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Astrobee D Model Rocket Kit (13mm Version)
The Astrobee D was a sounding rocket built by Aerojet General and designed to carry payloads to the D-region of the ionosphere. The first flights took place in June, 1970 and continued to be used until 1980.
New "Peanut Scale" model that features laser-cut basswood fins, balsa nose cone, wire antennas & decals. This great looking minimum-diameter model flies on mini A engines.
Length: 14.45”/36.7 cm
Diameter: .541"/13.74 mm
Weight: 0.5 oz/14 gm
Scale: approx. 1/11 (0.091)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Recommended Engines: 1/4A3-3T; 1/2A3 - 2T; 1/2A3 - 4T; A3 - 4T
What you'll need to build this model:
Adhesive (A wood glue, such as Elmer's Carpenters Glue or Titebond can be used for most Steps and is recommended. Epoxy is needed for one Step. Cyanoacrylate ("CA" aka "Superglue") or epoxy may be used throughout if you prefer them and are familiar with their use); hobby knife with a sharp #11 blade; straight edge (preferably metal); scissors; pliers (needle nose preferred, two pairs are the easiest to use for this application); masking tape; cellophane ("Scotch") tape; double-sided cellophane ("Scotch") tape; sanding sealer (or balsa fillercoat); thinner (appropriate type for the sanding sealer); small paint brush; paint (Spray or bottle paint, such as such as Rust-Oleum, Krylon, or Testors is recommended. Be sure not to mix different types or brands of paint without testing.) - primer (optional), white, light tan, grey & clear (optional); sandpaper (medium - 220 or 280, fine - 320 or 400, & [optionally] extra fine - 500 or 600); pencil; small straight pin.
Recommended, but not required: sanding block; tack cloth.
Optional: material to fill body tube seams such as Elmer‘s Fill & Finish, Elmer‘s Professional Carpenter‘s Wood Filler or interior spackling paste; decal setting or solvent solution (such as Micro-Set and/or Micro-Sol).
What else you'll need to fly this model:
Electronic launch system; launch pad with 1/8" launch rod; recovery wadding; engines (see list of recommended engines above).