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Old 07-20-2018, 03:32 PM
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I built my clone in accordance with the vintage Estes instructions.

I will build any of the new issue similarly, using Semroc engine hooks.
Just completed: Estes #3228 V2, #3219 Air Commander.

Current project: Estes #7227 Apollo Little Joe II. Rescuing my Mini-Comanche III.
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Old 07-20-2018, 04:24 PM
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Originally Posted by hcmbanjo
Hi Doug,
I've been doing that for a few years. For my Odd'l kits I use the spring steel BMS hooks. For my own builds I sometimes use the windshield wiper steel.

I've made a lot of stops at auto supply stores. Saturday afternoon seems to be the best time to pick up the old wiper blades, they are sticking up out of the trash cans - easy pickins!
I always take a few paper towels with me, the old wiper blades are dirty.
Strip them and pull out the steel strips right at the trash can.
The vendor selling hot dogs always greets me as the Rocket Man. I did explain what I was doing a few years ago.
When making the 90 degree bends - if you feel it cracking, throw that strip away.


Maybe you should sell “wiper stock” for the DIYers that want to make their own hooks, but are averse to dumpster diving!
Lee Reep
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Projects: Super Sky Hook, Estes Saturn V, Astron Farside-X
In the Paint/Detailing shop: Estes Saturn 1B
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