Mach 1 Rocketry Exiter Build. (I know there's another one below)...

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  1. Nov 16, 2018 #1

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    20181115_125742.jpg 20181115_133003.jpg 20181115_144410.jpg 20181115_152945.jpg Ordered a few kits during the Mach 1 rocketry Black Friday Sale. This one intrigued me because it was an 18mm minimum diameter FG kit. I've never seen one before and wanted a little kit that I could send into orbit with a D24 reload. :) Anyhow, some build pics from the first day. I've built several of Mach 1's larger kits and the quality level here did not disappoint, Steve does an EXCELLENT job and everything reflects quality work. Packaging was fine and the fit and finish was perfect. Tubes and fins washed, I tacked the fins on with BSI Maxi Cure. Then followed up with fillets of JB weld. A internal tube ring was used to mount the Kevlar with knots tied on both ends. I added a 1/4 oz of weight to the nose cone to balance the weight of the reload. The JB welded it all together. I printed an 18mm minimum diameter retainer, the mounted the thrust ring in the body tube. Will bake overnight, then add a 9" Bama chute and paint! 20181115_125742.jpg 20181115_133003.jpg 20181115_144410.jpg 20181115_152945.jpg 20181115_162256.jpg 20181115_163228.jpg 20181115_184248.jpg
     
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    A few photos that were too large to attach above 20181115_160620.jpg 20181115_182931.jpg
     
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    Fillets done and sanded smooth, primer is on and drying. (Slow process with rain) I'll give it another day, then hit it with paint over the weekend. 20181123_140356.jpg
     
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    Metallic purple first coat on. It bled a little under the masking tape, likely due to me painting in 85% humidity and 60 degree temps. I'll move up the mask just a bit and cover up the mistake on the second coat. Bigger kit is the BT-60 speed demon in Galaxy Blue Metallic. Build thread is in High power. Gives a good reference point though for size. This thing is pretty tiny! Will scream on a D13/D24... 46821439_531151350629040_799355261314662400_n.jpg
     
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    Vinyl applied yesterday I didn't exactly match the purple, but the metallic purple/blue looks great.
     

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    47293004_262405364379765_7421314277551636480_n.jpg Clear coat went on last night and dried this afternoon. Here's the final finished product and weight! 1.5 Oz is 1200+ feet on C6-7, 2450 on a D13/D24 18/20 reload! Clear really made the paint pop.
     
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    Next update should be a flight report, we will be flying either the 8th or the 15th depending on weather.
     
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    Looks great. Mine is still naked. I was hoping to fly it on Thursday, but the weather wasn't cooperating.
     
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