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Old 01-28-2019, 06:18 PM
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Default Vintage Estes K36 Saturn Build

I now have another new Estes Saturn V like everyone else but will hold off building it for now, figure there are plenty of other builders who cant wait to get started. I do want to build a Saturn V for the 50th anniversary. I have a couple of old Saturn V kits that are in short boxes with one being older than the other. The kits are identical with parts except the older model has balsa half dowels vs hardwood and the older kit has the old parachutes. Both kits are in great condition minus the Bt-101 tubes and JT-101 couplers, they are a little distorted in both kits. I am leaning on building the older Saturn V Pre-Damon log, maybe I will just flip a coin. I will be building out of the box with all original parts except the rubber shock cord since it is pretty old and way too short. It will be a little bit before I can start building since I am working on fixing the slightly deformed bt-101 tubes. As soon as they hold their shape I will get started. Just a note, the older box opens from the top or bottom, and the newer box lid comes off to access all the parts.
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Old 01-28-2019, 08:04 PM
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Awesome! Can't wait to follow this one!
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Old 01-28-2019, 08:13 PM
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I would love to see the older one!
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Old 01-29-2019, 05:55 AM
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I'm in the hospital right now. So, I have limited internet access, and can't do the searching that I would usually do before replying.

IINM, the old Estes Kits were pop tops whereas the Centuri kits split at the 2nd and third stage transition.
The Estes Kits had some deployment issues that the Centuri didn't.

If this is correct... I would recommend building it in the Centuri style.

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Old 01-29-2019, 07:52 AM
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Agree about deployment.
Do NOT have it deploy the laundry at the capsule separation point of the original K36.
On a single D12 it WILL fail to eject.
Have it separate the "Centuri" way if you intend to fly it.
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Old 01-29-2019, 08:32 AM
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How many centering rings does the K-36 use? If it has a bunch like my old Centuri kit, it should round itself out pretty good with minimal work ahead of time.
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Old 07-09-2019, 08:16 PM
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Default Vintage build

Originally Posted by ghrocketman
Agree about deployment.
Do NOT have it deploy the laundry at the capsule separation point of the original K36.
On a single D12 it WILL fail to eject.
Have it separate the "Centuri" way if you intend to fly it.

Hi, this is a Centuri kit, built maybe 20 yrs ago. It has the plastic wraps not paper. I will fly for anniversary but using a D12. Can you clarify the separate Centuri way. The Estes capsule separation was at the tower/ capsule?
I can do a 3 C6 cluster but the summer camp w kids may not be too savvy, plus I havenít flown one in years, unless there is a guaranteed igniter setup

I read a post where they converted the engines to use the display nozzles but can only find the pics not the thread.
I also canít figure how to attach pics here
Thanks, Iím scheduled to fly next week
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