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Old 04-02-2018, 08:38 PM
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Default Vintage Estes Scissor Wing Transport

After the Crusader build I decided to build a vintage Scissor Wing Transport out of the bag. This is an old kit but everything in this kit is in great condition and ready for a build. I will keep it light by using Brodak balsa sealer and weighing the balsa parts after each sanding to make sure the weight does not increase by much. I will then skip the primer and just go with white. I built the new version 10 years ago but I have always wanted to build the original even though it looks more challenging.
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Old 04-02-2018, 10:07 PM
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I built the new version 10 years ago but I have always wanted to build the original even though it looks more challenging.

When I started reading the post, I was thinking I remembered you building an SST already. Then you mentioned the re-release. Wow....10 years? I have such a great long term memory of useless crap, but I can't for the life of me remember what I had for lunch today.

I built the SST when I was a young whipper snapper. It was an enjoyable build and it flew perfectly without a single trim adjustment. My only issue was it landing with one wingtip low and breaking the dowel that holds the rubber band. It never landed with the other wingtip low, and I never had enough sense to add weight or use any other method to get it to lean the other way where it would naturally give.
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Old 04-05-2018, 12:02 AM
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I have both never built either one. Be interested to see how they compare in build time
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Old 04-05-2018, 08:00 AM
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When the Scissor Wing Transport came out in 1974 I really, really wanted one but the cost put it out of my reach. A few years ago I managed to buy two vintage builders kits for $50. One was started so I built that one and saved all of the best parts for later. It looked great. On its maiden flight it made a giant arc and crashed full speed onto a cement sidewalk. I haven't mustered the will to build the second one yet.
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Old 04-12-2018, 05:09 PM
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I have been busy at work but had sometime to work on my SWT and get it ready for the paint shop tomorrow. The longest part of the build is cleaning up the die crunched balsa and matching up the correct parts and measurements. I don't want to complain about die crushed parts since that is what most of us grew up with and built rockets just fine. I did not take pictures of the build since I just built per the plans with no modifications. Also I am a simple builder, if you like to see cool tricks and other modifications head on over to Chris's rocket blog, great builder. Once again I just used white glue and used all the parts in the kit including the old self adhesive paper, still had a lot of adhesive for a good bond. I wanted to keep the weight down but still ended up with 4 coats of Brodak sealer, I was careful to weigh the balsa between coats and I did gain 5 grams of weight. As shown she glides great, with the glider coming in at 39 grams all sealed and ready for paint. The package has the glider listed at 51 grams so I think I am doing well. I will not spray any primer, just the top coat of old Krylon paint. With the pod added the weight is 57 grams and package has the weight at 71 grams. I will say this is a builders kit and at the end of the day she looks pretty sweet unpainted. I was trying to use the face card and catalog pictures for reference and soon noticed some differences from the kit. First the center mechanism is not shown in the pictures, looks like they just glued the wing to the body tube and took pictures. Also the center plywood disk that is glued into the wing is thinner than the balsa used for the wing. I just left it as is because the bottom portion of the plywood has to be flushed with the bottom of the wing for everything to work. If I am not happy with the recessed look when she is all painted I may just paint the recessed part black as shown on the face card. When Estes came out with the newer Swing Wing, the face card does show this older version and not the new version with plastic parts. I still have another round of glue fillets and hopefully get her painted tomorrow.
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Old 04-14-2018, 05:46 PM
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I finished the Scissor Wing today, and I must say this was a fun vintage build. The decals are old but they went on pretty well considering the age. I do not put anything on my vintage decals because I had some unpredictable results in the past. The thing with old decals is once they are in place it is best to leave them alone, you are not going to get many chances of moving the decals without breaking them. Since the face card picture is not the exact built, I used the new version face card for decal placement. The new released kit face card picture is actually the old model and not the newer version with plastic parts. As you can see the Brodak did a great job filling the grain, no fillers or primer was used on this build. I painted with light coats of old Krylon white doing my best to keep the weight down. In the end the final weight without pod is 1.7oz, with pod 2.2oz. The new version I built comes in at 2.1 oz without pod and 2.6 oz with pod. The vintage version was more of a challenge to build but well worth it in the end.
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Old 04-14-2018, 05:47 PM
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