Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Semroc (Estes) Starship Excalibur Build, Part 13, Reactor Bay End Caps
The reactor bay nose cones required two applications of CWF and smooth sanding.
The inset picture shows the end after the final shot of primer/filler and sanding.
In the back end of the half round BT-5 tubes are the end caps.
These are glued in flush with the tube end.
While the glue dries you'll have to hold the tube ends down around the caps as it will want to flare open.
The designer went to some effort to cover up the launch lugs. The smaller front lug is inside the shuttle bay housing.
The longer rear lug has a long dowel on each side and has a small fin glued on it.
The dowels were smoothed with filler primer.
After sanding most the primer off you can see what was left in the wood grain.