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Thunderstar

Description

Designed by Starchaser Industries, the Thunderstar X-Prize entry uses a cluster of two engines to reach 1000′ in the air. At apogee a fully assembled 18″ parachute is deployed allowing for safe recovery. 1:41 Scale.

Additional Information

  • Length: 26.5″
  • Diameter: 1.637″
  • Weight: 2.75 oz.
  • Recovery: 18″ Parachute
  • Fins: Laser Cut Basla
  • Altitude: 1000′
  • Recommended Motors:
    • 2 x a8-3, 2 x b4-4, 2 x B6-4, 2 x C6-5

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Build History

  • 02/28/2005 – Purchased Estes Thunderstar from Hobby Lobby in Columbus, IN for $9.59 (Retail $16.98).
  • 05/23/2020 – Took pictures of package, opened package and took pictures of components. Scanned instructions and components
  • 05/23/2020 – Made a copy of tube marking guide and shock cord mount. Cut them out and measured each motor mount tube at 1/4″, 2-1/2″ and 3-3/4″. Cut slits at 2-1/2″ mark and installed engine hook in each motor bount tube. Glued retainer ring over engine retainer clip tube at 1″ mark. Glued engine block inside tube flush with forward end of each tube.
  • 05/24/2020 – Removed centering rings from cardboard stock and glued them at 1/4″ and 3-3/4″ marks in each tube.
  • 05/25/2020 – Glued centering rings to body tubes. Measurements are on page 62 book #4. Marked body tube at 4″ for fins, 8″ for launch lug and 13″ for conduit using body tube marking guide. Glued motor mount assembly into aft end of body tube so motor mount tube was even with body tubes. Glued fins along fin reference lines and filleted joints. Cemented display nozzles to display base. Cemented escape tower halves together and then into the cradle. Cemented escape tower to nose cone. Cemented conduit along guide line on body tube 3″ and the other at 7-5/8″ from aft end.
  • 05/26/2020 – Glued shock cord to mount and inside of forward end of body tube by at least 2″. Cemented escape nozzles to escape tower. Tied end of shock cord to nose cone. This completes construction of Estes Thunderstar model rocket #2192 except for paint and decals.

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