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g_boxwood

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The last dry fit before the epoxy mess...



Epoxying done:



Clearing-up the holes for the MMTs:

 

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MMTs in place...



... with generous fillets for better cloth transitions:





Reinforcing:



 

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Sanding...



Full booster view (skirt is missing):

 

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Christ thats some skills there dude, im very impressed
 

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Good job so far. Can't wait to see it finished.
 

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Excellent workmanship. Are your parts laser cut or did you do them manually? There are some tiny tabs that look just perfect.
 

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Thank you again!

Pat, I do cut my own parts using a Dremel scrollsaw with very fine-teethed saw blades: parts are not as precise as they look in the pics.
 

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Wow. Hope you're keeping copies of your parts patterns. :)
 

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Ok, as I've already said I'm proceeding really slowly due to being very tired as I get back home from work...

I put the tower assembly aside for a moment and I started putting the capsule mold frame together.

The capsule mold consists of a number of 1/8" lite-ply rings glued to a 3.9" airframe tube (LOC) with 12 interlocking stringers that helps keeping everything were it belongs. The stringers are lite-ply as well.

The biggest ring (the base one) spans roughly 21" but it didn't cause me too much trouble. I brought my plans to the local printing shop and I got them on paper @ 1:1 scale:



Cutting the rings was then a matter of time and patience...



I was able to cut the internal 4" hole without any hassle with my trusty Dremel jig-saw: I was not sure I could do it!



Here are the stringers:

 

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On the other side I didn't realize how much trouble could it be to fit all the pieces together... Despite the many stringers and the inter-locking construction things can get quite annoying at the very first stages.

I was also unsure about the adhesive: I finally opted for the aliphatic resin as it is both practical (no mixing required, no working time) and economical.

I started by glueing all the rings to the bodytube with only 4 of the 12 stringers in place:



I let the glue dry overnight and I then flipped the frame upsidedown reinforcing the joints (the assembly was clamped while glueing so I only had access to the joints from above):



Next came all the other 8 stringers:



Once done with it I brought everything outdoor to take a few pics of what has been done so far:



 

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Please tell me this excellent project was not abandoned!?
 
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