It has been a while since I built a Low power rocket. I have reached a plateau with High power, so I thought it would be fun to build some new Low Power kits, and see how nice I can make them look. I saw the re-issue of the Citation Patriot, and it was too cool looking to pass up. The original was before my time as a kid, but when I came back to the hobby in 2010, I found all the old estes catalogs, noticed this rocket, and thought it would be a fun one to build, someday. Someday has come, so I purchased the re-issue. I like BT-60 sized rockets, but 18MM power just is not quite enough to these designs justice. I think it is more fun to fly them on D engines, and Aerotech 24-40s. To start this project, I built a 24MM mount out of SEMROC BT50 tubes and rings I had on hand: I used the estes engine hook. I decided on a 3rd centering ring because I had a lot of centering rings, and figured it might help it be more solidly held in place. And it looks cool. I also used a bt50 coupler I had as an engine block. In the mean time, I sanded the seam from the nosecone, and applied primer. I also applied primer to the fins to fill the grain. I used rustoleum filler primer from walmart. I decanted some of the paint from the spray can, and applied it with a badger 250 mini spray gun. This provides a large spray pattern, yet gives more control than a spray can without half the paint becoming overspray. Next step sanding, and engine mount installation.