Need HELP with an old Estes kit!!

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  1. Oct 29, 2018 #1

    sopwith21

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    Hello everyone. Newbie here.

    I am the proud owner of a 40 year old Estes Boeing A.L.C.M. Cruise Missile rocket. It is old, decrepit and broken after many launches. I would like to lightly restore the rocket to flying condition but my work demands constant travel and it just isn't getting done.

    I would happily pay someone to give this rocket a thorough rebuild. It needs two tail fins, a new parachute and some TLC just to bring it back to flying condition. I still want it to look "aged." I DO NOT want it to look pure white again (it's very yellowed now) or brand new. It is an old war horse with lots of launches and I want it to look like a 40 year old rocket.

    Someone is bound to point out that this could be done in just a few days by myself, but you'll have to trust me. My lifestyle does not permit that right now. But this rocket was an important part of my childhood and I'd like it to be in flying condition and in condition for display.

    Is anyone interested in doing the work for me? I'm happy to pay any fair price. This was my favorite rocket and I'd appreciate help from an experienced builder. Many thanks!
     

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    Always nice to have an original kit restored, I am sure there are some competent builders who could take on that challenge. I offer one suggestion to whomever is able, could some detailed measurements be taken and perhaps a 3D printable model generated also? Good luck with the restoration! Hopefully someone with some 3D modeling skills could take this on and make a printable model to share.
     
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    If no one else steps up you can mail it to me and I'll take it to the weekly club meeting at eRockets. I'm sure ten or more rocketeers can do a better job than just one!
     
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    Many thanks! I'll keep that in mind, that's truly appreciated.
     
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    You guys might find this entertaining... since the day I began my meager and sporadic rocket career, I've kept a handwritten log of every launch. Here is a transcription of the first two flights of this rocket from my log dated July 1980. BTW, click on the picture and you'll see pencil hash marks on the stabilizer fin of the cruise missile, each one indicating a launch. This rocket has been launched 14 times since 1980. I'm sure many of you guys do more than that in a weekend, but for me, this represents the most "used" rocket I ever owned. Here is my log for the first two flights -

    July 22, 1980 (Tuesday)
    Garden Center, 3076 St. Rd. 144, Mooresville IN


    Boeing ALCM Cruise Missile
    Flight #1
    8:00 pm

    Launched from back of field with a slight southern breeze. On take-off, bottom wings bent to the right, taking it into a wide, right-handed spiral. Crash-landed 14 yards west of launching pad. Recovery system ejected shortly after crash. Wings (bottom) have to be taken off and re-installed, but minor damage to overall flight ability. B4-2 engine used.

    Boeing ALCM Cruise Missile
    Flight #2
    8:15 pm

    Identical weather conditions. Successful flight was made without bottom wings. Landed 92 yards southwest of launching pad. Used B4-2 engine.
     

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    I'd love to try... But with the conditions of not making it look like new, I'd better not. Besides getting it to China (and back) would be a PITA.
     
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    This sounds like a project for Micromeister.
     
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    I figured that would actually make the project easier, not more difficult.
     
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    That kit brings back memories. Good luck with your project.
     
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    It's always fun to take a banged-up old rocket, work some steely-eyed missile magic, and get it back in the air.

    From your description, it doesn't sound like the ALCM is smashed up too badly; a couple new fins and a new parachute is usually a piece of cake.

    Should be fun to see the flight pictures!
     
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    Not when you're OCD. ;)
     
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    Shipping a built rocket is really scary. Make sure you overpackage it. I've had better results with USPS than UPS. Hope you find a builder.
     
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    Where are you? Your best bet would be someone local so that shipping is not an issue. I'd take it on if you're in the twin tiers region of NY and PA.

    Look up local clubs in your area. Asking there, in person, rocket in hand will probably get you better results than asking the internet. (Sometimes, the old ways are still the best.)
     

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