Saturday, June 10, 2017
Estes Apollo Little Joe II, Background
Here's the Little Joe I remembered wanting. The BIG 1/45 Scale Little Joe II from the 1969 Centuri catalog. To see the catalog, CLICK HERE
But $12.95? All I could afford was the smaller 1/100th scale Little Joe II.
The fin fairings and some trim was vacuum formed. They were lightweight but fragile, much like the Centuri Saturn V fins and fairings incorporated into the Estes re-issue Saturn V kits.
The "metalized" wrap was pre-installed at the factory.
To see the original Centuri instructions: CLICK HERE
The body and capsule came down separately on two 24" parachutes. A three engine cluster. The recommended engines included three A8-3s!
The Estes reissue capsule and tower used the molds from the original Centuri kit.
According to the Vol. 3, #1 issue of the Centuri American Rocketeer, Centuri used some scale data from Al Kirchner's 1/30 scale model.
To see that issue, CLICK HERE
I'll be using a lot of construction tips from from the TRF builds of James Duffy and George Gassaway: CLICK HERE