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by Trident
Mon, 18 Apr 16, 01:25 am
Forum: Build Threads
Topic: Build Thread from 2058, near the century anniversary of Model Rocketry.
Replies: 12
Views: 4315

Re: Build Thread from 2058, near the century anniversary of Model Rocketry.

You must use a lot of hand lotion in the future. Your skin looks very good for some old, decrepit rocket-building geezer.

Oh, wait! Perhaps the Fountain of Youth gets discovered! In that case, I may just be able to build all those kits I have in storage. :)
by Trident
Sun, 17 Apr 16, 23:19 pm
Forum: Build Threads
Topic: Estes Saturn 1B build
Replies: 9
Views: 2457

Re: Estes Saturn 1B build

Part 7: I've now completed all but one major subassembly of the Saturn 1B. (The fuel tubes get painted and then glued onto the core tube.) The picture shows everything dry-fitted, I just had to see what the entire rocket would look like. All subassemblies will be painted "sometime" -- it has been bi...
by Trident
Sun, 17 Apr 16, 23:18 pm
Forum: Build Threads
Topic: Estes Saturn 1B build
Replies: 9
Views: 2457

Re: Estes Saturn 1B build

Part 6: The last two pieces to add to the upper stage body tube are two umbilical covers. These are cut, then profiled, from a small piece of wood included in the kit. Both ends of the long cover, and one end of the small cover, overlap the styrene wraps, so the back sides need to be notched to fit ...
by Trident
Sun, 17 Apr 16, 23:17 pm
Forum: Build Threads
Topic: Estes Saturn 1B build
Replies: 9
Views: 2457

Re: Estes Saturn 1B build

Part 5: I am out of spray adhesive and I have more wraps to apply. I've used 3M in the past, although I had a small amount of Elmer's brand that I used on the aft body wrap. The 3M was $15.99, the Elmer's was $7.99. I didn't notice any difference in application or effectiveness, so I got the Elmer's...
by Trident
Sun, 17 Apr 16, 23:09 pm
Forum: Build Threads
Topic: Estes Saturn 1B build
Replies: 9
Views: 2457

Re: Estes Saturn 1B build

Part 4: I'd like to keep making daily progress so this thread does not get dragged out too much. But with the snow starting up again, it seems like any painting could be far, far from now! Regarding the old Estes Saturn 1B with built up fins, I actually would like to try that in the future, although...
by Trident
Sun, 17 Apr 16, 23:07 pm
Forum: Build Threads
Topic: Estes Saturn 1B build
Replies: 9
Views: 2457

Re: Estes Saturn 1B build

Part 3: Completion of the aft body / fin unit (aft assembly) is pretty time consuming. I really like the look of 8 fins, but gluing together 16 fin halves, each with two internal braces that require trimming, gluing them together, and then neatly cleaning off the excess styrene along the edges, is m...
by Trident
Sun, 17 Apr 16, 23:06 pm
Forum: Build Threads
Topic: Estes Saturn 1B build
Replies: 9
Views: 2457

Re: Estes Saturn 1B build

Part 2: I glued the styrene wrap to the aft body tube using Elmer's Spray Adhesive. First I wrapped it around to make sure it fit well, requiring no trimming. There was a very slight gap but should not be too noticeable. Like other spray adhesives, the Elmer's suggests applying it to one surface and...
by Trident
Sun, 17 Apr 16, 23:04 pm
Forum: Build Threads
Topic: Estes Saturn 1B build
Replies: 9
Views: 2457

Estes Saturn 1B build

I've had this and two more of the kits for many years, and they just never got dragged out of storage. It's a shame to let them sit boxed up, so I decided I'd start one. I also have the Semroc and the Apogee versions in 1/70 scale. But it only seemed fitting to start with the Estes model. [Note: I s...
by Trident
Sat, 16 Apr 16, 16:02 pm
Forum: Model Rocketry
Topic: Semroc Mars Lander completed
Replies: 1
Views: 1172

Semroc Mars Lander completed

Well, here is a picture of my recently completed Mars Lander. I was supposed to fly it today, and our beautiful warm, spring weather vanished. It is snowing in Colorado, and the launch was scrubbed. I painted this with white lacquer. After applying decals, I decided to clear coat them in Krylon Matt...
by Trident
Sun, 03 Apr 16, 03:43 am
Forum: Build Threads
Topic: My first skill level five rocket
Replies: 17
Views: 6602

Re: My first skill level five rocket

I know, so I'll leave the guessing to someone else. I did not realize the tailcone from the 1250 Interceptor was included.