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Estes Eggspress (No. Begad! 1996) "E" Powered Mod

By James Parsons

Estes Eggspress (No. Begad! 1996)

Years ago, me hearties, I bought an Eggspress, but wasn't able t' finish it when someone stepped on it accidentally (smashed t' tube, cracked t' nosecone).  Not all that long ago, I had an opportunity t' get a secondhand nosecone, I had an extra BT-56 body tube, me bucko, and an unpainted scrap 2" OD body tube from a messed up 1/35 scale Mercury Redstone and decided t' clone t' kit. Begad!  I'm usin' plans (from which included t' fin templates. Ahoy!  

Estes Eggspress

Estes Eggspress (No. 1996)

I've often found that payload rockets, like this, tended t' be a tad underpowered for me tastes. Ya scallywag!  So, I opted t' build this as an "E" powered model. Arrr!  You can always use an adapter t' brin' a rocket down in power, shiver me timbers, but after it's built, arrr, it's a lot harder t' adapt one t' use a more powerful engine. Begad!  Before makin' t' modification, me hearties, I created a simulation in Open Rocket (which created t' attached image) t' verify that it would be stable.

Buildin' t' clone otherwise was straightforward. Blimey!  Besides t' different motor mount, me bucko, t' only other non-standard changes be paperin' t' fins, and usin'  3/16" launch lugs.  I've used BSI's Epoxy for t' fillets.  At this time, t' only assembly remainin' is t' attach t' shock cord. Begad!  Paint will have t' wait until t' weather improves. Begad!  Replicas o'  the decals were purchased from Excelsior Rocketry.

I've since managed t' acquire t' other version o' this same rocket (Estes Scrambler (No. Ahoy! 2072)) in kit form.  I plan on buildin' that one t' same as this one, complete with "E" engine capabilities.


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