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Old 05-18-2019, 05:49 PM
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Default Estes Little Joe II RCS nozzle

So I launched my Estes Little Joe II on its maiden flight today. It was a perfect flight... except.. I just noticed 1 RCS nozzle is missing. Any ideas on how to replace this? I don't have a 3D printer. Estes sells a replacement for all the plastic LJII parts but with the shipping it would come to $26! That might be worth it if I were missing more plastic parts but all I need is 1 tiny nozzle!
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:08 PM
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You might try crafting your own plastic pieces. A piece of strue from any plastic model kit can be heated and stretched. You could use a tapered section of stretched sprue to form the nozzles. For the body, check your local hobby store for styrene pieces made by Evergreen or Plastruct. Thin flat stock could be cut up and stacked for the appropriate size/shape, if you canít find the exact size needed.

You also want to use a liquid plastic cement like Tenax or Plastruct Plastic Welder. The tube cement is messy and actually pretty lousy for fine parts work.

Iíve done a fair amount of detailing on an Estes Outlander in styrene. Itís not too hard.
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Old 05-19-2019, 05:58 AM
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Thank you Lee, these are good ideas...
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