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Old 04-13-2006, 05:15 PM
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Now that alot of you guys *met* the man and learned the secret handshake, perhaps one of you could give your new friend a ping about a question dealing with an obscure topic only a Centuri-rocket-loving geek would ask.

See attached photo first, then ask yourself (and Lee) these questions.........

Question 1. What is the color scheme in the this picture?
Question 2. Who is the gentleman pictured?
Question 3. What colors were that fin-can produced of that era?

I'd be guessing that the cone and transition were molded black.
(the new-era Estes versions are molded yellow and paint just doesn't stick well to it)

The fin can looks the original plastic hue of whatever colors were produced back then.

The payload "bright white" areas could very well be flourescent red. B&W photos have that effect.
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Old 04-14-2006, 12:26 AM
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I think I can answer two of the questions.

I believe the person in the picture 'might' be Larry Brown.

The color of the fin unit is a bright orange. I saw some examples around the Enertek shop when I worked for Lee.

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Old 04-14-2006, 01:37 AM
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Now that alot of you guys *met* the man and learned the secret handshake, perhaps one of you could give your new friend a ping about a question dealing with an obscure topic only a Centuri-rocket-loving geek would ask.

See attached photo first, then ask yourself (and Lee) these questions.........

Question 1. What is the color scheme in the this picture?
Question 2. Who is the gentleman pictured?
Question 3. What colors were that fin-can produced of that era?

I'd be guessing that the cone and transition were molded black.
(the new-era Estes versions are molded yellow and paint just doesn't stick well to it)

The fin can looks the original plastic hue of whatever colors were produced back then.

The payload "bright white" areas could very well be flourescent red. B&W photos have that effect.


This was the subject of a thread last year - The gentleman is larry Brown, a.k.a "Joe Enerjet" As for the colors, I had to guess for my 1340 clone (see attached). I think Steve Naquin determined that the can was red.

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Old 04-14-2006, 01:43 AM
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Now that alot of you guys *met* the man and learned the secret handshake, perhaps one of you could give your new friend a ping about a question dealing with an obscure topic only a Centuri-rocket-loving geek would ask.

See attached photo first, then ask yourself (and Lee) these questions.........

Question 1. What is the color scheme in the this picture?
Question 2. Who is the gentleman pictured?
Question 3. What colors were that fin-can produced of that era?

I'd be guessing that the cone and transition were molded black.
(the new-era Estes versions are molded yellow and paint just doesn't stick well to it)


Try washing the cone/transition *really* well with dish detergent, then using a good 2 or 3 coats of sandable primer. I used Krylon gray, buit Kilz should work, too. The paint stuck just fine.

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You can go over the fin can with a Scotchbrite pad to get good paint adhesion. I don't need no steenking Krylon Fusion for plastic.
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You can go over the fin can with a Scotchbrite pad to get good paint adhesion. I don't need no steenking Krylon Fusion for plastic.


True, the primer probably isn't needed. I just use it to get a smoother finish. I should have mentioned that when I wash any plastic parts, I use a Scotch-Brite sponge. The main thing with the yellow transition/cone is to get all of that powdery yellow stuff off. Also, the reason I painted mine yellow is that was the only color I had seen the fin can molded in until the LongShot came out.

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Old 04-14-2006, 04:34 PM
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The color of the fin unit is a bright orange.


Thanks Bob.

Do you know if these were ever kitted or simply advertising eye-candy?
With you being a big-time kit collector ---you be the guy who knows best!
If they were kitted, the instructions might have a clue as to what the color scheme might have been.

Its hard to believe that there wasn't a flourescent color in there somewhere.

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As for the colors, I had to guess for my 1340 clone


Thats a sweet-looking model.

Maybe now I'll get motivated to finish cloning it myself.
If I could only remember where I put the fin cans, cones, and enerjet decals.
Too many boxes and not enough of them are labeled!
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Thanks guys for all the tips on preparing the yellow cone for paint.
How do you guys go about removing paint from it?
I'll probably just scrape it off with a razorblade, and after all the scrubbing & primering, it'll look almost as good as new.
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Thanks guys for all the tips on preparing the yellow cone for paint.
How do you guys go about removing paint from it?
I'll probably just scrape it off with a razorblade, and after all the scrubbing & primering, it'll look almost as good as new.



Believe it or not, use Easy Off. Spray it on, wait a couple of hours, and scrape away the paint. I used it a lot in my plastic model days.
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