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Tramper Al

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Wanted, an unbuilt original Centuri Sky-Lab KB-4 kit in decent shape. Opened kit and/or compromised body tubes is acceptable. For purchase or trade. Thanks!
 

gpoehlein

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You could sort of clone it? You can get the Centuri tubes from Semroc (eRockets) and the three nose cones are available from Moldin' Oldies (https://www.siriusrocketry.biz/isho...in-oldies-cones-and-parts-26/type-c-parts-35/). The instructions should be available at Jimz. Alternatively, the main nose cone should be easy enough to clone in paper (two transitions and a shoulder) and could be scaled to the BT-50. The side pod nose cones are available in the Yankee kit. If you have access to one, the main nose cone could also be 3D printed.

Of course, the wraps and molded parts aren't available, but you could approximate most of them with a little improvisation. Layered cardstock can add an incredible amount of detail.
 

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Why not just clone it? You can get the Centuri tubes from Semroc (eRockets) and the three nose cones are available from Moldin' Oldies (https://www.siriusrocketry.biz/isho...in-oldies-cones-and-parts-26/type-c-parts-35/). The instructions should be available at Jimz. Alternatively, the main nose cone should be easy enough to clone in paper (two transitions and a shoulder) and could be scaled to the BT-50. The side pod nose cones are available in the Yankee kit. If you have access to one, the main nose cone could also be 3D printed.
Yes, thank you. Instructions are available, Tango has a decal, and you are right there are various options for the odd primary nosecone, from a much cheaper Centuri kit, a couple of contemporary Estes models which I think are similar, and Semroc balsa. The main appeal of the kit proper (at a reasonable price of course) is the relatively large number of accessories like solar panels, docking couplers, nozzles, hatches, a wrap, and several others which I wouldn't even know what they are called. I am guessing that is why neither Semroc (which otherwise covered this era/genre very well) nor anyone else ever took it on as a clone kit.
 
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