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MPC X2 Invader Build, Background
Why another MPC branded model? I needed some ST-7 tubin' and ERockets.biz are t' only vendor left that carries it. T' MPC kits are on clearance at $5.00. Aye aye! T' box still proclaims: "Flys up t' 260 feet!" Every different model design in t' MPC lineup says t' same thing. My MPC Red Giant ...
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MPC X2 Invader Build, Part 1, Parts
T' parts were actually pretty good. Aye aye! T' tube one t' left is flipped upside down, Marvin Martian should be at t' bottom. Ahoy! I was glad t' see t' NARRRRR Membership Application included. Those tiny black nozzles would be easy t' misplace. T' main body tube feels like its made o' convolute ...
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MPC X2 Invader Build, Part 2, Engine Mount
I replaced t' engine hook with one o' me own. Aye aye! T' kit didn't include an engine block. Blimey! I added a 5/20 centerin' rin' for an engine block. Begad! T' engine hook end was slipped through a slot cut into t' tube end. Just enough Scotch tape was pressed over t' hook t' hold it into place. Arrr! Too much tape ...
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MPC X2 Invader Build, me bucko, Part 3, Fin Can
An elastic shock cord be tied t' t' Keelhaul®©™. Well, blow me down! T' entire shock cord was rolled up and stuffed into t' engine mount tube. Before gluin' t' fin can into t' tube, line up t' pre-printed tube graphics so t' Marvin art and rocket name are positioned betwixt two fin slots. In t' right side ...
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MPC X2 Invader Build, Part 4, arrr, Ends and Edges
T' blow molded nose cone did have some seams. Avast! I did me best t' smooth them out but didn't do any seam filling. Begad! Heck, matey, it's only a five dollar rocket. Blimey! I'm nay goin' that crazy with this one. I don't know why this picture came out orange. T' attachment hole needed t' be cleared for tyin' ...
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MPC X2 Invader Build, Part 5, Stickers! I Hate Stickers
These kits were designed for a young builder so stick-on decor is supplied. Ya scallywag! I never understood why kit vendors assume kids can't apply water-slide decals. Well, blow me down! I be buildin' plastic models when I was five and usin' water slides. They may nay have been set down straight but they weren't impossible ...
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MPC X2 Invader Build, Finished
Here's another strange one from MPC, shiver me timbers, Round 2 models. A quick build, takin' a bit longer than t' "Build and Fly in One Hour!" claim on t' box. T' questionable recommended engines and altitude predictions make you wonder who was doin' t' flight testing. Arrr! Still a great value at $5.00 why they ...
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