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Old 12-18-2011, 02:21 PM
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In time for Christmas, an Excelsior Polar-1. As you can see, I have had the decals for some time

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Old 12-18-2011, 02:24 PM
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An Estes Meteor. Since I work for NASA as a meteor "expert", I thought it was high time I built this one. Had a bit of trouble with the old decals, even with a couple of coats of decal film. Still, it turned out decent.

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Old 12-18-2011, 02:39 PM
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Thought I'd start my own thread, rather than hijacking others - though i realize that that is a norm on this forum

In time for Christmas, an Excelsior Polar-1. As you can see, I have had the decals for some time


2004! You can tell it's old because the Excelsior logo is New York instead of Michigan.
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Old 12-18-2011, 04:32 PM
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Centuri Long Tom clone - I love the "classic Centuri" lines of this rocket! Parts by Semroc, decals by Excelsior.

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Nice work. I especially like your Long Tom clone. I happen to be in the middle of my Estes Long Tom "Classic Series" kit build. In fact as I write this, I'm waiting for the glue to dry on the sustainer fin fillets. I'm anticipating a bit of a challenge when it comes to painting it. Like you did, I want to do it up in the factory paint scheme, and it looks like some masking will be involved here, especially on the booster. I don't have much experience masking around fin fillets; any advice on technique? I'm concerned about "bleed through" and I was going to rattle can it.

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Old 12-18-2011, 06:56 PM
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Nice work. I especially like your Long Tom clone. I happen to be in the middle of my Estes Long Tom "Classic Series" kit build. In fact as I write this, I'm waiting for the glue to dry on the sustainer fin fillets. I'm anticipating a bit of a challenge when it comes to painting it. Like you did, I want to do it up in the factory paint scheme, and it looks like some masking will be involved here, especially on the booster. I don't have much experience masking around fin fillets; any advice on technique? I'm concerned about "bleed through" and I was going to rattle can it.

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Just use the blue 3M masking tape and burnish the edges with a fingernail before you start.
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Just use the blue 3M masking tape and burnish the edges with a fingernail before you start.


Thanks, I can go for that.

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Old 12-19-2011, 12:16 PM
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Just use the blue 3M masking tape and burnish the edges with a fingernail before you start.



Which blue tape?

I have had mixed results with the regular kind and have not tried the orange-cored "delicate surfaces" kind; some swear it is similar to the specialized Tamiya tape, which is what I use.


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Old 12-18-2011, 07:58 PM
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Nice work. I especially like your Long Tom clone. I happen to be in the middle of my Estes Long Tom "Classic Series" kit build. In fact as I write this, I'm waiting for the glue to dry on the sustainer fin fillets. I'm anticipating a bit of a challenge when it comes to painting it. Like you did, I want to do it up in the factory paint scheme, and it looks like some masking will be involved here, especially on the booster. I don't have much experience masking around fin fillets; any advice on technique? I'm concerned about "bleed through" and I was going to rattle can it.

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I tried many things over the years for masking - 3M painter's tape, scotch tape, and so forth. Still had lots of bleeds, due to not burnishing down all the edges and my poor eyesight. A few years back I started using the Tamiya masking tape I found at the LHS. It's expensive, but very forgiving - I haven't had a problem since.

The one technique I used before that worked ok was scotch tape followed by a coat of the same color to seal the edges. Then apply the fin color.

Also, remove the mask as soon as the paint has set, else you run the risk of it "chipping".

Good luck with the Long Tom!
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The one technique I used before that worked ok was scotch tape followed by a coat of the same color to seal the edges. Then apply the fin color.

Also, remove the mask as soon as the paint has set, else you run the risk of it "chipping".

Thanks for this tip, Vanel. In the past when I had a rocket with the BT and fins having different colors, I would usually spraypaint the BT and then handpaint the fins, but with a high contrast white and black scheme, masking and spraypaint will have a more uniform look with hopefully straighter edges; plus I want to develop some skill here.

Centuri had some very interesting and innovative designs and also great looking rockets. I have no less than four rockets that are retro repros of centuri rockets.

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