Saturn IB booster (Saturn V scale)




The Saturn IB (pronounced "one-bee" but labeled Saturn IB rather than Saturn 1B) was used in the 1960s and 1970s not only to test the hardware needed for the moon landings, but also to launch crews to Skylab. This 1:110 scale is the same as the official Lego Saturn V. The model is specifically designed to resemble the Apollo 7 mission, a mission in 1968 to test the Command/Service Module in Earth orbit.

The instructions are for the booster only - the S-IVB stage, SLA panels, CSM, and launch escape tower are borrowed from the official Saturn V. This build was a challenge on several levels. Perhaps the most difficult aspect was the adapter to the S-IVB stage, which is necessarily different from the Saturn V. The end result, after MUCH trial and error, is extremely strong and robust.  Another challenge was the internal helix-type structure of the octagonal support in the central tank portion.

As a fun optional feature, you could replace the rather boring engines - gray cone pieces - with beehive pieces (#35574) to make a "Saturn I-Beehive". Although the yellow color is unrealistic, the shape of a beehive piece very strongly resembles an H1 engine of the Saturn IB!

Change Log: Updated 13 March 2019 using more call-outs to reduce length of instructions by 50%. Also added title page.

Updated 13 Sept 2019 with minor changes suggested by commentor "topunit", specifically to adjust the bottom-most 4x4 plate to square in step 3 and adding 1x4 plates behind the tiles in step 40.

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Name Saturn IB booster (Saturn V scale)
Designer MOCrockets
Designed 2018
Inventory 473
Theme Space
Star Wars™ Imperial Star Destroyer™
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Second iteration I have built...this one a fictitious "military" IB in grays.  Beehive engine bells painted silver.   I also substituted the black plates and United States tiles with gray round 2x2 bricks.