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  1. #1
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    Vintage Estes Honest John 1227 build

    While I am waiting for my Centuri F-16 built to be completed I decided to start on my next vintage build. This is a bit more challenging build and I plan on building it per the plans using everything in the kit except the rubber cords. Even though this is an old kit the rubber is in great condition but I will still replace it with Estes new rubber.

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  2. #2
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    Ooh, interesting. I built one of these in the 70's and the little folded paper spin nacelles defeated me. I think I eventually just left them off. Look forward to seeing your attempt!

    My photo albums: fleet pics and OR Models

  3. #3
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    That is the very first rocket I saw fly. Built numerous versions over the years just finished the mini engine version that is almost the same size.

  4. #4
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    I built one back in 1969 and it came out very nice.

    The paper transition cone and the little spin nacelles lift it above the garden variety 4FNC rocket but it's still easy to knock off in a couple hours.

  5. #5
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    Another great vintage build! You do great work SCIGS30, and I'm sure this won't be a let down. Subscribed!
    NAR # 37682

    All the weird kids are doing it!

    If at first you don't succeed... You're about average.

  6. #6
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    Can I get a really clean scan of those decals? I'm working on a clone of that same kit. Grabbed the nose cone from Balsa Machining.
    NAR #99604 L2
    L1 - 08/15/15 - Estes Partizon - Aerotech H128W - Birmingham, AL
    L2 - 02/04/17 - MadCow 4" PAC-3 - Aerotech J350W - Talladega, AL
    L3 - TBD

  7. #7
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    When I was 10-11 in 1969-70, I flew a Big Bertha a few times on (BION) a 1/2A6-2.

    It didn't get more than maybe 25 feet off the ground, but the flight was perfect: ignition, boost, delay, nose-over and ejection. The chute popped open maybe 15 feet up and the landing was fine.

    I wouldn't recommend it, but it can be done.

    Bertha flights on B4-2s are actually quite fun.

  8. #8
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    I have always liked this rocket.
    The process is continuous...

  9. #9
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    One of my all-time favorites! I wish I could find one of those for less than the cost of a Porsche...

    Cheers,

    Mike Mulligan
    NAR 75648
    DART San Diego

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