A RADICAL LUNAR RECONSTRUCTION !
(as described by François O. Beaulieu)
[all photographs are copyright 2000 by Alain Gadbois]

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In my Lunar kit, a side view of the base revealed clear signs of warping. At first, Alain tried to salvage it by sanding the bottom down but found that the extent of the deformation was too great. This clearly illustrates why it was again necessary to start from scratch.

 
A mock-up of the new base is displayed at the right, next to the original resin base. Corrections were made to the curvature of the corners. Note the difference in the curvature of the back corners between the original Lunar base and the mock-up.
 
The new base (to be made in two parts) is initially used as an alignment jig for the framework. Two temporary guides are placed at the front of the base. Alignment pins at the back are used to hold the motor housing in place.

The motor housing is fitted on the pins and the two aluminium skates are shaped, mounted and adjusted using the alignment guides.

Next, the railing is added and temporarily held in place with plastic supports. The motor housing in the Lunar kit was found to be too short and narrow but this could only be partially corrected. Because of this, the railing is slightly lower than it should be.

 

Thin rods are used to secure the railing to the tumblers. Their tip is designed to accept custom-made fasteners with decorative caps.
The dish-support shaft is put in place.
After final adjustments to the aluminium framework, the control console is found to fit perfectly.
Once it has been ascertained that all parts fit properly, a coating of primer is applied. The alignment guides are removed from the base and the latter is cut to shape and tested for size.

 

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