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Old 12-09-2020, 01:09 PM
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Default Centuri Fighter Fleet - Cloning the F-16

The Centuri Fighter Fleet F-16 was part of my childhood's fleet of rockets. This included the Nike Ajax, the V-2, the Nomad, the Alien Scoutship Flying Saucer, the EAC Viper, the Nomad (Centuri U.S. Navy missile), the Excalibur 2, and a few scratch builds. In my efforts to recreate my first fleet I have cloned the Excalibur, the Alien Scoutship, the EAC Viper, and the V-2. Now it is time to clone the F-16 Fighter. I plan to recreate the entire fleet eventually.

It is not easy wanting to continue with the hobby when one lives overseas, but luckily I can get mail from the U.S. with ease thanks to the DPO. Gathered all the files and templates needed, scrounged what I had as for rocketry supplies, and got the ball rolling. The hard parts to acquire (or recreate) are the PNC-106 NC, the plastic parts for the fuel pods and missiles, and the canopy. This is where 3D printing comes in handy... Got an STL file from the web on a NC that is close in shape to the PNC-106 and re-scaled it. I also got an STL of an "F-16 canopy" and modified it to resemble the original. My 3D designing skills are not to par to start some complex designs. I am slowly learning Fusion 360 to help me with this. Printed all the parts in PLA, sanded, primed, wet-sanded, then prime again, and I am happy with the results.
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