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Today's Featured Review

Modification - X-15

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Contributed by Steve Lindeman

Brief

In all fairness I can't do a brief description on this kit as there is a small story behind it. As is normal for me this is not an actual review of the Estes NASA X-15 (0889) [1988-1989].

X-15

It is a kit bashed, clone by transition. I came about the idea of doing the X-15 as the G-15 after building my first eight Goonybirds. The logical choice was to wait until the 15th Baby Bertha kit bash and then do the G-15 (Goony-15). Well as luck would have it I built her like I was building a Goony only to discover in the end that the original kit was a BT-60 based rocket and that I merely had to do a nose cone swap to make it a modified clone.

X-15 Clone 

Components

As I said this was a kit bash-clone project so the main components were as follows:

From Baby Bertha kit:

  • 1- BT-60 Body Tube
  • 1- PNC-60 Nose Cone
  • 1- Launch Lug
  • 1- Engine Hook
  • 1- Shock Cord
  • 1- Assembled 12" Parachute (transparent orange plastic)
  • 1- Mylar Retainer
  • 1- Green Engine Block
  • 1- Blue Engine Mount Tube
  • 1- Centering Ring Card
  • 1- 1/8" Sheet of Balsa

 From my personal stock:

  • 1- Sheet Computer Paper (for printing new decals and covering all balsa wood)
  • 1- Empty Cereal Box (for making Wing Shrouds)
  • 1-PNC-60AH Nose Cone (from one of my old semi-retired Estes Prowler's)
  • Hobbylite filler by Hobbico ( made making canopy)

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Richard Bremer

Location: Eugene, Oregon

Certification Level: TRA & NAR Level 2

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NEFAR Launches

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