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Estes

Thunderhawk

Description

Long, lean sport flier featuring super stable five fin construction.

Additional Information

  • Length: 22″
  • Diameter: 0.976″
  • Weight: 1.22 oz.
  • Recovery: 12″ Parachute
  • Recommended Motors:
    • A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, C6-5

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Build History

  • 12/25/1998 – Purchased Estes Thunderhawk from Joe’s Hobby Barn for $8.99 (Retail $8.99)
  • 01/23/2002 – Opened kit. All parts present. Removed fins from balsa stock.
  • 01/29/2002 – Cut out 12″ parachute. Attached shroud line adhesive circles to reinforce shroud line holes. Punched hole in center of circle with a small punch. Cut shroud line into thirds. Tied shroud lined to chute with a double knot. Using an extra piece of shroud line attached a snap swivel to center of shroud lines.
  • 02/11/2002 – Marked body tube for fins and launch lug placement. Glued five fins 1/2″ from rear of body tube with motor mount assembly. Sanded fins leading edge round and trailing edge tapered before attachment to body tube. Glued fins along guidelines with Elmer’s Yellow Glue.
  • 02/12/2002 – Filleted 4 of 5 fin joints.
  • 02/13/2002 – Filleted last fin joint. Glued launch lug to body tube 4″ from rear of body tube along launch lug guideline. Glued Shock cord mount to inside of body tube at least 2″ from forward end.
  • 02/14/2002 – Filleted launch lug joints.
  • 02/18/2002 – Finished fillet joints. Paint is next.
  • 09/21/2002 – Cleaned dirt and dust with a brush and cloth. Coated model with Krylon Gloss White #1501 spray paint.
  • 10/05/2002 – Gave body tube a second coat of spray paint.
  • 10/17/2002 Cut out self adhesive decals and applied them to model. This completes construction of Estes Thunderhawk model rocket #2002.

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