:22 PM ET:

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Will it happen? Stay tuned.

I would love to see your rocket launchers and related accessories, especially one rigged with a smoke unit to create a big cloud of smoke to coincide with the launch.

LOL, Arnold

 

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As a kid, I always watched the space launches and splash downs. I remember when they televised one of the first space walks. My interest has always continued... I was getting dressed to go to work when the first shuttle went up (was a little late getting to work that day!!!). In spite of that, I never had any interest in any of the space cars. I did get a 3349 Turbo Missile Car with my first set, but I don’t think that counts. But while I was doing some long overdue cleaning in my basement, I came upon these...

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Found a couple of Life Magazines too. As the old song said, “those were the days, my friend”!!!

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@Apples55 posted:

As a kid, I always watched the space launches and splash downs. I remember when they televised one of the first space walks. My interest has always continued... I was getting dressed to go to work when the first shuttle went up (was a little late getting to work that day!!!). In spite of that, I never had any interest in any of the space cars. I did get a 3349 Turbo Missile Car with my first set, but I don’t think that counts. But while I was doing some long overdue cleaning in my basement, I came upon these...

Found a couple of Life Magazines too. As the old song said, “those were the days, my friend”!!!

Paul, Mary Hopkins would be glad you remember the song too!!

We did not have a television when the Mercury project was going on, and watched some of the Gemini launches and splashdowns.  My uncle, Dad's brother, was a career aerospace engineer for Boeing.  He was in Cape Canaveral (Kenedy) through the Apollo project.  Boeing had a contract for the booster stages, so we gad special interest in those.  My grandma was interested.  It is sad she passed on less than two week before the first lunar landing.

I had HO trains then.  I couldn't afford Lionel, and was enamored by what modelers like John Allen were doing in HO.  It never occured to me to combine the model I built of the Apollo capsule, LEM, with my trains.  It was massive compared to the trains, standing about 2 feet high when the LEM was in its housing and the capsule was on top.  I did use my matchbox cars and trucks on the layout as they were proportioned very close to HO.

Though not on the layout, still under construction!  Years go by...…     But, do have what is needed to defend the layout interests.  I have more than one 175 rocket launchers, all in various states of repair needed.  Will build one complete and have others, with construction cranes, in stages of being built on the launch complex.  Good way of making use of older/incomplete items.

Jesse  TCA

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  • Lionel Post 443 Missile Launching Platform w Bumker
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  • Lionel Post 470 IRBM Missile Launch Platform w Target Car
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  • Lionel Post 3665  Operating Minuteman Car
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  • Lionel Post 45 Marines Missile Launch Engine
  • Lionel Post 44 Army Missile Engine
  • Lionel Post 394 Aircraft Beacon - Aluminum w Red Steel Base
  • Lionel Post 6413(A) Mercury Project Cape Canaveral Car
  • Lionel Post 6463 Rocket Fuel 2D Tank car
  • Lionel Post 6512 Cherry Picker car w box, instruction sheet
  • Lionel Post 6544 Missile firing car
  • Lionel Post 6630 IRBM Flatcar
  • Lionel Post 6640 USMC IRBM Launch Car
  • Lionel Post 6650  IRBM Launch - 2, dk blue, light blue
  • Lionel Post 6823  Flat with IRBM Missiles - red
  • Lionel Post 395 Floodlight Tower - Yellow w box,master
  • Lionel Post 3429 USMC Helocopter Flatcar
  • Lionel Post 3519 Remote Control Satellite Car, w box, instructions
  • Lionel Post 6844 Flatcar w missiles - black
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Mark: Several of my Italian family members worked for Grumman in Bethpage (Long Island), NY. One of our Italian neighbors in Woodhaven, Queens and later in Hicksville was part of a team that completed the wiring of the Lunar Excursion Module which was built by Grumman. The LEM, of course, was the vehicle that actually landed on the Moon, and whose upper section brought the astronauts back to the Command and Service Module for the trip back to Earth. I was 27 and a graduate student at Auburn University in 1969 and well remember the televised landing of the LEM and the first steps of Neil Armstrong and those immortal words!

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My childhood train layout had a connection with Grumman through one of my uncles who worked on the line. He was able to legally get a few small scraps of airframe aluminum from which he constructed a sliding control panel which had two wood sloping side panels for control switches and a flat wood central base for my ZW transformer. The whole outfit slid under the train table on aluminum rails when not in use.

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@texastrain posted:

Though not on the layout, still under construction!  Years go by...…     But, do have what is needed to defend the layout interests.  I have more than one 175 rocket launchers, all in various states of repair needed.  Will build one complete and have others, with construction cranes, in stages of being built on the launch complex.  Good way of making use of older/incomplete items.

Jesse  TCA

That is an amazing collection, Jesse. Now just imagine how much fun You could have with modern Legacy controlled versions   Except for the exploding box car - one of those came with my set... pretty useless in my opinion. I remember a commercial for the rocket with the capsule/parachute. 

Great topic Arnold!  Rocket propulsion is near and dear to my heart having spent over 30 years of my 45 year career working for Rocketdyne the company that designed and built the large booster engines that propelled Americans into space from the Redstone A-7 through the Space Shuttle Main Engines. 

Here’s a slo-mo video of my Missile Defense car protecting the Christmas train. 

 

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