Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Semroc (Estes) Starship Excalibur Build, Part 26, Ah Crap!

Right now I'm spraying gloss white and sanding between coats.
I went to carefully remove the painting wand (a dowel and an engine casing) I didn't want to put any stress on the tail shroud.

I slipped and the engine hook notch tore!
I had already made the notch longer than the shroud pattern showed. As it turns out, it needed to be even deeper.

I grabbed a new razor blade and first cut the corners of the end of the notch, to the left in the picture. Then the sides were cut from the left to the right side.

There was still some paper fibers on the inside of the shroud. I'll clean those up and strengthen the shroud edges in the next post.


  1. Nicely done. What about painting with thin CA? Doesn't make the paper indestructible but gives it a rigidity similar to thin vacu-form plastic. Also good for paper nozzles and transitions, and gives some protection from landing damage. If I'm not mistaken, I've seen you use this before.

    1. Hi BAR,
      I guess I could have gave it a coat of CA but this is a short shroud cone and was pretty strong and stiff on its own. I did toughen it up some when I used white glue around the edge, shown in the second post.