Estes Mean Machine mods ?

Zeta

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So I scored an Estes Mean Machine, it wasn't really on my list of wanted rockets so I am considering mods. I was thinking about using 3 tubes instead of 4 and maybe adding split fins.

Just wondering if anyone has modified the Mean Machine?


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I made mine into a scaled down Centuri Aero Dart, 1970 version. I used one tube plus part of a second, and cut new fins from a sheet of balsa.
I had the idea that a MM might make an interesting design with length of about 1.5 tubes and the original fins.
 

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After my stock MM took a nose dive on its maiden flight, I've rebuilt it with a few mods.

  • Replaced the stock motor mount tube and added a motor retainer instead of the engine hook.
  • Rail buttons instead of launch lugs
  • Baffle between the top two body tubes.
  • Kevlar shock cord and thin mill 24" chute.
Nothing too exciting, but hopefully a better rocket.
 

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I split mine in half, using a 4" balsa bulkhead in the base of the forward 2 tubes. Primarily to improve ejection pressure. I also installed 2 parachutes instead of 1. I think it was an 12" main and an 9" closer to the nosecone. Also used a long length of #100 kevlar instead of the standard shock cord.
 
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