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Old 11-04-2020, 11:54 AM
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I guess the lower portion on mine will be White. I like the silver look better though. White is much easier to get a decent finish.

There is a reason why first production prototype automotive vehicles are finished White. ALWAYS.
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Old 11-04-2020, 12:05 PM
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I guess the lower portion on mine will be White. I like the silver look better though. White is much easier to get a decent finish.

There is a reason why first production prototype automotive vehicles are finished White. ALWAYS.


Plus, you can handle White, without leaving "fingerprints" in the paint.
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Old 11-04-2020, 10:46 PM
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I guess the lower portion on mine will be White. I like the silver look better though. White is much easier to get a decent finish.

There is a reason why first production prototype automotive vehicles are finished White. ALWAYS.


Depends on whether you want a scale model of an Aerobee 300 or a reproduction of a classic kit. It seems like both are perfectly legit projects.

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Old 11-05-2020, 11:19 AM
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Depends on whether you want a scale model of an Aerobee 300 or a reproduction of a classic kit. It seems like both are perfectly legit projects.

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Peter,

Are there any color images of the Aerobee 300 ? ( not of any "kits", please )

I'm curious what the documentation for the color scheme is, if only a few, small B&W images exist ?

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Why no images of Kits ?
It would be scale to the KIT BAG, which is good enuff for me. In my book, Thaty'll always doo !
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It would be scale to the KIT BAG, which is good enuff for me. In my book, Thaty'll always doo !


Because we are talking about a Scale model, not a copy of an inaccurate kit .

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Comrades:

So here's a quick pic to sum up: The kit paint and the two known, scale paint jobs in this morning's brisk Texas sun. The silver kit paint job is a rescue I just finished. The all-white Sparrow is a rescue I finished a few weeks ago and the black Sparrow is my childhood Aerobee recently repainted with the red stripe added. The white Aerobees have had the body tube extended to be more "scale". All three of these kits (and others I've seen over the years) suffer from the transition shoulder being too small so these rockets always look like the transition is stuffed down the tube a little.

All have been retrofitted with Kevlar/elastic shock cords and had their parachutes IRAN'd. They are all launchable and will go up as soon as "they" reopen the parks.
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Awesome! One of my first kits so I appreciate the love these got.
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Old 12-27-2020, 06:23 PM
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Peter,

Are there any color images of the Aerobee 300 ?


The two scale paint patterns are based on B&W photos, plus color photos of the Aerobee-Hi in other contexts. The Aerobee Hi was painted either orange or white at first, but eventually changed to grey tanks and various silver, copper, and bronze details, as seen on the display at the National Air and Space Musuem.

The frustrating thing is that I have seen one color photo of a University of Michigan Aerobee 300 in flight on the wall of an office of a professor emeritus in 1990, who died in 2009. I didn't have a way to copy the framed photo, but I took notes on it. It had a Cajun-sized (2 1/4 or 6 1/2 inch diameter) payload. It was an in-flight photo without great resolution, but the sustainer had the basic pattern of the later Aerobee 150 (NASM-style) color pattern. I don't remember offhand what the upper stage and payload colors were, but I have them written down somewhere.

I was able to draw up the round, and expect to publish it eventually. For now, I will link to a report about a similar payload launched on a 4-finned Aerobee 150A. It gives a sense of what the nose looked like: https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bits...e=5&isAllowed=y
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