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Alessandro CrippaBy Alessandro Crippa
First created
Alessandro CrippaBy Alessandro Crippa
First created
CHF 4,890
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About

The LEGO Apollo Mission - Collector's custom set is the ultimate commemorative LEGO set for the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing.

Our first prototype of the LM
Our first prototype of the LM
Our first prototype of the CSM
Our first prototype of the CSM

On July the 20th, 1969 commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module pilot Buzz Aldrin performed the first manned Moon landing in the LM 'Eagle'  while Command & Service Module pilot Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit inside the CSM Module 'Columbia'.

Revive the epic Apollo 11 landing with this custom set made of the two spaceships (LM and CSM). Both ships are at minifigure's scale and are made of original LEGO pieces! 

the Lunar Module is ready for separation from the Command and Service Module, to perform the first LEGO Moon landing
the Lunar Module is ready for separation from the Command and Service Module, to perform the first LEGO Moon landing

THE LUNAR MODULE

The Lunar Module is a two-stages spaceship: the descent stage contains tanks and descent engine, and the ascent stage carries a crew of two back to lunar orbit to join the CSM after the visit to the Moon.

Screen shot of the actual LEGO mission: the ascent stage gets visually inspected by the Command Module Pilot before docking and returning the two astronauts to the Command Module
Screen shot of the actual LEGO mission: the ascent stage gets visually inspected by the Command Module Pilot before docking and returning the two astronauts to the Command Module

 The LM 'Eagle' was a tiny spaceship that contained the living quarters, the commands to perform the Moon landing and to reach lunar orbit to randevouz with the CSM 'Columbia'. It also contained scientific equipment and the maneuvering computer.

Our LM has plenty of buttons and levers to bring any well-trained minifigure astronaut to a successful Moon landing. It tries to be as LEGO-accurate as possible in the commands layout and has a lot of computers and equipment to do science: a camera, a pickaxe with pre-extracted rock samples, a rope, a bottle of green stuff, a landline phone to call mom, and a coffee machine. There's also a terrarium with a pet hamster for studying the effect of spaceflights on plastic animals. 

Command station of the Lunar Module, with plenty of knobs and levers to complete a safe lunar landing
Command station of the Lunar Module, with plenty of knobs and levers to complete a safe lunar landing
The back of the Lunar Module contains the Science Bay, with plenty of coffee for our LEGO scientists
The back of the Lunar Module contains the Science Bay, with plenty of coffee for our LEGO scientists

Our descent stage has a golden "Lunar Plaque" on the ladder -just as the real one- a set of shades to protect the LM from the heat of the Sun, and a powerful engine for a smooth landing.

The first prototype of the descent stage
The first prototype of the descent stage
Screen shot from the actual footage of the LEGO landing: the descent stage remains on the surface of the moon
Screen shot from the actual footage of the LEGO landing: the descent stage remains on the surface of the moon

THE COMMAND AND SERVICE MODULE

The CSM consists of the Command Module (the reentry capsule) and the Service Module with engine, tanks and life-support equipment.

The CSM with an exposed material bay
The CSM with an exposed material bay
Our first prototype built of the CM. With coffee machine, reclining seats and flight manuals. Buttons, levers and gizmos allow our astronauts full control of the spaceship.
Our first prototype built of the CM. With coffee machine, reclining seats and flight manuals. Buttons, levers and gizmos allow our astronauts full control of the spaceship.
Recreational area and kitchenette amid complex computing machinery, to help the astronauts enduring the long journey to the Moon
Recreational area and kitchenette amid complex computing machinery, to help the astronauts enduring the long journey to the Moon

 THE PLAQUE

The beautiful vinyl sticker with the Apollo 11 insignia and a brief summary of the mission, fitting the plaque on the CSM stand.

The label for the CSM stand
The label for the CSM stand

THE LOGO

The sticker is a 10 x 10 cm (~4 inches x 4 inches) paper sticker with a LEGO-lized Apollo insignia.

The LEGO mission sticker in all its splendor
The LEGO mission sticker in all its splendor

 THE LIMITED EDITION BOX

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Our first LM prototype has ca. 850 pieces and it measures ca. 18x18x20cm (7x7x8 inches).

