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Saturn V Launch Umbilical Tower (lut) Model Kit 1:96 Revell For Sale

Saturn V Launch Umbilical Tower (lut) Model Kit 1:96 Revell

Search EduCraftDiversions online for your discount... Please note: This was produced by EduCraftDiversions, not Revell or Monogram. This is an UNBUILT, heavy papermodel kit of NASA's Apollo Launch Umbilical Tower (LUT)affixed to Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP)in 1:96 scale for any like scaled Saturn V Rocket model. The rocket is not included. It is designed to hold the Revell 1/96 Saturn V model rocket and stands about 56" high. The rocket is not included. The rocket is not includedbut if you arehaving difficulty locating a Revell 1/96 scale Saturn V model kit, I would welcome you to express your interest in the model to Revell Inc.

This heavy PAPER (60 lbs. test) model kit includes:

  • 1 set of38 quantity 11"x17" color laser 60 lbs.paper card stock parts sheets .
  • 1 special CD containing the90 pageAssembly Procedure Manual inPDF file.

The heavy paper (60 lbs.) is tested and deemed best for precision and other factors. After glueing, laminating, folding and assembly, it bears up strongly. Suggestions for other scales can be emailed.

Will require scissors, water based various color marking pens (for coloring edges), cutting board, white glue, cardboard (or foamcore) for sub-support on some parts, etc (Not included).

It may require the removal of the aerodynamic venting ducts at the bottom of Revell's1/96 Saturn Vstage 1 (The Revell 96 Saturn V was based upon the Saturn V 500FFacilities Test Vehicle), or adapting the Mobile Launcher Platform'srocket hold-down supports.

A vintage 1968 Revell unaltered Saturn V model is shown, but is not included.

Bare bones "kit" to reduce costs to you... No packaging... Comes rolledin a USPS Priority package. Includes 38 parts sheets and 90 pageinstructions manual CD. Lay the sheets flat at room temp under a load (books) for 48 hours or so.

PLEASE NOTE: These are printed to order so please add 1 additional week of delivery timeexpectation. The printing company sometimes experiences delays and posting of items is made about once a week, so delivery time will be reflected accordingly, OK?Shipping costs reflect required time and resources,not postage fees only. Paypal is required unless arrangements are made prior to sale end.

COMBINED SHIPPING: Please use thecombined shipping feature for multiple orders. Or, if purchased separately at the same time, multiple items will be handled by refunding shipping cost for the smaller item, after 2 are purchased.


Actual tracking and delivery confirmation is not offered for International Shipping, due to its cost which can double shipping amounts. It is deemed cost prohibitive. But, if actual tracking is preferred, it can be ordered at a substantially increased rate prior to purchasing. PLEASE ADVISE BEFORE PURCHASING IF ACTUAL TRACKING IS DESIRED TO BE ORDERED for International Shipping. Our main point here is FUN... But, sometimes long delays are experienced due to customs and international posting in general, but a package has never been lost... They have always arrived safe and sound, even if seemingly late. SO IF THERE IS A DELAY, YOUR PATIENCE IS SINCERELY REQUESTED... However... If the package has not arrived after 4 weeks, please advise so the issue can be worked from this end. Customs rules will be adhered to.

Every effort is always made to insure your experience to be FUN and complete customer satisfaction secured...

Your questions and concerns are always welcome. Please be sure to read the above description carefully. This item is sold with money back guarantee on purchase price only.

response: If response is desired, it'll gladly be given when it is requested after positive response has been left, due to policies.

Be sure to stop by my other sales. Lots of fun and interesting items! Have a great day!


The Saturn V Launch Umbilical Tower and MLP, Rendered by artist David R. Maier, it is printed on 60 lbs. card stock. Please see the 144 sale for additional detail pictures.

It occurs how silly the96 scaleMonogram (or Airfix) Saturn5 96th scale rocket looks, displayed without it's Launch Umbilical Tower. In reality... the Saturn V rocket existed on its Mobile Launcher Platform for the entirety of its tenure on the planet... having been constructed upon it. Indeed, it existed in flight wholly, for a matter of only 3 or so minutes on its flight to the Moon. You can get away with Gemini, Mercury, even Constellation... But, this rocket's just got to have a tower next to it.

So, here it is! An excellent display accouterment for your plastic model launch vehicle.

Interesting to note that the Revell model, still in production, is actually based on early NASA Saturn V designs and the 500-F test vehicle, which was never intended to fly. It is now housed at Kennedy Space Center's museum.

Assembling this piece might seem daunting, but it is really only a matter of just starting... Then going step by step through the Procedures Plan. Oh, maybe have a stack or 2 of your favorite dvds running in the background.

The printing on the parts sheets is quite rugged, but if you need replacements, they will be made available. The pictures accurately depict the finished model. But, if a mistake occurs... Anticipate full project support and simply email.

No painting required, at all! All the intricate graphics detailing is already done. Just coloring of exposed white paper surfaces and edgeswith your water based (preferred)color marking pens (not included).

The strength of the paper is more than adequate, especially in load bearing parts, which will be folded and glue-laminated, creating a type of "ply-paper" strength. The engineering design of the actual L.U.T. also comes into play. Also, larger parts will have a cardboard, (which you provide)sub-support. It ends up being sturdy. Included in the kit,is a desk wedge-bar display sign depicting anactual lunar Moon rock slice.

