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Blast it Tom!

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Well, my brother-in-law and my oldest son came over today. We split some firewood the old fashioned way, then we got my brother-in-law's V2 primered:
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Not perfect yet, but getting there...
 

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Thanks. I'm embarrassed to say I don't know what the chain guards are. The tabs in the fins are integral to the mold, and there's little V pieces that I glue onto the aft.

I was inspired to buy this and build it from page 2 of this thread. I put all of the clay in the NC but now wondering if I should remove some of it. It looked like a straight flight on the D12-3. Fortunately, @Apogee Components has the RS file to use.

 

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Thanks. I'm embarrassed to say I don't know what the chain guards are. The tabs in the fins are integral to the mold, and there's little V pieces that I glue onto the aft.

I was inspired to buy this and build it from page 2 of this thread. I put all of the clay in the NC but now wondering if I should remove some of it. It looked like a straight flight on the D12-3. Fortunately, @Apogee Components has the RS file to use.

Ah, I see, thanks! Yes the bulges on each side of the fins on the outboard edges are chain guards for a gear/sprocket combo that positioned vanes on the rear outboard corners of each fin. No need for you to know that if you bought the Spacemonkey/Apogee Components combo. Let me tell you, those little buggers were a bit of a pain to make out of popsicle sticks! They have to be almost perfectly equal, and lined up equally on both sides of the fin, to look good. But I'm pleased with the results.
 

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And last night, after conferring with some helpful fellows over on this thread, I took a few minutes off from a hideous report effort for work and pulled the tape and placed the tail art:
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It's as nice a job as I could have asked for; certainly the cleanest spray job I've had to date. I think if I'd have remembered to burnish the edges instead of just finger-pressing it may have been even better, but we're talking 98% vs 100% so I've learned and I'm pleased.

I had one area where somehow the masking paper must have torn and just a hint of black mist got in, but some 1500 grit and water ought to take care of that. Now on to the semi-elliptical 'chute in gores of red, yellow and black! He'll be tickled pink! ;)
 
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Glad it worked out well. It's nice to know that if I get distracted and forget to pull the tape that it will still be ok the next day.

The rocket looks nice. Black and white works so well.

-Bob
 

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what is purpose of gold/green paint? So weird primer?
That is actually Tamiya masking tape (which is only ~8mm wide) along the edges of the masked areas, then green Frog Tape and newspaper to mask the balance of the areas that were to remain white. Up here shows the rocket in it's spiffy gray filler primer.
 

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It look like a paint job in photo
 

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Very much thanks! I am really just getting started back at it myself (like January last year). Life forces me to go slow. If you're patient, you get better results that way...
 

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I think I should add that if you're into making it historically accurate, our own @PeterAlway, author of "Rockets of the World," made public his Flikr archive of V2 Paint schemes, both for Peenemunde test versions and the ones flown in America. And now I can't find it. But another fellow here is building a 1/5 scale V2 (9'2" tall!) and here is some info another good guy posted on that thread: Ez2cDave's V2 stuff.
 
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I watched a little bit so far of @James Duffy's V2 DVD. Lots of good info...

 

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Hey @Blast it Tom!, any tips on how to get the lines straight here. I've decided on this colorway rather than the one on the box, I'm very intimidated drawing/keeping straight lines around a tube and nosecone.
 

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Ryan,

I made a wrap for the body tube using a CAD program. I can PDF it and send if to you, but it'll be a couple of days. The great thing about this pattern is that you only have to go around the tube once. I used Tamiya making tape which helps.

More when I can!
 
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