My first skill level five rocket

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#21 My first skill level five rocket

Post by Commander » Sun, 03 Apr 16, 00:17 am

Here's the parts check on my latest project. This one is kinda special to me since I have never built an Estes skill level five kit. There weren't very many and usually were expensive (by the standards of the day). So finally I began the final skill level assault.
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Any guesses what it is?
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#22 Re: My first skill level five rocket

Post by Commander » Tue, 28 Jan 20, 07:25 am

One of the most useful tools I used for this build was a dowel I turned on my lathe to fit the 1090 body tubes. Here is one of the nacelle tubes overlays on the dowel before being cut out. I attach the template to the body tube using rubber cement, cut out the part and take off the template. I did the air intake tubes the same way. The nacelle halves were glued together then cut out, so they didn't fit on the dowel.
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I now have dowels or blanks, that fit numerous body tube sizes.
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#23 Re: My first skill level five rocket

Post by Commander » Fri, 31 Jan 20, 06:57 am

The Zarconian Cruiser build is almost ready to have the primer applied. I just have to add the nacelles; engine mount; tail cone and then I can finish sand it. Once the primer is applied, I Will have to decide whether I want to follow the face card color scheme. I have another Zarconian Cruiser in my build pile and I'm thinking of using a different color scheme for that one. I thought of a space camouflage scheme and jotted down some sketches of what I thought it might look like. I will have to go back into my notes and see if I can find that information.
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The tail cone and nose cone are just fitted here for a more complete view.
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#24 Re: My first skill level five rocket

Post by Commander » Fri, 31 Jan 20, 20:10 pm

A few more pictures...
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#25 Re: My first skill level five rocket

Post by Commander » Sat, 15 Feb 20, 05:50 am

It's been a long time coming almost over 4 years, And I now have my first 5th level rocket near completion. I look forward to taking it out launching it and recovering it. Don't know why this matters to me, as I have built and launched plenty of rockets over the years, but to finally attain the master level as a rocketeer just kind of adds the finishing touch. I should say that it puts the finishing touch on as a model rocketeer, because nowadays we all know that the next step is to get your level one, then your level 2, then you're level 3 certifications. If I were to take this to this ultimate conclusion I suppose I ought to build a rocket that I could climb into and launch myself into space. Somehow I don't think that's going to happen.
Maybe one day my wife or one of my kids will take my urn full of ashes, stick it into a rocket that I've built and launch it into an orbit where it can burn up on reentry after 6 months or so. Of course our government will probably find something wrong with that and nix the idea, but I figure 3 or 4 stages with M Motors might be able to just do enough to keep my remains just high enough for an orbit or two. anyone know the average weight of cremation remains so I can calc it in open rocket?
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Xarconian Cruiser ready for primer
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