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  1. Hi all, I have another rebuild of an old replica of mine, NASAs Lunar landing research vehicle. Built during the planning and training for the apollo moon landings. It is the vehicle that very nearly killed Neil Armstrong. Here is a lovely short video showing the thought behind the LLRV and then later the more advanced LLTV. So now you know more about this glorious machine, on to my recreation of it. Here is a picture of what the original looked like: A fairly decent attempt given the limited tools of the time. I wanted to really make as close a replica as I could with this rebuild. I had been thinking about how to recreate the tubular frame of the LLRV using struts and it was impossible until we had access to the no offset limit mod. It does not do the work for you it simply allows your imagination to be the only limit. Or rather, close to it. There are still some things that cannot be done. Offsetting both ends of struts for example. This seemed to again prevent recreating the tubular frame with struts. Thinking about it further I had an idea about how to move each end of the strut. it must of course be attached to something that can be moved. I didn't want to use cubic struts as they are too large against the thinness of the struts. So, to the rescue comes my new favorite part, the thermometer! It is so versatile and can be hidden by the strut ends, that you can attach to the thermometers. As you can see in the pictures below it allows for some amazing strut designs. The craft itself is a very close match to the real vehicle. So on to the performance. In the real NASA craft the central engine was mounted on highly mobile gimble. This given the size constraints is not really possible as the Juno engines have no gimble. And the new larger jet models are far too large.This has its own issues as the Junos are suuper weak. So I have had to use five of them to lift the more than nine tonne craft. The lack of gimble and the relative weakness of the RCS ports made the handling very sluggish. I have for the sake of fun added one Small Inline Reaction Wheel adding 5.0 kN m of reaction force which is not much but enough with the RCS to allow it to be more fun to operate. The original LLRV was designed to train pilots/astronauts to go up and down so the poor flight performance is 'authentic'. I also included a '00' ejection seat, as per the real aircraft. simply press abort or stage to be blasted free of the aircraft and fall 'safely' under a chute. You can see this being used in the short video below. To fly the aircraft EVA the pod and get into the flight seat. Strap in! Throttle to max and activate RCS and SAS. The aircraft will not take off until the jets are fully spooled up so be patient and try those RCS controls to accent the slow reacting jets. I think that about covers it. It is tricky to fly, and not as responsive as the Thrust measuring rig but you can't beat looking down and seeing that shadow!I am also completely in love with the thermometer parts. I have something else to show that uses the thermometer parts. Its more of a development than a craft so far but it has never been seen in KSP, stock or mod. Thank you for looking and I hope you enjoy flying the LLRV. MJ Download from KerbalX