This project has been on my workbench for 6 months or so mainly waiting for paint. Finding a good V-2 scheme that hasn’t been done a thousand times isn’t easy. It is actually a converted Estes Canadian Arrow. The conversion basically consisted of the following:
- Body tube shortened by 4 inches
- Plywood centering rings from Piestrak Hobbies/Commonwealth Displays
- Plywood fins from Piestrak Hobbies/Commonwealth Displays
- 29mm Motor Mount from Piestrak Hobbies/Commonwealth Displays
- West System epoxy throughout
I’m still in need of a 29 motor casing, some form of motor retention and a parachute. Motor retention will probably consist of a stainless steel screw and washer. Also, I have a 36″ flare parachute but it’s a tight fit in the tube. I may be able to use it but I may not. I’ll just have to keep tinkering.
Once complete it should push close to 3000 feet at about 80% mach. Cool!
All built up and dressed in primer.
Next was the white basecoat. Not that I planned on a scheme using white. It was what I had on hand and I wanted to get some color onto the rocket. Like I said, it’s been on my workbench for a long time.
You can’t get a bigger motor in here than this! Hah!
With all the weight in the back from the plywood and epoxy I had to come up with a way to put a lot of weight up front. I cut out the bottom of the nosecone and attached a piece of all-thread in with two pumps of epoxy. I then attached the eyebolt with a coupler. It’s heavy but I’m not sure yet if its heavy enough. If not I can just add washers to the all-thread shaft.
This is the paint scheme I’m thinking about doing. I am still trying to find out what exactly the olive green listed is. It could be RLM 80(FS#34096) but I have no way of knowing for sure. If you can help I’m all ears, or eyes as the case may be.
June 8th Update
The painting is complete. It’s Wal-mart black and white with Gunze IJN Green. Looks good to me. The scheme is a bit boring but it is different. Here’s a couple of pics.