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Old 02-04-2017, 11:24 PM
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I must be tired.

Ooh, but a Mini-Alpha......... Might as well. It would go well with my Mini Wizard, Mini Red Max and Mini Rogue.
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Old 02-04-2017, 11:53 PM
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Ooh, but a Mini-Alpha......... Might as well. It would go well with my Mini Wizard, Mini Red Max and Mini Rogue.


This got me thinking ... I bought a number of the Mini Honest Johns when Hobby Lobby was carrying them. I've yet to even get one done. That nose cone begs to be used on something else -- maybe a Mini Deep Space Transport? That would be a fun build ... make that challenging build.
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Old 02-05-2017, 12:05 AM
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I did mine based on an old Boy's Life ad about 10 years ago.


Nice! I'm assuming those are homemade decals?

I keep thinking it is time to buy another inkjet printer. I have not had one for a long time. I've got a color laser printer, but it is useless for decals, and photos...
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Old 02-05-2017, 06:51 AM
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Nice! I'm assuming those are homemade decals?

I keep thinking it is time to buy another inkjet printer. I have not had one for a long time. I've got a color laser printer, but it is useless for decals, and photos...

Yes. MicroMark decal paper and HP 6940 printer. Don't forget to set your printer to high or print quality. They look better in person than the old pic shows.
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Old 02-05-2017, 08:37 AM
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I did mine based on an old Boy's Life ad about 10 years ago.



That is beautiful work!
I think your blue trim might be more accurate than my black and red stripes.
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That is beautiful work!
I think your blue trim might be more accurate than my black and red stripes.

Thanks. I like the spacing you used around the Stars-n-Bars, and wanted to do mine that way, but decided to try to make it look as much like the Boys' Life ad as possible. I have no idea what color the ad represented, but figured blue would go better with USAF. IIRC, there is an Alpha two tone drawing in one of the early catalogs that used blue and white for the entire model, but for me, an Alpha nose cone has to be red!
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Old 02-06-2017, 05:57 AM
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Estes' K-25 - the Astron Alpha - first appeared in the 1967 catalog, so it has been in production for 50 years this year. Perhaps we should all build an Alpha with some kind of golden livery.

No, Estes Industries isn't doing a commemorative kit/livery - I already asked 'em.

Hmmmmmm......maybe we should have an Alpha gathering at NSL along with the already-planned V-2 mass launch.

Thoughts?


(Oh, of course the Big Bertha is the one that has been in production longer than the Alpha, in case anyone here didn't know that. It first appeared in the 1966 catalog, and was an MRN design before that.)



That was my first rocket. I ordered one in 1968 after getting the catalog.
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Old 02-12-2017, 09:30 AM
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Good stuff. I really should build an Alpha some day. And a Big Bertha.
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Old 02-12-2017, 02:04 PM
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I have been working on a K-25 style Alpha also! I used the SP-25 fin template and a proper balsa nose cone and engine hook from Semroc. Just a little more sanding on the nose cone and it will be ready to paint. I am going to paint it in the "Prototype" paint scheme of white with red nosecone, one fin and panel. I have a current Alpha and it is interesting to see the differences, while both are clearly Alphas!
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Old 02-12-2017, 10:26 PM
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Good stuff. I really should build an Alpha some day. And a Big Bertha.


Big Berthas are a must! Easy to prep in that body tube, slow liftoffs, never gets too high, so it's pretty hard to lose one. I patterned most of my HPR activities to be Bertha-like.

I wanted to see all those Newton-seconds, and not just hear them! And I wanted to see deployment, and not have to walk miles for recovery. Granted, dual-deploy helped, but I was flying less and less each launch day, spending so much time prepping everything.

I finally decided to go back to just modrocs.
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