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From the appearance, it looks roughly like a close scale-up of the original. The Augie II (Estes Plan #28) was BT-60 to BT-20. This kit is 2.75" diameter, so that is the LT-275 body tube. The description says heavy wall tubes, so that would put the upper tube at the LT-125, which is 1.25" ID. Looks like the Chute Release will not be an option, which is too bad.

I'm thinking that an easy solution for scratch-building that could use the Chute Release would be BT-60 upper, with BT-100 lower. Almost a perfect upscale of the original Augie II. The BT-100 is available from eRockets. It would not be heavy wall tubing, but neither is the Star Orbiter. A short section of BT-100 tubing could be slit, and installed in the bottom end of the BT-100 lower tube to toughen it if desired.
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Yeah, LT-125 won't work with the current Chute Release. That really limits where one could fly this beast. I might find myself using the Estes 29/24mm adapters and maybe putting D12-7 or even C11-5 in the upper stage off of E16-0 in the lower....even at my favorite sod farm site in eastern Washington.

I'll be interested to see what Jeff has to say about the actual sizes....and none of this would prevent me from ordering it anyway. And who knows - maybe the tinier Chute Release that John Beans has spoken of on TRF will exist by the time I get the thing built anyway.
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