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Old 11-09-2017, 08:41 PM
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Default Vintage Estes Solar Warrior Build

Here is my latest build, simple out of the bag ready for 3 coats of Brodak Balsa sealer.
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Old 11-12-2017, 07:43 AM
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Here is my latest build, simple out of the bag ready for 3 coats of Brodak Balsa sealer.
Now that you've been using Brodak for a while, how do you like it? BTW, enjoy seeing your vintage builds.
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Old 11-12-2017, 01:13 PM
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When I stumbled upon the hobby shop closing in Arlington in 1994, the Solar Warrior was one of the kits that my brother in law picked up for pennies. He's since built it in several forms, regular, upscale, and stretched. I always thought he might try to do one as his level 1 bird.
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Old 11-15-2017, 07:07 AM
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Loved the Solar Warrior design.

In addition to the original (bt-20), many years ago, I had downscaled it to bt-5 and upscaled it to bt-50, bt-56, bt-60, 2.14", and 3".

Most of those are now either lost, destroyed, or retired. The 3" version usually flew on either I211 or I300 motors.
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:08 PM
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Curious: what is their exact procedure for gluing on the pods? Glue the pylon to the BT first, then glue on the pod? Or pod to pylon, then assembly to BT?

I haven't yet figured out the "optimum" way of doing this. On a recent build I mounted thin strips of wood to the pods, then glued those strips to the pylons after the latter were installed.
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Old 11-16-2017, 10:06 AM
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Curious: what is their exact procedure for gluing on the pods? Glue the pylon to the BT first, then glue on the pod? Or pod to pylon, then assembly to BT?

I haven't yet figured out the "optimum" way of doing this. On a recent build I mounted thin strips of wood to the pods, then glued those strips to the pylons after the latter were installed.



According to the instructions, wings to airframe then pods to wing tips. http://plans.rocketshoppe.com/estes/est0895/est0895.pdf
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Old 11-16-2017, 08:23 PM
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According to the instructions, wings to airframe then pods to wing tips. http://plans.rocketshoppe.com/estes/est0895/est0895.pdf


Thanks. I guess given the geometry of this particular model that's by far the obvious way.
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Old 11-17-2017, 06:33 PM
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I just glued the pods on as shown on the plans. I have been using Brodak long enough to say I am very pleased with how well it works.
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Ken, I did, just need to find the file. I have been real busy again and building has been slow. After 3 coats of Brodak Balsa sealer I painted the rocket flat white followed by Krylon yellow and blue. The decals were a challenge to get on, but after some work they look ok. I still have to brush paint inside the narcells, but other than that she is all done.
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