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Every rocket has a launch pad. The mighty Saturn V rocket was assembled on the Mobile Launch Platform (MLP), a two-story structure that supported both the rocket and the 380 ft Launch Umbilical Tower (LUT). Once the rocket was assembled, the entire platform was slowly rolled out to the launch site so that final preparations could be made. Nine service arms provided access to every critical part of the rocket, acting as fuelling ports and providing electrical power to critical systems. When all was ready, the crew boarded the ship that would ferry them to the Moon. The service arms swung away from the rocket, the tail service masts at the base of the rocket swung back behind heat proof shields, and the rocket soared towards the heavens.

This is a model of the Apollo 11 Launch Umbilical Tower and Mobile Launch Platform (MLP). The model is a faithful 1:110 scale recreation of the entire launch tower. Many technical drawings and photos were consulted over the last twelve months in an effort to make the model as accurate as possible, although a few details (such as the placement of the fuel pipes and environment ducts) are not readily available and required some educated guesses.

The model has several features:
Raise the damper arm once roll out is complete!
Rotate the crane away from the rocket (crane is non-functional)
Retract the crew access arm once the astronauts are aboard!
Pull back the eight service arms once the countdown reaches zero!
Rotate the three tail service arms!

An LDD file of the finished model is provided, which features each part of the model grouped into small sub-assemblies to show how the model should be assembled. A 600 page instruction manual is also provided. Permission is not given, and will never be given, to use any of these files (images, LXF, PDF) in any way that makes money (e.g. through sale of kits). This is a purely digital model, and has not (yet) been built in real life. It should be a strong and stable model, but it may prove to be fragile and collapse if you breathe on it. Anyone attempting to build this out of real bricks does so entirely at their own risk. All parts used have appeared in official sets released within the last 2-3 years.

This gallery include various work in progress image showcasing the design process. It concludes with a set of photo-realistic images generated using the fantastic Mecabricks website.

001_Apollo.png
002_LUT_and_SaturnV.png
003_EnginePit.png
004_HoldDownArms.png
005_MLP_Interior_Supports.png
006_MLP_Interior_Supports.png
007_MLP_Interior_TopDownView.png
008_LUT_A_frame.png
009_LUT_A_frame.png
010_Revised_Tower_Base.png
011 Adding scaffolding.png
012_Launch_Platform_Decks.png
016_MLP_Test_Exploded.png
017_MLP_Baseplate_Sandwich.png
018_MLP_Internal_Skeleton.png
019_Tower_Rising.png
020_SaturnV_Scale_Test.png
021_RailingsTest.png
022_SwingArmDraft.png
023_Swingarm_connections.png
024_RocketAndTower.png
025_Swingarm_connections.png
026_Swingarm_HeightError.png
027_Tower_Redesign.png
028_L2L3_Redone.png
029_ProblemStrut.png
030_ProblemStrutFixed.png
031_SwingArmPlacement.png
032_RescaledTower.png
033_FuelLines.png
034_SwingArmAngles.png
035_SwingArmUniversalJoint.png
036_CableTray.png
037_S1C_Intertank_ServiceArm.png
038_ServiceArms234.png
039_UpdatedArms.png
040_Latchback_support.png
041_FuelPipes.png
042_SwingArmAccessLadders.png
043_AdditionalPipes.png
044_Staircases.png
045_ConstructionWorker.png
046_TileInClip.png
047_TileInClipSafetyRails.png
048_SwingArms5_6.png
049_SwingArms_TopDown.png
050_DamperArmVertical.png
051_DamperArmStandard.png
052_CMAccessArm.png
053_WhiteRoom.png
054_WhiteRoom.png
055_WhiteRoomRetracted.png
056_TailServiceMasts.png
057_ControlBoxes.png
058_TowerTop.png
059_ServiceArm7WIP.png
060_ServiceArm8WIP.png
061_TowerTopAxlePlacement.png
062_MechanismDraft.png
063_ServiceArm8_Completed.png
064_ServiceArmMechanism.png
065_ServiceArmMechanismBack.png
066_Crane drafts.png
067_CraneFinished.png
068_CraneFinished_2.png
069_ServiceArm7.png
070_ServiceArm234FuelPipes.png
071_ServiceArm234FuelPipes.png
072_MecabricksRender.png
073_SwingArmMech.png
074_CrewArmMech.png
13_TestBricks.jpg
14_TestBricks.jpg
15_TestBricks.jpg
Apollo LUT V1.1.lxf
Apollo LUT V1.2.lxf
Apollo LUT Volume1 Compressed.pdf
Apollo LUT Volume2.pdf
Apollo LUT Volume3.pdf
Apollo LUT Volume4.pdf