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I just completed my Estes Longship. I made a few minor changes, including making the engine bell gold, put some "sensors" in the nose under the window, and hand painted in some red "reactor areas" on the section in front of the fins. I really think that some decals on the long side fins would have looked good (like struts/girders pattern). Maybe when I build the second kit someday.

First flight(s) will be on an D12-3, and then I have an Aerotech E20-4 I want to try out on it if the winds permit.







 

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Looks great! I really like that kit.

Did you pre-paint any of the parts before assembly?
 

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Neil, no, I assembed the whole thing then spray painted it. I had been concerned about it being hard to get spray paint on the inner surface of the ring, but it wasn't that hard after all. Now, getting the inner surface smooth, another story (rough, even after puttying and sanding).
 

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Neil, no, I assembed the whole thing then spray painted it. I had been concerned about it being hard to get spray paint on the inner surface of the ring, but it wasn't that hard after all. Now, getting the inner surface smooth, another story (rough, even after puttying and sanding).
I confess I am not sure how you could get the paint in there without ending up with a ton of excess paint on the fins... but it looks like you got it done really nicely. I am perpetually fretting over paint sequencing, *hate* to have to pre-paint parts, although I do it when I have to.
 

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Very nice! Great job
 

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Nice build. I like the sensors.
I wasn't really satisfied with the way they turned out; they were printed in a strip, and unless I cut out the individual "dots" and positioned them, they didn't align with the curved surface very well. I really would have preferred a large sensor dish in the front of the ship, ala the photon torpedo on Klingon ships in the Trek series/movies.

But they do look decent. :)
 

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Sorry, every time I see this thing I have flashbacks

  • Poole: I've got a bad feeling about it.

  • Bowman: Open the pod bay doors, HAL.
    HAL 9000: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
 

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Oh I agree. Not sure what to put there. Decals would be really tricky to put on a curved surface like that, and without fancy software to account for the shape, etc, beyond my abilities.
 

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Maybe just a medium sized blue dot.
 

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I finally got to fly my Longship yesterday, on the recommended D12-3. Bad flight... the nosecone assembly ejected right before apogee, and flew back and severely damaged one of the outer ring assemblies. The RSO thought that I should fly it on an D12-5 instead, but being as the rocket only goes about 300 feet on a D engine, I am really leery of that idea.

Not going to be an easy fix, unfortunately. I did get several compliments on how nice the rocket looked though.
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I used 2x the length in kevlar, with 1.5x the length in 1/4" braided cotton elastic (swimsuit elastic).
 
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