Mini Little Joe II 1/100 scale build

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I was inspired by member Long-gone when I saw his post on a mini little joe II. I had an old Apollo capsule with a busted LES from a Centuri Saturn 1B kit that meet it’s demise some years ago. So........thought that’s a nice challenge to build. Used a wooden pencil crayon as the tower for the LES tower and secured it to the remaining flange of the tower with a plastic straw. Have prepared wraps for the tower, capsule and CSM. Will try a corrugated wrap for the lower section, used a smooth card stock scored with an awl every 2mm. Hopefully this will show thru when spray painted. Have prepared fins each with 3 pieces. This will be a challenge to get glued on the BT. Even more of a challenge to stay on during launch. Presently the motor mount and shock cord have been installed. Waiting for the glue to dry.
 

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Installed the lower corrugated wrap with double sided tape. Lightly sanded the gloss off the card stock wrap to improve adhesion of the wood fin parts. Glued on the bases for each fin location. Fins next once the glue drys.
 

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Completed the aluminum spray paint, United States labels, CM wrap, LES wrap. Added protection to the shock cord inside BT. Applied clear coat.
Still have to add weight to the nose cone and an anchor to the interior of the cone for the shock cord to attach to.
 

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Wow, Little Joe II one upper! Very nice, beata the pants off of my joe! Im impressed! Send it!
 

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Thanks for the comp. I'm a bit of a scale detail freak for sure. From a distance she looks pretty good. Still have to add weight to the nose and do a stability string test.
 

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I see your shiny parts are a bit dull, by any chance did you clear coat the metallic silver paint?
 

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I want the finish on the next one to look like this, see how it actually shines?
 

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I used a rust-oleum clear coat satin finish on a rust-oleum metallic aluminum paint. Definitely not as shiny as the one pictured above.
 
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I found out NO CLEAR COAT effs the silver. I used Valspar "Metallic Brilliant-Metal Effects" Pick the silver topped cap.
 

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I really like the corrugation's on the card stock, I will incorporate that in mine. Good stuff!
 

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I really like the corrugation's on the card stock, I will incorporate that in mine. Good stuff!
I printed the lines 2mm apart on card stock and then dragged an awl down each line. Time consuming but it gave the effect I was looking for.
Checked out Home Depot and they have a nice shiny silver paint. Maybe I'll give it a try.
 

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If you guys can find Krylon Foil Metallic silver in the very narrow spray can, it has a real nice chrome like finish. I've tried other brands, was very happy with this.
Hobby Lobby carries it where I live.
 

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If you guys can find Krylon Foil Metallic silver in the very narrow spray can, it has a real nice chrome like finish. I've tried other brands, was very happy with this.
Hobby Lobby carries it where I live.
Can’t locate this particular one but I have a few options. Your’s does give a nice finish. Thanks for your suggestion.
 

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I Just painted my Boyce Aerospace 1/125 Little Joe in the Hobby Lobby "KRYLON CROME" in the skinny can I got at Hobby Lobby a few months ago now that we have 80 degree days when last week we had 6" of Sticky hard snow ! Hi HI

When the paint is Dry I will post it...
 

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That's odd...I just checked the Amazon link I provided...it says "in stock".
Could be to do with shipping from .com to amazon.ca as I live in Alberta. it still says out of stock and at $14 American it will be close to $20 here plus shipping. I’ll have to stick with something local
 

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I Just painted my Boyce Aerospace 1/125 Little Joe in the Hobby Lobby "KRYLON CROME" in the skinny can I got at Hobby Lobby a few months ago now that we have 80 degree days when last week we had 6" of Sticky hard snow ! Hi HI

When the paint is Dry I will post it...
Will see how the finish compares to MaxQ’s finish on his little joe.
 

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Well it seems not as Shiny as the Krylon Foil MaxQ posted... I have foil in my kitchen and garage and I have Chrome in my Garage and driveway... Chrome is normally more shiny then Foil... But in this case MAXQ has a much more Shiny rocket ... and now I did not do any sanding to refine the surface, just not needed for me on this rocket... It will sit 10 feet away from me or be flown from 15 feet away from me.

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I would agree it does not do it justice. The paint also enhances the horizontal lines of what I’m assuming is a trait of the 3D printing of the Boyce product. Does not reflect the nature of the vertical lines on the Little Joe very well. Can the plastic be sanded at all to remove the lines? I have no experience with 3D printing.
 

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Yes, if you wish you can sand all that off, but not worth it to me to just make a rocket that looks good 10 feet away... Sayin'
 
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