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timorley 10-11-2019 08:23 PM

Centuri Quasar Upscale
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Another project started long ago I finally brought to completion.

I like the old sci-fi style rockets, so I constructed an upscaled Centuri Quasar based on a BT-80 body and a 24mm engine mount. The ram jet intake and nozzels turned out to be pretty easy to make using bt-20 and bt-5 tubing, bt-20 and bt-5 engine blocks, bt-5 balsa cones and some small cardstock transitions.

I papered the fins for some added strength and for a smooth finish. The fins were epoxied on, for a little extra strength I drilled small holes in the body tube and the transition so the epoxy would form little rivets in the body to help adhere the fins.

It really needed the cockpit like it's smaller Centuri cousin. In the attched images the smaller nose cone in the image is the Centuri plastic nose cone version with cockpit, and the larger is the PNC-80K with cockpit I added. I used cardstock and CA glue to make and attach the cockpit.

I decided to go with a paint scheme like the 1972 Centuri catalog.

It has already had a test flight painted in plain silver at our last club launch, it flew great, and no damage on landing.

Last few days I concentrated on finishing the paint and applying decals.

Can't wait to fly it again and take some pictures.

tbzep 10-11-2019 08:51 PM

That's a great looking upscale! I love the Quasar. :cool:

timorley 10-11-2019 09:01 PM


Earl 10-11-2019 11:28 PM

I'll second the compliment...that looks great! Such a Centuri classic!!


jetlag 10-12-2019 08:19 AM

Originally Posted by Earl
I'll second the compliment...that looks great! Such a Centuri classic!!


I have an NCR Quasar which I managed to win on eBay some years ago. It's an upscale, too, but don't remember how much of one it is...
Haven't opened the box...yet!


timorley 10-12-2019 08:42 AM

The NCR Quasar NG

timorley 10-12-2019 08:46 AM

I like the Centuri look better over the NCR.

5x7 10-12-2019 09:34 AM

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Originally Posted by timorley
I like the Centuri look better over the NCR.

The OPs Quasar upscale is beautifully done! I really like my NCR Quasar NG although it would have been a better tribute in silver and red. Itís Achilles heals are the incredibly long stick on decals which worked but expand and contract at a different rate than the rocket so some have a wrinkle. The other is the surface mounted fin pods which tend to crack at the fillets on landing. I may fly it again on an F62-4 Darkstar.

erik442 10-12-2019 09:40 AM

That's a really great job, Tim. It looks fast just standing still! :)

timorley 10-20-2019 07:54 PM

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Beautiful fight today of the Quasar on a D12-5.

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