Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Estes Apollo Little Joe II Build, Part 19, Escape Tower Nozzles

The tower and capsule plastic parts are made from the old Centuri kit molds. The newer Estes (lower body) plastic molds fit much better.
The (Centuri) escape tower nozzle halves don't have alignment pins. After glue was applied to the inside, glue was sparingly brushed on the outside. This liquid glue dries clean and doesn't distort the plastic. Go light.

The outside joint is a bit rough. The flash is scraped and the sides sanded smooth.

I had to sand the sides of the assemblies so they would slide together.
The inset shows the nozzle ends sanded flat and even.

Here's the two nozzle halves joined.
Don't worry about the top, it'll be covered by the tower cap.


  1. Hi Chris,

    Have you considered publishing your builds as e-books? You could charge a small amount for the PDF, probably worth it to some people and generate a little extra $.



    1. Hi Phillip,
      That's a great idea - who knows? I've already got ads on the blog and Patreon. That's probably enough for everybody!