I’m pretty sure I’ve said this here multiple times (and at some point I should post the blog I wrote about it), but once upon a time I was totally going to be an astronaut. In the past two years, I’ve also become completely, hopelessly addicted to LEGOs, so it was only natural that I would snatch up the NASA Apollo Saturn V set as soon as I was able.

Except that I save my LEGO sets to build under very specific circumstances. Luckily, one of those events came up again pretty soon — my husband is out of town for work, so it was Netflix and LEGO (and wine) time for me for a few evenings! (After I got my writing done for the day, of course.)Β 

The first evening, I completed the S-IC stage, including the five F-1 engines at the bottom:

(Sorry for the weird color differentials in the pictures. My den looks very different with natural lighting versus overhead lighting as afternoon turned to night each evening.)

The next evening, I completed the S-II stage, including the five J-2 engines at the bottom (first stage shown for scale):

And finally the rest of it! S-IVB stage with J-2 engine, instrument unit, lunar module, Apollo service module, Apollo command module, and launch escape system.

And here’s the full set displayed in my newly reorganized LEGO room!

Saturn V final

It’ll probably be a few months until I get to build the next set, but I already have the Parisian Restaurant and SHIELD HelicarrierΒ to choose between! I anticipate finishing the first draft of Steel Shadows in either November or December of this year.

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By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (www.jlgribble.com), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jlgribblewriter), and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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  1. I, too, am an adult Lego-Lover, and also ordered the Apollo V the day it was released – it’s a marvellous build, and has pride of place in my Living room πŸ™‚ No they need to do the Falcon Heavy Rocket to go next to it!

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