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Old 03-25-2005, 10:00 AM
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I'd love to see a pic of the Missle Toe clone. Better yet, can you send the patterns to Scott? I don't think they're available anywhere yet.

Yes, that would be great if you could send that info to me, Drew. I'll post it on YORP.
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Old 03-25-2005, 06:59 PM
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Just off the top of my head.......
1. Estes Andromeda - Summer 2001
2. BFTP Space Shuttle - Fall 2001
3. Shrox Icarus - Fall 2001


If your going to be that way.... How about

Astron Shrike - 1971... needs paint and decals.
Astron SkyDart - 1972 ... needs paint, decals and elastic.
MPC Flat Cat - 1972 ... needs paint.
Astron Gyroc - 1972 ... needs paint and elastic.

I was almost ashamed to mention them... Geez, more than 30 years.
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If your going to be that way.... How about

Astron Shrike - 1971... needs paint and decals.
Astron SkyDart - 1972 ... needs paint, decals and elastic.
MPC Flat Cat - 1972 ... needs paint.
Astron Gyroc - 1972 ... needs paint and elastic.

I was almost ashamed to mention them... Geez, more than 30 years.

Heh, I'm as bad as you, Bob. When I dug out my rocket stuff in the mid 90's I found that I have the following started (from around the mid 70's) but unfinished Centuri kits:

Egg Crate
Long Tom
Black Widow
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Yes, that would be great if you could send that info to me, Drew. I'll post it on YORP.

Scott and Bill,
Here's a pic of the Toe. I got the patterns from Fred at Excelsior; they come along with his repro decals. You should ask him if he's willing to share the patterns. The rest of the instructions are on Jim Z's site. This is a great one. My kids were hysterical when they saw it.
BTW, I finished decaling the body of the Interceptor, but had to give the nose cone another coat of white because it was still a little off. So of course I rushed to do it today in the humidity and it came out awfully. One step forward, two steps back. Attached is a picture of the body. Also a shot of my Sprite clone. Those balsa pieces on the outside of the ring are a pain. I am really disappointed by the vent hole on mine; I couldn't get it really round - too far up the tube to use a hole puncher. I have delusions of painting it white with the pinstripe-y red trim like the picture with the plans on Jim Z's site
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Is that toe nail on backward? That could be a part of the problem.
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Is that toe nail on backward? That could be a part of the problem.

Ha! Not according to Estes! Funny, I had the same impression, but wanted to make it an "authentic" clone. I was going to say warts and all, but they didn't include decals for those!
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Old 03-26-2005, 09:17 AM
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Also a shot of my Sprite clone. Those balsa pieces on the outside of the ring are a pain.


Yes, they are, but a little FNF and some careful sanding will make them perfect. You may need to make two passes. I managed to fill in the the seams on mine quite nicely, but over-sanded the forward tips and had to build them back out adding a couple more passes.

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I am really disappointed by the vent hole on mine; I couldn't get it really round - too far up the tube to use a hole puncher.


You can sand it to shape using some 150 grit wrapped around a dowel. I made mine oversize to tolerate the hot ejection charges Estes has been putting in the motors lately. Before sanding, I put some CA on a Q-tip and worked it around the opening and on the backside (inside the tube). This keeps the paper from fuzzying up while you're sanding.

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I have delusions of painting it white with the pinstripe-y red trim like the picture with the plans on Jim Z's site


If you can do that, we'll start calling you Drewalangelo. Drew Vinci?

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A Loadlifter! I built one of those once. As I recall I gave it to someone during one of my periodic clean-outs.

I really like that "Centaur." (Rakish-looking two stager.) I would put it on the list, but I have SO many half-built and unstarted models.

In a box in the storage area are two Jaguars (scratch built), a Starfire, a Scorpion, and a Deep Space Transport, all awaiting finishing.

On the dining room table are the fins from a project I started last year: Two BT-80H based "big light three fin and a nosecone" models. I originally designed them to fly stock certificates for a startup company "launch" that never happened. The fins were big enough to need to be built up from pieces. I just glued basswood strips on the tip edge of the balsa fins. When the weather is better I will sand in the trailing-edge tapers.

I have a Gemini-Titan II (old Estes cluster model) I need to build a new fin unit for, and that needs its need shroud finished.

I have all sorts of things in my back-burner-project box. A Colonial Viper. A Draconian Marauder. A AAA Aerobee. A Mars Lander, which will need all sorts of new parts; I haven't worked on it for at least a decade.

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A Loadlifter! I built one of those once. As I recall I gave it to someone during one of my periodic clean-outs.

I really like that "Centaur." (Rakish-looking two stager.) I would put it on the list, but I have SO many half-built and unstarted models.

Stefan


Yeah, the Loadlifter1-A has always been one of those "I gotta build one of those someday" rockets I've been looking at since I first saw it in the Design Manual back in '67, along with th Mini-X.
Actually, I just put it together 2 weeks ago.

The Centaur has been sitting around since 1998 or so.

As for the the others, there are too many to list. I just picked 5 at random to get started.

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I was cleaning out the closet the other day and came across 2 boxes of rockets needing assembly/repairs/TLC.
Quark- a mouse chewed off the fins.
Gyroc clone- needs the masking tape I used for hinges replaced. Any sugestions?
Phoenix- need to finish shaping the fins and paint.
Silver Comet- just needs some TLC.
Mini X-Wing- need to make replacement fins and replace the streamer. Darn mouse!
Big Betty- needs paint.
RTF Mars Lander- just needs TLC.
Fat Boy- nicks in fins need filled and painted.
Tomcat parasite glider- needs a fin re-inforced and a coat of paint on the brick... er, glider.
R2D2- unassembled.
Mean Machine- unassembled
Another Fat Boy- unassembled
Tie fighter- needs re-glued
Standard X-Wing- TLC
Tomahawk- new parachute rigging
Quest Cruise Missle- New parachute rigging
and several 3/4FNC's with varying degrees of nicks and dents.

How long have they been in the closet? Since right after the fire at Estes.
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