Johnny Star Commander build thread.

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  1. Aug 16, 2013 #1

    shrox

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    I have never posted a build thread before, so I thought I would do one about the Johnny Star Commander! This is a Level 3 I would say.

    Here are the pieces of the wing fin:
    JSCBuild001.JPG

    The wing fin glued together:
    JSCBuild002.JPG

    The wing tip fin:
    JSCBuild003.JPG

    The wing tip fin attached:
    JSCBuild004.JPG
    Two of these are made.

    The pieces of the rudder fin:
    JSCBuild005.JPG

    The rudder fin assembled:
    JSCBuild006.JPG

    The wings and rudder assembled:
    JSCBuild007.JPG

    If there are no more delays, I should be releasing them by my birthday in September!
     
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  2. Aug 16, 2013 #2

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    I saw what you did there :wink: :present:

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  3. Aug 16, 2013 #3

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    I mean it will be a birthday present to myself. I don't want anything this year, next year is 50 however, and then I do want a big Tony Stark style party!
     
  4. Aug 16, 2013 #4

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    Ooh! That would be fun :)

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  5. Aug 16, 2013 #5

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    The wing fins ready to be attached:
    JSCBuild008.JPG

    One wing fin attached:
    JSCBuild009.JPG

    The other wing fin attached:
    JSCBuild010.JPG

    The scoop attached. Well, I would usually add the scoop fin first, but the glue fillet at the wing fin root edge was not dry, and the scoop kind of stuck in place since I left it there a few minutes, but it's in the right place. The scoop is slit on one side so it fits over the body tube.
    JSCBuild011.jpg

    Another view of the scoop:
    JSCBuild012.JPG

    More tomorrow.
     
  6. Aug 16, 2013 #6

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    Cool rocket! Great one for the fleet....

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    Hell hello hello...this is Johnny Space Commander....I'm gonna land the rocket now.....
     
  7. Aug 16, 2013 #7

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    Looking good Doug, is the rubber band still extra?
     
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    Looking good!
     
  9. Aug 16, 2013 #9

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    Very cool design!
     
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    I'm liking that rocket.
     
  11. Aug 17, 2013 #11

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    The scoop fin ready to be attached:
    JSCBuild013.JPG

    The scoop fin installed:
    JSCBuild014.JPG

    Another view of the scoop fin in place:
    JSCBuild015.JPG

    The launch lug ready to glued in:
    JSCBuild016.JPG

    The launch lug in place:
    JSCBuild017.JPG
    Go a little sanding to do on the scoop itself.
     
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    Shrox,
    Is this the top right white kit? When will you be building the "stealth black" kit?

    I am not much of a kit builder anymore but the grandkids and myself want one pre of each of these two kits. If I understand you are releasing in Sept? Thanks in advance!
     
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    JohnnyStarCommander0001.jpg
    Yes, that is the JSC (johnny Star Commander), should be available in September. The BlackFox is something I am working on with FSI, I don't have a release date for it.
     
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    I believe these will decidedly be "must haves" for lots of people! We like the lines......futuristic while being a viable design. Good work sir!
     
  15. Aug 18, 2013 #15

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    Can you expand on this statement? FSI? Really? Are they still with us, restarting, or a new bunch with the old name?
     
  16. Aug 18, 2013 #16

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    You have that correct sir.....this is a must have for me !


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  17. Aug 18, 2013 #17

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    I am working with Dave on a HPR prototype of the BlackFox, I have never built one before, he has already built an HPR SkonkWulf from diagrams I gave him.
     
  18. Aug 19, 2013 #18

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    The under fin ready to be attached:
    JSCBuild018.jpg

    The under fin glued in place:
    JSCBuild019.jpg

    The wing rudders ready:
    JSCBuild020.jpg

    The wing rudders in place:
    JSCBuild021.jpg
     
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    A cool looking rocket! Count me in when it's released.
     
  20. Aug 23, 2013 #20

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    I'll be adding more pictures tomorrow.
     
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    Drool, drool, slobber, covet, WANT!
     
  22. Aug 25, 2013 #22

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    I had already glued the motor mount in place when I started this thread, so you'll see it there.

    One of the top side wing rudder ready to be attached:
    JSCBuild022.jpg

    All wing rudder fins attached:
    JSCBuild023.jpg

    The main rudder ready to fit:
    JSCBuild024.jpg

    The main rudder glued in place:
    JSCBuild025.jpg
     
  23. Sep 4, 2013 #23

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    The spline fin ready to be attached:
    JSCBuild026.jpg

    And attached it is:
    JSCBuild027.jpg

    The antenna dowels ready to be attached:
    JSCBuild028.jpg

    Antennas in place:
    JSCBuild029.jpg

    I forgot to take pictures of the snap swivel and parachute attachment, here they are already installed:
    JSCBuild030.jpg
    JSCBuild031.jpg

    Next is painting!
     
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    That is really sharp! I love all the angles.
     
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    Awesome! Gonna place my order in the next week or so.. Great addition to my fleet!
     
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    Shrox, What do you use to seal and fill the balsa with?
     
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    Elmer's wood filler mixed with a bit of water.
     
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    Too windy today to paint.
     
  29. Sep 8, 2013 #29

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  30. Sep 19, 2013 #30

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    The weather was nice enough yesterday to allow some painting, got some primer on. One thing about living in a northern temperate rain forest, while the temperature is low, the humidity is high, sometimes you can see your breath at 60 degrees.

    JSCBuild032.jpg

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