# min Bomarc build

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#### Mike Howie

##### Well-Known Member
I'm very happy with the recent BMS clone of the mini Bomarc.

Nice packaging.

Laying out the parts, you notice that there is one extra
part not listed on JIMZ website. It's a 1/16 basswood strip. There is a note,
(not on the instructions), telling you to glue the strip to the bottom of the
3/16 half round dowel. This forms the tunnel on the top of the model. When
removing the laser cut fins from the balsa sheet, there are two pieces that
have a small extra 'tab' on them. You are instructed to cut these tabs off.

The reason for my nose cone being all wrapped up in thread, I had a small problem.
The mini Bomarc needs a fair amount of nose weight to be stable. This is included in the form of birdshot that needs gluing into the drilled out nosecone.
I rammed the shot/glue mix a bit too hard and split the nosecone.
I fixed that by wrapping the nosecone very tightly with thread untill the glue
dried. Using FnF you can't even tell that the nose was broken.

#### Mike Howie

##### Well-Known Member
After assembling the motor mount, and gluing it in the body, I used the marking
guide for the placement of the wings and ramjets.

#### Mike Howie

##### Well-Known Member
After assembling the motor mount, and gluing it in the body, I used the marking
guide for the placement of the wings and ramjets. First I glued on the wings,
and the tunnel base along the spine of the rocket.

While that was laying on a flat surface, I worked on the tunnel itself. The bass
strip is wider than the 3/16 half dowel. After the glue is dried I used FnF to
smooth out the transition between the two pieces. Then I shaped the ends
to conform to the cutout on the tail fin.

Lastly I glued the tunnel, ramjets, and tail onto the model.

All that's left is painting.

#### lessgravity

##### Well-Known Member
Great work! Glad to see someone do a build thread. I didn't take a picture of mine until I was finished.
I really enjoyed this build just like all the other Clone of the Month rockets. So far I haven't missed one yet.
Here is mine:

#### mjennings

##### Well-Known Member
very nice I hope to get mine built soon too

#### Pantherjon

##### Well-Known Member
I got mine built(well, one of three I got)..LOL..Just waiting for 'motivation' to paint it..And to paint the 30+ year old original I still have!

The BMS one is the one with the white tubes...

#### FooBag

##### Active Member
What size parachute did you guys use on your builds? I can't seem to find any reference on what the original size was.

#### lessgravity

##### Well-Known Member
What size parachute did you guys use on your builds? I can't seem to find any reference on what the original size was.
I haven't flown mine yet but I have a standard Semroc 12 inch plastic chute in mine.

#### JimZ

##### Active Member
The Mini-Brutes appeared in the Fall 1971 catalog:
https://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/catalogs/estes712/712est56c.html

The Mini-Bomarc was pictured in the 1972 catalog as TK-5
Price $2.49 https://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/nostalgia/72est010.html 1973 Still TK-5. Price$2.49
https://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/catalogs/estes73/73est12.html

1974 Still TK-5. Price $2.95 https://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/catalogs/estes74/74est12.html 1975 - The number changed to 0805. Price now$3.25 Catalog says 8" chute
https://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/catalogs/estes75/75est8.html

1976 - Price $3.50. 8" chute. https://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/nostalgia/76est016.html 1977 - Price$3.50. 8" chute.
https://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/nostalgia/77est018.html

1978 - Price $3.75. Now the catalog says it's a 10" chute. Since the plans I have on the site are the TK-5 version and they specify a PK-10R, I believe the chute has always been 10" but the typo in the catalog lived on for years. https://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/nostalgia/78est020.html 1979 - Price$4.50. 10" chute.
https://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/catalogs/estes79/79est20.html

1980 - Price \$4.75. 10" chute.
https://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/catalogs/estes80/80est18.html

1981 - Gone.

Plans at: https://www.spacemodeling.org/JimZ/est0805.htm

JimZ

#### Fred22

##### Well-Known Member
Great work! Glad to see someone do a build thread. I didn't take a picture of mine until I was finished.
I really enjoyed this build just like all the other Clone of the Month rockets. So far I haven't missed one yet.
Here is mine:
Abolutley awesome
Fred

#### NAR29996

##### Well-Known Member
FWIW, I have found that mine flies best on the A10-3T.

#### JAL3

##### Well-Known Member
After assembling the motor mount, and gluing it in the body, I used the marking
guide for the placement of the wings and ramjets. First I glued on the wings,
and the tunnel base along the spine of the rocket.

While that was laying on a flat surface, I worked on the tunnel itself. The bass
strip is wider than the 3/16 half dowel. After the glue is dried I used FnF to
smooth out the transition between the two pieces. Then I shaped the ends
to conform to the cutout on the tail fin.

Lastly I glued the tunnel, ramjets, and tail onto the model.

All that's left is painting.
Did you ever finish this one?

#### pokerace721

##### Well-Known Member
does it fly on an 18mm?

#### Pantherjon

##### Well-Known Member
does it fly on an 18mm?
13mm...But, you could leave out the motor mount and fly it min diameter on 18mm.Just expect a long walk for recovery!

#### mwtoelle

##### Flying since 1977
You would also need more nose weight to fly it on 18mm motors (especially C6s).

#### FastCargo

##### Well-Known Member
Think this one needs a bigger motor?

Sorry, couldn't resist. Nice job on the build though!

FC

#### Micromeister

##### Micro Craftman/ClusterNut
TRF Supporter
Bomarc has been one of my favorite scale subjects for many years.
I've had a bunch of them since the early days. my first Mini Bomarc was done in the Canadian Airforce grey/white colors but I've just never liked the look nearly as much as the Prototype and Test rounds in Black/white & silver.
Here are a couple of the 1/47 and 1/48th 13mm motor mini bomarcs from those by gone years