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ID:	294315 Now the alignment tab is glued on. There is also an alignment template that comes withe kit as well.

    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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ID:	294476 After fitting the fin and shroud assemblies on the main tube I discovered they were more warped than I had been able to see with the assemblies off. The fins just weren't lining up at perpendicular angles to each other due to the warpage. So I had ordered a 3 1/8th tube from Apogee and have now decided to make them from scratch using the included pattern you used to use in the original version rather than the thick plastic ones.
    I have two of the shrouds drawn onto the tube as you MIGHT be able to see. After cutting them out, I'll try fitting them with the fins in place and then onto the main tube again. I'll probably wind up destroying the plastic shrouds just to remove the fins which I've already CA'd into place but what the hell. It's part of model building folks. Once everything is worked out I'll CA 1 mm x 1 mm stringers in place as the pattern designates.

    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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ID:	294571 One of the shrouds having been cut from the 3 1/8" tube with 1/4" x 3/8" horizontal brace and fin temporarily installed. Will need to sand around the cut edges to clean things up. Once installed, I'll CA the stringers on. (I still need to order these as they did not come with the newer version of this kit).
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    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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ID:	294624 I'm using the pinhole method of transferring the lines onto the fin shrouds. Then use low tack 3M Scotch-Blue Painter's Tape to lay the actual lines down as a straight edge.
    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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ID:	294684 With the fin loosely attached...
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    Waiting for my 1 mm. x 1 mm. stringers to come so I can cut and glue them onto the fin shrouds. They should be here by Saturday. I suppose I could glue the fin/shroud assemblies on now, then lay the stringers down which I think would be better at reducing any unwanted twisting in the shrouds prior to attachment to the main BT.
    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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ID:	295022 I've used the supplied wrap around template to mark the fin locations on the main BT.
    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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ID:	295023 I've also received the 1 mm. x 1 mm. strips for the shrouds and have one shroud done half way. Pretty easy and less tedious than I anticipated.
    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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ID:	295059 Now a finished shroud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonimus View Post
    Some damn fine work there, Steven.
    Well that's some damn fine compliment there.
    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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ID:	295080 Okay I lied, THIS is the finished shroud (I think).
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ID:	295110 And now I've got two of these things done. There is some tedium in this, yet it does in the end go rather quickly when all is said and done. After the other two are done, attachment to the main BT will be next followed by covering the bottom of the shrouds with .030 styrene and the fitting of the motor mount tube.
    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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    I've discovered that the template for marking the fin locations is just as bad off on this Saturn kit as the one for the MR kit by Sheri's. Is this a pattern? I've got to redo the cutouts now. It's not a big deal in the end as the botched up job will be covered for the most part. Just disappointed that a second kit from this manufacturer had the same problem on two different kits.
    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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ID:	295717 The fin/shroud assemblies have now been glued on the main BT along with the stringers. Now on to the bottom shroud covers (from .030 styrene) followed by the engine tube. I'll be using the 54 mm. option for this with Aero Pack Quick Change Motor Retainer.
    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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ID:	295723 Now the shroud covers are attached.
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ID:	295792 The lower end wrappers were NOT cut to shape from Red Arrow Hobbies as the photos had shown. I had to create my own pattern (as none were supplied) to make these. I even wound up short one having three of these little squares instead of four which Dave had sent out. The quality of this kit has been leaving something to be desired as the CM does not fit into SM BT either. No support ring for the tower was included though I had distinctly remembered photos on Sheri's site not RA showing one being included.
    I now notice Dave has a support ring in the photos lately as well as a different fin design which no longer has the plywood fin structure as an integral part of the fins anymore. The instructions make no mention of the support ring either. Whether or not things have changed is something I know nothing about at this time. I'm curious if anyone has bought one of these since mid 2013 as I had and what issues if any they may have had.
    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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ID:	295888 The start of the first set of corrugated panels.
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    that looks fantastic


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    Quote Originally Posted by NJRick View Post
    that looks fantastic
    Thanks to a loyal follower. You've given me more than enough praise to last a lifetime. Thanks yet again.
    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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    At the risk of being repetitive, that's excellent work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonimus View Post
    At the risk of being repetitive, that's excellent work.
    No such thing. Thanks!
    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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ID:	296155 This is the forward BT with the meat hook installed and epoxied in place.
    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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ID:	296158 I've sanded down one end of the motor mount tube for better adhesion for the motor sustainer rings using J-B Weld.
    Last edited by Steven; 6th July 2016 at 05:46 PM.
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ID:	296168 The Aero Pack 54mm Retainer.
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ID:	296171 The final result, nice and clean.
    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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    I like the epoxy cone on the eyebolt. I suspect the eye would open up before the anchor came out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonimus View Post
    I like the epoxy cone on the eyebolt. I suspect the eye would open up before the anchor came out.
    It was quite therapeutic just smoothing that thing out. Like working with clay and a wheel. Damn near put me to sleep. Maybe a second eye bolt....
    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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ID:	296250 The inside diameter of the tube is 9-1/8" while the shoulder of the capsule is 9-1/2" in diameter. It won't fit. Another example of sloppy engineering. I've gone ahead and ordered a capsule and tower from Shapeways and will wait to see what I get. I've ordered from them before and got fantastic products from them!
    "Meters Mr. Towns, meters."

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    This seems halfway to being a scratchbuild.

    Should be impressive when finished either way.


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