Magician - Model Rockets in Woodstock GA

Model Rockets in Woodstock GA

Model Rocket Projects

The Magician

This project is a build of the Estes "Magician". The Magician can fly on both D and E motors and is relatively light so it should go pretty high. The package states, "flies up to 1600 feet. The kit also featuers a clear payload section.

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The kit comes with a fin mounting guide that is die cut on the balsa wood fin stock sheet, partially visible on the lower left. The decal sheet looks nice and it appears that all of the other parts are accounted for. I especially like the fact that the nose cone and tube adaptor are balsa wood and not plastic.

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So far the motor mount has been assembled and installed, the fins and launching lugs attached and the upper body tube has been joined to the tail section.

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I marked both the body tube and fins with lines using a thin wood dowel as a guide. These will mark the boundary of the epoxy fin fillets.

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Next, I masked the first fin in preparation for applying the epoxy using the lines I drew in the last step as a guide.

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Once a small batch of 60 minute epoxy is mixed, I apply it using an ice cream stick. I usually carefully remove the tape immediately after applying the epoxy as opposed to letting the epoxy dry first. This helps let the epoxy flow onto both the body tube and the fin creating a natural sweep look rather than a hard line. I try not to worry too much about imperfections at this point, many of those will be covered once the model is primed and sanded.

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I overlooked taking a picture of the wood and tube joints/spirals painted with the watered down Elmers Fill N' Finish but I followed the same process as can be seen in the Cobra and Ranger pictures. At this point the rocket is primed and lightly sanded and I have touched up a couple spots with the Fill N' Finish.

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Here is a view of the whole body tube covered with primer.

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The paint is all done so the next step will be the decals.

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I decided against the purple and gray fin stripes and left the body and fins white. I think this one is ready to fly.

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