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Old 09-16-2020, 04:19 PM
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A few more Sheri pics . . .

I could've sworn she had some bikini shots that were floating around as well. I seem to recall some TRF'ers being offended.
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Old 09-16-2020, 04:21 PM
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I have both the Sheri's Sat V and the LOC Sat V. Of the 2, LOC is the better kit. Sheri's has more detail parts (nozzles, tower, capsule, etc) but none of the detail is all that good. The resin parts have bubbles in them and the actual detail is "meh" LOC parts are much better and has a standard option for an av-bay but none of the detail parts and the LOC tower/capsule is horrible.

Sheri's was sold as 2x 29mm which is woefully under-powered because she/he were not HPR certified so the most they could do was 2x G80. She did give the option to swap to whatever MMT you wanted. I picked 54mm. The LOC comes standard 5x 54mm but I picked 1x 75 & 4x 38mm. I think 5x 54mm loaded up with 5x K250 motors would be a sight to see.


I also have the LOC kit - although I've not started to build it yet. I picked up the LOC in large part to be a replacement for the Sheri's Saturn - since I fly it regularly I figure eventually something bad will happen to it (this is my second Sheri's Saturn V - the first was written off after the previously mentioned J275W case failure). My disappointment with the LOC kit is that nearly complete lack of scale detail - the Sheri's Saturn details may be of so-so quality, but at least they're there. In fact, when I do build the LOC Saturn, I will likely use the Sheri's as a baseline for adding the scale details (the full size drawing that came with the Sheri's kits is a nice touch for adding the details).
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Old 09-16-2020, 04:27 PM
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Oh, yeah, a 5 x K250 cluster would be a hoot, no doubt! Wonder what kind of nose weight would be necessary to balance that thing out though? Five K250s is gonna weigh a chunk. But, properly balanced that would be one heck of a burn time!

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The Skunkworks/Polecat Saturn V that I used for my L3 cert has a 98mm center surrounded by four 54mm outboards. I used a single 75mm M1293W for my L3 cert - and just for that it needed 10 lbs. of nose ballast. Although I doubt I'll ever do it, doing a full five motor cluster reportedly requires upwards of 35 lbs. of nose ballast
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Old 09-16-2020, 04:40 PM
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Always liked that Polecat one.

Knew the LOC one would NEVER be one I wanted, due to lack of detail, but at least they are up-front about their kit.
If I would have bought a Sheri's, it would have been returned after examination.
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Old 09-16-2020, 04:45 PM
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The Skunkworks/Polecat Saturn V that I used for my L3 cert has a 98mm center surrounded by four 54mm outboards. I used a single 75mm M1293W for my L3 cert - and just for that it needed 10 lbs. of nose ballast. Although I doubt I'll ever do it, doing a full five motor cluster reportedly requires upwards of 35 lbs. of nose ballast


Ok, yep, that’s a boat anchor no doubt. But, with that much juice in the tail it ain’t gonna sit in the pad long!

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Old 09-16-2020, 06:21 PM
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Always liked that Polecat one.



I'd put the quality of the Skunkworks/Polecat Saturn as roughly on a par with the Sheri's kits. OK, buildable, but basic. Mediocre part quality and many of the parts didn't fit and required significant rework.
The glassed surface of the main body tube took a great deal of finishing effort (I ended up using a technique similar to what I did for the Sheri's tubes. smearing filler over the entire tube and sanding it down). The 'scale details' consisted of ~ eight hundred half-round dowels (that needed to be individually sanded and glued in place - don't ask how long that took ) and blocks of wood that need to be hand formed to the appropriate shape. The only part that was particularly noteworthy (in a positive way) was that huge fiberglass nose cone (everything above the second stage) and even it's not very scale accurate...
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Always liked that Polecat one.

Knew the LOC one would NEVER be one I wanted, due to lack of detail, but at least they are up-front about their kit.
If I would have bought a Sheri's, it would have been returned after examination.

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Old 09-17-2020, 10:33 PM
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Yeah..... I tend to avoid SKANKS.
There is at least one place that Skanks are MANDATORY.
In Mötley Crüe videos... that's a must.
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