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Old 04-23-2017, 07:28 PM
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The instructions are WRONG then. The upper-most short tube above the TA-2050 is a 2" section of BT-20.
The wadding/chute/shock cord are all in the BT-50 below the balsa adapter.
NO WAY could you pack an Estes 18" chute, shock cord, and wadding into a 2" piece of BT-20.
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Old 04-23-2017, 07:59 PM
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The instructions are WRONG then. The upper-most short tube above the TA-2050 is a 2" section of BT-20.
The wadding/chute/shock cord are all in the BT-50 below the balsa adapter.
NO WAY could you pack an Estes 18" chute, shock cord, and wadding into a 2" piece of BT-20.

I think the issue is that folks (including me) are forgetting that there are actually three sizes of tubes in the kit, not two. BT-55 for the Nike booster, BT-50 for the upper stage, and BT-20 for the very short payload section, effectively making that portion a long nosecone. We are all mentally seeing it break apart in the correct location, at the "nosecone", but the "nosecone" consists of a 20/50 transition, a 1.5" BT-20 and a BNC-20CB nosecone.
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Old 04-23-2017, 09:50 PM
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Tbzep- that's a GREAT way of looking at it.
The TA-2050A transition, short BT-20 tube, and balsa cone (with the forward-most 8 little fins and vanes) all comprise the Nose (warhead) section.
I'm not sure that transition and cone were ever used on any other Estes kits.
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