Using Doug's scan, I made some cross section drawings on my computer and scaled them up to 1/72 scale (assuming that the original was in 1/96 scale...more on this later).
The drawings were then used to cut the main sections out of thin styrene sheet. I glued all the sections together, and cut out the center part to take the cockpit tub from an old Hasegawa 1/72 T-33.
I glued some surfboard foam at the nose of the vehicle, and sanded it to shape. The cross sections were covered with 0.005" sheet styrene which was glued in place, then trimmed to the contour of the bottom section. This produced a smooth, seamless skin. Unfortunately, the plastic was too thin, so I re-skinned the model with another layer of 0.005" styrene. Next, I cut out the cockpit opening, and inserted the cockpit tub.
I made a form for the canopy out of surfboard foam and used it to make vacuformed copies out of 0.01" styrene. I cut and trimmed the resulting canopies to fit the model.
I added some photo-etched instrument panels from a Me-262B PE set and two highly modified resin ejection seats to complete the cockpit. As I
was building the RV-X, I also entered the design into the Plane Maker program that is part of X-Plane
I tried flying the RV-X in X-Plane, but discovered that the original design had a tendency to tumble and roll uncontrollably at the
slightest provocation. I added some winglets to the design, and the RV-X became relatively easy to fly - as a glider.
For the model, I made the winglets from the vertical tail surfaces of a DML 1/144 scale Mig-29. I also added control jets, for in-orbit
positioning. I didn't want to mar the smooth upper surface of the RV-X, so I added the control jets to the bottom of the craft. If you think
about it, this should be enough to orient the craft into any position while in orbit.
The large rocket engine in the rear is from a Glencoe Lunar Lander. The booster adapter shroud around it is the clear cap from a Testor's
airbrush tip container.
The control jets and various boxes on the rear panel of the RV-X came from a series of "science fiction" kits that were on sale at Squadron a
few years ago. They were from a Czech company called Andromeda and were supposed to represent various spacecraft and robot designs. In fact,
they were some of the sprues from a 1/150 scale model of a Russian Tarantula missile boat. In any case, the kits make for a really handy
source of parts.
The landing skid came from the Testors re-issue of the old Hawk 1/48 scale Me-163.