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Kidwoosh

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Has anyone found a better way to build the nose cone fairing on any of the Launch Pad line?. I just can't bring myself to waste the time with the paper cone used on so many of the kits.Considering that most require nose weight anyway,would building it up with a Bondo type filler and turning on the drill press be better?

Thanks to all,Kurt J.
 

eugenefl

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Hey there Kurt. I've pretty much heard of people sawing off the plastic tip and replacing the rest of the cone (and paper hat) with a balsa piece. I figure the Bondo might work, but if it's weighted you might have some trouble keeping it affixed to the plastic cone. Either way, I totally agree with your assessment of the paper cone. I don't like it myself and would almost prefer to not have a tip at all.
 

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I just make a whole new nose cone out of balsa...save the kit one for another project.

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eugenefl

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Originally posted by sandman
I just make a whole new nose cone out of balsa...save the kit one for another project.

sandman
Yeah, and you could whittle a canoe with a sail out of a toothpick if you had to. :D
 

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Yeah, and you could whittle a canoe with a sail out of a toothpick if you had to.
I could but, I'd have to charge for that...I do take Paypal:rolleyes:

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I'm going to try drilling small holes to aid in retention,and using the original cone for a mold.I'll probably try using water to delaminate the paper leaving a good surface to true and fill.When I think about it,the volume of filler between the plastic cone and paper form really won't be much.If it works,I'll pass on the experience.Thanks to all,Kurt J.
 
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