Satellite Interceptor Build

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Going to do an abbreviated build thread on the 3027 version of the Estes Satellite Interceptor.

Unfortunately, I didn't think to do this until after I started....

So for the tradition picture of parts, you will notice I already papered the fins. I did not paper the one piece as it was too narrow to easily work with

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A typical motor mount. Measure and slit the tube to insert the motor hook and glue the centering ring on.

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And then the stabilizers. These are not mounted tangent to the tube, so I sanded a slight bevel onto the edge before gluing to the tube.
I used a scrap piece of plexiglass over the instructions to use the alignment figure.

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I was unhappy with how one of the stabilizer fins went on so I cut it off and retried.

Then glued on the vertical tail sections

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I believe the Crossbow was a derivative of this kit. They basically eliminated the pods on the ends of the wings
 

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After the tail sections were on, I still wasn't happy with that one stabilizer. Cut it off again and re-sanded the bevel. Finally good enough. Guess third times the charm finally worked.

Started gluing on the wing pods and dowels when I noticed the forward strake wasn't in line with the tail :bang::mad::cry:
Why am I making so many mistakes on a fairly simple rocket? Argh!! Cut it off and re-positioned it.

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That's a good looking kit, and so far, yours looks good as well. :headbang:
 

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Took quite a while to apply the decals (plus work got in the way)
I find I need to spread decaling out over a couple of nights. Put a bunch on, wait and let them dry, then do more (or else I mess up the early ones)

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