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Old 02-15-2020, 09:51 PM
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This is kind of an interesting build for me. I haven't built a rocket with a clear payload section since the Astron Apogee II that I built in the 60s. I picked up this kit at the Hobby Lobby clearance last year for $5. Actually, I bought two. I had visions of eliminating the clear payload, and maybe even changing the fins (both sets are identical to the Alpha).

But then the design kind of grew on me. I also liked the colors ó black and silver, with some red in the decal ... but not enough red. So I painted the booster red. For the upper stage, I painted it entirely black, even bands on the payload section, to cover up the nose block and nose cone shoulder. Plus the nose cone was painted black. Then I masked off the lower section, and shot silver. Silver really pops with a black undercoat. This silver is great paint, itís Tamiya Aluminum. Black and red and just good old Rustoleum 2X, my go to for almost everything in primary colors.

This rocket also represents another first for me. All painting was done outside in freezing weather. But ... blue skies often, and always no wind. Itís a matter of dashing outside, spraying a coat, and dashing back inside.

Bill Eichelberger, I found the decals! It turns out that by checking every logical place at least four times, they showed up.
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Old 02-15-2020, 11:05 PM
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That's one sharp looking $5 rocket.
I've been doing plenty of cold weather painting lately too.
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Old 02-16-2020, 12:43 AM
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It's a nice model.

I did mine (a couple of years ago) in yellow where the silver is on the face card. It actually flew last Sunday for the first time in a long time. Data on the flight and one picture here: https://flightsketch.com/flights/677/

I've been meaning to set up group picture: Nova, Nova Payloader, Super Nova, Super Nova Payloader. I should try to get that in during the next spell of dry weather.
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Old 02-16-2020, 09:55 AM
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Nice job, Lee; well done!
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Old 02-16-2020, 10:40 AM
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Thanks guys.

I think the best part of this build was discovering just how good the Tamiya Aluminum paint is. I bought it, plus their black and white, for my Little Joe II build, based on the recommendation of James Duffy in a build thread on TRF (also a lot of good info in that thread by George Gassaway). This is the first use of this paint, since my LJ II build just keeps getting delayed. I have also started using Tamiya Surface Primer on plastic parts, when I donít need a heavy primer, I just want a good base for paint. (Itís also good for a protective base when spraying lacquer, to prevent any plastic crazing.)
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Old 02-16-2020, 01:26 PM
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Bill Eichelberger, I found the decals! It turns out that by checking every logical place at least four times, they showed up.

They always show up when they get hungry.
Nice bird. I've been getting shut out on clearance birds at Hobby Lobby, probably since I got that Sky Warrior. I'm due for some good luck. And good weather?
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Tamiya paint is the best rattle-can paint since Pactra discontinued their 'namel line.
Great stuff. A little pricey though.
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