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scigs30 09-07-2019 01:39 PM

Centuri Clone Sam-3 Build
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Well not really a build just a few pictures. I do not clone very many rockets, I would rather build the original kit but this is the exception. I thought I had the entire Centuri Strike Force collection, but when I went to look I had all the kits except the Sam-3, and I really wanted to build it. I also figured it would be a great time to try Sig Balsa sealer and not have to use it on a vintage kit for the first time. I noticed when doing some research Centuri came out with 2 Sam-3 rockets, the one I am building was the first. Also Semroc came out with a clone but it was build different than the Centuri instructions. So I ordered all the parts from Semroc including the laser cut fins and balsa nose. I'm one of the few that is not crazy about laser cut parts, but I understand why companies have gone to laser cutting. The parts from Semroc are top notch, though the balsa laser cut sheet is soft balsa, I like the harder balsa. I built the rocket per the old Centuri plans with no issues and decided to seal the balsa after the model was built. I used Sig balsa sealer thinned 50/50 with thinner and took 4 coats for a smooth finish. I then tried to match the paint to what is recommended on the Centuri plans and came up with Model Master Camouflage grey, Modern Sand and Earth all in spray paints. The plans call for colors that were once produced by Pactra and are no longer made. As you can see she is all painted and I have the decals drawn up and ready to print on the Alps printer. Someday I hope to buy the original Centuri Sam-3, just have to wait for eBay.

ghrocketman 09-07-2019 02:57 PM

Did you like the Sig sealer thinned properly ?

scigs30 09-07-2019 03:17 PM

I tried multiple thinning ratios and really like 50/50, dries fast and super easy to sand. The less thinner I used, the longer it took to dry and harder to sand. At 50/50 the filler additive works great and easier to sand when compared to Brodak. Also thinned 50/50 it reminds me of old Aerogloss balsa Filler. I am thinking about sealing the balsa next time with Sig dope, 1 or 2 coats then applying the sealer.

chrism 09-07-2019 05:45 PM

One thing I liked about these kits were the cool camouflage chutes!

scigs30 09-08-2019 03:38 PM

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Here is the decal to the best of my ability.

scigs30 09-08-2019 10:11 PM

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This build is all done ready for flight, added the decals I made with my Alps printer. Not bad for a cloned rocket, hopefully someday I will be able to acquire the original kit....If anyone has one they are wanting to part with, let me know.

scigs30 09-08-2019 11:04 PM

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My Centuri Strike Force Collection. Still have to build the Cruise Missile and hopefully the original Sam-3. The Sea Killer and Gabriel are vintage kits I built not clones.

Earl 09-08-2019 11:28 PM

Nice group. I'm building the Centuri Cruise Missile now. Got all the others of that set in 'build pile' also.

What paint brand/colors did you use on the Gabriel (one on left)?


ghrocketman 09-08-2023 12:47 PM

Does anyone know if there were ANY differences in the Centuri vs. Estes ALCM Cruise Missile kits other than instructions and parachutes ?
I have two Estes kits but no Centuri ones

scigs30 09-08-2023 01:18 PM

Originally Posted by Earl
Nice group. I'm building the Centuri Cruise Missile now. Got all the others of that set in 'build pile' also.

What paint brand/colors did you use on the Gabriel (one on left)?


I used Old Formula Krylon Acrylic Lacquer for the yellow and blue

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