X-15 scratch build

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  1. Nov 5, 2019 #1

    SteveNeill

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    Started this today using the nose cone I made 10 years ago for my X-15 Delta kits I sold. The filets will be of a balsa box to round shape. Vertical fins will be wedged as per the original.

    It uses a BT60 tube and will fly on D-E motors. I have always loved the X-15. They will get bigger from here. ;) IMG-2331.JPG IMG-2333.JPG IMG-2334.JPG IMG-2336.JPG
     
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    Looks nice. You got the proportions just right on it. Do you realize the grain on the wings and fins is in the wrong direction? I hate to see you put all the effort into finishing it just for them to shear off first flight :(

    -Bob
     
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    Good catch. Those wings and fins are in trouble unless steps are taken.
     
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    Yes Bob I do. I did this quickly for a look and the only 1/8th I had leftover wouldn't allow me to have the grain going the right way. This is a prototype for a kit. The wings will be replaced with new wood when I fly it. They are just tacked on right now.
     
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    I think you’ll get a very good reception for a well-crafted X15 kit.
     
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    I hope so. It was such a sexy ship. I miss the days of the rocket planes and the edge of space. Thanks!
     
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    Are you going to be offering a kit for sale of this?
    It looks great. I also love rocket planes.
     
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    What is the difference between the Delta kit you have out and the kit you have coming out shortly?
     
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    Just look at the wings. In the last picture Steve posted you can see the Delta in the upper right; compare that to the model under construction.

    The one is the actual X-15; I *think* the Delta was just a concept (others will correct me on that I'm sure :)).
     
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    I like them too. That's what led me to design and build my spoof scale Lockheed Defender. For some reason it came out too heavy for Estes black powder 24mm motors. I am following this thread (and the Delta) not only because the rockets are cool but I also want to see how they come out weight-wise.

    Defender Blue w Black Nose.jpg

    -Bob
     
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    Thanks guys.
    I see the difference now in the wings.
    I think i like the non delta X-15 coming out in a few days.
    I believe that is my next purchase.
    I have not bought from this company yet, hope the kit is good.
     
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    If you guys want to know a little bit more about us:

    A bit more progress on the beta build. Hoping to finalize the kit soon. It's been slow go as I have been filling orders and starting all this up again after 10 years with only two people n the job has been busy.
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    A little more work today on the beta X-15 build. No decals because in trying to apply them I discovered somethings are not the same 10 years later. The blacks aren't black enough, the decals don't apply as well and I have decided to stop using them or including them in the kits.

    I contacted Mark at Sticker Shock and he will be making vinyl decals for all my kits. So if you have a problem with the decals sent with the first wave of kits please email me and I will send you a set of Sticker Shock decals. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    The X-15 builds very well and the 1/32 balsa tunnel skins worked out perfectly to simulate the actual plane. She really looks the part. And it builds fast and easy.

    So I'll be waiting on the decals but I will put up a per-order button on the website this weekend. Be advised there will be a bit of a hold up until I get the decals. Soon as I have them I can start filling kit orders.

    I'm so pleased that this build really represents the plane. This version is the early version with the shorter fuselage.
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    I want one bad.
    I will be waiting to order one as soon as you have a button up on your website.
    Checked this morning, still can't order. Good luck on getting your business back up and running
    I am like a kid on the night before Christmas.
    Guess this hobby brings out the kid in us.
    If I like the X-15 and I think i will, will then have to order the Delta model also so I have both versions.
    I love Rocket planes.
     
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    I'm working on it. Decals are the hold up mostly. soon. thank you.
     
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    Are you thinking about changing the tunnel skin-on the delta wing model like on the new X-15? I do like it better than the one on the delta wing.
     
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    I can it's just adding the 1/32 balsa skin. Dead easy.
     
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    This looks really nice Steve! Are the front and rear wings in line with each other or is the rear wing tilted slightly downward compared to the front?

    cheers - mark
     
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    from the photos they look like they are not in line, but tilted like the actual plane.
    Hope Steve gets back to the workshop, I want this bad.
     
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    The tails are angled down about 45 degrees as per the original. Thanks Mark!
     
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    Yes just went on the site and says that I could order now.
    Just ordered the X-15.
    I will be patient.
    Thanks, Steve
     
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    Thank you!
     
  25. Nov 14, 2019 at 3:24 PM #25

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    More progress. Tailcone is a resin part too. Decals will be here from Sticker Shock today. This is the beta build. I have been taking pre-orders. Kits will be shipped in next week. IMG-2512.JPG IMG-2513.JPG IMG-2515.JPG
     
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    Looks great Neil.
    I am anxiously waiting for mine.
    I was wondering if you have a favorite color black you like to use.
    Can't tell if it is a gloss or semi gloss finish.
     
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    Fixed. :)
     
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    Looks awesome.. thats a lot of lumber for sure!
     
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    I just used Krylon Satin. Nothin special.
     

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