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  1. #1
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    Blast from the past!

    My take on Estes Raven, a boost-glider.

    I made a few deviations from the original plans.
    >made entirely from 1/16th balsa. The best C grain I could get from the hobby shop
    >used a bt-5 tube and nosecone
    >accidentally glued the fins about a quarter inch too forward on the boom

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    Glides off the hand really nice. First launch coming as soon as I get more 1/2a engines

    Estes published the plans for free in 1964.

    Anyone else built something using JimZ's database?


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    Will video be forthcoming after flight!?

    "I'm at least 70% confident about whatever I say (90% of the time)"- college me

    NAR 101195
    Level 1: Big SAM, 9/10/16

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    I've built quite a few designs from Jim's site. Mostly the Estes DOM designs. The most recent is the Orbital Transport Laboratory. I have a 3" version of it on the bench as we speak.

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    Thinking outside the box is normal for me. Went inside the box once and got claustrophobic.
    Can't never did!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Byrum View Post
    I've built quite a few designs from Jim's site. Mostly the Estes DOM designs. The most recent is the Orbital Transport Laboratory. I have a 3" version of it on the bench as we speak.

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    those are some interesting fins, looking very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amsterdam View Post
    those are some interesting fins, looking very nice!
    Thank you. Here's another one, but quite a bit up scaled. It's the Starship Excalibur..(not the kit either)

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    Thinking outside the box is normal for me. Went inside the box once and got claustrophobic.
    Can't never did!
    Inventions weren't created by skeptics.
    There's a bright side to every screwed up week.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Byrum View Post
    Thank you. Here's another one, but quite a bit up scaled. It's the Starship Excalibur..(not the kit either)

    How many nose cones does that have?!?
    It looks great. The kit definitely isn't as sleek as your version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amsterdam View Post
    How many nose cones does that have?!?
    It looks great. The kit definitely isn't as sleek as your version.
    8 & 1/2 nose cones. This was from the original Estes DOM series HERE. The original was designed with a BT 55 and I took it to a BT 70. Every nose cone had to be turned except for 3 50K's I used on the bottom of the pods. The kit Estes offered, was a poor facimile of the original design. Semroc actually turned the original design into a kit shortly before they closed. They are intense to build.
    Thinking outside the box is normal for me. Went inside the box once and got claustrophobic.
    Can't never did!
    Inventions weren't created by skeptics.
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    The Semroc kit is still in production and available from eRockets.bz:

    http://www.erockets.biz/semroc-flyin...hip-excalibur/

    I just picked one up recently to add to the build pile.

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    Then I have these two. The Constellation up scaled to a BT 60 and that Astron Sprite upscale. I also have a bigger Sprite using BT 70.

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    Thinking outside the box is normal for me. Went inside the box once and got claustrophobic.
    Can't never did!
    Inventions weren't created by skeptics.
    There's a bright side to every screwed up week.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Byrum View Post
    . . . and that Astron Sprite upscale. I also have a bigger Sprite using BT 70.
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    I like the choice on the Sprite name, looks like the old soft drink logo.
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    I was gonna say the same thing! I like the name decal and color choice. Do you remember what brand of paint?

    Im thinking of making this monstrosity next, probably another whimpy mini motor downscale but that's what I fly most.

    The Newfoundland Space Tanker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcmbanjo View Post
    I like the choice on the Sprite name, looks like the old soft drink logo.
    It kind of is. But the original logo was art work and not a font. I had to modify a similar font to make it look like the art work.

    Quote Originally Posted by Amsterdam View Post
    I was gonna say the same thing! I like the name decal and color choice. Do you remember what brand of paint?
    Rustoleum Lime Green. The color of a bottle of Sprite + the lemon-lime flavor inspired the green I used.
    Thinking outside the box is normal for me. Went inside the box once and got claustrophobic.
    Can't never did!
    Inventions weren't created by skeptics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Byrum View Post

    Rustoleum Lime Green. The color of a bottle of Sprite + the lemon-lime flavor inspired the green I used.
    Ah. 2x key lime just isn't LIMEY enough haha too bad 2x is pretty much all anywhere stocks now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amsterdam View Post
    Ah. 2x key lime just isn't LIMEY enough haha too bad 2x is pretty much all anywhere stocks now
    My bad. It was 2X.

    Thinking outside the box is normal for me. Went inside the box once and got claustrophobic.
    Can't never did!
    Inventions weren't created by skeptics.
    There's a bright side to every screwed up week.


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