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Old 11-14-2012, 08:59 PM
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I rarely find myself attracted to scale birds, mostly because the subject matter tends to the same subjects most of the time, and there is always someone who can do a better job than I can on those kinds of projects. The Aggressor Aerospace DF-15B appealed to me because I'd never seen or heard of the missile before, and because it was said to be a challenging build.



My first step was to take inventory and see if I could get a feel for what I'd be building. The kit has one body tube and three pieces of balsa that at first glance appeared to be two transitions and a nose cone. Second glance told a different story. There were no transitions. The nose cone was all balsa and was to be built out of the three balsa pieces. This was when I decided that I might actually need to read the instructions for a change.

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:21 PM
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The instruction sheet confirmed what I suspected, and I encountered my first delay. A razor saw was required to cut the large balsa tangs off of two of the balsa parts. (I bought one last summer with a Hobby Lobby coupon, but figured my chances of ever needing it were slim. )

Here's what "slim" looks like.



Following the instructions, I made several small cuts around the circumference of the nose cone tip instead of just sawing straight through. This makes it markedly easier to make a straight cut, which is necessary because the tip is to be glued directly to the longer transition section.



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Old 11-15-2012, 08:48 AM
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Bill, nice kit. Where can I get one, and what is the price?

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Old 11-15-2012, 09:49 AM
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Joe,

Look over this recent thread. 'Frognbuff' is the owner. Sorry, don't know his real name, but you can get all the info you'll need from him direct.

http://www.oldrocketforum.com/showt...light=aggressor

Hope this helps; those are nice kits.

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Cool... looks like a Chinese copy of the Pershing II...

Too bad it's not based on the BT-80 tube size... I think that size makes a REALLY nice rocket... not too big, not too small...

Later! OL JR
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Joe,

Look over this recent thread. 'Frognbuff' is the owner. Sorry, don't know his real name, but you can get all the info you'll need from him direct.

http://www.oldrocketforum.com/showt...light=aggressor

Hope this helps; those are nice kits.

Allen

Yes, that's where I got in touch with him from. He had them listed on Ebay for around $21, but word was slow in getting out, so I offered to do a build thread here and eventually at TRF. That's what I paid for mine. I think it was a pretty good price for what I got.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:46 PM
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Cool... looks like a Chinese copy of the Pershing II...

Too bad it's not based on the BT-80 tube size... I think that size makes a REALLY nice rocket... not too big, not too small...

Later! OL JR

That's the same thing I thought. It's the first thing that came to mind when I saw it. A BT-80 based kit would likely be at least twice as expensive as this one. There's enough custom balsa in the kit to make a larger one quite pricey. It would be cool, but the BT-60 size is perfect for me to fly at B6-4 Field, and that's a LOT easier than loading up and driving 1.5 hours to do my big field stuff. I'm going to try to find the time to finish it this weekend so I can take advantage of what looks like potential flying weather on Sunday.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:47 AM
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I'm working a deal with Uncle Mike's Rocket Shack to carry my kits. I'll be shipping my entire inventory to him pretty soon, so PM me ASAP if you want a kit directly from me.

Yes - the DF-15B is definitely modeled after the Pershing II, though it is smaller than the PII and is single stage vice two-stage.

See the Aggressor Aerospace thread for other offerings. Appreciate the interest! Also appreciate reading the directions (wink)!!
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That's the same thing I thought. It's the first thing that came to mind when I saw it. A BT-80 based kit would likely be at least twice as expensive as this one. There's enough custom balsa in the kit to make a larger one quite pricey. It would be cool, but the BT-60 size is perfect for me to fly at B6-4 Field, and that's a LOT easier than loading up and driving 1.5 hours to do my big field stuff. I'm going to try to find the time to finish it this weekend so I can take advantage of what looks like potential flying weather on Sunday.


You have a point...

I sometimes forget the things folks have to do for launches...

It's nice living on the launching field... OL JR
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