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Old 08-24-2019, 09:05 AM
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Default Estes #1902 Space Station Aquarius build

No kit in my stash is immune from being cut open and built. In this case it's the vintage Estes Space Station Aquarius #1902.

Despite it's age, the kit is premium! The plethora of tubes are completely round. The decal sheet still appears fresh. The only detriments are that the 3/32" balsa sheet is quite fossilized as is the rubber shock cord.

To begin, with a few, easy straight cuts I replaced the "die crushed" balsa parts with parts slit from my flattest sheet of 3/32" Midwest basswood.

I gave the 18mm engine mount the royal treatment: epoxy for the adhesive, a 100# Kevlar leader for the shock cord, and I replaced the fossilized rubber shock cord with an extra long, 1/8" wide elastic fabric shock cord.

TBC
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Old 08-24-2019, 03:37 PM
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I built a PDR version of this back before they crapped out.
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Old 08-24-2019, 05:45 PM
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Bill-
I built the PDR version as well.
Lost it on the first flight to an old Cox D8-3 cato at about 400'.
I really liked their kits.
Bummed me out the way they folded.
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Old 08-24-2019, 11:45 PM
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Now for some technique with the faux missile tubes. (Hmmm, why does a space station need missile tubes?)

I tape a length of 1/2" x 1/2" angle aluminum to my Corian board. This will act as a fence as I register the (2) 3-tube assemblies to it as the epoxy holding the tubes together hardens. Also as the epoxy hardens I lay my steel ruler across the top of the assemblies to give it just a little bit of weight to keep them flat. After the epoxy hardens I apply epoxy fillets to clean up the joints of the tubes.

Next I assemble the bottom BT60 assembly and epoxy the rings to tube joints from the inside with a long applicator stick. I then epoxy the BT60 assembly to the central BT50 with the engine mount in it.

I then mount the basswood fins/faux solar arrays, the standoffs for the missile tubes, and the launch lug to the BT60 and fillet all the joints with epoxy.

Time for some ethyl alcohol.

Good night.

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Old 08-25-2019, 02:40 PM
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ALL U. S. space stations should have MISSILE TUBES.
Ya never know when a BLLLASSTT-OOOO is needed. Not joking either.
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Quote:
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ALL U. S. space stations should have MISSILE TUBES.
Ya never know when a BLLLASSTT-OOOO is needed. Not joking either.

They should all have these...


And these...

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Nice!
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Old 08-25-2019, 11:34 PM
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Now for some technique with the faux missile tubes. (Hmmm, why does a space station need missile tubes?)

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Missile tubes? I thought they were water tanks for the hydroponic gardens.
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Ummm, instructions says long and short fuel tanks.
But I like missile tubes better.
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Step 8 of my instructions says "missile pods". This the Space Station Aquarius. You might be thinking of the Explorer Aquarius.

Besides, fuel would soak through the paper. Duh!
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