Why Build a Half-Scale Lunar Lander?

In the summer of 2018, I was working to put the final touches on my Horse Bike for the Churchville Lions Fair Parade. For those of you who may not recall, it is the body of a horse built onto a bicycle. It has an eccentric front wheel that replicates the galloping movement of a horse. All four legs work off the motion of the wheels.

Until the Horse Bike project, all of my metalworking and woodworking projects had been for a specific use – a workshop feature, a swing set, a cutting board or a bowl. But this project was just for fun. The Horse Bike was a success and I couldn’t believe the excitement that it generated.

After this experience, I looked back to one of my long term bucket list items – of building a Lunar Lander.

It all started when my third-grade teacher gave me a sticker from her father who was working for Grumman at the time. Recently, while gathering information on the Lunar Lander, it occurred to me that 2019 was the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.

Please join my team and I on our Facebook page to monitor the progress in this next year. We may not get to the moon but we’re going to have fun, and make something that will stimulate the mind of both young and old.

Barry Nobles #BackyardLander