|Hood wrote: *||January 29th, 2019, 9:05 am|
Pity he's not around any more, he had a lovely mix of sail and rocketry!
His sailing ships were quite the masterpices indeed!
In the meantime I've completed my Thor-Delta work, but I'm waiting for a PM reply before posting the completed sheet.
So, while waiting, since Erik put a bug in my ear with the "older spacebucket drawings are [...] not to careful scale" thing I decided to dip my nose into the matter. Since I thweaked the SLS and planned (and still planning) on expanding the Titan rocket sheet, I went back and checked two other rockets Hoefer did, the Proton-M and the Falcon 9/Falcon Heavy. Regrettably, both turned out to be suffering from scaling issues (looks who's talking, I myself messed up the Atlas badly in my first try). And -at this point- I suspect it is possible that the Titans might suffer of the same issue, somethin I'll have to check.
Back at the Proton and Falcon, both were larger that they sould have been. In the first case the reason is a bit obscure, in the second it was immediately obvious to me where the mishap lay.
the Proton-M is either 56,2 or 58,2m tall depending on wether the short or long payload fairing is used. this translates more or less into 369 and 382 pixels in SB scale. Hoefer Proton was 414 (wich rougly translates to 63 meters), leaving me without an explanation for the miscale. Not even the Proton-K that launched the Salyut space station was that tall (it was 61m or 401 pixels in scale). I thus resized it and adjusted the pixels were needed (a much simpler job that it might sound) also adding the shorter payload fairing version. 99,9% of the drawing is still Hoefer's original pixels, so I left the credit lines as they were.
As mentioned before, the reason behind the Falcon 9 upscaling is more easier to understand. The rocket is 70m tall in its standard satellite launch configuration, which translates to 460 pixels. Hoefer's falcon was 498. Yet, he also drew the launcher in two more configurations, the one with the cargo Dragon capsule and the one with the crewed dragon 2. The latter was exactly 460 pixels tall. the scaling was spot on, but not for the correct variant (pretty much the same error I did when I messed up the Atlas). Just as I did with the Proton, I rescaled the drawing and fixed any pixel anomalies, then I went overboard. The original drawing depicted both the Falcon 9 Full-Thrust (blocks 3 and 4) and the Falcon Heavy. I added all other Falcon 9 variants and collected them all in a single sheet, keeping in the "staged" versions as well ("exploded", while technically more accurate, sounds more like a bad pun given the context) and the highest number of little details from Hoefer's original drawings I could (like the small astronaut near one of the rockets). This time I allowed myself to alter the credit lines.
A little addendum about the Falcon 9 v1.0. If browsing for sources, You'll probably stumble upon three different height figures: 47,8 (314 pixels), 53 (348) or 54,9 meters (360 pixels). the 53m one is completely wrong. The 47,8m is the correct one for the launcher as flown and depicted in the sheet. While the 54,9m number corresponds to the height of the rocket fitted with the 5.2m payload fairing (which, for the Falcon 9 v1.0, was somehow taller than that of later flown Falcons according to the offical SpaceX user's guide). The rocket was tested on the pad with said fairing but never flown in that configuration, hence I've chosen to not depict it.