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Scratch - Estes Vector Clone {-Undefined-}

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Contributed by Bill Eichelberger

Brief

Back in the early days of Ebay I picked up a lot of Estes kit decals that somehow didn't make it onto the rockets they were meant for.  Quite a few of them were minimum diameter BT-5 and BT-20 kits from the mid to late 80's, rockets that would rarely be noticed unless you happened to choose one of them for your first rocket.  I didn't, but I like oddball stuff that never seems to show up at the pad.  The Estes Vector was produced from 1985 to 1989, but I never saw one in the wild, which of course means I had to build it.

Components

  • BT-5P body tube - 5.1"
  • PNC-5AX nose cone
  • 1/16" fin stock
  • CR-450 engine block
  • Launch lug
  • Streamer
  • Kevlar shock cord - 12"
  • 1/8" sewing elastic shock cord - 12"
  • Decal

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Today's Featured Flyer

Gregg Discenza

AKA: G.D. or gdiscenza

Location: Springfield, VA

Certification Level: L1 NAR

Club Memberships: NAR

Favorite Rockets: Madcow Bomarc

Club Home Page: http://www.novaar.org/

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NEFAR Launches

March 2013 Launch


E9 Blown Nozzle

Photo by Roger Smith

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Estes T-Bolt Air Rocket Launch Set$36.99$13.3863.83%
Scientific Explorer's Meteor Rocket Science Kit$23.99$12.5347.77%
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet Is Unique$25.95$14.1345.55%
50 Model Rocket Projects for the Evil Genius (Book)$32.00$18.5642.00%
4M Water Rocket Kit$16.93$10.2639.40%
Estes 302244 3/16" Two-Piece Maxi Rod$18.29$11.5836.69%

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Model Rocket Building: Estes Apollo Little Joe II, Background
Here's the Little Joe I remembered wanting. The BIG 1/45 Scale Little Joe II from the 1969 Centuri catalog. To see the catalog, CLICK HERE But $12.95? All I could afford was the smaller 1/100th scale Little Joe II. The fin fairings and some trim was vacuum formed. They were lightweight but fragile, much like the Centuri Saturn V fins and fairings incorporated into the Estes re-issue Saturn V kits. The "metalized" wrap was pre-installed at the factory. To see the original Centuri instructions: CLICK HERE The body and capsule came down separately on two 24" parachutes. A three engine cluster. ...
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Model Rocket Building: Estes STM-012 Kitbash to the B32-M Spike, Background
Well, I thought it might work! I bought two Estes STM-012 kits on Ebay with the hopes of kit-bashing one of them into an AMRAAM. It never even occurred to me that the STM-012 model would have three through-the-wall fins. The AMRAAM has two sets of four fins. I would have to buy a couple new lengths of BT-60 to do the conversion. That, and the STM-012 nose cone was long! So the kits sat for a few months with me wondering what to do with them. Then I remembered this design from Madcow: The AGM-33 Pike . I've always like the looks of this one, I did the instructions for their 1.6" diameter kit. ...
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Model Rocket Building: Carded Red Max Build, Part 1, Parts
I've seen a few pictures of "Rocket Families" on the forums. The Red Max is a favorite with the Estes Mini Max (BT-50 based), standard Red Max (BT-60 based) and Mega Red Max. Well, how about a smaller BT-5 version for 13mm engines? This one is tiny at just 5 1/4" tall! It performs like a BT-5 Mosquito. At one time I had a little carded Red Max model. It was a BT-5 diameter with a Micro Max engine mount. I lost it somewhere along the way and wanted to make another one. After a few searches I couldn't find it. I thought it might be at Wayne Hill's Rocketry Blog - CLICK HERE There are many ...
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Model Rocket Building: Goony X-15, Part 1, Parts
In the past I bought a few of the Quest X-15 Parts packs. In the pack you get everything except the engine mount, main body tube and parachute. I figured with some BT-60 based parts I could make a good goony version. I raided the spare parts drawers. I found an Alpha style nose cone and a length of BT-60. I think the main reason people buy the X-15 parts pack is for the decal sheet. It is a water slide sheet with lots of white decals on it.
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Rocket N00b: North Coast Rocketry SA-14 Archer - Unboxing
I recently received a little gift - one of the rockets on my wish list - from Matt Steele, of North Coast Rocketry . North Coast, who make mid power rocket kits and some accessories, is a sponsor of The Rocketry Show podcast, and as part of that sponsorship, Matt sent us some rockets to try out. I've had my eye on an SA-14 Archer for a long time. I'm doing a video build series on The Rocketry Show's YouTube channel . I started with the following unboxing video. I'm uploading the first build video later tonight, once I'm done editing. Here's the first video. Follow me on Twitter . Like my ...
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