This shows the results of my most recent research into the Soviet Moon Rocket, the N1.

Specifically, it shows the initial design, that was never built. There are several changes between this and the first flight version:
Fewer engines in the first stage
Different fairings
Smaller fuel line covers
Double rings around both open interstages.

But the biggest difference is that there’s a gap around the first stage hull, intended to allow air to flow through the hull and out the rear. This was intended to reduce drag and improve efficiency.

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Nick Stevens

I studied astronomy at University College London, but failed to get my degree. For many years pre-internet, I ran the bulletin board "Starbase 1", which is why you will frequently see me referring to myself as that! I was on the board of the IAAA. I operate exclusively in digital formats using many different software packages. Most often Lightwave 3d, Vue, Gaea, and Affinity Photo. I also enjoy oddball graphics packages like Xenodream, Amberlight, and others.

I'm particularly interested in the early Soviet space program, and I have served as a consultant on that subject.

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