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Old 08-18-2018, 11:02 PM
OKTurbo OKTurbo is offline
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Default Thrustline Aerospace Mike IX clone

This is one of my favorites from Thrustline. Second only to the Arapahoe E. Building this one like the original single stage 3x24mm cluster.

Iím also working on a two stage version, but that will have to wait. A couple of changes from the original are Iíve laminated the bottom fins with paper and Iím using a heavy wall BT80 tube. The landings were tuff on the lower fins....and the exhaust from 3 blazing D12ís would eat them up. Heavier tube because of the 3x ejection charge really wears on the thinner tube.

Some pics of the progress so far. I searched thru my old decal stash and found some for this rocket. Iíll probably go with a Ďsplinterí camo similar to my little Red Max Iíve had for years. The beta Mike IX I did for Thrustline had this kinda camo scheme.
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Old 08-18-2018, 11:25 PM
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Pics of my original one. On the launch pad at NSL 2004...in Texas. South of College Station. Can't remember the town.
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Old 08-19-2018, 10:14 AM
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Motor mount is in. Oh yeah...one other upgrade is the baffle coupler.

Nose cone and Kevlar shock cord.

Messed up the upper strakes. Put them in the wrong location. Thought about leaving it but I knew it would drive me crazy every time I looked at it. Some I sliced them off and fixed it.

Getting close to primer time. Then paint...
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Old 08-19-2018, 08:10 PM
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Got some camo paint at Wally World. First coat of primer is on.
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Old 08-24-2018, 09:53 AM
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Putting paint on. Already sprayed the light tan...this is the lighter camo green. Some more masking tape and the last of the camo will be done. Still need to figure the rest of the graphics.
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Old 08-24-2018, 03:22 PM
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Peeling off layers of blue tape and this is what I ended up with. Some of the paint came off with the tape....adds to the battle hardened look...

Might add some stripes...then decals. Let this cure for a day.
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Old 08-25-2018, 12:08 AM
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Default Did you mean the sport launch at Hearne?

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Pics of my original one. On the launch pad at NSL 2004...in Texas. South of College Station. Can't remember the town.


If so, then it is a bit north of College Station.
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Old 08-25-2018, 07:13 AM
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That must have been it. I remember everything turning into ĎAggie Landí the closer we got to Texas A&M.
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Old 08-25-2018, 10:58 PM
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The OKTurbo Thrustline Aerospace ĎMike IXí is finished.

Kinda rough on the finish, but itís been a while since Iíve built a rocket...
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Old 08-26-2018, 07:42 PM
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I like the way that turned out. I've got a brand new Nike-X on the bench that may benefit from the same paint treatment. Nicely done!
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