The unusual nose cone of the DEFCON 1


Contributed by Rich DeAngelis

You can see here the unusual nose cone provided with the kit. It is supposed to remain hollow, and the screw-eye is towards the side of the shoulder. This makes it easy to add nose weight if necessary, and I suppose makes it a bit cheaper to manufacture. The problem with this unique design is that the part of the plastic that takes the screw creates a nasty dip in the outside of the cone. It then has to be filled with plastic puty and sanded back to shape. I suppose the designer didn't expect that to happen, and I imagine with the cost of plastic molds it was way too expensive to remake or modify the mold.

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