# Estes Conquest Build and Musings

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#### BSNW

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I first apply tape...so I can maintain a straight line for the fillet. I then put on the glue. NOTE: The only tube I had left was one i used on a large project, so it had a huge hole cut for dispensing. The one I use for model rockets would have had a very small hole....and the bead of glue would have been smaller. ANYWAY see below.....

#### BSNW

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Then take you finger or popsicle stick and go at it. Since this glue is water soluble...I dip my popsicle stick or finger into water so the glue drags smooth.

#### BSNW

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I then pull the tape....NOTICE the "high edge after pulling the tape....This is corrected/smoothed out by dipping your finger into water and gently rubbing down the fillet to smooth it all down.

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#### BSNW

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So at this point I simply brush it on the entire rocket. NOT to worry about the brush marks....it dries down so tight and sands so easily, those go away in no time and with no real effort. I also do two coats on the balsa. The first coat soaks in so fast and deep it almost disappears. What you see below is two coats on the balsa.

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#### BSNW

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And Lastly....this product REALLY makes loose wood fiber stand up...When it is dry and really "crispy", this wing (below) will sand down like glass baby!

#### neil_w

##### Hunkered down
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I'm really enjoying seeing your non-traditional techniques, and am coming up with questions faster than I can type them in.

Do you have any idea how much weight that BIN stuff adds?

Did you consider doing any of that work before assembly? Seems like it'll be very hard to sand that all down on the fully assembled model (particular for that model).

The smelliness of the BIN makes it a no-go in my house, but I still like to fantasize about easier ways of filling vast expanses of balsa like that thing has.

#### BSNW

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I'm really enjoying seeing your non-traditional techniques, and am coming up with questions faster than I can type them in.

Do you have any idea how much weight that BIN stuff adds?

Did you consider doing any of that work before assembly? Seems like it'll be very hard to sand that all down on the fully assembled model (particular for that model).

The smelliness of the BIN makes it a no-go in my house, but I still like to fantasize about easier ways of filling vast expanses of balsa like that thing has.
Hey Neil, I am glad you are enjoying this.
I know for sure the BIN weighs next to nothing when dry. I am sure of it. Also, is really soaks in and "gases out" so, like the glue, it loses a lot of mass. I also sand it out and a lot comes off as dust as well. I say, no worries on the weight consideration.
The smell is not bad. Maybe I over-stated it. It smells bad when I was rolling walls with it when I was painting a home. In a small scale like rockets....it smells less than peoples perfume or a dryer sheet. It kind of smells like rubbing alcohol. ALSO....it dries so fast....any smell is gone within minutes. We live in an apartment and my wife has no issues with it.
I did consider painting some items before I assembled...I did it a little on my Odyssey build. I will have to do that or try it more on future builds.
As far as sanding....I find it "therapeutic" and kind of like it. I will go out on the deck and sand this slowly and I think it all should be good. I am the only one I know who makes my own sanding tools to get into and around tough areas. like gluing paper to a dowel or square stick of some funky shape. With my sanding tools, tack cloth and a cup of coffee..I will be enjoying the process indeed.
I would encourage you to try the BIN sealer. I dont think the smell will be that bad. I can't imagine it would smell any worse than sanding sealer....maybe even less.
I will show post-sanding photos when I can.....it is going to be a rainy weekend....perfect for this type of work (deck has a roof on it).
Andrew

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#### Andrew_ASC

##### UTC SEDS 2017 3rd/ SEDS 2018 1st
Enjoying watching you build this and taking notes for my next low/mid power builds. I also like the drop tank look but went with the clean variant for mine.

#### tlainhart

##### Member
So at this point I simply brush it on the entire rocket. NOT to worry about the brush marks....it dries down so tight and sands so easily, those go away in no time and with no real effort. I also do two coats on the balsa. The first coat soaks in so fast and deep it almost disappears. What you see below is two coats on the balsa.
Nice - thanks for sharing. It looks like BIN provides a really smooth surface. I've tried Minwax Sanding Sealer (along with the "traditional" Elmer's Wood Filler) - BIN looks like it might be a helpful alternative.

#### BSNW

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Hey all-
So it has been busy at work, so progress slowed a little. This past weekend was nice so enjoyed some time out on the porch/balcony. I took my time and sanded down the Conquest. This is the base primer/sealer mentioned above. As you can see, I sand down most of it. Remember that the first coat of this product really soaks in and I sand off most of the second/top coat. When it was done, it was really smooth! I then used a tack cloth to get all the dust.

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#### BSNW

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I then shook my primer for no less than 3-4 minutes and set the can in a sink of hot tap water for another 5 minutes. After that....I shook it again for another few minutes. Priming this rocket with the spray can gave me a chance to "dial in" how I was going to put on the top coat. I really thought this was going to be a tough spray. It was not really. the primer went on well and I had no runs or drips. Since I had a few bare spots on the balsa, I hit the wings a second time and really coated them. It all turned out. I am going to let this sit for some time before I sand with 400 and then paint. I also am going with one color (I may change my mind). It is going to be white. I have the decals and I have a second set of interceptor decals I can get into to add some accents. I also have my arsenal of fine brushed on acrylics for some accents. Either way this is a work in progress! Below is the white primer! Almost there!!

#### Tobor

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I then shook my primer for no less than 3-4 minutes and set the can in a sink of hot tap water for another 5 minutes. After that....I shook it again for another few minutes. Priming this rocket with the spray can gave me a chance to "dial in" how I was going to put on the top coat. I really thought this was going to be a tough spray. It was not really. the primer went on well and I had no runs or drips. Since I had a few bare spots on the balsa, I hit the wings a second time and really coated them. It all turned out. I am going to let this sit for some time before I sand with 400 and then paint. I also am going with one color (I may change my mind). It is going to be white. I have the decals and I have a second set of interceptor decals I can get into to add some accents. I also have my arsenal of fine brushed on acrylics for some accents. Either way this is a work in progress! Below is the white primer! Almost there!!

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Looking good!

That pic sorta gives your Conquest a B52'ish feel to it. Probably just my imagination running wild...

#### BSNW

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So! Finally I had some time and good weather to paint. I call it the......Conque-Ceptor (target drone) (HA HA HA!!). I knew those old Interceptor decals would come in handy. I just wanted to try and go for a "fantasy-target drone" kind of thing. SO FIRST THING! I will be changing the nose cone color to an orange/red as soon as I can. I think it would look better (and more like a target) with a different color nose. If any of you have any suggestions, chime in-but I am thinking of going with the orange/red color. Photos below. BTW: I simply cant wait to launch this thing....

More photos.....

#### dr wogz

##### Fly caster
that came out really well!! Super!

#### BSNW

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One more.....AND....That is a wrap on the Conquest...AKA.."Conque-Ceptor"!

#### BSNW

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that came out really well!! Super!
Thank you very much Paul. I know I deviated from the card art....but I just like to tweak things to "make it my own"...It is part of the fun for me. Thanks again!
I will also post a photo of it when I paint the nose the different color.
Andrew

#### dr wogz

##### Fly caster
I'm a strong believer in creativity. I think only a handful of my rockets have followed the face card!

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