Figured I better get it started if I want to fly it on the anniversary: Saturn V Estes 2157

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#1 Figured I better get it started if I want to fly it on the anniversary: Saturn V Estes 2157

Post by Commander » Wed, 03 Jul 19, 05:13 am

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#2 Re: Figured I better get it started if I want to fly it on the anniversary

Post by Commander » Mon, 08 Jul 19, 16:46 pm

UPDATE:

I'm making progress, but decided with the time frame available, I won't do a real build log, just a hit and run. Besides I would have to edit out too many curse words. Speaking of which, who was the sadist who designed the escape tower pieces? :x any normal person doing it would have made it two parts, or if you wanted to keep the price down by the parts being flat, have four parts all the same. One leg and the one side of the framework. Here was my solution for getting the framework pieces in the right place and keeping the side flat.
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There was no way, short of magic, I was getting that inside ring completely centered.
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#3 Re: Figured I better get it started if I want to fly it on the anniversary

Post by Commander » Mon, 08 Jul 19, 17:04 pm

Major catastrophe averted! :D

I took today off, and of course the RLS (Registered Land Surveyor) for Texas calls to talk about something. I get distracted and spill the liquid plastic cement on my work area :o

A bunch of the wraps, the fins and some other plastic pieces were laying about and a good quarter of the bottle spilled. After some fast action (and a few cuss words) everything was moved out of the hazmat area. Two fins almost got glued together, but other than that, I think I moved quick enough to keep anything else from getting damaged.
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#4 Re: Figured I better get it started if I want to fly it on the anniversary

Post by Commander » Tue, 09 Jul 19, 00:50 am

Finally figured out what all those rubber bungee strips Estes adds to the kits are for. Even though it's not mentioned inn the directions, but then a lot of things aren't mentioned in today's Estes' directions.
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#5 Re: Figured I better get it started if I want to fly it on the anniversary: Saturn V Estes 2157

Post by Commander » Fri, 12 Jul 19, 02:52 am

I now wish I had used my typical method of creating the conical paper shrouds. That is to turn the forms on the lathe to mold the paper shrouds to. If I have the wood, this is a matter of an half to full hour to turn the forms. Well Haste makes waste, or at least wastes as much or more time than doing it the long way.

The first shroud, the "I forget it's name" cone is to wide at the base to connect to the lower stage and the wrap doesn't help matters. The second cone, The LM shroud, sorta collapsed along the seam line a bit and created a noticeable divot.

I may be taking them off and trying to remake them this weekend.
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#7 Re: Figured I better get it started if I want to fly it on the anniversary: Saturn V Estes 2157

Post by Commander » Sun, 14 Jul 19, 01:39 am

You mean a C-11-3 ain't gonna cut it? :(
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#8 Re: Figured I better get it started if I want to fly it on the anniversary: Saturn V Estes 2157

Post by Rocket Babe » Wed, 17 Jul 19, 21:24 pm

No C 11 in my single engine Saturn V. If you use a C 11 make sure there is NO wind.

No E's period, ever, in anything! :evil: Unless you are making a cato video with a rocket you wish to destroy.

Save your breath about E's being ok. I've seen too many destroy awesome rockets in cooler weather. :cry:

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#9 Re: Figured I better get it started if I want to fly it on the anniversary: Saturn V Estes 2157

Post by Commander » Thu, 18 Jul 19, 04:02 am

Well I have come to the sad conclusion that my Saturn V won't be ready for the July 20th anniversar6y :cry: Too many things have conspired to keep me from being able to complete it in time, unless do a slap dash build, which just isn't in me.

I cut off the original shroud for the LEM and tried printing a new one using dimensions I took from the tubes. Well I don't know what the issue is as of now, but it could be that the printer printed it at fit to paper rather than at full scale. but because of that issue, I got sidetracked on something else. Mainly finally setting up the Starport Sagitta command center (formerly known as the oldest son's bedroom).
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I moved the printer down to the Command Center and cleaned it, but to hook it up to the computer is another task, as I want to do through the router so I can print from any of the computers in the house. Well, that isn't as easy as I thought it was going to be. Long story short, the printer is out of commission for the time being. :x

I did start turning the form for the shroud though.

Now there must be as many ways to build the paper shrouds out there as there are methods of painting and finishing the end rocket. I'm not saying my standard way of doing it is the best, but with the turned wood form, it can make life easier.
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