Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Estes Apollo Little Joe II Build, Part 38, Paint Limbo!

Heat and humidity slow down paint dry times here in the South.
While the main body white looks dry I'll play it safe and give it a few more days before masking and spraying the aluminum paint.

I only had one small concern on the wrap.
Look just to the right of the tunnel and there is a very slight lift of the the wrap and the card stock strip underneath.

Here's another example of why the finger tab extension should be cut off. If the tab were still extending out the back the model wouldn't stand on it's fins!


  1. As we talked about on Saturday, my wrap has lifted some, also, only much more than yours. With the loss of the nozzles and the fin gluing fiasco, I'm not likely to try and fix it. I'll probably just build another at some point, after the Semroc Saturn 1B and Estes Saturn V.

  2. What brand of paint are you using for this build? Over at TRF I've seen some used Testers and others used Tamiya. I've never used Tamiya but I think that's what I'm going to use on my build.

    1. Hi Eddie,
      I'm using the Rustoleum 2X paint. I have occasional problems with it. I do re-coats after waiting five minutes. But if you have to stop painting to smooth sand you'd better wait four or five days to be sure it is fully dry before re-coats.
      I haven't used Tamiya paint but have had great results using the little Testor's cans. Those small cans cover more than you'd think!