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Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Nov 26, 2014 @ 11:14 AM | 1,290 Views
It's just about finished. I'd like to put another coat of paint on it, perhaps adding a red nosecone, but that will have to wait for warmer weather.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Oct 31, 2014 @ 09:26 AM | 1,509 Views
This is a thirty year old Estes Cyclone model rocket. The rocket was produced in 1983 but it didn't stay on the market very long. I built many model rockets in middle school, but this is the only one that didn't go missing. When I retrieved it from my parents garage all four fins had been broken off and hastily repaired many times. The plastic nose cone even had a crack in it how did that happen? I believe its ripe for an overhaul.

The body tube in the picture looks pretty rough where the fins were removed, but its got a couple of coats of sanding sealer on it and its surprisingly smooth. I used plastic putty to repair the crack in the nose cone. I'll put a dab of sanding sealer on that spot too before I paint it as I recall the putty being porous even when it looks smooth. Pictured are the original fins, cut into a slightly different shape and sanded. I never liked the fins on the Cyclone so this was my chance to improve them. The motor mount is a split between old and new material. The metal hook and upper centering ring are from the original, but the engine mount tube and the lower centering ring are new, along with the centering tube between the two rings. This is something the original rocket didn't have, but I had the part on hand and felt it wouldn't hurt to use it. I've tied a Kevlar thread to the motor mount. Once more, this isnt stock, but rather it will be set up like the Quest rocket kits; the Kevlar will be tied to an elastic chord that will have the parachute and nose cone on it.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Oct 16, 2014 @ 09:05 PM | 1,445 Views
I'll have to wait for a sunny day before I tackle the finishing work.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Oct 13, 2014 @ 10:39 PM | 1,720 Views
The tail feathers are on and the bell crank assembly is mounted and connected.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Oct 11, 2014 @ 05:13 PM | 1,509 Views
I used a Dremel tool to cut a grove in the engine mount like the old plastic mounts. The engine sits flush on the firewall with the landing gear sandwiched behind it.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Oct 10, 2014 @ 08:37 AM | 1,623 Views
Blind nuts are behind the firewall and the motor mount is ready for side sheeting. I'm pleasantly surprised by the strength and fit of the cabane struts.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Oct 05, 2014 @ 10:01 PM | 2,361 Views
Recalling how much I enjoyed Sterling Models' Beginner Kit series, I've decided to build a profile Pup along the same lines (ha, ha, ha). I haven't flown control line in more than 20 years, but I recall it being great fun.

Also pictured is a great little glider inspired by Bill Hannan's article, "Soda Jets - The Last Straw."
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Sep 07, 2014 @ 10:07 PM | 2,474 Views
This weekend's scrap balsa bounty.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Sep 03, 2014 @ 10:23 PM | 2,534 Views
This airplane flew best with a bit of clay on the tail so I dropped the Sig propeller and hanger and replaced it with an Easy Built propeller and thrust button. It's certainly balanced better...we shall see how it flies.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Sep 03, 2014 @ 11:22 AM | 2,861 Views
The wind rescued it from our neighbor's roof just before the thunderstorms broke. Lucky little pilot, I think.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Aug 26, 2014 @ 09:02 PM | 1,992 Views
This modified Guillow's Strato Streak delivers flights that last between 30 and 40 seconds...more than enough time to delight the family.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Aug 23, 2014 @ 10:36 PM | 2,167 Views
My children are discovering the thrill of balsa gliders and simple rubber powered flight. I'm rediscovering it.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Jun 12, 2014 @ 10:54 PM | 2,709 Views
The fuselage is complete.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Jun 01, 2014 @ 10:56 PM | 2,739 Views
Much progress this weekend...covered the left side, attached the tail feathers, and applied a cote of dope. My only regret is that the dope...or the sunlight...introduced some wrinkles into my covering. So it goes. I'll tackle the landing gear next, install the engine, and then begin building the wing.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | May 29, 2014 @ 10:57 PM | 2,956 Views
Enough for tonight...
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | May 29, 2014 @ 11:35 AM | 4,360 Views
My throttle servo began to act up and so I had to replace it. Still covering...
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | May 23, 2014 @ 08:46 AM | 3,008 Views
After much procrastinating, I have started to cover the fuselage. Im using coverlite applied with the purple glue stick. The compound curves above and before the cabin gave me reason to pause, but Im happy with results.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Apr 15, 2014 @ 10:02 PM | 3,027 Views
After installing the radio and pushrods, I applied a coat of dope to the inside of the fuselage.

Then I took yet another detour to build a mobile for my son, which my daughter promptly took possession of. Looks like I'll have to make another one quickly.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Mar 28, 2014 @ 10:13 PM | 3,216 Views
I was so busy at work that most of February and March slipped by without much progress on the Brigidier. I salvaged a few days between snow storms to test a couple of engines in the backyard, including the throttled 049 with the fuel tank pictured here, but my building came to a complete halt. I'm starting to remedy that with the radio installation; three servos, and some pushrods. It's modest, but its moving in the right direction.
Posted by Pierre_de Loop | Feb 09, 2014 @ 03:33 PM | 3,441 Views
I was a member of the Westminster Aero Modelers along with my father back in the 1980's and we still try to attend their flea market each year. This year's loot includes two 1/3 oz. (?) Perfect brand fuel tanks, two 7" Rev Up props and a 5" thimbledrome prop.