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New Stuff

With the success of our small X-15 and other kits I’m moving on to a larger X-15 after many requests. The paper print our is 1:1 and the actual size. It will be built exactly the same way as the smaller one using the same techniques.Monday I’ll start with lathing of the larger nose cone in balsa. This one will fly on G-H engines.

At the same time I working on the Falcon 9. I started yesterday with the lathe and got the basic shape minus the thrusters that in the pictures you can see me just start to put on. This of course will be finished and molded in silicone to make a resin capsule.  

  
I plan to make this as scale as possible and include the air brakes, landing legs and boat tail with the 8 little engines. Seen here are the actual brakes. 

The actual booster has a cluster of 9 motors. The center one will be removed and replaced with an Estes D-E motor.  

These were made by a 3D printer as an upgrade by another company for the SpaceX model rocket kit. I think brass etch for the brakes and vacuum form for the legs would be better on our kit. Or Eliot might brass etch them too? This way the could easily be bent to the curve of the booster. With the SpaceX kit the models legs are just printed heavy paper.

BTW our kit will also have the clear fins for flying. You’ll be able to remove these for display.As you can see their model has printed graphics to empathise raised details and with our kit there will be some raised actual details. It is my hope that the great Eliot Brown can brass etch some of these for us although the folded up landing legs might be best made as a vacuum form styrene part.

Either way it has begun. This is model making, This is scratch building and yes there will be videos.Thank you all for your support and I do hope you will enjoy watching us make these model spacecraft.


1 Response to “New Stuff”


  1. 1 joehanacheck@gmail.com
    November 21, 2019 at 7:25 am

     as always excellent work Steve


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