Starship begins

Good Start to the Starship
Best I could do in the 4 hours I had yesterday. I spent most of that time at the lathe. Love the lathe I don’t need no stinking 3D printer. Actually that’s not true and for some small parts I’d love to have one although I’m still faster. If I had told it to make the nose cone and the tailpiece it would still be printing, 


These are just the the blanks. The balsa will get sealed and then primered. Details will put in and eventually when finished they will get molded in silicon and the final product made out of alumilite.

The recesses worked out perfect and the parts fit just inside the tubes. The fins have yet to have the landing pads added and today I need to make the hinge look filets for the fins to plug into.

3 Responses to “Starship begins”

  1. 1 John Rdzanek
    October 1, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Hi Steve, SpaceX has done away with the three rear fins and is going with two fin design, also there will be separate landing gear struts. John

    • October 1, 2019 at 9:24 am

      I know all about it John but I really don’t like the look of the two fins. Worse it won’t fly well on two as a model rocket. I’d have to add clear fins for stability. Also many believe the rocket to be metal colored but that’s only on the tester. I’m going to include the two fins and give the modeler the option. Two fins for display will be fine since it won’t be a flyer.

  2. 3 evil_genius_180
    October 1, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    That’s an awesome start, Steve. You’re an old school modeler. You know how to take a set of blueprints and translate them into a physical model. It’s a great skill set to have. 🙂

    I, on the other hand, would love to have a 3D printer. 😉

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