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First of all I want to thank Les for his build thread. He pointed out a few things that will help me do a better build. Also thanks to everyone who replied to my recovery thread, got lots of information and ideas from it. The kit was unboxed a while back, and all parts washed. After some good feedback on carbon fiber, I also cleaned up the fin edges.

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The 54mm tube has slots for the conduit stand-offs, so I decided to epoxy them on to facilitate locating the sail fins more easily. This will allow me to use the conduits to position the 3 inch tube the correct distance from the standoffs as well as line up the sail fins...

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I marked the 54mm tube at the leading edge of the 3 inch tube with the carbon rod 'conduit' positioned in the sail fin notch and even with the forward edge of the standoff. I used medium CA glue to attach the forward ring ensuring it was square(?) to the tube, and will use Rocketpoxy on the backside for strength. I also marked the 54mm tube using the fin slots in order to locate the fin pockets properly, which is a good solution for fins that do not butt up against the centering rings. Epoxy tomorrow... Now to give my undivided attention to Monday Night Football!!!
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I added some Rocketpoxy internally to the conduit standoff tabs for added strength. The very front I cleaned up due to the need for the coupling to fit. I again used medium CA to attach the rear centering ring, using the Aeropack motor retainer to position it and keep it square followed by more Rocketpoxy...
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It was nice that the offset for the retainer positioned the centering ring even with the rear of the 3 inch outer tube. I sanded the "radiator" rings, the insides and outsides of the fin slots and I added more Rocketpoxy to the centering rings to attach the outer tube. I mixed up some BSI 30 minute epoxy as it flows better and filled a sail fin pocket after placing the rings in place (no glue on them yet). Inserted the fin, and then using my 1010 rails and some clamps I ensured alignment with the standoffs and now will let that all cure...

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Im sure you've mentioned this, are you going to paint the tube black and leave the fins bare for clear coating?
 

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My original plan was to just paint it all black. I have been considering just doing a clear on the fins after the feedback/info I got about finishing carbon fiber, but then I would need to mask for the detail pieces. I am currently back to wondering if there is enough surface detail that would show the carbon pattern through paint... So, undecided!
 

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DANGER WILL ROBINSON

There is a lot of evil in that photo.

[dad voice with finger wag]YOU BE CAREFUL WITH THAT CF DUST MISTER[/dad]

Interesting build though (subscribed)
Yes indeed- specifics were covered in this thread:

 

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Printed the fin template scaled 3X for placing the surface details, as demonstrated by Les in his build thread it's a loose sport scale...

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