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Old 07-26-2018, 10:50 PM
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Default The long strange trip of the Estes World Federation Star Probe

Not sure how far back this project dates, but I know Arley was responsible for getting me a scan of the fins for it. I've had it sitting on the floor of my build area gathering dust for several years because I was disappointed in how it turned out. I'd gone for a simple build and left off a couple of the fiddly bits, and actually had it painted and flyable before I got mad at myself for taking the easy route. Last week I found the instructions and realized how close I actually was to having it finished as intended, and when I picked it up to inspect it, realized that I had never glued the big rear body tube in place. I'd just dry-fitted it. Oh, yeah. It was loaded with a B6-4, so that first flight must have been closer than I remember.
So, tonight it's here at work with me, waiting for my lunch break to mount the last three balsa strips. Tomorrow I'll re-spray the main body gloss white, while at the same time giving the Excelsior decals a couple of shots of Testor's decal bonder. I have a festival to work Friday night, a full day planned Saturday, but I could very possibly find time to do the decals for this on Sunday. Next WSR launch isn't for a couple of weeks, but I should be able to scrounge up a C6-5 for the launch on the big boy field.
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On the build floor: Centuri Stellar Hercules, Semroc SLS Scorpion, Semroc Squire, RDC V-Max

Ready to fly: Canaroc Green Hornet, Estes Astron Farside X, FSI Eos, FRW Magnum Spartan, Centuri Stellar StarLifter, Estes World Federation Star Probe, Estes Astron Apogee
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:31 PM
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Default Slow progress

Decals are being toady. It takes a long soak to get them to let go of the backing paper, yet still, I soldier on.
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I was SAM 0058

On the build floor: Centuri Stellar Hercules, Semroc SLS Scorpion, Semroc Squire, RDC V-Max

Ready to fly: Canaroc Green Hornet, Estes Astron Farside X, FSI Eos, FRW Magnum Spartan, Centuri Stellar StarLifter, Estes World Federation Star Probe, Estes Astron Apogee
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