Re: Mercury Atlas Plans

If you are going to resort to building from scratch (the kit plans won't help a
lot, because they won't help you make the specialized molded and vacuformed
parts, or to get the out-of-production tubing) you can find dimensioned
drawings of the Mercury-Atlas in "Rockets of the World."
(disclaimer: I'm the author and publisher, and get anywhere from 60% to 100%
of the money depending on where you buy it)
Peter Alway
Saturn Press
PO Box 3709
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-3709
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I have the kit (for sale actually, but in Australia), but it has some vacuform parts that would be diffcult to reproduce without the molds etc. In Art of Scale (Peter Alway book, well worth buying if you can find it) there are some plans in there for a scratch build kit which fabricates the detail.
Des Bromilow brisbane Oz
John Stogiou wrote:
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Des Bromilow
To which I say if it is so easy start with cloning the Centuri Saturn V parts and expand to the Centuri Saturn iB parts. I will buy you mold parts and plastic.
Jerry
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Jerry Irvine
Ok what size tube is the Estes main BT size?
i.e. BT-101 ?
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John Stogiou
Oh yeah .... no plastic except the capsule
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John Stogiou
It's an odd-ball size - same, or close to, the tube used for the Centuri 1/45 LJ-II
Brett
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Brett Buck
3.898 ID and about 0.025" wall.
Jerry
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Jerry Irvine
Well, I'll be. I had never looked that close. Sure enough, it's not BT-80. I measured it to be 8.8cm ID, but still quite thin-walled, on the order of Estes' standard 0.021". So it's bigger than BT80, smaller than BT-100. Also bigger than LOC 3" tube.
BTW: The p/n in the instructions is 031525.
Doug
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Doug Sams
Coolness! But, I'd have to wonder who's going to cover the moldmaker's pay. That's where the finesse begins. Unless, of course, you've got access to the original molds?
Tod "I'll stick to balsa, cardstock, CA, and patience!" Hilty
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hiltyt
Proceeds from "free" plastic sales of course.
Jerry
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Jerry Irvine
snipped-for-privacy@weinerboy.org wrote in news:3f68a7f8.2135100 @news1.news.adelphia.net:
Nah, molds is easy. Leave out a piece of moist bread for a few days. Touch it a few times to kickstart it.
Or for really interesting stuff, a cup of coffee for a few weeks....
len.
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Leonard Fehskens
Or ice tea. We had a jug sitting in the 'fridge for about a month when I decided to have a glass. Pressed the little spigot thingy, and
SplurrrrrddddooooshhhhhIPPP!
At first, I thought it was an errant slug or something, but then I took a sniff... Ewwwww!
tah
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hiltyt

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