Friday, September 27, 2019
Estes Solo #7288 Build, Part 2, Launch Lug Positioning
The instructions say to cut small "X"s in the body tube for the short positioning pins on the back of the launch lug strip. I wanted a more accurate hole. Punching X slits with an X-Acto knife can easily give you larger slits than you want.
After the tube was marked by pressing the lug strip in place - Check to be sure the line is still straight. You can see the depressions in the light reflection on the left.
TIP: I started the holes with a pin.
The pin hole was enlarged with a small rat tail diamond file.
Spin the file a few times, check the fit and repeat until you get a good friction fit.
TIP: Before using the clear retention tape over the lug, I taped the lug strip down to the body tube. This freed up my left hand to make the placement of the clear tape easier.