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Today's Featured Review

Estes - Gauchito

Manufacturer:Estes
Diameter:1.0000 inches
Length:8.6000 inches
Skill Level:1
Style:Scale

Contributed by Brian Ray

(MODS) Estes GauchitoBrief:
This modification was my own personal response to what I had seen as an all-too-common statement on model rocket forums: add nose weight. It seemed to me that no matter the situation, the clarion call was for more and more nose weight. "Hey, I painted this rocket blue instead of yellow." "You better add some nose weight." While not usually a kit builder, I found this kit on clearance and decided to prove my point (to myself, of course).

Modifications:
The build was straightforward once I created the centering rings. I did so in MS Publisher after having measured the inside diameter of the body tube. I printed the rings and glued them to cereal-box-weight cardboard. Engine retention is friction fit. The other significant modification was using a streamer instead of the parachute--I knew it was going high and I didn't want it floating away.

I opted to change the finish slightly as well. Having lived in Brazil for a few years, I couldn't bear to put the Argentine flag on anything. I printed my own Brazil flag decal, painted the fins Brazil's colors, and renamed it the Vaqueiro (Portuguese for 'cowboy').

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David Sindel

AKA: The EGE

Certification Level: L1 NAR

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TTRA Launches

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Tom's Little Lunar Express

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RocketReviews.com Blog: Don Sahlin - Muppet Designer and Rocketry Hobbyist
After briefly working as a puppeteer and builder for The Howdy Doody Show then working on stop-motion films (including projects with George Pal), Don Sahlin began working with Jim Henson in 1962. Henson hired Sahlin to create a Muppet of a dog character, Rowlf, for Purina Dog Chow commercials. Rowlf when onto become the singer’s side-kick during the four-year run of The Jimmy Dean TV show. Sahlin became Jim Henson’s primary designer and builder. Henson credited Sahlin with creating the distinctive Muppet “look.” In addition to working on the Muppets, Sahlin ...
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Model Rocket Building: Estes Yellow Jacket #2008 Carded Downscale, Part 1, Parts
On the last cruise I worked on a new carded downscale. This time it's the Estes Yellow Jacket, Kit #2008, available from 1989 - 1998. Originally a BT-50 based model, it had a great fin design and decals. The downscale will be made around a BT-5 tube and uses 13mm engines. No painting except for the nose cone. You'll need the Quark style long nose cone from the BT-5 plastic nose cone package, BT-5 tubing just over 7" long, 1/8" launch lug, some cereal box cardboard, engine block, Kevlar, elastic shock cord and a streamer. The fin and body tube skins are available on a free PDF. Email me at ...
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Model Rocket Building: Estes Lynx, Kit #7233, Build Part 1, Parts
This is one of the two newer "T" engine builder's kits, The Lynx. The Lynx is brother to the other new mini engine kit, The Scorpion. I picked the Lynx over the Scorpion simply because I liked the design better. All the parts are of high quality. One of the BT-5 Intake Tubes was a little out of round. Not a problem, you only use half the tube on the cut intake. These are the small cooling vanes that go around the outside rear of the engine mount tube. These are tiny! I'll have to fill and prime them before gluing on the tube. Sure you don't have to do this, but filling ...
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Model Rocket Building: Transporting Bigger Rockets
While I deal with smaller, low power models, occasionally I have to transport something BIG. I bought one of these neck rings if I ever needed to take a nap in my car. I've found a second use for it. A few years ago I had to take an Apogee Saturn V to the UPS Store to weigh in for estimated shipping charges. My home scale was too small. The ring was placed around the body to lessen the chance of it rolling and protect the white body from the seat belts in the backseat of my car. It fit the 5 1/2" diameter body very well. This ring has also been used for 4" diameter models. Two rings (one at ...
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