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Old 04-15-2024, 01:44 PM
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Default Vintage Estes Cougar and other builds

Since all my rockets are still packed, I am building new rockets so I can launch in my back yard. I will unpack my rockets once my hobby room is complete. I bought 2 lacquer sanding sealers for some wood working and decided to try them on my rockets. I first used scrap wood and the Minwax Lacquer sanding sealer performed much better than the Deft. I was brushing in 72 degrees and low humidity but the Deft took forever to dry. Minwax is sandable in under 1 hour. Neither compare to Aerogloss sealer but Minwax is a thinner version of old Brodak sanding sealer and is Nitrocellulose based. Minwax takes 4 coats to seal and fill the grain. I think Deft is more of an oil based sealer. Any way, the Cougar is build out of the bag in 1 day but had to wait a week for painting. During that time I build the Alpha and another Tazz. I am going to try and launch these rockets tonight once the wind dies down.
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Old 04-15-2024, 01:46 PM
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Sorry, forgot the sealers.
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Old 04-15-2024, 06:56 PM
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Nice clean builds with super finishes. Well done!
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Old 04-16-2024, 05:09 AM
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Nice work! I never paid attention to the Cougar before, but just in passing I would have thought it was on par with the Maverick, Mighty Moe and Eclipse from a size standpoint. In other words, BT-20 based. Definitely a B6-4 Field candidate.
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Old 04-16-2024, 08:48 AM
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Looking great.
I enjoy building vintage kits as well.
Some have unfortunately gotten too valuable to build and I build the clone kits instead
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Old 04-16-2024, 11:02 AM
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Nice work! I never paid attention to the Cougar before, but just in passing I would have thought it was on par with the Maverick, Mighty Moe and Eclipse from a size standpoint. In other words, BT-20 based. Definitely a B6-4 Field candidate.


Actually, the Cougar is BT-50 size. I only know that because I bought it for my oldest nephew way back in the day for us to build together when he was like 7 (it was the kit in an Estes starter set I got for him). He is now 40!

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Old 04-16-2024, 02:29 PM
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Actually, the Cougar is BT-50 size. I only know that because I bought it for my oldest nephew way back in the day for us to build together when he was like 7 (it was the kit in an Estes starter set I got for him). He is now 40!

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I know. I said I would have thought it was a BT-20. My eyes aren't THAT bad.
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I know. I said I would have thought it was a BT-20. My eyes aren't THAT bad.


Ahhh, ok. Got ya. My first-pass impression was a statement of BT-20 size, not just the impression thereof.

And to add a bit more twist to it, the Cougar package face card actually gives a diameter of 9.76 INCHES!

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I'd like to see a 9.76" diameter one of those.
Now THAT is what I call FUN size !
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Ahhh, ok. Got ya. My first-pass impression was a statement of BT-20 size, not just the impression thereof.

And to add a bit more twist to it, the Cougar package face card actually gives a diameter of 9.76 INCHES!

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Wow, millimeters are a lot bigger than I thought.
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