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Clone - Maxi Streak {Scratch}


Contributed by Matthew Gillard

Estes Maxi StreakBrief:

The Maxi Streak #1837 is a long time OOP rocket from Estes. Got the plans off JimZ's website. It is like an upscaled mosquito with swept back fins or a streak with rounded fins and upscaled. The instructions call for a 24mm motor mount, which I changed for an 18mm mount: a D or E motor would put this thing into space.

The maxi streak is a very quick build. The instructions are of the normal Estes quality. I don't like the tri fold method for anchoring the shock cord, instead I use a steel fishing leader attached to the motor mount, this also stop burning issues to the shock cord.

The mount was glued into the body tube, the instructions called for the end of the mount to extend beyond the end of the tube, I put it in flush to give the rocket a cleaner line.

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I've always like the D Region Tomahawk, a clean looking sounding rocket. The first on I put together was the old Competition Model Rocket version. I remember (unsuccessfully) trying to emboss rivets on the upper bands. This Aerospace Specialty Products kit should be much easier. Smaller with less detail, still capturing the feel of the real thing. Parts are of great quality. My past experience with ASP kits have been very good. The ASP 18mm Corporal was a favorite build. That craft stick is used to apply glue inside the tube for the engine block. Parts of interest: The yellow engine block ...
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Well, we've all been there - the balsa grain runs in such a way that the trailing edge tip can break off. If the tip break is small you can fill it. Sand off some balsa dust from some scrap balsa. Don't sneeze. Apply some yellow wood glue to the broken corner. Use wood glue for this, yellow glue can be easily sanded. Press the glued corner into the balsa dust pile from all sides. Let the balsa dust and glue dry. Note in the inset picture that the dust and glue is a little larger than the chip area. Here's the same filled corner after filling and sanding to surface. Not perfect, but ...
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I dug into the build at the very best place to start - at the very beginning, which in this case is the motor mount. This is not so different than any other LPR mount. It includes rings (squares in this case), a motor clip, motor block, etc. The mount also has two normal round rings to hold the clip securely in place. The Kevlar leader is attached behind the forward square centering ring. Unlike any kit I've had, it also includes a section of shrink tube to protect the lower several inches of the Kevlar. I pretty much built this stock. If I want to put a bigger motor in one, I will have to ...
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