Make your own PNC-50SP (Argosy) Nose

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Jan 18, 2009
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As most of you know, Estes has not made the PNC-50SP (Argosy) style nose cone for at least a couple of years. But I started looking at it, and realized that the cone is actually an NC-50BB (Skywriter) nose cone with a canopy added. (I figure that's what Estes did - take the 50BB or 50V - they are the same - and add a sculpted canopy to it.) So, being handy with the cardstock, I figured I could do the same thing. The result is pretty good, even if I do say so myself. I printed the canopy on 110# cardstock, assembled it and used CA to glue it to a Skywriter cone that I sanded all the paint from. The result is in the photo attached, alongside a real 50SP cone that I have from the Soaring Eagle (gotta build that one one of these days! ;)

You can also trace it onto sheet plastic and build it in styrene, but I decided that was too much work!

If you want to try one of your own, Scott Hansen at Ye Olde Rocket Shoppe was good enough to host the file for me. You can find it in the Building Tips section, or follow this link:

It may not be a source for the cones, but at least it is a step in the right direction.

Greg Poehlein

Nice looking nose cone. If there are any scale aircraft builders out there, I've also found that drop tank halve from model aircraft also make good cockpits on rocket nose cones.