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Old 01-06-2018, 04:41 PM
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Default BT-55 based Black Brant III

I’ve gathered up all of the parts I need to scratch build a BBIII in BT-55. I have everything—except for the rear nozzle.

Does anyone have a suggestion on how to replicate it? I was thinking of doing it with card stock, but I’d much rather do it with plastic. Does (or did) any kit come with a BT-55 rear nozzle that resembles what I need for the BBIII?

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Old 01-07-2018, 02:41 PM
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Can't remember the kit name, but at one point Estes offered a BT-55 sized version of the Satellite Interceptor. It featured a camo paint scheme. That kit used the nozzle you need, I think.
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Thanks. I wonder if it was the SWAT? I’ll check my stuff.
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I believe it was the SWAT
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I was thinking of doing it with card stock, but I’d much rather do it with plastic.

So roll one out of polystyrene sheet rather than paper. While you are at it, get some scale data and make it to scale.
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So roll one out of polystyrene sheet rather than paper. While you are at it, get some scale data and make it to scale.


I think I will!
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.......and voila!

It took several tries, but I was finally successful in replicating a 1:13 scale BBIII nozzle.

Using the indicated 55 to 50 pattern from an Estes centering ring and paper adapter packet (I knew I would eventually use that #3179 kit someday,) I cut out, curled, and joined the ends of the strip. I then took a thick CR 55 to 50 and removed several windings of paper from the inside. I then inserted, leveled, and glued the formed adapter into the ID of the ring. After the glue was dry I saturated the faux nozzle with thin CA.

It's now dry and hard as a rock.

THAT was the last component I needed to scratch build a 1:13 scale BBIII and that build thread is coming soon.
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