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Re-creating the old Estes Condor: a question about engine mounts

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kenobi65

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One of my favorite kits back in my childhood was the mini-motor Estes Condor (a.k.a. "Orbital Transport Lite"). I've downloaded the plans from JimZ, and I'm pretty confident about being able to pull the various parts together.

The one question I have is about obtaining a 13mm BT50 engine mount. A quick look at the Estes catalog would suggest they don't sell 'em separately anymore. Does any one have any suggestions as to where I could obtain an engine mount kit for this? Or, will I need to cobble one together from scratch?

(And, yes, I know, I could do it with an 18mm mount, but I'd like to build it consistent with the original, if I can.)

Thanks in advance!
 

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Thanks, Fore Check! I'd read that thread, a few days ago, and completely spaced out on it.

Since the project isn't at the top of my to-do list, I'll probably wait for FlisKits to bring out their mount kit. So, Jim, count me in on that one!
 

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Coolness! What sort of material would you recommend for the centering rings (since BMS has a bunch)? And, what would I do for a thrust ring?
 

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I just bought a bunch of the fibre rings specifically for recreating all of the Mini-Brutes in their intended form. I think the ply rings would be overkill. I have an 18mm Condor clone and another one that is BT-56 based. Now I just have to clone the original.
 

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kenobi65:

Yes, ply is waaay overkill for a 13mm engine. Go with the part #
CR0550-F (.946x.546x.05thk) fiber ring.

For an engine block, order

CR35-P (.516x.376x.25thk) paper (mini eng thrust ring)

For 45¢ you have your rings and engine block.

Do not forget your engine hook!
BMSEH175 (1.75 inch long) EH for Estes 1/2A

Fred
 

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You guys are great! I truly appreciate the guidance. (And, Astronboy, I'll be in touch about decals...)
 

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