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Saturn Apollo Launch 3D model

Lightwave 9.6  |  Default Scanline
3D Model Specifications
4,415,102 Polygons
5,700,516 Vertices
Polygonal Quads/Tris Geometry
Product ID: 1353839
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Since 2008

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This is an extreme High Definition accurate scale model of the combined Saturn Apollo launch vehicle, Mobile Launcher and Launch Complex 39A used by both Apollo 8 and 11.

Please download and read the free PDF Reference Guide files for further in depth information about each of these 3 separate products.

Modelled with precision using 1:48 scale blueprints (Saturn Apollo) and the original architect's scaled drawings (Mobile Launcher), along with extensively cross-referred online photographic and video research.

This digital 3D product brings together the 3 separate models into one scene allowing the countdown and launch to be rendered in exacting detail. It also includes both multiple and single layer versions of the Saturn Apollo Lite model (no inner details) to minimise polygon count at lift off.

612 high resolution texture and bump maps at varying scales offer down to the rivet detail. Additional high resolution decals are provided for the Command Service Module and warning and information signs around the pad and on the launch tower.

Modelled with LightWave 9.6


Suitable for UHD video, high-res film close-ups and print
Accurate representation of the Saturn Apollo vehicle, Mobile Launch Umbilical Tower and                     
Launch Complex 39A using the original imperial scale of feet and inches.


Model contains the following:
242 object layers (including interchangeable features outlined in Reference Guides)
4415102 polygons
3794305 quads, 620797 tris, and 0 ngons
Standard Lightwave materials & texture maps


HDRI skydome used in preview images NOT included.
No Photoshop or compositing used for previews.
Default Light & camera is included in file for Signature image scene.
Preview Images rendered with default Lightwave 9.6 scanline renderer.


612 texture maps (PNG and PSD format)
Most textures set at scale of 36 pixels per foot
Example: Main Saturn LH2 tank map = 3744 x 1721 pixels


Model built to real-world scale
Units used: Feet and Inches. Model is 533 feet high and 36000 feet (6.82 miles) square.


Pivot points and morph targets are preset in Layout file for all animatable features/layers shown in animation preview video files.

The model contains the following animated parts:

Saturn Apollo:
Stage separation, F1 and J2 engines, fairing covers, retrorocket covers, SLA panels, CSM spotlight and high gain antenna, Earth Landing Systems (CM forward heatshield, drogue, pilot and main parachutes)

Main crawlerway gates, access ramps, lift carriages and scissor grille doors

Mobile Launcher:
Hammerhead Crane and Trolley/Hook, Elevator, Holddown Arms and Tail Service Masts, Swing Arms and retracting umbilical connections.

Please download the accompanying free videos to see these in action
Scene files used to render video previews included


Please also refer to the 3 standalone model products (435413, 954038 and 1332670) for more information and downloadable images. Product preview images for all models are also available in the free ZIP file to download and view offline as a slideshow.

Model is memory intensive due to the large amount of geometry and number of texture maps and requires a minimum of 4GB graphics and 8GB of RAM. 16GB or higher recommended
Modelled on 64-bit OS - i7 5960X CPU - 3.00GHz - Windows 7 Professional 64GB RAM
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