This paper model kit comes professionally colorlaserprinted on 38, 11" x 17" card-stocksheets. The90 page instruction manual ispatterned after the official Apollo program Flight Plan (just for fun) andis on a CD. A trip to Kinko's will provide you with a hard copy... black & white or color.

The partsgraphics capture a lovely, weathered, flight used LUT, which is how it looked for the majority of its service. It is as complete and accurate as the medium will allow for. It is, though,quite more accurate than the one seen in Tom Hank's Apollo 13 movie, excellent dvd as it is.

The detailed photographic images on the model add a trompe l'oeil 3D effect. In many ways, it ismore realistic than plastic,resin orphoto-etched brass parts can possibly achieve. As it turns out, there is just something about a plastic model, as fine as it may be,which the viewer thinks, "That's a really detailed plastic model." Butwhen you take actual photographs of the real item anduse them for your colorcover, the brain doesn'tquiteknow what to think. It's seeing the real thing...With plastic or brass etched kits in general,you'veperhaps got a precision form, but it's covered with a layer of non-scale glomularpaint, which has always lessened the viewing effect of the model. With printed on imagery, you have a higher scale precision in many respects. Even unpainted plastic parts add an undesirable translucence which again, is non-scale. The printed parts read as opaque.

... Are you GO or no-GO?

There is one word you will hear as your friends enter the room and see the impressive piece you're building. And that word is, "Wow." The paper idea lent itself quite nicely to the actual LUT construction, since it was essentially made from flat metal stock, and the card-stock finishes with a higher crispness in edgesand precision feel in many of the parts. One advantage to having partswithprinted graphics is thatno painting is required and lends much higher detail. Thisgives ita level of artistic expertise in its texture not commonly available, creating a fine faux effect to many of the surfaces.

It will take some doing, (sometimes arduous).... and a bit ofoverall "MacGyver-ing" to craft this stately addition to your denor party room'sdecor. (I view the more painstaking phases as being a sort of astronaut psychological training test as in the movie The Right Stuff...! which really took the edge off...). But, once done... it's done!It is designed to allow for a bit more of asimplified construction, if fewer parts are used at the builder's discretion, still capturing a sense of being a worthy platform for this grand piece of space equipment. So... one may skip or simplifymany of the more intricate assemblies and still have an impressive piece.

I liken the construction of this Apollo Launch Umbilical Tower Model Kit in card stock, to that of building say,the larger sea vessel models such as The Constitution Sail Ship or Academy 350 Titanic with rigging and brass etched add-ons. So now ... a more recent addition to the history of exploration is added!

Expect to trim and fit a few parts, since no 2 towers will be precisely identical, due to variations in individual assembly. I would say there is more "trimming to fit" involved than a ship model... but less than a balsa wood B17 aircraft. If you would like one built for you, just let me know. Probably cost prohibitive, due to time, etc... But, you never know.

The 144th scale tower (forMonogram, Airfix, Ultimate Apollo Space Voyagers)is online... The 1:96 Crawler Transporter (CT)paper model is now online. The 1:100 Launch Umbilical Tower (for Estes), is now online. The 144 CT is soon to be online. Be sure to add to your emailed search notification list and you'll receive a code 3 response. Other Apollo kit ideas are also being considered including1/24scale Apollo CSM/LM/Adapter spacecraft, as well as a 1:32 Lunar Module for Monogram's CSM. Suggestionsare welcome and can be emailed.

You are looking at the first prototype, which has been slightly revised, but without any casually noticeable changes. Over 1000hours of painstaking engineering and rendering have gone into this unique piece.

Equitably priced... considering printing costs alone... (Kinko's charges $3.50 per 11x17 color sheet) But, add to that... your completed Apollo Saturn V Launch Umbilical Tower model will be worth quite a pretty penny... So if anyone gives you guff about how much time this is taking... They can be informed that the finished piece will be worth 100s and 100s and 100s and 100s... (and 100s). To put it in 2001: a space odyssey terms... I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill and think things over...


The LUT andCommand Module (CM)represents the only flight used piece of hardware that survived theApollo program, the only endeavor in historywhich succeeded in landing a human on another satellite.

Sadly... the actual, originalLaunch Towers were only recently destroyed because of lead paint environmental concerns. There was a most illuminated and concerted effort to save LUT #1 and erect a monument to human kind's singular successful venture to another satellite, but, though a superbly gallant effort was made to save it, unbelievably, this unique piece of space flight history is now gone forever. Can you imagine if the USS Arizona wreckor mighty Memphis Belle had been scrapped? ...Or the Mayflower had been saved? Since the only part of the Apollo mission to return to the Earth was the space capsule itself, the LUT represented the only other piece of actual, direct, flight used hardware which survived. The mostultimate of historical artifactlosses. But... nice to know that parts of the original launch system were incorporated into the STS Space Shuttle's... the Colby Crane,many of the tower sections and launcher platform basecan be discerned in the current pad array. Perhaps they will be used in NASA's new Moon Shot program, Constellation.

As we embark on the next chapter of manned space flight... This is sure to be an impressive... and valuablehomage to one moment of pure, inspired human endeavor in exploration... space or otherwise.

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