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JonathanOtt

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First few layers down on the Mercury Capsule for the my Polecat 5.5" Mercury Redstone clone/scratch build.

I referenced this capsule in another thread, but here's the Thingiverse link: Mercury Capsule for Polecat 5.5" Redstone.

Anyone with any pointers or an unbuilt kit that can help me out with component selection, fin patterns, encouragement or discouragement, please post here (okay, don't post discouragement...only positive vibes here).

I'm actually just printing a test set first, as I have a roll of white that I don't really like and want to test some fit issues first. I'm going to go for throttle up once past 'Max Q' (my little test phase) and commit a roll of black to the capsule and I'll also have a roll of red not far behind it for the LES tower.

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Capsule and nose cap printed. The nose cap has a shoulder that slides down the "throat" (for lack of a better word) of the capsule.

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I'm gong to have to make adjustments on my wall thickness as the capsule is printed at four (4) walls and there is a substantial gap between the cap shoulder and the top of the capsule.
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I also printed a short part of the top of the capsule at eight (8) walls thick, and it's still not thick enough.

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Instead of spending 10+ hours printing additional capsules, I'll print representative samples of the mating parts to get the wall thickness dialed in.

Stay tuned!
 

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Very cool this will be interesting to follow
Good luck !!!!
 

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Quick update, the wall thickness at four (4) perimeters might be okay. I forgot about the AVBay that is INSIDE the capsule...the testing continues...
5.5 inch Mercury Redstone Stack (minus the capsule).PNG


I can't pull the capsule into Tinkercad...probably too many faces.
 
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