That's a good suggestion, when I built my first clone I used payloadbay.com's fin wrap guide tool (Get It Here) to create a wrap that did what you just described.Well, I couldn't resist and I actually started (and almost finished) this kit last night rather than letting it age like a fine wine in my build pile...
Excellent quality as always. Parts fit perfectly, everything is well packaged and the instructions are clear and well produced.
Only one suggestion for the next time you put some of these together...some kind of alignment guide is needed on this one. A simple wrap around guide to mark the two reference lines 180 degrees apart would be helpful; the instructions have everything to be lined up by sight but I still needed to get some lines on the body tube to get a proper alignment.
It is also a bit challenging to get the motor tube properly aligned. I think I got it but I'm wondering if there isn't some kind of little trick to make that easier.
Anyway, again, what a great reproduction of a wonderful kit from my youth! I should be finishing up the construction tonight and then working on the finish. One of my teenage son's friends sat with me while I was working on this and he was really enjoying watching this go together, asking about a lot of my other models and (I think) hearing some of my rocket stories.
Construction's done (except for rounding all the edges), so I will try to remember to post something tonight or tomorrow. I also have to go against my instinctive need to seal the wood to get as close to a glass like finish (though not to Tony Vincent standards) as I can on this one..
There must be a glider I can get to fly right. Maybe this could be the one! (If I don't miss the announcements saying they're available again, that is.)
Since I don't think I've ever seen a real Mach 10, this model seems like a downscale of Scott Branche's (rokitflite) scratch R/C upscaled Mach 10 to me!
Oh, I don't know.......I saw one of Scott's fly without the R/C and it flew so well that it's actually mine now. He said; "it's in the other field with all the ticks, if you can find it, it's yours.......". Two steps over the poo-line and into the tick field and I was the proud owner of a BT-80 upscale Mach 10 (I gave it back once he promised to give me patterns). At the same time, Jim flew his original scale kit and it flew fine. The key to both was to have it trimmed out prior to sticking it on the rod...........As for being easy to fly, I think Scott had a better chance of getting an R/C version to fly. The original model is not easy to trim and a lot of them have powered into the ground before ejection.
I never built one myself but I watched JimZ fly his into the ground 3 times at NARAM 43 before he gave up in disgust.
One of the members of our club has adapted his with elevator control and his flys sweet.