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Old 08-02-2007, 07:06 PM
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Default Estes Nebulon Warrior clone

I had an Estes Nebulon Warrior when I was younger. It was only launched once (a horizontal catastrophe that sent my friends and I ducking for cover) but it was still my favorite rocket. I just thought it looked so cool.
I recently got back into rockets and while doing searches online for a N.W. I came across Jim Z's site and all the plans. Not being able to find an original Estes kit, I decided that it was time for me to take my first step into cloning (or scratch building or whatever. I'm not clear on the correct terms. All I know is I had to track down the pieces instead of getting them all together in a nice bag. Ha!).
I got the body tubes and rings from Semroc, the Balsa from Micheals Hobby, and picked up an Estes Viking to steal the nose cone.

I still have to print out and apply the decals (and yeah, I know I could have done a better job with the sanding sealer on the fins) but here it is in it's current state











Hopefully this one will go UP
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:30 PM
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It looks great! It'll look even better with the decals on!

You really did a fine job on it.
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Old 08-02-2007, 09:35 PM
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Looks great to me!

And btw, it's a clone since it's a more-or-less exact copy of a kit. A scratch build is typically something you make up yourself.
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Old 08-03-2007, 12:38 PM
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Lookin good so far.

Personally, I tend to try for better ( re: the sanding sealer, you note ) but have older stuff I look back at and cringe, lol . it will look great with the decals on .

Be sure to send finished pics.

also, NICE bunch of monster / alien models, looks like high grade work on the kits ( airbrushed ? ) .
Also note the EXTREMELY RARE Kenner alien, in original box .... heck thats far rarer than even a boxed Centuri Little Joe

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Old 08-03-2007, 05:28 PM
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Thanks guys!
Those Aurora Monster Models were painted by a friend of mine. No airbrushing at all. All hand painted.
I'm not really a monster builder either - I'm a monster MAKER. I make full head latex masks. I sculpt them out of clay, make the molds, pour the rubber, and paint 'em up.
Here's an example -



It's only a matter of time before my interests collide and I end up with rocket powered flying monsters
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Old 08-03-2007, 06:46 PM
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It's only a matter of time before my interests collide and I end up with rocket powered flying monsters


Hey those would be a huge hit right around Halloween!

Very scary/cool looking monster by the way!
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Old 08-04-2007, 07:09 AM
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Kind of Eddie-ish(Iron Maiden). Cool monster, cool rocket.
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Old 08-10-2007, 11:49 PM
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Ok it's done! If the weather is good tomorrow it's going up!



When doing the decals I made a slight change to the ship designation number to reflect the year I cloned it hehe

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Looks awsome! I like the 2007 change and can't wait to hear the flight report!
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