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Molniya 09-07-2014 09:23 AM

It's a Cluster @&%! Sir ...
 
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I recently completed two 3 engine cluster models I started back in the winter. Always loved launching the Cobra & Scrambler. Lots of smoke and noise !

I ran out of aerogloss sealer/filler and used a homebrew of Brodak dope mixed with talcum powder. Using 4 coats on all surfaces on both models and it would seem that my home brew filler worked a little better ( ref nose cone picts).

I went old school on the Cobra and did the wading and glue thing to seal the cluster mount …what a mess ! I sealed the bottom with very thin coat of latex sealer just to clean it up a bit.


The Taurus in the background is an original Centuri kit which survived in my parents basement and was assembled a few years ago. It recently suffered a "re-entry" issue and is in for repairs and new paint.

Just added a pict of my Scout to give the full effect of the size ...

stefanj 09-07-2014 09:26 AM

Those came out looking just fine.

Two of the rare kits I never came close to building / cloning.

Randy 09-07-2014 02:14 PM

Excellent paint jobs! What did you use?

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Molniya 09-07-2014 05:02 PM

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Thanks !

I've been using a combination of Rustoleum primer and LustreKote and/or Brodak dope. Several light coats seem to do the trick. I let the primer dry for at least a week before applying the dope. Future ( Pledge ) is then applied after the decals have set up for a day or so.

PaulK 09-07-2014 06:42 PM

Nice clusters. On my to-build-someday list, with Semroc parts squirreled away...

ghrocketman 09-07-2014 07:03 PM

Two of my all-time favorite Estes Kits, the Astron Scrambler and Astron Cobra. Both discontinued WAY too soon.

modeltrains 09-08-2014 03:18 AM

Brodak is an outfit I didn't know of - I haven't built a stick and tissue plane since the late 1980s. Their website is now bookmarked.

A Fish Named Wallyum 09-08-2014 03:37 AM

I cloned the Cobra a while back, pre-Semroc, even. :rolleyes:
http://www.rocketreviews.com/estes-...chelberger.html
I have the Semroc Scrambler ready for priming. Yours has me thinking about getting going on it when I'm on vacation later this week. :cool:

Rich Holmes 09-08-2014 06:59 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by A Fish Named Wallyum
I cloned the Cobra a while back, pre-Semroc, even. :rolleyes:
http://www.rocketreviews.com/estes-...chelberger.html
I have the Semroc Scrambler ready for priming. Yours has me thinking about getting going on it when I'm on vacation later this week. :cool:

Did you ever use that Ranger nose cone? I got one from BMS the other day; planning to do a Ranger this winter.

Kimble29 09-08-2014 10:44 AM

Those look awesome! Nice work!


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