Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Estes Apollo Little Joe II Build, Part 8, Tunnels and Longerons
You'll be using the full size positioning guide to glue on the tunnels and longerons. That line from the center out is the joint of the body tube wrap.
The longest piece, Part M, sits to the right of the line, not centered directly on it.
After reading the TRF builds I went with one of the recommended glues for the plastic parts - Plastruct Plastic Weld. This is a very thin brush on glue. It's the same glue I used on the Estes Saturn V and Mercury Redstone builds.
TIP: The tunnels and longerons were taped in place with the tape on just one side. This acts as a hinge. Flip over the piece, brush glue on the bottom. Quickly turn over the piece in position before the glue can evaporate. You still have a little play if the piece ends up a bit crooked.
The trick is to be sure the piece is correctly placed with the tape hinges before applying glue to the underside.
I also used my aluminum angle to check the longer "M" and "L" pieces. You can also sight down the straight corrugation rows.