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Old 04-19-2019, 02:05 PM
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I've opened and inventoried the contents of this exciting kit. I've assembled the (5) faux engine bells that "The Vixen" will paint by hand. I've also joined the halves of the (4) molded styrene fins and welded then internally with Tenax7r.

The hollow construction the fins begs me to "post mount" them to the airframe--much like I did with the 1:45 scale Little Joe II. Instead of rods cut from bamboo chopsticks like I did with the LJII, I'll cut the rods from bamboo grilling skewers.

Here we go!

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Old 04-19-2019, 03:08 PM
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I forget if it has been mentioned on this forum, but there is an issue with the wrap not lining up properly...I believe Chris M has a write up on his blog about it. I look forward to following this thread! Your Mercury Little Joe helped me along.

EDIT: linky to blog http://modelrocketbuilding.blogspot...rn-v-inter.html
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Ah so! Thanks for the link.

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The CM and LES is now assembled. The construction is a downsized match of the 1:45 scale LJII capsule and LES. The escape motor is a length of 3/16" launch lug instead of the usual molded plastic "stick" that was often warped in the previous SV kits. I much prefer this new one.

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Old 04-22-2019, 09:12 AM
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The base wrap of the upper stage taper is a little too tight on both the BT and on the coupler, so I'll remake the conical wrap by enlarging the flat cutout by a BCH (2 or 3%) onto card stock and then trying it again.

This will have to wait until I return from a job in Burlington, NC.

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The CM and LES is now assembled. The construction is a downsized match of the 1:45 scale LJII capsule and LES. The escape motor is a length of 3/16" launch lug instead of the usual molded plastic "stick" that was often warped in the previous SV kits. I much prefer this new one.

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That's how the Centuri escape motor was done.
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The base wrap of the upper stage taper is a little too tight on both the BT and on the coupler, so I'll remake the conical wrap by enlarging the flat cutout by a BCH (2 or 3%) onto card stock and then trying it again.

This will have to wait until I return from a job in Burlington, NC.

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The 2157 had a fitment issue there also. I haven't built one, but my son had to print a new wrap for his.
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Ah so. Then I’m glad I scanned the card stock sheet.

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This will have to wait until I return from a job in Burlington, NC.

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Shouldn't a job in Burlington, NC have to wait until you finish this build thread?
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Old 04-24-2019, 05:34 PM
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Shouldn't a job in Burlington, NC have to wait until you finish this build thread?

I wish.
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