Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The BIG Fix, Estes Honest John, Part 1
My first D12-5 flight of the Estes Honest John looked great! I picked it up and walked it back to my car.
I didn't notice this until I got home.
It was a D12-5 flight . . .
I didn't put the 1" orange spacer in before the engine was installed.
At launch the engine flew forward and hit the engine block. The flame was hitting the low end of the engine mount and melting the plastic retainer.
The last inch or so of motor mount needed to be cut off. With a sharp knife I cut the cleanest, straightest line possible.
Those TTW fin tabs won't allow an outside coupler to hold the new body tube on.
More time . . . more thinking.
A length of BT-50H was cut about 3/4" long. I guessed at the length.
That's the inside ring of the engine retainer. It wasn't burnt and will be re-used.