# My Astron Andromeda by MoreRockets Build

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#### Wally Ferrer

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Getting my fins on. . After removing the radiator rings from the cardstock, I make sure the notches fit to allow the fins to make contact with the tube. The instructions say to glue the forward ring on and then line up the others in the slots, I elect to just align them all in the slots, keeping the rear edge of the sail fins even with the rear edge of the tube. Once the fins are glued on, the rings will be aligned nicely...

#### Wally Ferrer

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Time to tack on the fins!!! MoreRockets doesn't provide alignment jigs like Semroc, but using the Qualman guide and a Badass guide on the rear for insurance, I think it was quite easy to get them on straight. There is enough curve in the sail fins and enough angle on the engine pod fins, to allow the guide to hold the fins. I use the cardstock 90 degree jig that WAS provided to confirm perpendicularity (izzat a word?)...

#### Wally Ferrer

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Now for some fillets...

#### Wally Ferrer

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Hah! I found a use for the outer slots on the Qualman fin guide- keeping the fusion-ion motors centered and square to the pylons until the glue sets...

#### Wally Ferrer

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Full disclosure, the Badass guide was a better tool for this. While the fillets on the pods dry, I used the stencil on the sail fin...

#### Wally Ferrer

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Adding the spar and antenna mounts, plus cardstock details...

#### Wally Ferrer

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Glued on the spars and antennas, using masking tape to hold in place until the glue sets. Getting close, I still need to sand the spar ends flush with the mounts and fillet them, then add the nose cone and recovery bits. I might manage to actually primer it tonight. I have work training this Mon-Tue, but that will give me Wed-Thu to finish paint...

#### Joshua F Thomas

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I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who uses the "plastic wood" product.

#### Wally Ferrer

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Final fillets done, launch lugs attached, screw eye added to the nose cone, and the parachute assembled...

#### Wally Ferrer

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Recovery system attached- I decided to use the included elastic to extend the kevlar, it was a scrap piece that was barely longer than the elastic- combined should work quite well.

#### Wally Ferrer

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One MoreRockets Astron Andromeda ready for primer/paint!!!

#### Joshua F Thomas

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That is one crazy looking rocket. What do you use for a primer?

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Wow! Bravo!

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Nice!

#### Wally Ferrer

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That is one crazy looking rocket. What do you use for a primer?
I use rusto 2X ultra cover primer, grey or white, will use grey as it will be a black rocket...

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1st coat...

#### Wally Ferrer

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After a light sanding with #400 grit, the second and I do believe final primer coat applied...

#### Wally Ferrer

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I sprayed the black on, will give it a couple of days before I test the decals- I don't have a lot of hope for them based on malbar 70, bill s and neil_w's informative statements earlier but I'll find out soon enough...

#### SCooke123

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Really looking good especially with the black color on.

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Thanks!

#### Joshua F Thomas

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Dang, that's looking nice.

Where can I get those nifty fin guides?

#### Wally Ferrer

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Dang, that's looking nice.

Where can I get those nifty fin guides?
Since I'm not sure which fin guides you are referring too, I'll list both sources- Qualman Rocketry for the one, and Badass Rocketry for the others...
Qualman

#### Wally Ferrer

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Okay, time to decide about the decals- stick with the MoreRockets set, or upgrade to Stickershock..? I have applied one decal, and to be honest I am not disappointed. It does look better with the camera flash on, the last photo is without the flash. I am asking for other opinions before I totally commit one way or the other...

#### neil_w

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The color seems fine, similar to what I got on Blackfish. More disappointing is that it looks like the print resolution is quite low.

The edges look quite fuzzy, assuming I'm not seeing artifacts from the photo.

Nonetheless, given that the color seems OK, I'd probably stick with what came with them. But if you're willing to shell out $20+ then the Stickershock vinyl will almost certainly look a bit better. #### Wally Ferrer ##### SRE TRF Supporter The color seems fine, similar to what I got on Blackfish. More disappointing is that it looks like the print resolution is quite low. View attachment 423551 The edges look quite fuzzy, assuming I'm not seeing artifacts from the photo. Nonetheless, given that the color seems OK, I'd probably stick with what came with them. But if you're willing to shell out$20+ then the Stickershock vinyl will almost certainly look a bit better.
If I decide on Stickershock it will definitely be due to the fuzziness. Color is fine, resolution not so much. I appreciate the feedback.

#### MALBAR 70

##### More Rockets Than Room
Okay, time to decide about the decals- stick with the MoreRockets set, or upgrade to Stickershock..? I have applied one decal, and to be honest I am not disappointed. It does look better with the camera flash on, the last photo is without the flash. I am asking for other opinions before I totally commit one way or the other...View attachment 423545View attachment 423546View attachment 423547View attachment 423548View attachment 423549

WOW! those decals look 100 times better than the ones that came with the kit I got from them, maybe five or six years ago. They must have changed the way they print their decals. I'd have been happy with those.

#### Wally Ferrer

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I decided to use the MoreRockets decals, otherwise I would feel a need for some wet sanding, and frankly I never do that ... I mangled one caution reactor decal, otherwise done! I just realized I don't have a photo with ALL decals on, phone is at 3% so after a bit of a charge, I'll get a final shot- until it's on the launch pad, that is...

#### markschnell

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From post #30 - "Outer slots for special fin guide needs."
Whatever those are.

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Looks great!