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Old 06-02-2023, 10:08 AM
bobdros bobdros is offline
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Default Estes 2001 Saturn V Motor Reinforcement question

Older postings suggest using more powerful Aerotech motors instead of the orignal instructions recommendation for an Estes motor. I was told that the engine mount would probably need to be reinforced. Would I just epoxy the mount from the back? Is there a professional way to apply it? I'd hate to hack it and try and do an ugly job of it.
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Old 06-03-2023, 06:24 AM
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I would recommend taking a look at the Apogee 1/70 Saturn V and copy their reinforcement technique at the forward end centering ring to reduce the flex to the center rings. Maybe even adding a trust ring just above that centering ring first.

May not be require, just insurance thought for longer term use.
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Old 06-03-2023, 06:46 AM
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I DO like the idea of just using a different motor! Simple!
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Old 06-11-2023, 07:54 AM
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If not already built, I'd do a little reinforcing as Flash suggests. If it is already built, I'd just fly it, stock card-stock motor mounts are surprisingly strong.
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