Our CSM prototype has ca. 1500 pieces and it measures 13x13x30cm (5.5x5.5x12inches)

WHO ARE WE AND WHY KICKSTARTER?

This project was born as a collaboration of two master builders, Andrea and Alessandro. Former university colleagues, they reunited after 10 years of solitary adventures to find out they share a passion for designing, building and collecting LEGO. And a passion for space, spaceships and space exploration. The LEGO Apollo Mission - Collector's custom set represents the culmination of their design creativity.

LEGO produced the awesome SATURN V set last year, based on a prototype proposed by builder "saabfan". The set is a masterpiece and a must-have for all NASA fans out there.

Unfortunately LEGO's policy is not to accept other LEGO Ideas submissions based on the Apollo mission theme. We want to propose our set for all fans and Apollo lovers out there that want to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing with a minifigure-scale Lunar Module and Command & Service Module.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This project was possible thanks to the voluntary or involuntary support of tens of LEGO enthusiasts around the globe. Among them, we want to offer our warmest thanks to:

  • "saabfan", the author of the original Saturn V created on LEGO ideas (https://tinyurl.com/yaxppnt3) - simply a piece of art.
  • Ryan Howerter (https://tinyurl.com/y87lypqr) who designed a magnificient CSM - Several parts of our CSM was inspired by his creation: exhaust block, RCSs, the high gain antenna, ...
  • "whatsuptoday", (https://tinyurl.com/yadrypof) author of the LEGO Ideas "Mission Apollo 17" set - our Command Module and its interiors were inspired by his wonderful creation
  • "LuisPG", LEGO ideas author (https://tinyurl.com/y939mrlo) of the beautiful "Apollo Program Moon Explorers" set - design of heat shield and junction between Command Module and Service module, as well as LEM interns, were inspired by his works
  • "GoodOlives", LEGO ideas author (https://tinyurl.com/yakn5ufc) of the "Apollo 11" set - Command Module exteriors were inspired by his great work
  • Eurobrick user dglacet and his "Apollo Lunar Module" (https://tinyurl.com/ydxtyrrz) and its inspiration "Apollo 11" Mecabrick set by saabfan (https://tinyurl.com/y8z3akqu) - we own these guys the credits for most of the LM design! The "face" of the LM, the antennas, most of the descent stage - we made heavy use of their great and neat designs
  • Moc-pages user "The Legoaulic" and his "Apollo 11 Moon Landing: A LEGO® creation" - source of inspiration for the Command Module design
  • John M. Knight for his "Apollo Command / Service Module" set (https://tinyurl.com/ybmqbewv) - inspiration of our Command Module design
  • Lambert Varias (https://tinyurl.com/ycly34hp) and his Apollo 11 set - his beautiful creations inspired our overall design
  • several others projects (LEGO and non-LEGO) and a numerous set of NASA pictures that inspired us and made us dream

WARNING!

This toy is for grown-ups! It is not suitable for children :D

TIMELINE

 SHIPPING

The default shipping method will be by DHL. Shipping costs will be as low as 8EUR to Switzerland and Germany and 15EUR worldwide. We'd be happy to make ad-hoc/alternative shipping arrangements, with or without tracking, according to your preferences.

COSTS

Most of the project costs will be used for sourcing bricks and pieces. The remaining 35% will be used for printing and binding of the instructions, printing stickers and labels, and for packaging. A small piece of the moon will be kept by the creators as compensation for the work and for covering unlikely but possible post-shipment issues (e.g. printing quality issues, missing bricks).

DISCLAIMER

LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this project or this web site.

NASA does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this project or this web site.

    

Risks and challenges

There are two main challenges in this project.
The first is finding a good balance across stability, accuracy and a comfortable handling. Our main focus is to create models that look as much as possible like a piece of art (in the LEGO sense), lean and accurate in their shapes. We will try to make them as solid, robust and easy to handle - e.g. to open and explore - as possible. We will invest all our modelling and building skills into this.
The second challenge is the availability of the pieces. Few of the pieces used in our prototypes are relatively rare and difficult to find. We will invest the needed time in order to guarantee the most painless experience to those of you that want to build the ships from scratch instead of getting a complete set.

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