The O.T. Escort Fighter

Martin Vrstal

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I posted a pic of this in the "winter project " thread and figured it's time to give it it's own space.

As a tribute of sorts to our own beloved "Sandman" with his "Military Transglobal Interceptor" (which I have..kit #7...thank you very much) I have come up with a military looking 168% upscale I am calling "The O.T. Escort Fighter".

All parts are basic Estes stuff I had on hand. It's about done in the build stage. Now for primer and paint. I know...anything but white.....right guys.
 

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Martin wow!
you always seem to come up with some cool builds!

Can't wait to see the finish pics!
 

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Marty,
That is a nice rocket. How come your's was built faster than mine in the winter project. It looks "sweet" :rolleyes: as my boys would say. I was thinking of making a fleet of OT's to go with my 3X, and now I know what will be the escort vehicle.
 

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Guy's....Hey, thanks for the kind words:)

I'm just trying to keep up with the rest of you with your cool builds.:D

Paul....actually it's basically just all dry fitted...well some of it. I'm toying with a baffle of sorts and then a recover system.
 

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Marty,

Very cool!! This is a great looking build. Looks like you built up the cockpit on the "mother ship." What material did you use? Is the nosecone on the "shuttle/fighter" from a kit? Looks like the cone from the Estes F22. Again, well done!
 

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Bill...The canopy was hand made from a glue-up of 1/8th balsa and a pattern from the Estes kit #1339 Space Cruiser Excalibur and just CA'ed onto the PNC60.

The Fighter NC came from an Estes Astro Sat LSX kit. Part PNC55IR #72054.

Oh...and those big honkin fins....they were leftovers from a Silver Comet/V2 conversion.

Just let me finish before I see the "Clones".
 

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Very slick build and paint Marty!
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I have 2 OT kits in bags in my stash somewhere. I really need to take the time to just build one whenever I make some time. I've only ever seen one Estes OT take flight. The glider had some major hangtime. Best of luck with the flight. Bring it home in one piece!
 

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As we used to say, "That thing is BAD! "

Meaning, of course... good. I mean cool. I mean slick, er. Actually, I think it looks kinda Darth Vaderish.

Great job, dude!

Stephen
 

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I really like the color of the shuttles canopy. reminds me of real Nesa glass. Very awesome job.
 

Martin Vrstal

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Thanks guys.

I'm still not finished with it yet. I need to do some final details and find some sort of decals for it. To me....it's just looking a little bare.
 

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Marty,

I like the finishing, but I guess some trim wouldn't hurt. I too like the shuttle section's canopy!
 

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I've been anxious to do an upscaled Orbital Transport.

Here is a picture of my green OT. I'm think about a whole fleet of different colored ones.
 

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Originally posted by Lee Reep
I've been anxious to do an upscaled Orbital Transport.

Here is a picture of my green OT. I'm think about a whole fleet of different colored ones.

Sweet!

Are those homemade decals? If so, you sure can't tell from the pic.

S...
 

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The decals are either Papa Tango, or JimZ. I bought from both a few years ago, and I forget now! I do have a set of upscaled OT decals from Papa Tango for a 1.68X OT (BT-60 based). Both of these guys make nice decals.
 

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Lee,

I really like THAT!

How about a blue or purple set??

I believe the decals are JimZ's I think I remember he told me about it...but lately...ya don't wanna trust MY memory for anything!

Marty,

If you get a chance to go to a hobby shop look for some decals in the plastic model airplane section...I don't remember the copmpany but they usually have a binder full of decals.

Maybe a set from an F-14 or even an X-15 would work.

sandman
 

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Originally posted by Martin Vrstal
Very Cool Green version Lee.....I remember when you built it.

Has it flown yet?

Not yet ... and I forgot I posted about this green one a year or so ago. After I finished it, I started working again (really gets in the way of hobbies!).

I decided to get out of HPR, but I still have plenty of passion for "Estes" stuff -- low power, and some mid-power.

To me, it is mostly about recreating the stuff from my youth, and upscaling it too!
 

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Originally posted by sandman
Lee,

I really like THAT!

How about a blue or purple set??

I believe the decals are JimZ's I think I remember he told me about it...but lately...ya don't wanna trust MY memory for anything!

sandman

Funny thing, I was thinking last night I'd get two sets -- blue and purple! And you are right, it was JimZ I got them from.

First the mind goes, and then something else, but I cannot recall ...
 
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