Huge Lego Saturn V model…with 1,969 pieces

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    Yes, please. [LINK]

    LEGO on Friday (April 28) rolled out its first photos and filed its “launch plan” for its “NASA Apollo Saturn V” set to be released on June 1. The towering model — the toy brick rocket when fully assembled will stand more than 3 feet tall (39.37 inches or 100 centimeters) or about 1:110 the size of the mighty booster — is based on a fan submission on the crowdsourcing website LEGO Ideas.

    “Build the first rocket to land people on the Moon!” the Danish toy company wrote. “Packed with authentic details, it features three removable rocket stages.”

    The $119.99 set includes 1,969 pieces, providing a nod to the year that the Apollo 11 mission landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to become the first astronauts to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969.

    “The set also includes three stands to display the [rocket] model horizontally, three new-for-June-2017 astronaut microfigures for role-play recreations of the moon landings, plus a booklet about the manned Apollo missions and the fan designers of this educational and inspirational LEGO Ideas set,” the company stated.

    Felix Stiessen and Valerie Roche (saabfan and whatsuptoday on the LEGO Ideas website) first proposed their Saturn V in 2014. The project received its 10,000th vote on the crowdsourcing platform in November 2015, qualifying for it for a review by LEGO’s professional design team.

    Their set was given the “go” to launch as an official product seven months later.

    The final design of LEGO’s Saturn V differs in some ways from what Stiessen and Roche first submitted, omitting some of their ideas for details inside the rocket, but retaining the ability for those who build the model to recreate each phase of the Apollo lunar missions. Of note, the lunar module can be stowed inside the rocket’s S-IVB third stage and then later “landed” on an included moon surface.

    Similarly, a blue ocean surface is provided to display the command module (crew capsule) after splashdown, with its righting spheres deployed.

    The spacesuited microfigures — tiny, less-articulated, peg-like versions of LEGO’s minifigures — are not only to scale with the lunar lander, but also to the Saturn V, such that they provide a real sense of the immense size of the 363-foot (110 m) launch vehicle. The set includes three microfigures, representing the three-person Apollo crew.

    Recommended for LEGO fans 14 years of age or older, the NASA Apollo Saturn V set will go on sale just five months before the 50th anniversary of the first Saturn V launch in November 1967.

    Highly recommend clicking through to look at the pictures. It’s kinda pretty.

    Engineering studies will be needed to test the viability of a command module / lunar module / ELO spaceship stack.

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