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Old 09-06-2020, 06:13 PM
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As the title says, I'm looking to buy an Estes Rigel-3 kit.
Can be opened as am looking to build one.
Before someone suggests I just use a modern cone and clone it, I am NOT interested in the least in doing that. Has to be a kit.
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Old 09-06-2020, 07:52 PM
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Too much actual work to clone one? Pretty nice clone build and a cool flyer.
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Old 09-06-2020, 08:10 PM
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No longer have time nor patience to round up parts for cloning.
Same reason why I waited to find a K-21 Gemini Titan kit to build.
Yeah, it can be cloned; I barely have time to ever build/fly.
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Why don't you clone it?
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Old 09-07-2020, 10:22 AM
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... Before someone suggests I just use a modern cone and clone it, I am NOT interested in the least in doing that. Has to be a kit.


I hope the search for the kit turns out well for you. It really is a nice model once finished.

Not wishing to hijack your thread, but I offer a word of caution about the kit - when I built mine a few years ago, I found there were some fit problems with the die-crushed pieces that make up the fins. I wrote about the problem in a YORF thread at the time, but for convenience, I've reposted the article here (slightly edited).

I also found that the dowel stock that was to be used for those cool looking struts was a bit warped; I remedied this problem by substituting carbon fiber tubes. Worked great.

And then the (by now) ~ 40 year old decals: for the most part they were ok (a few struggled to get off the sheet due to some aged, overly aggressive decal adhesive), but I had a few back ups from Gordon, just in case.

So apart from these issues, the kit was great. Depending on your building goals, even with the kit you may find yourself at least doing a bit of scratch-building, if not cloning.

Good luck, and hope you find a good condition kit.
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Old 09-09-2020, 12:34 PM
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Anyone ?
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Anybody have a Rigel-3 kit they are willing to part with ?
Opened but complete is fine as I plan to build it.
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Must......not......tell............GH....it......c an................easily.....................be... ...cloned...using...an....Astron......Explorer.... ..NC!





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Tbzep-
Thanks. I did not realize that cone is still in production.
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Tbzep-
Thanks. I did not realize that cone is still in production.

IIRC, the cone for the Astron Explorer (and Dark Energy) is from a new mold with some minor changes compared to the Odyssey and Rigel-3. Not enough changes to prevent a nice clone model, though. I've never had my hands on the vintage cone so I couldn't say what the changes are.

Edit: Here is John's explanation of the nose cone.
https://oldrocketforum.com/showpost...735&postcount=3
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