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L3Excalibur 01-28-2021 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by LeeR
I had a rocket that suffered a CATO and I just felt the need to rebuild. Once completed, I shot some wild metallic orange on it, and suddenly, BOB’s your uncle — its the Big Orange Bullet. It bears little resemblance to the original, but it is orange. Notice how the repairs to the fin area swell, giving it that necked-down cartidge look. (Not by design, the tube area between fins was a bit tricky and added some girth.)

I like your Interceptor paint scheme in the background. I did one in two-tone gray as well. I've used that color combo on a couple of rockets with bright decals and it always turns out looking great. Just not that easy to see when flying on overcast days. :-)

LeeR 01-29-2021 01:11 AM

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I like your Interceptor paint scheme in the background. I did one in two-tone gray as well. I've used that color combo on a couple of rockets with bright decals and it always turns out looking great. Just not that easy to see when flying on overcast days. :-)


Thanks Buzz!

This was maybe the first decaled model I painted with flat paint — simply because I like the Testors aircraft grays, and the are all flat. :)

I did a gloss clear coat, applied the decals (those E decals were a bear to get to release!), the did a matte clear coat to restore the flat finish. Here is close-up of the nose cone.

John Brohm 01-29-2021 04:25 AM

Super job, Lee! Well done!

LeeR 01-29-2021 06:16 PM

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Originally Posted by John Brohm
Super job, Lee! Well done!


Thanks John. I bought a bunch of the re-released Interceptors (standard and E) 10+ years ago. I was on “rocketry hiatus” when the Interceptor was first available, and got a little carried away buying (8 of each). :)

I will do a standard model in white sometime. My next will be using one of the wraps I got from John Pursley, rest his soul.

PaulK 01-31-2021 07:18 AM

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Originally Posted by BEC
That's a cool one. Ah, another project....

I was disappointed that the Orange Bullet, as kitted, did not actually work as originally designed. That is, it did not go unstable after ejecting the motor, but instead just depends on being light and blunt for safe (probably straight in) recovery. The fin tip weights were just simulated with lasered cardstock bits.

But this one looks good.
I launched mine 4 times, adding more weight to the fins each time, never could get enough to get it to tumble, finally lost it on the 4th try.

JumpJet 01-31-2021 10:07 PM

"never could get enough to get it to tumble"


Now you know why Vern never produced this as a kit and moved on to the K-1 Scout as Estes's first kit.

I test flew prototypes with lead and brass plates on the back of the fins with poor recovery results.


John Boren

ghrocketman 02-01-2021 01:36 AM

The new kit would be a good candidate for a U.S. Space FARCE decal.

Was glad to the U.S.S.F. has adopted the standard USAF ranking system except for the first 4 enlisted ranks. Would have been ridiculous to use USN ranks for a branch of the USAF.

I still think it is an unneeded nuisance to split part of the USAF into another sub-branch.

A Fish Named Wallyum 02-01-2021 05:16 AM

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"never could get enough to get it to tumble"


Now you know why Vern never produced this as a kit and moved on to the K-1 Scout as Estes's first kit.

I test flew prototypes with lead and brass plates on the back of the fins with poor recovery results.


John Boren

They should have had me test them. I'm an expert with poor recovery results. :rolleyes: :D

L3Excalibur 02-01-2021 09:01 AM

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They should have had me test them. I'm an expert with poor recovery results. :rolleyes: :D

Been there, done that (all too often). Have the t-shirt with appropriate ridicule boldly proclaiming my lack of skills. :-)

ghrocketman 02-01-2021 10:39 AM

If you want to guarantee poor recovery, do a PMC.
90% of those feature trash bag-'n-broom recovery, and gleefully they POWR-PRANGG.
A B8/B14 possibly could remedy this as most crash due to lack of thrust, not instability.
The Quest composite C/D motors would also work.


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