min Bomarc build

Mike Howie

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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. :eek:
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. :rolleyes:

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Mike Howie

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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

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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.

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lessgravity

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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:
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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!:rolleyes:

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

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

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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.
 

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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
 

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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:
mini-bomarc.jpg

Abolutley awesome :)
Fred
 

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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?
 

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Think this one needs a bigger motor? :)

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

FC

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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;)

Mini Bomarc-1-sm_1st Fleet 48th scale b&w_07-17-72.jpg

146b2b-sm_Bomarc_47th w smokers on pad_06-18-94.jpg

146b2c-sm_Bomarc_47th smokey liftoff_06-18-94.jpg

146-b1-sm_Mini Gliding Bomarc 3 pic last Flt_02-19-94.jpg

047b-sm_Mini Bomarc 48th Scale bottom_02-18-90.jpg
 
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